Local News

  • Two fire engines $880,000

    INVERNESS — Two new fire engines joined the fleet of Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue on Friday.

    These engines — each costing approximately $440,000 — were purchased from funds through the fire Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU).

    “These two pieces of equipment are the first two big purchases with the MSBU,” Fire Chief Jim Goodworth said.

  • Carnahan makes case for impact fee freeze

    Commissioner Scott Carnahan, who has been pushing for an impact fee moratorium, wants to set the record straight about his intentions regarding an issue that has since become controversial. 

    Carnahan said his main goal is to spur economic activity in the county.

    “My deal is to help the small mom-and-pop businesses keep some of their money so they can put it back in the business and hire more people,” Carnahan said.

  • Adams puts on hold idea to move finance office

    Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Adams said he withdrew an agenda item — to consider moving the Office of Budget and Management (OBM) to the Clerk of Courts Office purview — in deference to negotiations under way with a new county administrator, but still supports the idea and thinks it should be discussed.

    That position is similarly held by Commissioner Scott Carnahan, who mentioned the idea during a previous county commission meeting.

  • Report: Accomplice duped

    A Homosassa man was arrested Thursday on a charge of trafficking in stolen property after a sheriff’s deputy concluded he told another man, who is mentally handicapped, to steal the item for him.

    Phillip F. Mullen, 50, was spotted Thursday in the Homosassa Walmart on a surveillance camera, pointing at a sound bar in the electronics section before another man picked up the item, according to the arrest report.

  • Energetic elves

    Duke Energy workers provided some volunteer power to the Family Resource Center this week in the form of contributions and hands-on help continuing their long-running tradition of supporting the center’s Christmas campaign. 

    And center director Ginger West put the Duke volunteers to work as Christmas shoppers and gift-wrappers in the center’s rush to select and wrap presents for about 1,900 Citrus County children.

  • Labor force continues to shrink

    While the unemployment rate dipped slightly, Citrus County is continuing to experience a declining labor force, according to state figures released Friday.

    The unemployment rate for November was 6.9 percent, down from 7 percent in October and 7.5 percent in November 2013.

  • Publix supports YMCA
  • County briefs 12/20/14

    Blaze destroys Homosassa home

    A mobile home was destroyed by a fire originating from an unattended candle early Friday morning in Homosassa.

    No fatalities or injuries were reported.

  • Chronicle compiling list of top local stories of 2014

    The Citrus County Chronicle asks readers to submit votes for the top local news story of 2014. To vote, mark your picks in order from 1 to 10. Select from the list below or submit stories not listed. Mail picks to the Citrus County Chronicle c/o Mike Arnold at 1624 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34429; or email marnold@chronicleonline.com. Deadline is noon Monday, Dec. 29.

    Deputies resume search in decades-old cold case, but find nothing

  • Nativity live in Citrus Springs