Local News

  • Scarecrow Row
  • Dean: State should audit CCA contract

    State Sen. Charlie Dean is asking for the state auditor general to audit Citrus County’s 20-year contract with Corrections Corporation of America over operations of the county jail.

    Dean, R-Inverness, also is requesting a 10-year audit of the county parks and recreation division, in part because it showed up on a document as being the jail owner during the CCA’s jail expansion eight years ago.

  • Flap at Publix causes mixup over Rx card

    When George Hanifin of Beverly Hills used his county prescription drug card at his neighborhood Publix pharmacy recently, he was told the Lakeland-based supermarket chain no longer accepted it.

    Hanifin said the news cost him more than $40 out of pocket — about $25 more than he would have spent with the discount card. Between he and his wife, the Hanifins fill more than 20 prescriptions a month. Without that discount, he said, the bill puts a big dent in his budget.

  • George Washington Carver Community Center

    Local Crystal River residents attended the crab boil for an early lunch Saturday as the George Washington Carver Community Center project raises funds to continue construction.

    A 10-foot, $10,000 kitchen hood was purchased in Texas for $3,000 and recently installed, according to Harold Walker, construction project manager for the George Washington Carver Community Center. Walker finds equipment and supplies from all over the country when he scours Craigslist.com.

  • Economic opportunity chief to visit Citrus

    Back in March, Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, offered some ideas on how Citrus County can improve its economy.

    Next week, he will have a chance to follow up and see firsthand if the county was paying attention.

    On Friday, Oct. 9, he will be the featured speaker at the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club.

  • County briefs 10/4/15

    TV celebrity to visit pub today

    Goat from the truTV reality series “Full Throttle Saloon” will be at Mike’s Friendly Pub in Homosassa, 5465 S. Oak Ridge Drive, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The show aired from 2009 to 2014 and followed the day-to-day operations of the world’s largest biker bar, Full Throttle Saloon, in Sturgis, South Dakota. For information or questions, email Mike’s manager Pam Schultz at schultzpam38@yahoo.com.

    GOP committee to meet Monday

  • Hog hunting set to begin in November

    Special to the Chronicle

  • Sertoma Octoberfest
  • Brother-sister duo face animal cruelty charges

    The alleged negligence of over 40 cats inside a Hernando-area home now has a brother and sister facing charges of animal cruelty.

    Deputies and animal control officers with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office began their investigation into a possible case of animal cruelty Wednesday morning at 4772 N. Redwood Lane, where homeowners Wayne and Diane Dennis told them about the roughly 43 cats living inside, according to arrest reports.

  • Mills one of nation’s best realtors

    Although Barbara Mills is a winner to those who know her, now it’s official.

    It was announced Sept. 30 that she is one of five national winners of the REALTOR Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award, given to Realtors who have made an extraordinary impact on their community through volunteer work, such as Operation Welcome Home — the huge parties given to Citrus County military service members when they come home from Afghanistan.