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Today's News

  • IT'S A WRAP: Brisk manatee season officially ends

    The just-concluded winter manatee season has been a watershed period for what promises to be a booming challenge for local officials: the crush of tourists and how to manage those crowds.

    Crews from the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge picked up buoys and booms Wednesday in King’s Bay to open up previously cordoned-off manatee sanctuaries, marking the end of the season.

  • Dean offers to drop suit against teen

    State Sen. Charlie Dean will drop his assault and defamation lawsuit against a former pizza delivery driver in exchange for an apology, attorney Bill Grant said late Wednesday.

    Dean, who has been heavily criticized on social media this week for his lawsuit against 19-year-old Giovanni Bencini of Citrus Springs, is prepared to dismiss the case today or Monday at the latest, Grant said.

    The courthouse is closed on Good Friday.

  • Police: Homosassa man had sexual relationship with 14-year-old girl

    After a six-month investigation, a 25-year-old man’s alleged sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl landed him in jail earlier this week.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives began their investigation in September 2014 after a relative of the girl made allegations against Homosassa resident Travis David Lorensen, according to the arrest report.

  • A local alternative

    Editor’s Note: In this article, the Chronicle explores veganism, an alternative health and alternative lifestyle method practiced worldwide. Veganism is a part of the burgeoning health movement. 

  • Marching against child abuse at CHS

    After someone close to her family became a victim of child sexual abuse, Monica Johnston — the reigning Mrs. Florida All World Beauties — has made it her crusade to stop all forms of abuse against children. 

    On Saturday, April 11, the public is invited to join her, state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith and other child advocates to the March Against Child Abuse (MACA) walk, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Citrus High School. 

  • Church hosting barbecue fundraiser

    LECANTO — Gear up for great grub this Saturday at the New Church Without Walls all-you-can-eat ribs, pulled pork and chicken barbecue, courtesy of Leon and Dale McClellan of M&B Dairy.

    The event, which is from noon until 4 p.m. at the church’s new facility at 300 S. Kensington Ave. in Lecanto next to the Holiday Inn Express, is a fundraiser for the church’s remodeling project.

  • CMH asks for more time in push to become trauma center

    Citrus Memorial Hospital will ask the state for an 18-month extension in applying for a trauma-center license at the hospital in Inverness.

    Hospital spokeswoman Katie Myers said the delay would give the hospital time to ensure all the elements of a trauma center are in place prior to seeking certification.

    CMH, now operated by Hospital Corporation of America, has already installed a helipad over the emergency room parking lot.

  • For the Record 4/2/15

    Arrests

    * Michael McClure, 31, of Great Pine Point, Inverness, at 10:15 a.m. March 31 on an active warrant for felony violation of probation stemming from an original charge of providing false information to a pawn broker.

    * Samantha Lawson, 23, of Inverness, at 10:34 a.m. March 31 on a felony charge of child abuse without causing great bodily harm.

  • Pollution, flow belong in same conversation

    THE ISSUE: Lawsuit over minimum flows.

    OUR OPINION: Denial of impact makes suit logical move.

  • I want my students to love music

    Editor’s note: The following is an ongoing series of interviews conducted with various Citrus County School System staff members where they discuss different aspects of what they do.