Local News

  • Need critical for foster parents

    Editor’s note: Due to the sensitive nature of this story, the subjects have requested not to be identified. The Chronicle is referring to them as Bob and Ann.

    Bob and Ann are the typical everyday parents.

    They go to work, take their son to soccer practice after school and then rush home and do it all over again the next day.

    Life could soon be a smooth ride for them. Two kids are in college and one is self-sufficient.

  • Duke cited for decommissioning spending violation

    According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), some of the decommissioning trust fund expenses for the Crystal River Nuclear Plant were not used for decommissioning planning, in violation of NRC requirements.

    The NRC inspection report released Oct. 21 concluded Duke identified the violation based on the results of a quarterly inspection of the plant, known as CR3.

  • Company schedules more layoffs at nuclear plant

    Duke Energy has announced its next round of layoffs affecting 39 employees as it continues the decommissioning process at the Crystal River Nuclear Plant (CR3).

    According to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed with the state, layoffs are scheduled for Nov. 30 through Dec. 31.

  • Group finds early musical success


    Katie Hendrick


    “It’s a beautiful-sounding name that’s also a beautiful place,” said Jasmine Tamposi of her band, Sona Holiday, and it’s an allusion to a tiny hillside community in Northern Italy.

  • Cooter Fest is back

    INVERNESS — What started as a small-town festival celebrating the humble river turtle has turned into a full-on, multi-day, multi-event extravaganza.

    The 11th annual Great American Cooter Fest’s main events begin today in downtown Inverness and continue through Sunday.

  • GOP endorses candidate in nonpartisan race

    A mail piece from the Citrus County Republican Party shows support for two Republicans in local races.

    Nothing unusual about that — except one of the candidates, Robert Milan, is in the nonpartisan mosquito control board race and two of his three opponents are also Republican.

  • Season for spooky fun

    What’s Halloween without ghouls and free-roaming zombies, a boogeymen under the bed, killers with chainsaws and a cannibal or two?

    This weekend and continuing through Oct. 31, there are plenty of opportunities to be scared out of your socks.

  • Authorities bust pot smuggling operation

    A Citrus County resident was arrested Wednesday following the conclusion of three search warrants executed by county, state and federal authorities attempting to end an illegal marijuana mailing service from California to Florida.

    Bree Ann Benson, 20, of Dunnellon, was taken into federal custody Wednesday on criminal complaint charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, and structuring conspiracy.

  • Adopt-a-Tree set for December 12

    Citrus County Parks and Recreation Department will have the third annual Adopt-a-Tree program on Friday, Dec. 12, at the Central Ridge Community Center, 77 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills. 

    Tree decorating will be from 2 to 5 p.m., with judging to start promptly at 5:15 p.m. 

  • County commission schedule changes

    Due to holidays observed in November and December, the Citrus County Commission’s regularly scheduled meetings will not be held on the typical second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. 

    The commission-approved meeting schedule is as follows:

    * Tuesday Nov. 4;

    * Tuesday, Nov. 18;

    * Tuesday, Dec. 2; and