Local News

  • Tax cut fever

    TALLAHASSEE - “No tax is safe,” is the mantra of the Florida Legislature this year as the House and Senate may try to out-tax cut Gov. Rick Scott.

    Addressing the media Wednesday, Scott rolled out his proposed $77 billion budget with an emphasis on tax cuts and creating jobs.

    During a short presentation the governor remained on message, deflecting questions unrelated to the budget until he completed his pitch.

  • Atwater and Putnam stake positions for session

    TALLAHASSEE — All three members of the Florida Cabinet — the attorney general, the chief financial officer and the commissioner of agriculture — followed Gov. Rick Scott in addressing the media on Wednesday.

    While all three were grilled on the ouster of former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, they endeavored to highlight their own agendas for the upcoming year.


  • State leaders respond to shakeup at FDLE

    TALLAHASSEE — Former Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Commissioner Gerald Bailey has been a focal point in the state capitol since he was forced out of office in January.

    His unexpected and unexplained departure had fellow politicians pointing fingers at Gov. Rick Scott, while other state leaders call for an explanation and more transparency. Bailey had held the position since 2006.

  • David Langer left a lasting legacy

    Inverness was a one-stoplight town when David Langer set up shop in 1965.

    In the 50 years since, Langer became a successful businessman, politician, visionary, supporter of numerous causes and a friend to countless others.

    Langer, whose legacy includes time on the Citrus County school board, county commission and Citrus Memorial Health Foundation, died shortly after midnight Saturday, Jan. 31, from complications of a heart attack he suffered 10 days ago, his brother Jack said. Langer was 79.

  • Black history: Family, faith, community

    Editor’s note: Someone once said, “History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” As Black History Month begins today, throughout the month the Chronicle will be telling some of the stories of being black in Citrus County, the good and the bad, for their stories are integral to our combined story as a local community — who we are and why we are they way we are and perhaps how we can be better.

  • Floral City man suspected in Brooksville hit-and-run

    A Brooksville man was killed Friday night by a Floral City driver in a hit-and-run incident in Hernando County, according to police.

  • Grant gets seven-year contract with hospital board

    INVERNESS — Two months ago, Bill Grant talked of possibly resigning as the Citrus County Hospital Board attorney.

    Instead, now he is a CCHB employee.

    The hospital board voted unanimously Friday night to approve a seven-year contract that pays Grant a flat annual rate to perform all legal services without a retainer or extra fees.

  • The week in review: Jan. 25 to Jan. 31

    In case you missed them, here are highlights from the week’s news:

    Stories of the week: On Monday, Citrus Memorial Hospital began necessary construction to add a helipad to the facility in anticipation of the hospital applying for Level II Trauma Center status this spring. Comments on the Chronicle Facebook page were mixed, from “Great, we need it!” to “They need to fix the ER wait time first.”

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  • County offers first-time homebuyers class

    A first-time homebuyer’s class is being offered by Housing Services, a division under the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners. 

    Participants who attend the entire session will receive a certificate of completion that is required for Neighborhood Stabilization Program and other first-time homebuyer assistance programs.