Citrus County Chronicle

Citrus County Chronicle

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The Citrus County (FL) Chronicle [LCCN: sn87070035] was begun by Albert M. Williamson in July 1890 as a means of announcing goods for sale to people in the Inverness (FL) and Floral City (FL) areas to the north of Tampa (FL). Walter Warnock, the county clerk in Inverness, assumed ownership of the paper in the late 1890s and added news items and features. George Butler, then 70 years old, became owner and editor of the Citrus County Chronicle in 1914, and later that year Albert W. Butler became editor and owner. Joseph J. Wilson, of Clearwater, took over the paper in April 1929 and was an activist editor promoting goals to return the area to prosperity. Taylor Dawson became the editor in 1935, the same year the Scofield Publishing Company, owner of the Citrus County Chronicle, also acquired the Dunnellon (FL) Sun [LCCN: sn98026435]. Scofield sold the paper in May 1946 to N.A. Perry of Bradenton, who sold shortly afterward to J.R. Hough. A year later, Col. George H. Johnson bought both the Citrus County Chronicle and the Dunnellon Sun from Hough. Then in 1948, the Citrus County Chronicle was sold to Paul W. Ramsey who had been the city editor at the Chicago Sun [LCCN: sn87082566]. Ramsey sold the paper to the Bennett Hahn Company in June 1959, which then sold it to Frances and Carl Turner of Wisconsin. At Turner's death in 1962, his wife sold the paper to a St. Petersburg (FL) group that included former St. Petersburg mayor Herman Goldner. It was then bought by David S. Arthurs and in September 1980 merged with Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc. The Citrus County Chronicle became a daily in 1986, serving all of Citrus County. The newspaper is currently (ca. 2007) owned by Landmark Communications, Inc. In July 1990, the paper moved from Inverness to Crystal River. Citrus Publishing also publishes weekly editions of Sumter County Times [LCCN: sn95072059], Riverland News [LCCN: sn96027433], South Marion Citizen [LCCN: not known to exist], the Visitor [LCCN: not known to exist], Chiefland Citizen [LCCN: sn96027361] and Williston Sun News Pioneer [LCCN: not known to exist]. Source: http://www.chronicleonline.com. - E. Kesse, University of Florida Digital Library Center.
Publisher: Inverness, Fla. : Scofield Pub. Co
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