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Today's News

  • Mall sold for $1.5 million

    This time, no promises.

    This time, no guarantees.

    And, the hope from shop owners and community leaders, is that this time the owners mean business.

    The Crystal River Mall sold last week for $1.5 million to a Mesa, Arizona, property-management company that is making its first foray into Florida.

  • YOUR MENTAL HEALTH: Struggling to get well

    What does a person with a mental illness look like?

    Can you tell by looking if a person has depression or bipolar disorder? What about a person with schizophrenia or generalized anxiety?

    Recently, the Chronicle visited the Lighthouse in Inverness, an outreach of The Centers where people with mental illness can come during the day for socialization and pre-employment vocational rehabilitation. 

  • YOUR MENTAL HEALTH: Citrus suffers from shortage of mental health services

    When it comes to mental health facilities, Citrus County is lacking, and it’s having a damaging impact.

    Community focus groups say people are not getting the help they need. A comprehensive 2015 Community Health Assessment (CHA) report showed the ratio of the population to the number of mental health providers in Citrus was 2,176 to one. Compare that to the state’s ratio of 744 to one and the stated need is glaring.

  • YOUR MENTAL HEALTH: Veterans suicide rate troubling

    When Micah Petellat found out an average of 22 veterans commit suicide each day in this country, he wasn’t surprised.

    A veteran himself, Petellat admits he harbored suicidal thoughts after being discharged from the army and it was only through the help of his family and friends that he was able to get through serious bouts of depression.

    “I worry that I would have been one of those statistics,” he said.

  • Citrus Youth Orchestra
  • Author shares her insights about aging

    Sharon Anderson

    For the Chronicle

    Growing old can be a challenge like no other, but having your ducks all in a row, so to speak, can make the transition much easier and more enjoyable for all concerned, according to local author and senior care coach Mary Cecelia Leahy Schlumberger during a presentation Wednesday at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle.

  • Local briefs 8/28/2016

    Springs group gets new venue

    Community stakeholders planning the future of Three Sisters Springs will meet Monday at a new venue.

    The Three Sisters Springs Community Working Group is meeting from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce’s Welcome Center, 915 N. Suncoast Boulevard, Crystal River.

  • Campaign Trail 8/28/2016

    * Duane Godfrey, Democrat for county commission District 1, will have a bbq fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Curry Roofing, 1965 Dunkenfield Ave., Crystal River. Information: 352-794-3104.

    * The Citrus 20/20 Save Our Waters Week Committee will host a forum for candidates seeking to represent Citrus County at the county commission and congressional levels, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the College of Central Florida in Lecanto. Information: 352-201-0149

  • County briefs 8/27/16

    Early voting ends today

    Today is the final day for early voting in the primary election, and elections officials are urging voters to take advantage of the opportunity to cast their ballots ahead of the potential arrival of severe storms on Election Day.

    There are four early voting sites: 

    The Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills; 

  • For the record 08/28/2016

    Arrests

    * Tiffany Coldsnow, 31, of Floral City, at 11:11 p.m. Aug. 11 on felony charges of making or amending false notes, uttering forged bills, possessing forged bills, and forging bank bills or checks. Her bond was set at $8,000.