April 19, 1956

Port Paradise Hotel and Villas has instituted two new special features among many others in its continual program of upgrading and improvement under the operation and ownership of the American Inns Corporation. One of the new features is the opening of the club room lounge. Star of the new room is a completely new RCA big screen color television set.

June 14, 1956

Roger Weaver is resigning as superintendent of CitrusCounty schools effective Aug 1.

July 5, 1956

CitrusCounty’s proposed hospital moved closer toward realization this week with the opening of construction bids. The lowest base bid which came to $327,886 was submitted by Edward J Garritts, Miami contractor, who sends much of his time on his ranch at Lecanto.

Dec 6, 1956

A McLeod boy – sometimes two and three – has played on every CitrusHigh School football team for the past 23 years. And there are enough McLeods left to extend the unbroken record for another six years.

April 18, 1957

Quentin Medlin, County Agent and Fair Manager, told the Chronicle the $6000 will be used for purchase of bleachers to seat 500 persons, to build guard rails and to install water and lighting facilities. He said stock car races may be held even before the next county fair.

June 6, 1957

Inverness barbershops are advancing prices of hair cuts from 1 to 1.25 and shaves from 65 to 75  cents effective June 15.

July 18, 1957

The first patient accepted at the hospital was Susan Gebhardt, two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George J. Gebhardt, owners of George’s Moonrise Camp at FloralCity. She fell from a chair in the kitchen of her home Friday night and hit her head on the concrete floor. Saturday she became ill and was admitted to the hospital at 10AM.

Oct 10, 1957

The football gamed for Friday night between Gulf High of New Port richey nd the Citrus HS Hurricanes was called off Tuesday. Gulf coach Ed Webb reported 25 of his 32 players had influenza. He told Citrus Coach Walt Connors that 120 students were out of school Tuesday.

Nov 14, 1 957

A Navy Jet Fighter crashed near red level last Thursday night shortly after the pilot had parachuted to safety. The plane developed engine trouble when flying at 35,000 feet. He pilot, Lt. Ellis E David, rode it down to somewhere below 15,000 feet before pushing the button that ejected him from the million dollar air craft.

Dec 19, 1957

Last weeks severe cold snap is gone but the damage it left is painfully apparent today in CitrusGroves and pastures. Some grove owners said the damage to Citrus, both the fruit and the trees, was the worst since the freeze of 1934.

Jan 9, 1958

The $500,000 18-hole championship golf course that is the chief attraction of Paradise Country Club south of Cr will be open for inspection by the people of citrus countysundy afternoon from 2:00 to 5:30

Jan 16, 1958

A jittery gent from Tennessee hauling a trailer loaded with 205 gallons of moonshine whiskey, was arrested on U.S. Route 19 near the Chassahowitzka turn off Saturday afternoon.

July 10, 1958

The Kings Bay Road, running from U.S. 19 to within 400 yards of Salt River is now open for traffic. As soon as workmen finish seeding the shoulders the job will be completed

July 17, 1958

The process of regular gas, which dropped to 23.9 during the price war that spread to CitrusCounty three weeks ago from the Tampa-St Petersburg areas, was selling for 29.9 yesterday.

Jan 22, 1959

CitrusCounty has acquired a good, serviceable Navy-Surplus fire truck at a cost of only $300. It was brought in from campBlanding Monday by Commissioner Ellis H. Roberts who is fire chief for Citrus County Civil Defense.

The board of public instruction adopted a policy Tuesday barring married students from attending the county’s schools.

April 16, 1959

Crystal River Public Library will be formerly opened Saturday afternoon. Refreshments will be served and applications for membership will be received between 2 and 4 PM.

June 18, 1959

Charges for all private room at CitrusMemorialHospital will be $16 per day beginning immediately; it was announced by the hospital board in its last meeting.

Aug 6, 1959

Telephone subscribers in Inverness will soon have 21 more phones available for local service as the work is completed on the Turner Camp road. Mr. L.M. Lomax, District Manager of the Florida Telephone Management advised the Chronicle that work of installing the telephones will start Thursday.

Dec 24, 1959

Membership in the CC Chamber of commerce hit a new high of 234 members on Monday of this week. The memberships are still rolling in and should be very near the 275 mark by Mon Dec 28th.

Feb 4, 1960

Mr. Charles b. Fitzpatrick has moved his law practice into a modern new office, which is located in the orange hotel in Inverness. He no longer has an office in CR or in the MasonicTemple building in Inverness.

Mar 10, 1960

There are 18 4-H clubs with 413 members in CitrusCounty.

June 16, 1960

Building permits in the amount of $40,900 have been issued by the Inverness City Council during the month of May. Although Council issues permits every month of the year, this was an outstanding month and a little larger total value expressed than usual, according to Mrs. Rema Dean, Clerk.

Dec 1, 1960

Inverness will hold its big annual Christmas parade two weeks from this Saturday on Dec 17th. Beginning at the HS the parade will march through uptown Inverness and around the courthouse square.

Jan 19, 1961

Effective Feb 1, 1961, all new number assignments will be made as seven digits instead of the two letters and five digits, stated Mr. Max Wettstein, president and General Manager.

April 27, 1961

Judge O. Frank Scofield sentenced four juveniles “two licks on the behind” by their respective fathers church or Sunday school attendance and a 9 o’clock curfew until they are each 17 years old, on Wednesday morning.

May 25, 1961

Production on the movie “Pioneer, Go Home,” starring Elvis Presley will begin immediately after the Fourth of July, according to director Gordon Douglas, who said there was as strong possibility the entire movie would be filmed in Citrus and Levy counties.

Oct 12, 1961

Signing of the contract with contractor Bill Kant for construction of the clubhouse at Inverness Golf & Country Club will take place this week and work should be started early next week, Walter Turner, building committee chairman said today.

Mar 5, 1962

The Floral City Girls Scouts and Brownies celebrated the 50th anniversary of girl scouting Monday Mar 12th. Exactly 50 years ago, Juliette Gordon Low held the first troupe meeting in the USA on March 12, 1912.

April 26, 1962

Pam and Pat Ogles, aged 3 years, and seasoned motion picture stars already, will appear in person at the ValerieTheatre when the new Elvis Presley film, Follow That Dream opens here at 7PM on Thursday April 26th. The adorable twin girls are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Ogles of CrystalRiver.

July 5, 1962

The new City Hall of Inverness will be officially dedicated tomorrow evening, with dedication ceremonies to begin at 5 O’clock.

Nov 8, 1962

Arial fogging is an effective means for providing control of the adult mosquito population, it was stated this week. Control work of this type can be accomplished at a cost equal to or slightly less than the work now done with truck mounted equipment.

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