Feb 7, 1963

Citrus County’s most glamorous structure opens to the public tomorrow after many months of planning and construction. Now, “with no stone left unturned” Paradise Plantation Hotel and County Club is a fabulous reality.

February 14, 1963

“All residents of the community and surrounding areas are cordially invited to attend open house at our Inglis plant on Friday, Feb 15, and Sunday Feb 17,” announced Jay A. Hester, Inverness District Manager for Florida Power Corporation.

Mar 14, 1963

The state road department has agreed to approximately 30 miles of road construction and improvement in CitrusCounty, the Chronicle was told Tues evening. Four laning of US 19 through Crystal River and construction of a highway to the gulf topped requests from the county at the recent day long district 5 SRD budget hearings in Deland.

Nov 7, 1963

“Its going to be the biggest and best parade Inverness has ever had,” explained Charles Jacobs, Chairmen of the Veterans day parade committee of the CC Barracks, WWI Veterans.

Nov 27, 1963

The shocking news of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy came to CC early Friday afternoon. The day itself was warm and sunny, but as hundreds gathered around any available radio or television set in downtown Inverness, the sun seemed to dim taking it warmth with it, as the words came – “The President is Dead”

Jan 9, 1964

Representatives of radio, television, newspapers and magazines from across the nation will converge on CC Thursday of next week. They will be here for at least three days of business, fun and relaxation. Luring them here is Warner Bros’ new movie “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” the giant Hollywood film co is collaborating with Florida’s fabulous Weekie Wachee spring to premiere its latest pioneering effort.

Visitors of Homosassa Springs will soon be getting a “new look” as they peer into the Fish Bowl Spring at this popular west coast attraction. This unique underwater observatory is now under construction and will soon replace the one which has been at this spring for a number of years.

Feb 27, 1964

At long last, red tape has been disposed of and final plans are being announced for the construction of new Atlantic and Pacific TEA Company (A&P) store in Inverness. Work on the new supermarket is expected to begin within the next month.

April 16, 1964

An all time high voter registration was reported this week by CC Supervisor of Registration E.C. Johnston. The total figure shows there are 6,246 citizens in the county who are eligible to vote in this year’s election. There are 5800 democrats eligible to cast ballots in the forthcoming democratic of May 5.

Oct 1, 1964

After months of construction and installation the new Holiday Inn in CrystalRiver has reached the stage of near completion and the dining and living complex is a beehive of frantic activity these last days before the scheduled opening at 3PM on Sunday.

May 20, 1965

The controversial issue of speeding police cars chasing speeding cars was again raised at MondaysCrystalRiver town council meeting. The issue center around patrolman Fields hitting a car driven by Mrs. Norman Williams while the patrolman was chasing another speeding car.

May 27, 1965

Just about a year ago the Chronicle opened publishing offices in CrystalRiver, the new management of the county’s oldest newspaper recognizing the importance of that area to the growth of CitrusCounty. In that elapsed time the facilities have been expanded to include a complete office supply outlet, the first in the gulf region of the county.

May 12, 1966

CitrusMemorialHospital will comply with the dictates of the civil right bill. A resolution adopting its concepts was passed at the meeting of the board of directors Tuesday. The regulations call for a single dining room for all hospital personnel; no discrimination of employment practices; patients to be assigned to rooms without regard to color, race or creed; recruitment of personnel will disregard race, color or creed in selecting professional personnel and there will be no discrimination in ambulance services.

May 19, 1966

The Veterans of Citrus County, through the various veteran organizations, will stage a 16 unit Memorial Day parade Monday, in Inverness, beginning at 10AM.

May 26, 1966

From seedin’ to eatin’ in 60 days was a milestone attained in the production of corn in the experimental plot in the Eden farm in Inverness. Under the supervision of John H. Eden Jr. the Eden farms have successfully cut the many days from the growing time to produce excellent quality eating corn by combining the proper balance of natural and manmade fertilizer with plenty of water and that old green thumb standby tender loving care.

Nov 3, 1966

Construction on the new CitrusCounty jail will begin in about two weeks the county commission learned Tuesday. The low bid $162,354 submitted by gulf construction co of Sarasota was accepted with minor changes recommend by Nelson Farber.

