Today's News http://www.chronicleonline.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Pride of the Purple Hearts http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/pride-purple-hearts <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0824_nz_patriot_award_richard_hunt.jpg" alt="Richard Hunt of the Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart was recently named Patriot of the Year by the Military Order of the Purple Heart in Norfolk, Va." title="Richard Hunt of the Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart was recently named Patriot of the Year by the Military Order of the Purple Heart in Norfolk, Va." align="left" hspace="6" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>Gwen Bittner</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>For the Chronicle</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Purple Heart veteran Richard Hunt is no stranger to helping his compatriots.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> For his dedication to addressing the needs of veterans, Hunt has earned one of the nation&rsquo;s highest honors.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Lentils with a side of love http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/lentils-side-love <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0824_nz_feeding_dominant.jpg" alt="More than 40 residents from the Forest Ridge Senior Residences work packaging some 10,000 meals Tuesday morning as part of the non-profit Feeding Children Everywhere program. " title="More than 40 residents from the Forest Ridge Senior Residences work packaging some 10,000 meals Tuesday morning as part of the non-profit Feeding Children Everywhere program. " align="left" hspace="6" width="134" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> &nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> HERNANDO &nbsp;&mdash; It was an assembly line operation that would make General Motors proud.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Twenty or so residents of Forest Ridge Senior Residences gathered Tuesday in the vestibule of the 119-unit affordable housing complex, donned plastic gloves and hair bonnets and waited for the whistle to blow promptly at 10 a.m. to get to work.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Kidnapping suspect declared incompetent http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/kidnapping-suspect-declared-incompetent <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0824_bonello.jpg" alt="Craig Bonello" title="Craig Bonello" align="left" hspace="6" width="162" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> &nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> A Circuit Court judge ruled an Inverness man incompetent to stand trial for the attempted kidnapping of a teenage girl at a Hernando-area store.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Citing reports by two mental health evaluators, Judge Richard &ldquo;Ric&rdquo; Howard adjudged&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Aug. 17 that Craig Leslie Bonello is incompetent &ldquo;due to the defendant&rsquo;s mental illness,&rdquo; according to the court order.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Gun-wielding man's neighbor asks court for leniency http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/gun-wielding-mans-neighbor-asks-court-leniency <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0728_gary_swesey_0.jpg" alt="Gary Swesey" title="Gary Swesey" align="left" hspace="6" width="118" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A violent neighbors&rsquo; dispute ended as well as it could Monday in a Citrus County courtroom.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Circuit Court Judge Richard &ldquo;Ric&rdquo; Howard withheld Gary D. Swesey&rsquo;s guilt on Monday following the wishes of the Beverly Hills man&rsquo;s neighbor, whom Swesey shot at Nov. 22, 2015, during a confrontation on South Harrison Street.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Man gets 15 years for rape http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/man-gets-15-years-rape <div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A Crystal River man will serve 15 years in prison after pleading Monday to a sexual battery charge.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Steven Thomas Cook, 41, accepted the plea offer from the State Attorney&rsquo;s Office for half the time he could have been sentenced to had he been tried and convicted.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Judge to make decision on claimed road-paving deal http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/judge-make-decision-claimed-road-paving-deal <div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">INVERNESS &mdash; The answer to a 42-year-old dispute will soon rest with a judge, and her decision could have a multimillion-dollar effect on Citrus County taxpayers.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Attorneys wrapped up a two-day trial Tuesday in the case of DT Villages Eleven LLC, which is suing the county over the paving of streets in an development called Inverness Villages Unit 4.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Zika case found in Pinellas County http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/zika-case-found-pinellas-county <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>The News Service of Florida</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> TALLAHASSEE &mdash; Florida health officials Tuesday reported the state&rsquo;s first locally transmitted case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus outside of Miami-Dade County.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The Department of Health announced that a case had been found in Pinellas County, along with four additional locally transmitted cases in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> School board bolsters English lessons, discusses standardized tests http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/school-board-bolsters-english-lessons-discusses-standardized-tests <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kennedy_thomas_2016_1.jpg" alt="Thomas Kennedy" title="Thomas Kennedy" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Citrus County school board wasted little time before getting into what they see as a beneficial plan for non-English speaking students.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Board members unanimously extended the English language learners plan at Tuesday&rsquo;s meeting, before discussing standardized testing.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">