Today's News

  • City’s history aglow


    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Floral City’s landmarks came aglow Friday evening as revelers filled the streets on the first night of Floral City Heritage Days to ring in the holidays and learn more about the once-bustling town’s history.

    Spirited strollers made their way through twinkling lights and the iconic oaks of East Orange Avenue on the 25th anniversary of the annual event.

  • YMCA hosts social event
  • Christmas spirit alive in Citrus

    This weekend is a good time to catch the Christmas spirit as a number of events, including four parades, take place today and Sunday.


    * Beverly Hills leads off with its parade from 10 to 11 a.m. today, with the route running along Beverly Hills Boulevard. 

    Music, food, children’s fun area, and an outdoor holiday art and crafts station will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

  • Never too old for a visit from Santa

    Some of the loneliest people this time of year are the elderly.

    With the hustle and bustle of families, the holidays can be a sad time for seniors who live alone or who are miles away from loved ones.

    Ten years ago, Carolyn Quintanilla, owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Lecanto, had an idea to reach out to the community and ask for donations of Christmas gifts for 100 elderly people around the county.

    Be a Santa to a Senior was born.

  • Come shoot hoops today

    Rochelle Kaiser

    For the Chronicle

    For young basketball enthusiasts, it’s time to start practicing shooting hoops in preparation of the annual West Citrus Elks Hoop Shoot Contest today in the Lecanto Middle School Gym.  

    This is the yearly Elks National open free throw contest for all boys and girls ages 8 to 13 years old as of April 1, 2017.

  • Weekly roundup: In with the new

    Brandon Larrabee

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — The calendar turned this week to the last month of the year, but many in Florida seemed to be getting a jump on new beginnings.

  • For the record 12/03/2016

    Domestic battery arrest

    * Gregory Bullington, 31, of South Reps Ridge Point, Lecanto, at 11:28 a.m. Dec 1 on a misdemeanor charge of violating a condition of pretrial release in a domestic battery case. According to his arrest affidavit, Bullington was driven to his hearing by the victim, violating the no-contact order.

    Other arrests

  • Seven Rivers take lumps, learn lessons against Class 3A’s No. 1 team

    Chris Bernhardt


    LECANTO — Just two games into the season, new Seven Rivers Christian boys basketball coach Jeff Lorenzo knows the Warriors are far from a finished product.

    That made Friday night’s task that much tougher, as the Warriors hosted First Academy- Leesburg and couldn’t dig out of a big hole early, falling 80-47.

  • Quick night’s work

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — The question was asked: What can be gained from a game won by 52 points, with a running clock most of the second half? Wouldn’t a practice provide more of a challenge?

    Seven Rivers Christian girls’ basketball coach Gary Dreyer had an answer after his Warriors, now 3-2, thumped Leesburg First Academy (2-2) 70-18 Friday at Seven Rivers.