Jan 5, 1967

CitrusCounty achieved a new milestone in growth last week when it was announced by university of FL statisticians that Citrus was the fastest growing county in Florida in 1966.

Mar 23, 1967

The lengthy and wonderful history of the Inverness Woman’s Club will highlight the observance of the clubs golden anniversary Tuesday at the Inverness Golf and Country Club at 12:30.

Aug 3, 1967

Florida’s foremost name in retail furniture comes to the central west part of the state this week with the opening of a new Badcock furniture and appliance associate store at Inverness Friday.

Sept 7, 1967

The members of the FL Press Assoc and their families convene at Riverside Villas at Homosassa this weekend for the annual late summer meeting of the group. Playing host to the Publishers of Florida’s daily and weekly newspapers are Citrus County Chronicle and Dunnellon Press Publisher David S. Arthurs and Sun Journal of Brooksville publisher James Talley.

Nov 16, 1967

The 67 prep school football season draws to a close in Citrus County Friday night with the annual clash of the “Arch Athletic” rivals, The Pirates from CrystalRiver and the ‘Canes from Inverness. This year’s match is schedule for the Crystal River High School Stadium with game time set at 8PM.

Feb 15, 1968

CitrusMemorialHospital has received approval for a $337,500 federal grant Trustee Chairman B.F. Dibble told fellow board members Tuesday. The planned expansion of the 25-bed Inverness hospital to a 60-bed facility is estimated at $750,000 and the federal funds will provide about 45% of the total cost.

Feb 29, 1968

A promotional campaign for advertising CitrusCounty as “The Outdoor Wonderland” of Florida, which was outlined by the Lipp-Hicks promotional firm of Tampa Feb 20th, was approved by the Citrus County Commission at a cost of $21,265.

Mar 21, 1968

CitrusPlaza, Inverness, has grand opening celebration. The keystones of the CitrusPlazaShoppingPlaza are the Winn Dixie Shopping Market and T.G. & Y. Variety store.

April 25, 1968

“The Key” Training Center for Retarded Children will be formerly dedicated at the grand opening on Friday, May 3rd at the center located near Southern Highlands on SR 44.

Aug 15, 1968

Highway US 19, stretching some 235 miles from St. Petersburg to the Georgia line north of Montecello, will be completely four laned by 1974 - most of it a year earlier than that.

Nov 7, 1968

The developing commercial interests at Inverness passes a new milestone this week with the grand opening of the new B&W Rexall drugs at the CitrusPlazaShopping Center.

April 3, 1969

Citrus CountyChamber of Commerce business members were given until April 21st to pay their 1969 dues if they wish to be listed in the Chambers directory of member services. The directory will be published by the Chamber in each year in April to be distributed to newcomers to the area, to visitors and to be mailed with other material on the county to inquiries coming to the chamber.

May 15, 1969

A camp for girls somewhat similar to the “Florida Sheriff’s Boys Camp” is being constructed on the 850 acre track recently purchased in Citrus County by the Jack and Ruth Eckerd Foundation. The Eckerds are founders and major stock holders in the Eckerd Drug chain. The year around camp for girls from ages 8 to 14, will be called “E-Nini-Hasse” a Seminole Indian name which, translated, means “her son road,” or literally “her bright path.”

June 12, 1969

There is a new town in CitrusCounty this week, and the fact of the matter is it seems to be causing a mild stir among a number of its citizens. Pending Governor Claude Kirk signature on a bill past last week by the FL Legislature is an act created the town of Homosassa springs.

July 24, 1969

The gigantic impact of a 1500 home community to be developed by the Mackle Brothers Deltona Corp approximately between Dunnellon and holder, US Hwy 41, was revealed to this West Central Florida area Tuesday afternoon.

Aug 21, 1969

Will the official Florida seal please stand up! To tell the truth, it’s hard to say just which seal is the official seal, but one thing is for sure, the Florida seal displayed in the rotunda of the Citrus County Court is about as far from the official seal or anything similar to it, as any seal can be.

Nov 27, 1969

Residents and visitors who enjoy visiting a “flea market” the place where you may anything, will be pleased to learn that they may find that very facility at the Citrus County Fair grounds beginning at 9AM Friday.

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