Local News

  • Adams to Kenney: I'll block your job

    INVERNESS — County Commissioner Scott Adams is overheard in a recorded conversation saying he would “talk to the senator” to block a potential job for Commissioner John “JJ” Kenney.

    The conversation between Adams and Kenney occurred just prior to Thursday morning’s Port Authority meeting at the county courthouse. The county commission sits as the port authority.

  • Full speed ahead for Port Authority

    INVERNESS — The Citrus County Port Authority went ahead Thursday and picked a new interim port director and a matchmaker to arrange to bring potential private operators and capital to a proposed boat ramp and marina at the Cross Florida Barge Canal.

    Meanwhile, a surprise visitor to the authority’s meeting offered to lend a hand to the board amid strong opposition from County Commissioner Scott Adams, who pressed on to have the port authority disbanded. County commissioners serve as the port authority.

  • Law enforcement busts another grow house

    CITRUS SPRINGS — Officials from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) secured a search warrant for a Citrus Springs house Thursday morning, revealing a two-room marijuana grow operation.

    Authorities arrived to an unanswered door on North Maltese Drive at approximately 10 a.m. to find a back room containing mature cannabis plants and a separate building with younger, smaller plants, according to Sgt. Ed Blair, who led the CCSO Tactical Impact Unit.

  • City brainstorms solutions to overcrowding on the water

    CRYSTAL RIVER — On Wednesday evening, the topic for Crystal River City Council members was tourism and its impacts on residents, parks, boat ramps and parking lots.

    “These are very important topics,” Vice Mayor Ken Brown said about tourist overcrowding.

    The discussion began with possible solutions to ease congestion at boat ramps and kayak/canoe launches, particularly at Hunter Springs Park, King’s Bay Park and Three Sisters Springs.

  • Her tunes on iTunes

    CRYSTAL RIVER — At only 27 years old, she is singing her way to stardom — all for the glory of God.

    “The heart behind what I sing is for me to please the Lord in everything I do,” said Megan Vino. “Through the songs I hope that they get to know him better.”

    After a two-and-a-half-year process, the 2005 Lecanto High School graduate’s dreams came true Tuesday — her birthday — with the release of her new music video and debut extended play (EP) album on iTunes.

  • Mother breaks into daughter’s house

    BEVERLY HILLS — A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputy responded to a burglary call last Friday night from a Beverly Hills woman who just returned from visiting her sick newborn in a Tampa hospital.

    Since early last week until the report was lodged last Friday, the mother of the critically ill infant had been away at the Tampa hospital while, at some point, her house in Beverly Hills was burglarized, allegedly by her own mother.

  • Tri-city fire plan discussed

    INVERNESS — With the clock ticking on the city of Inverness deciding on a fire services plan, City Manager Frank DiGiovanni told the Chronicle editorial board Wednesday about a tri-city approach, partnering with the cities of Crystal River and Dunnellon.

  • Feds to meet potential vendors for Three Sisters

    CRYSTAL RIVER — At 6 p.m. today at City Hall, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge officials will have an informational meeting for potential concessionaires regarding the establishment of limited public access to the Three Sisters Springs property.

    Refuge officials, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will present a notice of intent seeking a single-entity concessionaire for a one-season deal beginning on Nov. 15 and ending on March 31, 2015.

  • Rounding up support

    LECANTO — Those who know Kelly Thomas know her as a champion.

    Born into a longtime Lecanto ranching family, Kelly, 19, has always been at home with her own herd of cattle or on the back of a horse.

    A 2013 Lecanto High School graduate, she was enrolled at the College of Central Florida studying physical therapy and interning at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville all while daily tending her cattle and practicing barrel racing on her horse — and working at Havana House Café. 

  • Theater restoration going strong

    INVERNESS — From its appearance, it only looks like an earthquake or a bomb hit the Valerie Theatre, but according to Inverness City Manager Frank DiGiovanni, this is all part of the plan.