Local News

  • Rain dries up for holiday

    Morning fog on Tuesday preceded an afternoon deluge of rain, drenching Citrus County.

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office had reports of several flooded areas, especially in the Inverness area near Withlacoochee Technical College and West Main Street.

    Areas in southwest Citrus County seemed to be hit the hardest, with close to 5 inches of rain.

  • Hernando Elementary students punting to state competition


    Laura Bittner

    Staff Writer

    Students at Hernando Elementary School have been practicing daily to prepare for the punt, pass and kick state competition at Raymond James Stadium prior to Sunday’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ game. 

  • Woman charged with animal cruelty

    A neighbor’s concern and tip to sheriff’s officials about a malnourished dog led to the Tuesday afternoon arrest of a Hernando woman.

    Rebecca Jean Johnson, 35, was arrested on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after a Citrus County sheriff’s deputy determined Johnson was neglecting her dog, Mia.

  • EDC cuts funding ties with county

    The Citrus County Economic Development Council (EDC) has followed up on a concept it has been considering for years.

    This week, EDC Executive Director Don Taylor formally notified the county that the council will be going private at the end of the year.

    In his Nov. 25 letter notifying the Board of County Commissioners, Taylor stated the council’s intent to no longer request funding for operations as of Dec. 31.

  • Thanksgiving prep

    CRYSTAL RIVER — When Marylou Rusovitch and her family lived in New York, they were used to 22 people sitting around the Thanksgiving table.

    When the family of five moved to Citrus County, they missed having the hustle and bustle of lots of people to share the holiday meal with — until they learned of the community Thanksgiving dinner offered each year at First Baptist Church of Crystal River.

  • Law on the lookout for ambush suspects

    A woman was severely injured Tuesday night after two attackers reportedly ambushed her during a drug deal in a McDonald’s bathroom.

    Deputies are on the lookout for Emerald Marie Smith, 26, and Keith Warren Hernandez, 30, in connection with the incident.

  • Weekend filled with holiday activities

    Rochelle Kaiser

    Staff writer

    Enjoy the holiday weekend attending some of these great events.

  • Dark skies dampen day
  • Officials arrest 2 in Inglis arson case

    Two men wer­e arrested Tuesday on accusations of burglary and arson, which resulted in the destruction of an Inglis bar the day before.

    Jordan Michael Cooper, 21, and Travis Crabb, 32, were charged with arson, grand theft, burglary and two counts of arson causing the injury to firefighters after authorities connected the two men to the suspicious fire Monday morning at Rivals Bar off of West Levy County Road 40, Inglis.

  • Shopping season starts on Thanksgiving Day

    For many large stores, Thanksgiving Day signals the start of the Christmas shopping season.

    And if Citrus County follows the predicted national trend, an estimated 61 percent of consumers are expected to shop on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

    According to a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey, of those shoppers, about 18 percent will shop Thanksgiving, 68 percent will shop Black Friday, 43 percent will shop on Saturday and 21.6 percent will shop on Sunday.