Today's News http://www.chronicleonline.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en YMCA dream comes to fruition http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/ymca-dream-comes-fruition <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0429_nz_ymca_dominant.jpg" alt="John Hilker tosses a medicine ball against a rebounding machine Thursday night during a special tour for donors and volunteers to the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA. His wife Lisa playfully encourages him. The new $8.3 million Y facility is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that will benefit children and adults alike." title="John Hilker tosses a medicine ball against a rebounding machine Thursday night during a special tour for donors and volunteers to the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA. His wife Lisa playfully encourages him. The new $8.3 million Y facility is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that will benefit children and adults alike." align="left" hspace="6" width="146" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Dreams do come true.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> A group of Citrus County residents had this dream in the late 1980s. Many, who had grown up under the influence of a YMCA, wanted one in their community.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> They started a fundraising drive, but it didn&rsquo;t stick. Blame it on the economy, or the fact that Citrus at that time just didn&rsquo;t have enough families to get behind such an endeavor.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Their dream slept, but it endured.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> ‘Kate’ gets her day at Valerie http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/%E2%80%98kate%E2%80%99-gets-her-day-valerie <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0429_valerie_group_.jpg" alt="Cast members second row from left Zac Trenta, Rob Tessmer Jr., Melony Daemer, Chelsea Wolf, Dawn Horton, Kevin Zerbe and filmmaker Brad Castillo. Front row from left Hayley Castillo, Jackson Tessmer, Lila Johnson, Taylor Eve, Stefanie Davis and Joanne Crowley are on stage at the Valerie Theater in Courthouse Square Inverness Wednesday April 27 for a special premier of the film “The Legend of Kate Kensington.” " title="Cast members second row from left Zac Trenta, Rob Tessmer Jr., Melony Daemer, Chelsea Wolf, Dawn Horton, Kevin Zerbe and filmmaker Brad Castillo. Front row from left Hayley Castillo, Jackson Tessmer, Lila Johnson, Taylor Eve, Stefanie Davis and Joanne Crowley are on stage at the Valerie Theater in Courthouse Square Inverness Wednesday April 27 for a special premier of the film “The Legend of Kate Kensington.” " align="left" hspace="6" width="152" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> A mournful woman with long, dark hair wearing a white bridal gown stood at a gravestone in Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City a few years ago. Camera crews surrounded her as she knelt at the grave site, buried a ring and walked quickly toward the woods. As she approached a nearby lake, a boat filled with cameramen pointed their equipment toward her and captured the moment she jumped into the water from a pier.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> County’s top scholars honored http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/county%E2%80%99s-top-scholars-honored <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/benoist_chase.jpg" alt="Chase Benoist - Golden Citrus Scholar Hall of Fame Award winner." title="Chase Benoist - Golden Citrus Scholar Hall of Fame Award winner." align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Several of the best and brightest graduating seniors were rewarded Thursday at the annual Golden Citrus Scholar Awards for their immeasurable hours of studying, unflinching dedication to their classes and selfless service to their communities.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Citrus County Education Foundation Executive Director Stephen Barbieri and district Superintendent Sandra &ldquo;Sam&rdquo; Himmel welcomed with warm words the students, their parents and their teachers at the College of Central Florida&rsquo;s Lecanto campus.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> C.R. breaks ground for park overhaul http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/cr-breaks-ground-park-overhaul <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0429_-_hunter_spring_groundbreaking_1.jpg" alt="Members of Crystal River City Council and Southwest Florida Water Management District break ground Thursday for Hunters Spring Park’s six-month-long renovation project. From left to right: Crystal River councilman Ken Brown, Councilman Andy Houston, Mayor Jim Farley, Charles “Bud” Daly, Councilman Robert Holmes, SWFWMD Governing Board Member Kelly Rice, Vice Mayor Mike Gudis and City Manager Dave Burnell. " title="Members of Crystal River City Council and Southwest Florida Water Management District break ground Thursday for Hunters Spring Park’s six-month-long renovation project. From left to right: Crystal River councilman Ken Brown, Councilman Andy Houston, Mayor Jim Farley, Charles “Bud” Daly, Councilman Robert Holmes, SWFWMD Governing Board Member Kelly Rice, Vice Mayor Mike Gudis and City Manager Dave Burnell. " align="left" hspace="6" width="170" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> The ground at Hunters Spring Park was already broken for the park&rsquo;s forthcoming overhaul, but the hard work didn&rsquo;t kick off right until Thursday.