Today's News http://www.chronicleonline.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Distractions can be deadly http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/distractions-can-be-deadly <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0427_nz_distracted_driver.jpg" alt="Many drivers find themselves at the wheel with a variety of distractions, from fellow passengers to music, and from cellphones to animals loose inside the vehicle. Megan Busbee illustrates two of the more prominent distractions for drivers." title="Many drivers find themselves at the wheel with a variety of distractions, from fellow passengers to music, and from cellphones to animals loose inside the vehicle. Megan Busbee illustrates two of the more prominent distractions for drivers." align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>Today, the Chronicle kicks off a three-part series on distracted driving. Part 1 explores the extent of the problem in Citrus County and what drivers can do to create safer roads.</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>On Saturday, we look at the Teen Driver Challenge program, which educates our youngest motorists on how to cut down on distractions.&nbsp;</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> ‘Stand your ground’ change remains in limbo http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/%E2%80%98stand-your-ground%E2%80%99-change-remains-limbo <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>Jim Turner</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>The News Service of Florida</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> TALLAHASSEE &mdash; High noon is approaching in a standoff over part of a controversial bill dealing with &ldquo;stand your ground&rdquo; self-defense cases.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The House and Senate have both backed passing a bill that would shift a key burden of proof in &ldquo;stand your ground&rdquo; cases, but they have taken different stances on an important legal detail.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> POSTSCRIPT: Rev. Shepherd: He practiced what he preached http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/postscript-rev-shepherd-he-practiced-what-he-preached <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0427_postscript_rev_doug_shepherd.jpg" alt="The Rev. Doug Shepherd — died April 14 at age 72." title="The Rev. Doug Shepherd — died April 14 at age 72." align="left" hspace="6" width="60" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Of all the things the Rev. Doug Shepherd did well &mdash; and there were many &mdash; he excelled at two things: loving people and fixing the air conditioning in someone&rsquo;s car.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> &ldquo;If you had a/c problems, he was your man,&rdquo; said the Rev. James Wolfe at Shepherd&rsquo;s memorial service. &ldquo;He&rsquo;d do it quick, and he&rsquo;d do it right. People came from miles around so he could fix their a/c.&rdquo;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> LightHouse provides support, direction http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/lighthouse-provides-support-direction <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0427_nz_lighthousedominant.jpg" alt="Kathleen Lumpkins, a transitional employment specialist with the LightHouse, tours Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park recently with Joe Everhard and other members of the LightHouse Clubhouse in Inverness, a social and workforce rehab for adults with mental illness. " title="Kathleen Lumpkins, a transitional employment specialist with the LightHouse, tours Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park recently with Joe Everhard and other members of the LightHouse Clubhouse in Inverness, a social and workforce rehab for adults with mental illness. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><div> &nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>Amber Sigman</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>Correspondent</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Sue Werner blew out her birthday candles, nearly tearing up during an impromptu celebration.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Her son&rsquo;s mental illness once struck chords of sadness. He used to keep his head down and wouldn&rsquo;t speak. Then they found the LightHouse Clubhouse in Inverness.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> For the record 04/27/2017 http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/record-04272017 <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>Citrus County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>Arrests</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>* Adam Ezzel-Din</strong>, 24, of East Dove Court, Inverness, at 5:34 a.m. April 26 on an active warrant for felony petit theft with two or more convictions of any theft. His bond was set at $14,000.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Gov. Scott gets 'liquor wall' bill http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/gov-scott-gets-liquor-wall-bill <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>Jim Turner</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>The News Service of Florida</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> TALLAHASSEE &mdash; Owners of small liquor stores want Gov. Rick Scott to veto a measure narrowly approved by the House that would allow retail giants to stock liquor on the shelves alongside groceries and other goods.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Wildlife park offering panther programming http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/wildlife-park-offering-panther-programming <div id="cke_pastebin"> A special program on the Living with Florida Panthers initiative will be presented at 1 p.m. today in the Florida Room at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park&rsquo;s Visitor Center, along U.S. 19.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The presenter is Jayne Johnston, panther outreach specialist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission&rsquo;s (FWC) initiative Living with Panthers.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Road paving on Fort Island Trail http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/road-paving-fort-island-trail <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0427_ft._island_paving.jpg" alt="The county in March hired D.A.B. Constructors to resurface Fort Island Trail from West Dixie Shores Drive to about a mile east of Fort Island Gulf Beach. The contract cost is $951,326, and the state picks up 75 percent of the cost through the Small Counties Outreach Program, or SCOP. Workers are putting in four 10-hour days and not working on Friday, county officials said. The roadwork is expected to be finished by June 5." title="The county in March hired D.A.B. Constructors to resurface Fort Island Trail from West Dixie Shores Drive to about a mile east of Fort Island Gulf Beach. The contract cost is $951,326, and the state picks up 75 percent of the cost through the Small Counties Outreach Program, or SCOP. Workers are putting in four 10-hour days and not working on Friday, county officials said. The roadwork is expected to be finished by June 5." align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" />