Today's News http://www.chronicleonline.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en A vet remembers http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/vet-remembers <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1207_a1_vet_bruner_ap.jpg" alt="In this Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 photo, Lauren Bruner, one of five remaining survivors from the USS Arizona during the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, recounts the experience at his home in La Mirada, Calif. Burns covered most of his body after Japanese planes bombed his ship. He spent seven months recovering in the hospital, and returned to fight in more battles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)" title="In this Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 photo, Lauren Bruner, one of five remaining survivors from the USS Arizona during the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, recounts the experience at his home in La Mirada, Calif. Burns covered most of his body after Japanese planes bombed his ship. He spent seven months recovering in the hospital, and returned to fight in more battles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> HONOLULU&nbsp;&mdash; Lauren Bruner was getting ready for church in 1941 on his battleship, the USS Arizona, when the alarm sounded.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had begun, and Bruner, then 21, scampered up five stories by ladder to the enormous anti-aircraft guns he was responsible for manning.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Children who lived through Pearl Harbor attack remember http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/children-who-lived-through-pearl-harbor-attack-remember <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1207_a1_ph_children_ap_class_photo.jpg" alt="Joan Rodby points to herself in a 1942 photo, in Makawao, Hawaii on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. After the Pearl Harbor attack, schools required students to carry gas masks with them at all times - even when posing for their class photo." title="Joan Rodby points to herself in a 1942 photo, in Makawao, Hawaii on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. After the Pearl Harbor attack, schools required students to carry gas masks with them at all times - even when posing for their class photo." align="left" hspace="6" width="110" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> HONOLULU &mdash; In some ways, it could be any class photo from the 1940s. The sepia-toned image shows 30 fifth-graders &mdash; 26 girls and four boys &mdash; at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Waikiki. Most are smiling, some look stern. A few have no shoes.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Yet this picture is different in one striking way: Each child is holding a bag containing a gas mask, a sign of how war had suddenly broke apart the routines of their adolescence on Dec. 7, 1941.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Board delays fee suspension until May http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/board-delays-fee-suspension-until-may <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1207_a1_nz_impact_gees_491.jpg" alt="Most commissioners agreed the county will need impact fees to help pay for widening of the northern portion of C.R. 491 between S.R. 44 and C.R. 486 that is not yet scheduled." title="Most commissioners agreed the county will need impact fees to help pay for widening of the northern portion of C.R. 491 between S.R. 44 and C.R. 486 that is not yet scheduled." align="left" hspace="6" width="148" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> INVERNESS &mdash; Throughout his campaign for office, Jeff Kinnard never said he was for impact fees or against them.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> He said he wanted to know why they&rsquo;re needed. Soon Kinnard will get his answers.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Kinnard, elected in November to the Citrus County Commission, convinced fellow board members on Tuesday to extend the impact fee moratorium four months to give time to see if the county has a specific plan for the fee revenue.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Former Scout ranch to remain empty http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/former-scout-ranch-remain-empty <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nz_flying_eagle_1.jpg" alt="The Flying Eagle Ranch in eastern Citrus County has long been a wildlife haven for many species, including this whitetail deer. " title="The Flying Eagle Ranch in eastern Citrus County has long been a wildlife haven for many species, including this whitetail deer. " align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Gwen Bittner</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> For the Chronicle</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Eastern Citrus County preservation property Flying Eagle Ranch was once the home of the Boy Scouts &mdash; but since its purchase by the Southwest Florida Water Management District in 2004 for $11 million, the ranch has mostly been home to wildlife.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> For at least the immediate future, that will continue to be the case.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The water district&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Local briefs 12/7/16 http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/local-briefs-12716 <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1207_a1_kayla_yvonne_haas.jpg" alt="Kayla Yvonne Haas" title="Kayla Yvonne Haas" align="left" hspace="6" width="69" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>Police searching for teen girl</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The Citrus County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office is requesting help finding a missing teenage girl.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Investigators have been searching for 17-year-old Kayla Yvonne Haas since Nov. 28.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Haas is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, 125 pounds, with black hair and blue eyes. She was last seen at about 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 27 in Homosassa, wearing orange shorts, black slippers and a Hooters tank top.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> As vacation nears, backpacks blessed http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/vacation-nears-backpacks-blessed <div id="cke_pastebin"> &nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Citrus County Blessings volunteers on Thursday finished packing 12,000 pounds of food for families to have during the upcoming holiday break.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> &ldquo;When school is not in session, the families who qualify for free/reduced breakfast and lunch find themselves with 18 days over Christmas break without access to those meals,&rdquo; said Citrus Blessings Executive Director Grace Hengesbach.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Floral City lot adds trail parking http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/floral-city-lot-adds-trail-parking <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1207_ax_inside_parking_lot_ribbon_cutting.jpg" alt="BOCC Chairman Scott Carnahan, Commissioner Ron Kitchen, Commissioner Jeff Kinnard and former Commissioner Rebecca Bays hosted a ribbon-cutting event for the Withlacoochee State Trail Floral City parking lot, attended by representatives from Hernando County, the Rails to Trails Organization, Fort Cooper State Park, the Citrus County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Citrus County Public Works and many Floral City community organizations and citizens. According to the county, the parking lot adds 17 parking spaces." title="BOCC Chairman Scott Carnahan, Commissioner Ron Kitchen, Commissioner Jeff Kinnard and former Commissioner Rebecca Bays hosted a ribbon-cutting event for the Withlacoochee State Trail Floral City parking lot, attended by representatives from Hernando County, the Rails to Trails Organization, Fort Cooper State Park, the Citrus County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Citrus County Public Works and many Floral City community organizations and citizens. According to the county, the parking lot adds 17 parking spaces." align="left" hspace="6" width="226" height="85" /> Locals assist in manatee rescue http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/locals-assist-manatee-rescue <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1207_ax_inside_manatee_rescue.jpg" alt="Local tour operators Stacy Dunn of Manatees in Paradise, Robert McClinnis of Mermaidtales Fishing, Mike Dunn of Manatees in Paradise and Jessie Owens of River Ventures, at left in water, assist Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff and volunteers with a manatee rescue Thursday in Pinellas County’s Tarpon Lake. Four manatees became trapped in the lake during the summer months, but risked death from falling temperatures as winter approaches. The manatee pictured above was the third and final rescued on the day; volunteers went back to the lake Friday to capture the remaining manatee. The animals were released into Tampa Bay. Also present, but not pictured, were Tanner Kleaka of River Ventures and Bryan McCutcheon, Casey Males and Shellie Mitchell of Manatee Tour and Dive." title="Local tour operators Stacy Dunn of Manatees in Paradise, Robert McClinnis of Mermaidtales Fishing, Mike Dunn of Manatees in Paradise and Jessie Owens of River Ventures, at left in water, assist Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff and volunteers with a manatee rescue Thursday in Pinellas County’s Tarpon Lake. Four manatees became trapped in the lake during the summer months, but risked death from falling temperatures as winter approaches. The manatee pictured above was the third and final rescued on the day; volunteers went back to the lake Friday to capture the remaining manatee. The animals were released into Tampa Bay. Also present, but not pictured, were Tanner Kleaka of River Ventures and Bryan McCutcheon, Casey Males and Shellie Mitchell of Manatee Tour and Dive." align="left" hspace="6" width="147" height="85" />