Local News

  • Monday Conversation: Ginger West

    HERNANDO — At this time of year, Ginger West goes a dozen directions at once — at full speed. As executive director of the Family Resource Center, she is up to her eyebrows in the details of overseeing a team of “elves” who work from morning until late at night making sure that the 2,000 or so Citrus County children who have been referred to them receive gifts for Christmas.

  • Man arrested in robbery

    Police arrested an Inverness man Friday accused of robbing a gas station at gunpoint earlier that week in Homosassa.

    Rusty Brett Boase, 28, was charged with robbery with a firearm or other dangerous weapon. A tipoff to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office led to Boase’s arrest in connection with Monday night’s Chevron gas station holdup. 

  • Crews search for boaters

    Authorities began their search Sunday from a Yankeetown boat ramp in Levy County for two Dunnellon boaters who were reported missing that morning.

    According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), two white males, ages 44 and 37, left at around 7 a.m. Saturday from a Yankeetown boat ramp off of State Road 40 in Levy County for a fishing trip.

  • Dragon boats scale back

    Dragon boat racing caught fire in Citrus County and has outgrown its twice-a-year schedule. 

    In the past two years, the event has grown from a handful of local and regional teams, to nearly 60 entries from all over Florida and several other states.

    And as a festival it has attracted more crafters, food sellers, other types of vendors and participants to the full day event at Lake Hernando. Organizers even added a Friday night concert and kickoff party.

  • Yankeetown Seafood Festival
  • Courthouse Square to light up for Christmas

    The Citrus County Historical Society has announced plans for the 20th annual Old Courthouse Christmas and Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in Inverness.

    For the past 19 years, the historical society has sponsored the event and on Saturday, Nov. 29, members and friends will erect the trees starting at 9 a.m. Those wishing to volunteer assistance are welcome.

  • County briefs 11/24/14

    Pet license fees to increase Jan. 1

    At the Nov. 4 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved the increase of the Citrus County Animal license fees, effective Jan. 1.

    The fee for a one-year license for a sterilized animal will increase from $5 to $10. The fee for a one-year license for a non-sterilized animal will increase from $25 to $35.

  • Crews recover body of missing boater

    Authorities on Sunday night recovered the body of one of two Dunnellon boaters reported missing that morning off the Levy County coast.

    Joseph John Johns, 44, was reportedly found dead in the water Sunday night by searchers led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

    Crews are still actively searching for Johns’ 37-year-old friend Daniel Reed Tingley.

  • Local briefs 11/23/14

    ­Citrus County Advisory board members sought

    The Citrus County Commission is seeking applications for two vacant positions on the Citrus Springs Advisory Council. This board provides for regulation of private, for-profit water, bulk water and wastewater utilities within the unincorporated areas of Citrus County.

  • Q&A: The MSBU and you

    What is the fire services MSBU?

    A municipal services benefit unit (MSBU) is a fee charging certain property owners who will receive an extra benefit from a justified service — in this case, improved fire services.

    An MSBU is not a tax based on a home’s taxable property value. It is an additional fee added onto to that collected tax amount.