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> With a major construction site behind them, members of Crystal River City Council and Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) flung around a little more dirt during a groundbreaking ceremony.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Jury convicts man of attempted murder http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/jury-convicts-man-attempted-murder <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/4-27-16_a1_cooper_mug_0.jpg" alt="Matthew Cooper" title="Matthew Cooper" align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Jurors convicted a Crystal River man Wednesday of the kidnapping and attempted murder of his former girlfriend.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The four-woman, two-man jury took about an hour to convict 46-year-old Matthew Cooper of the lesser offense of attempted second-degree murder with a firearm causing great bodily harm.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Cooper was originally charged Sept. 21, 2015, with attempted first-degree murder for shooting his ex-girlfriend on Sept. 19 in her home near Crystal River.</div> Cruz taps Fiorina as running mate http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/cruz-taps-fiorina-running-mate <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0428_gop_2016_cruz_bren.jpg" alt="Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, joined by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, waves Wednesday during a rally in Indianapolis. Cruz announced he has chosen Fiorina to serve as his running mate." title="Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, joined by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, waves Wednesday during a rally in Indianapolis. Cruz announced he has chosen Fiorina to serve as his running mate." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">INDIANAPOLIS &mdash; In need of momentum after a five-state shutout, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday tapped former technology executive Carly Fiorina &mdash; a woman who he said has repeatedly &ldquo;shattered glass ceilings&rdquo; &mdash; to serve as his running mate.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Battle builds over state's expert witness law http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/battle-builds-over-states-expert-witness-law <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>The News Service of Florida</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> TALLAHASSEE &mdash; In a debate that includes major business and legal groups and raises separation-of-powers questions, the Florida Supreme Court will decide whether to reject a controversial 2013 law that tightened a standard for expert witnesses who testify in the state&rsquo;s courtrooms.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> A year later, a YMCA http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/year-later-ymca <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0429_nz_ymca_contractors_dominant.jpg" alt="Pictured are: Jeff McKallip, Brandon Construction, site supervisor Jason Heelier, Nature Coast Window and Doors Jesse Simpson, Nature Coast Window and Doors David Gufford, Nature Coast Window and Doors Frank Ford, Nature Coast Window and Doors Jonathan Waldron, All-Tech Construction Jeff Waldron, All-Tech Construction Terry Cicchella, Symbiont Service Corp (geothermal pool heating) Jim Haussy, AAA Roofing Joseph Cournoven, Citrus Pest Management Tracie Nelson, American Door and Hardware Joe Carlucci, American Door and Hardware George Albert, Suncoast Plumbing Charles Avarello, Suncoast Plumbing Brian Fowler, superintendent, Allen Site Development Todd Workman, Suncoast Plumbing Allen Williams, Williams Floor Store Inc. Veli Oldemir, Dyna Dome Pool Enclosure Eric Ingalls, Suncoast Plumbing Mike Oerlemans, Suncoast Plumbing David Seijas, Colony Stone Plastering" title="Pictured are: Jeff McKallip, Brandon Construction, site supervisor Jason Heelier, Nature Coast Window and Doors Jesse Simpson, Nature Coast Window and Doors David Gufford, Nature Coast Window and Doors Frank Ford, Nature Coast Window and Doors Jonathan Waldron, All-Tech Construction Jeff Waldron, All-Tech Construction Terry Cicchella, Symbiont Service Corp (geothermal pool heating) Jim Haussy, AAA Roofing Joseph Cournoven, Citrus Pest Management Tracie Nelson, American Door and Hardware Joe Carlucci, American Door and Hardware George Albert, Suncoast Plumbing Charles Avarello, Suncoast Plumbing Brian Fowler, superintendent, Allen Site Development Todd Workman, Suncoast Plumbing Allen Williams, Williams Floor Store Inc. Veli Oldemir, Dyna Dome Pool Enclosure Eric Ingalls, Suncoast Plumbing Mike Oerlemans, Suncoast Plumbing David Seijas, Colony Stone Plastering" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The YMCA of Citrus County will officially open on Sunday. The $8.3 million project took exactly one year from groundbreaking to the opening of the facility, an accomplishment made possible by the hard work of the contractor and subcontractors on the job. Most of the subcontractors who did the work came from Citrus County, and many have already become members of the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA. The state-of-the-art facility was put together by the hard workers and business owners pictured here.</p>