Today's News

  • Highlights of the season

    INVERNESS — As kids danced on the Old Courthouse lawn and slid down the courthouse steps Wednesday, the city of Inverness kicked off the holiday season with its inaugural “Light Up Inverness” illumination ceremony on Courthouse Square.

    Prior to the decorative lights being turned on, Santa and Mrs. Claus, a.k.a. Jim and Deputy Michele Tewell, sang favorite Christmas songs. 

  • Water district mulls river restoration

    Chester Bradshaw’s fight for the natural restoration of the Withlacoochee River may have reached a watershed moment.

    At the most recent meeting of the governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District, board member Paul Senft told district staff to make sure the Green Swamp — the headwaters for several of Central Florida’s rivers including the Withlacoochee — is incorporated and is given priority in restoration efforts.

  • Group to study 'bear necessities' for Chassahowitzka Wildlife Refuge

    With the smallest population of bears in the state, Citrus and surrounding counties will be getting some special attention as part of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Black Bear Management Plan.

    Area residents are invited to be involved.

  • The doctors Dickert

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Growing up as a doctor’s son, Alex Dickert always wanted to be like his dad.

    As a preschooler, he dressed up in a white coat, a doctor in training.

    Over the years, he helped out at his dad’s office — both he and younger brother Ryan have handled the practice’s computer work for the past 15 or so years.

  • Tree lighting Dec. 5 in Inverness

    The Citrus County Historical Society has announced plans for the 20th annual Old Courthouse Christmas and Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in Inverness.

    For the past 19 years the historical society has sponsored the event and on Saturday, Nov. 29, members and friends will erect the trees starting at 9 a.m. Those who want to volunteer assistance are welcome.

  • Journal of a Journey


    Editor’s note: This is the next installment in a continuing series of articles from the travel journals of Peter and Leslye Graulich. They appear weekly in the Chronicle 

    Excursions section.


  • In Their Words: Hurried education

    C.J. Risak


  • Thanksgiving: Yummy ways to deal with remains of the day

    By the time you might be reading this column, you are hopefully stuffed with delicious Thanksgiving food — and wondering what on earth to do with all the leftovers.

  • Yoder family adapts to, enjoys new baby boy

    Gloria Yoder

    The Amish Cook

    How can one describe the miracle of a birth, a newborn, a young soul who will live throughout all eternity? I have often wondered why God ever trusts us humans with innocent little ones, ready to be shaped and molded, taught and trained. Oh, for wisdom from God to lead our little ones in His ways.

  • Wine pretty much underappreciated here in the U.S.

    Why don’t people drink more wine? It tastes really good.