Local News

  • School saved by those it raised


    Carly Zervis

    Special to the Chronicle

    The Historic Hernando School has seen better days.

    With the help of a determined contingent of Citrus County residents, it will soon see them again.

  • After customers bark, bus service to stay

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Greyhound will continue to roll through Crystal River thanks to a last-minute decision to relocate to a new bus stop.

    Effective next Wednesday, drivers with the national chain will be dropping off and picking up passengers at a new location at the BP gas station at 662 NE U.S. 19, near County Road 44.

    It’s only a mile north of Greyhound’s current ticket office at 640 SE Eighth Terrace, which will close Sunday.

  • Man rescued from river dies

    One of the two men hospitalized after falling into the Rainbow River on July 19 has died, according to a spokesman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    FWC spokesman Greg Workman confirmed that Edgar Acabal Ajtun, 22, of Ocala, died Wednesday. Ajtun was operating a 17-foot canoe carrying 31-year-old Margarito Baten, 25-year-old Lazaro C. Baten and 21-year-old Santos A. Xilog, all of Ocala, on 

  • Dunnellon man killed in crash

    A Dunnellon man was killed early Friday morning after being ejected from a motorcycle.

  • Hospital foundation gets look at new website

    A new website is in the works for the Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation (CCCCF), and it could go live in the next several days.

  • Barbecue benefits Royal family
  • COURT DIGEST: Charges dropped in 2015 road-rage killing

    A Beverly Hills man who shot and killed another Beverly Hills man following a road-rage incident last year had all charges against him dropped Friday by judge Richard “Ric” Howard.

    Howard found Robert Eric Doyle, 52, was acting in self-defense July 23, 2015, when he shot and killed Candelario Reyneldo Gonzalez in the middle of a Beverly Hills street before ordering Gonzales’ wife and two child relatives out of the victim’s car at gunpoint.

  • Clinton: 'Deal me in'

    PHILADELPHIA — Promising Americans a steady hand, Hillary Clinton cast herself Thursday night as a unifier for divided times, steeled for a volatile world by decades in politics that have left some Americans skeptical of her character.

  • Aedes aegypti spotted in Citrus County

    For the first time in six years, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have been sighted in Citrus County.

    The species is one of two that can carry the Zika virus, in addition to a number of other diseases. Patrick Boyd, spokesman for the Citrus County Health Department, said the mosquitoes were found in a county trap and the Citrus Mosquito Control District is testing them to see if they are infected with the virus. The results of those tests could come today or this weekend, he said.

  • Ellie the manatee found dead at 39

    Elisha Neubauer

    For the Chronicle

    Ellie the manatee first came onto scientists’ radars on Dec. 18, 1979. 

    She was first spotted in Three Sisters Springs, and due to her distinctive tail wounds, was easy to recognize each winter as she returned to King’s Bay.

    In 2009, Ellie made national headlines, reshaping the established scientific understanding of manatee behavior.