Local News

  • YMCA first year ‘tremendous’

    LECANTO — Elaine Zollo of Lecanto was at the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA promptly at 9 a.m. Tuesday, ready to meet her friends in the line dancing class.

    She loves attending the twice-weekly gathering because it helps keep her in shape and she has fun at the same time.

    “I need to exercise,” said Zollo, sitting at one of the tables in the foyer of the Y. “Line dancing is a blast.”

  • Bar honors Skip Bertoch

    Citrus County lawyers honored a few of their own Friday, including Carl A. “Skip” Bertoch, who passed away after a serving in law for 50 years.

    Clark Stillwell posthumously honored Bertoch — his longtime colleague and fellow land development attorney, presenting Bertoch’s widow, Sarah, with the Citrus County Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award.

  • MPO: Withlacoochee Trail repairs likely

    Bicyclists and nature lovers who use the Withlacoochee State Trail in Citrus County have reason to celebrate: The potholes and degrading asphalt that have marred parts of the route the last few years may finally be repaired.

  • Roofing business burglarized
  • Program drives home dangers of distractions

    Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a three-part series about distracted driving and related concerns. See Sunday’s Business section for the final installment.


    Austin Poppleton, 17, said there is no way he will ride in a vehicle if the driver is fumbling around with a cellphone. He’ll tell the driver, forcefully if need be, to either hand it over or let him do the texting.

  • Ressler steps down from CCCCF

    LECANTO — Debbie Ressler surprised her Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation colleagues Thursday evening when she announced her resignation from the volunteer board, effective June 1.

    Ressler said she and her husband will be making frequent trips to North Carolina to visit her two grandsons and that she won’t be able to devote the necessary time to adequately fulfill her duties on the CCCCF board. She’s been the Citrus County Hospital Board’s representative on the 

  • Tourism leader warns budget cuts could cost jobs

    Jim Turner

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s tourism-marketing chief forecast “thousands” of people will be put out of work across the state as he implored lawmakers Friday to rethink a funding cut for his agency.

  • Water officials: Spring flow stable

    The water district’s recommended Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) for Crystal River/King’s Bay are not going down very well with stakeholders and residents, but officials with the agency are insisting there is no need for alarm — spring flow, especially in the northern Floridan Aquifer, remains stable.

  • Gone fishin'
  • County briefs 4/27/2017

    AAA: Gas prices have likely peaked

    Florida gas prices may have hit their peak, at least for the first half of the year, according to AAA-The Auto Club Group.

    The current average of $2.44 is a half cent less than Tuesday and 2 cents less than last week. Florida gas prices peaked last year at $2.41 on Dec. 31. So far this year, the highest price was $2.47 on April 21.