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Today's News

  • Military to embrace transgenders

    WASHINGTON — Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.

  • Mom gets four years for son's death

    Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard was said he was being “lawful” and “logical” Thursday in sentencing the Crystal River mother who took responsibility for the brutal death of her son by family dogs.

    “You have honor, Ms. Scarbrough,” Howard told Claudia Scarbrough, 32, before sentencing her to four years in state prison for the death of her 2-year-old son Christopher Joaquin Camejo.

  • On Fourth, use horse sense

    Most people like to ring in the Fourth of July with a bang.

    But for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the booms from fireworks can be a terrifying reminder of mortar shells or improvised explosives. Worse, many people don’t realize that their fun can be traumatic to their neighbors. 

  • Pictures worth 1000 friends

    FLORAL CITY — Gary Kuhl said he never knows what kinds of critters will visit him at his Floral City home.

    Standing on his dock leading out to Lake Tsala Apopka, he might see alligators, herons, egrets, turtles or otters. Over in the wooded area, the occasional deer.

  • Survey doubles estimate of transgender adults in the US

    NEW YORK — About 1.4 million adults in the U.S. identify as transgender, double the estimate from a decade ago, a team of experts reported Thursday.

  • Education Foundation gets new director

    Shaunda Burdette has a passion for helping others.

    She has done it for nearly a decade in Citrus County schools, working as a parent liaison and technology support specialist at the elementary and district levels.

    Now, Burdette is looking to help in a different way.

  • No charges filed in handgun at school incident

    A Crystal River man will not be charged for having a gun on school property in February before it fell out of his shorts and was accidentally fired into the ground while children were going to a before-school daycare.

    Assistant State Attorney Julia Metts declined to charge Roy Joseph Caffera, whose handgun fell out of his shorts on the morning of Feb. 17 at Rock Crusher Elementary School, while he dropped off his stepdaughter at the YMCA Before Care program. 

  • July Fourth closings

    * The Citrus County Chronicle business offices in Inverness and Crystal River will be closed Monday. Customer service hours will be from 8 to 10 a.m.

    * Government offices in Crystal River and Inverness will be closed Monday.

  • An Ohio sweep?

    AKRON, Ohio — Golf in Ohio must bring out the best in William McGirt.

    One month after his first PGA Tour victory at the Memorial, McGirt looked just as good two hours up the road at the Bridgestone Invitational. In his World Golf Championship debut, he opened with six birdies and finished with a 45-foot par for a 6-under 64 and a three-shot lead.

    An Ohio sweep?

  • Tigers use 8-run 9th-inning to beat Rays 10-7

    Eds: Tigers 10, Rays 7. Updates. Updates photo links. With AP Photos.

    By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Cameron Maybin capped a dramatic eight-run ninth inning with a tiebreaking three-run double, and the Detroit Tigers overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-7 on Thursday night.