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  • Search ends for missing man

    The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday evening for Brandon Paul, the Floral City man and Citrus High School graduate who fell off a cruise ship near Cuba.

    Rescue crews spent more than 16 hours and covered 3,469 square miles searching for Paul after the 23-year-old fell from the eighth deck of Carnival Victory at 3 a.m.  Wednesday, 33 miles northwest of Pinar del Río, Cuba, according to the Coast Guard.

  • Slaying suspect caught in Citrus

    A teen suspected of shooting and killing a Panama City man Sunday in Panama City Beach was apprehended Tuesday in Citrus County.

    Citrus County sheriff’s officials arrested 14-year-old Tyree Tylan Maddox without incident at a Crystal River home. 

    Maddox, of Panama City, was wanted by the Panama City Beach Police Department on second-degree murder charges of 27-year-old Ples Robinson, according to the police department.

  • Spring colors come alive
  • After 29 years, C.R. Riverwalk becoming a reality

    Today is the day.

    After 29 years of talks and negotiations, the first bits of dirt will finally fly this afternoon to mark the start of the first phase of Crystal River’s King’s Bay Riverwalk.

    City Manager Dave Burnell — who helped make the long-awaited project tying the city’s waterfront and downtown areas a reality — will be one of many movers and shakers at the groundbreaking ceremony 

  • Wreck snarls traffic in Inverness
  • Leaders at odds on tourism, business spending

    TALLAHASSEE — Sen. Jack Latvala doesn’t think legislative attempts to eliminate the state’s economic agency will go anywhere, but he has a plan just in case.

    “It’s still got to come before my committee and it’s not going to pass,” Latvala matter-of-factly told Citrus County business leaders Thursday during the chamber of commerce’s legislative day.

  • Judge denies motion in murder case

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Judge Richard “Ric” Howard denied multiple defense motions Thursday, moving closer the trial of a Brooksville woman accused of slaying another Brooksville woman. 

    Crystal Michelle Brinson, 39, and her boyfriend Byron Lee Boutin, 45, were charged in June 2013 with the murder of 18-year-old DeAnna Lee Stires. Stires’ body was found dumped in Levy County in January 2013. 

  • Drug take-back program a big success

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office took in over 400 pounds of unwanted prescriptions Wednesday as part of its prescription drug take-back program.

    With help from Community Crimes detectives, Deputy Nancy Suto and Detective Sam Ruby set up one-time medication drop-off locations at the three Walmarts around the county.

  • 'Complete streets' vision finds council support

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Members of Inverness City Council passed a resolution Tuesday affirming their commitment to complete street designs in future construction.

    The street concept discussed at the request of the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) binds the council to promoting striped bike lanes as a primary design component, and protected bike lanes when possible.

  • No love for roundabout

    BROOKSVILLE — Installing a roundabout at U.S. 98 and County Road 491 is not only ridiculous but will make an already dangerous intersection even deadlier, according to Lois Booth.

    “I think it’s going to make it worse,” said Booth, who lives not far from a corner that has logged 29 crashes in the past five years.