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  • By Bruce Williams


    DEAR BRUCE: My son is terminally ill with stage 4 cancer. We are extremely low on money due to three years of traveling back and forth to doctor visits, etc. 

    Now the doctors said he will die within five months and it’s time to prepare for the funeral expenses, etc. My question is, do you know of any financial help available for casket costs, viewing, etc.? — Reader

  • By Laura Byrnes


    Next weekend, on the Fourth of July, this nation celebrates its 239th Independence Day. This is not the day when a rag-tag band of British Colonies actually became independent — and the Continental Congress didn’t even christen the new nation the “United States of America” until Sept. 9, 1776 — but the date the united colonies declared their independence.

  • Sue Manning 

    Associated Press 

    LOS ANGELES - Joanna Rein knew there was a way to prevent her rambunctious Labrador-collie mix from tracking in mud, water and drool from the soggy outdoors. 

  • I don’t know about you, but I hate being lied to.

    A few weeks ago we drove to Tampa, which is about 70 miles from where we live. That same day, we needed to go to Port Charlotte, which is south of Tampa.

    How far south, you ask?

    Well, according to the “distance between two cities” online calculator I used, Port Charlotte is 70 miles south of Tampa.

    Except the calculator lied.

  • Nicole Winfield

    Associated Press

  • Rochelle Kaiser

    For the Chronicle

    It’s time to prepare to celebrate Independence Day by participating in the 16th annual Homosassa River Fireworks Fest and Poker Run, which starts at 8 a.m. Saturday along the Homosassa River. 

  • Perhaps the most esteemed chilled savory soup is vichyssoise and even the French name has allure, though it was actually created in America.

    Regardless, it and many other chilled soups provide refreshing treats on summer nights when a hot supper just doesn’t offer a respite from the heat.

  • Happy days this June. Happy that the county restaurant scene is perking up exponentially, with a number of new additions even in the doldrums of summer.

  • Politicians rarely give us a straight answer.  An anecdote tells of one legislator who answered a constituent’s query regarding drinking in this manner:  “If you mean the demon drink that poisons the mind, pollutes the body, desecrates family life and inflames sinners, then I’m against it.  But if you mean the elixir of Christmas cheer, the shield against winter chill, then I’m for it.  This is my position and I will not compromise!”

  • Greetings to all on this cool, rainy day.

    Various food combinations are something I’ve been thinking about quite a bit these last days. I’d love hearing from you about what unusual types and styles of food combinations you’ve learned to appreciate and enjoy.

    To me, pineapple is one of the most amazingly 

  • EDITOR’S NOTE: With schools in summer recess and people of all ages seeking ways to enjoy the outdoors during free time, the Chronicle focuses on Summer in Citrus, putting the Wednesday Education news inside. This year, Summer in Citrus will feature a number of convenient day trips each Wednesday. Today’s

  • Story and Photos by Peter Graulich

  • C.J. Risak

  • The agenda

    Preparing an agenda for a board or committee meeting is similar to reviewing a road map to make plans before a trip. The agenda process begins with a starting point referred to as the call to order, continues with midpoints along the agenda journey known as new and old business items, and ends with the meeting adjournment.

  • Joseph Pisani

    AP Business Writer

    NEW YORK - If you want an income, or you’re an employer looking for help, it may be time to scrap the idea of the traditional 9-to-5 arrangement.

  • Businesses along the north side of Citrus Avenue in Crystal River are now staying open each Sunday afternoon for residents and visitors looking for

  • I love free stuff.

    When we lived in California we lived near scads of big- box warehouse stores that always gave away free samples. Sometimes, if you got there on the right day at the right time, you could eat enough free samples and be too full to eat lunch or dinner when you got home.

    I wasn’t thinking of free stuff a few Sundays ago when I stopped at a little Pentecostal church I had never visited before, even though I’ve talked to the pastor many times.

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