Local News

  • Focus on saving King’s Bay

    Southwest Florida Water Management District’s springs restoration team on Monday led a tour of King’s Bay, which is one of the major focuses of a multi-pronged effort to save the now impaired waterway.

  • Local couple brings business to historic Inverness

    INVERNESS — They dated for eight hours in fifth grade. Curtiss “CJ” Bryant and Valerie (Sherouse) Bryant were both students at Seven Rivers Christian School, and in fifth grade they became boyfriend and girlfriend — until Valerie got scared about what her parents would say.

    After that, they were just friends, and in 10th grade CJ transferred to Lecanto High School to run cross country.

  • Charge: Man planned to eat tortoises

    The man found in the possession of 11 gopher tortoises in early August was arrested Saturday morning on charges of not only capturing the endangered species near Lecanto, but allegedly eating them as well.

    Charles Allen Roddenberry, 36, of Lecanto, was arrested by Citrus County deputies on a felony charge of killing or wounding an endangered or threatened species after the State Attorney’s Office executed a warrant for his arrest.

  • Class to raise awareness of mental health issue

    Pat Scimone-Almasy will always remember the death of her younger brother Thomas Scimone on Nov. 20, 2010 — 10 years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

    Almost two years ago in Suffolk County, New York, Almasy’s 48-year-old brother walked out into the street from his burning home holding his unloaded antique rifle in front of seven police officers who confronted him.

  • Adams’ proposal stirs concern

    * WHAT: Citrus County Board of County Commissioners meeting.

    * WHEN: 1 p.m. today.

    * WHERE: Courthouse, downtown Inverness.

    * ON THE WEB: www.bocc.citrus.fl.us.


  • Court will hear school district’s appeal

    The Citrus County School District has appealed a circuit court decision granting access to transcripts of closed school board meetings through a public records request.

    The 5th District Court of Appeal is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case on Oct. 16 in Daytona Beach.

  • Foundation inches closer to HCA deal

    INVERNESS — With each signature, with each vote, the deal to lease Citrus County’s only public hospital comes closer.

    The Citrus Memorial Health Foundation on Monday approved agreements with Hospital Corporation of America and the Citrus County Hospital Board that move the expected Oct. 31 closing closer.

  • COURT DIGEST: Both sides ready for second Holub trial

    After a mistrial was declared last week, Gregory “Scotty” Holub, charged with second-degree murder in the 2013 shooting death of Deseray Lynn Bowles, was back in court on Monday.

    Bowles, 24, of Inverness, was shot and killed in the driver’s seat of her car during the early hours of March 31, Easter Sunday, in Floral City. 

  • CRA to meet today

    More time was allocated in order for Crystal River board members to discuss major projects scheduled for the government meeting tonight.

    Crystal River’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) board will begin discussions for two anticipated development projects at 6 p.m. tonight.

  • Make sure to vote on Nov. 4

    I just read your Sept. 6  letter, “Punish nonvoters,” and I understand the author’s sentiment after having spent thousands of dollars in the past as a candidate in Citrus County with very low voter turnout on Election Day.  Those who could have voted did not vote, and we will feel the result of their apathy.