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  • Elisha Neubauer

    For the Chronicle 

    Dr. Ben Lambright of the West Coast Eye Institute has been helping Citrus County residents with all their eye-care needs since 2012, but as of March 2017, he’s taken his skills on the road — helping train optical surgeons across the world in a highly specific form of surgery. 

  • When it comes to selling your home, does it really help your chances if you pour money into a costly home improvement project?

    Depends what you’re improving.

    A new survey is out that shows which project provides home sellers with the best bang for the buck. For example, if a home improvement project costs $1,000, how much money will homeowners get back when they sell? What is the return on investment? In 2017, only attic insulation recoups more than its cost, according to Florida Realtors.

  • Up until last year, Citrus County had been spared the devastating effects of a tropical storm or hurricane.

    But along came Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew and, for the first time in recent years, homeowners got a sobering reminder of the devastation rain and wind can do to property and houses.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) is forecasting 11 to 17 named storms this hurricane season.

  • Now that the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) has imposed stricter watering restrictions, is it still possible for homeowners to maintain a nice lawn?

    Definitely, says B.J. Jarvis, director of the Citrus County Extension office. And her staff is ready to help gardeners deal with the new regulations.

  • Some homeowners say it’s difficult to maintain an attractive lawn and have it fire-resistant at the same time.

    Citrus County Director and Horticulture Agent B.J. Jarvis wants to explode that myth, especially during this time of near-drought conditions.

  • Citrus Springs Elementary unlocked the mystery of literacy during its schoolwide “Great Escape Literary Night” on Thursday, May 4. 

    About 250 students and parents sleuthed how to flee from the cafeteria with props at 26 stations focusing on different letters of the alphabet. This idea is in the vein of the new and popular “Escape Rooms” popping up all over the country, including Crystal River. 

  • As Stephen Lane went through the steps to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, he was surprised — and inspired — by the sentiments of older Eagle Scouts he talked to.

    “There’s a man at my church, an admiral who served in the Navy, who also earned the rank of Eagle Scout,” he said. “He has all those achievements, yet he sees being an Eagle Scout as one of his highest achievements.

  • Elisha Neubauer

    For the Chronicle 

    Being a teenager in today’s society isn’t as simple as it used to be — if there was ever really a time when being a teenager was simple.

  • C.J. Risak

  • There were 64 more homes sold in Citrus County this past March than one month earlier.

    That statistic, taken from Florida Realtors data, is eye-opening and, according to Donnie Bass, president of the Realtors Association of Citrus County, shows how tempting it is for fence-sitters to make their move.

  • Gwen Bittner

  • Georgi Davis

    UP THE CLOTHES CHUTE

    There are some things in life I should have learned a long time ago, but just never took the time to think about them.

  • Lecanto Primary School students recently got an interactive lesson on saving the Earth. About 140 third-graders and their teachers scurried to round up gobs of windblown trash scattering across

    Lecanto Community Park on Friday, April 21 — left there on purpose by the folks of the Sugarmill Woods Rotary and Kings Bay Rotary.

    Sugarmill Woods and Kings Bay Rotarians made the mess to teach a lesson about trash, through an event hallmarked as One Bag at a Time.  

  • Local Realtor Cheryl Lambert traveled to Tallahassee last month with more than 1,000 other agents to meet with state legislators on key hot-button matters affecting Citrus County homeowners and business owners.

    She came away confident those issues will be addressed before regular session ends May 5.

  • Georgi Davis

  • Special to the Chronicle

  • Creativity is abuzz at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus in Lecanto, as a handful of students work diligently to release  Volume 28, Issue 2 of “In the Write Mind.”

    The college magazine defines Citrus County students, setting them apart from the Ocala campus while making a brand that defines them.

    Melissa Alling, faculty adviser, said the magazine has grown quite a bit over the past 28 years. 

  • Though April has only offered so much in the way of blockbusters with “The Fate of the Furious” making its way to theaters this past weekend and children could only be treated to movies such as “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” it’s not time to count April out just yet — although May will be sure to make up for any potential disappointment soon after with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” on May 5 and “Alien: Covenant” on May 19.

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  • Rochelle Kaiser

  • Editor’s note: Chronicle entertainment columnist Janet Bostrom filed this column while on vacation in India.