• Bob Messersmith

    Special to the Chronicle

    No matter where we are, when someone says, “Look, there’s an eagle!” we all seem to stop and look to the sky.

    This magnificent bird has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a favorite among bird watchers before that. Centuries before the white man’s arrival, the bald eagle was the spiritual symbol of the indigenous people of North America.

  • Julie Gorham

  • Claire Phillips Laxton

  • By Dr. Carlene Wilson

    For the Chronicle


    Many parents worry when a child who ate ravenously as a baby becomes uninterested in food and seems to eat very little. This often happens around the second birthday, when the child’s growth rate slows. Parents are

    concerned that their child is not getting enough nutrition. There may be days when a toddler eats only a few mouthfuls, or insists on eating only certain foods.

  • Editor’s note: The following is an installment in an occasional series spotlighting veteran organizations in the Citrus County area. If interested in having your organization featured email Rochelle Kaiser at beacon@chronicleonline.com.

  • Mike Gnadt

  • Rochelle Kaiser

  • Mel Rustom

  • C.J. Risak

  • Editor’s note: This is the last of a five-part series about a road trip Julia Grady and friends took this summer.

  • A super plant is getting noticed by homeowners for its low maintenance and environmentalism.

    Perennial peanut, also known as “Florida’s Alfalfa,” has been used for livestock grazing on pastures for years.

    But the groundcover foliage, also a relative of the edible peanut, is making its way into the ornamental market thanks to its low need for water, mowing, fertilizer and pest control.

  • The end of the Ozello Trail offers much more than beautiful sunrises and sunsets if you stop to dine at Peck’s Old Port Cove, a landmark for many decades on the Gulf of Mexico.

    The nine-mile drive alone from U.S. 19 is reason enough to check out the restaurant, with its curvy introduction to the scenic images of old Florida, including miles of sawgrass, tidal pools and fishing bridges, and the dining destination is worth the trip.

  • Diane Dobry

    For the Chronicle

    For centuries, medicinal cures came from plants, teas, spices, and roots, and our grand-

    parents may have used some of those traditional healing

    methods to treat our childhood ailments. But many of us prefer to look at what

    research has shown to be effective — and those herbs and spices, as well as certain foods, may actually hold the key to some cures.

  • C.J. Risak

  • Mike Gnadt

  • Al Harnage

  • The home inventory level in Citrus County has been shrinking steadily for months, which is good news for sellers but could be problematic for buyers who are suddenly finding home prices higher than normal.

    Kevin Cunningham, broker-owner of RE/MAX Realty One, said the continuing decline in inventory is generally beneficial for Citrus County.

  • Elisha Neubauer: For the Chronicle

    Crystal River United Methodist Church has been in the community since the late 1880s. While they have moved around over the years, they settled into their permanent home on Citrus Avenue in 2000. The 34-acre complex is home to a membership of approximately 500 people, a preschool, an outdoor chapel, the Garden of Peace, a thrift store, and the Bethel Chapel. 

  • Julianne Munn

  • Rosanna Bauman