Local News

  • Family seeks justice for dead man

    There are two days Scott Standard’s family will want to forget.

    First is the day James “Trey” Conner III, then 49, shot and killed 46-year-old Standard, his next-door neighbor, on Jan. 24, 2011, in an Ozello neighborhood.

    Next is when a prosecutor did not charge Conner for Standard’s death because of Conner’s unchallengeable claim of self defense during the shooting.

  • Scallopers dive in

    The opening of scalloping season is anxiously awaited each year by those who enjoy searching for the shelled mollusks that dwell about 3 to 5 feet below the waters between Crystal River and Homosassa.

    Perhaps veteran fishing guide Rick Burns, who operates Reel Burns Charters, said it best: “It’s good fun, a nice way to cool off, beat the summer heat and something the whole family can enjoy.”

  • Scallop population forecast: good, not great

    Here’s the forecast: Hot days, bright sunshine — and plenty of scallops.

    The scallop population off Citrus County coastal waters is ripe for human invasion for scallop season, which began Saturday and runs through Sept. 24.

    Forecasts for this year and survey results from prior years show the scallop population maintaining a steady count — no major increases or decreases — according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report.

  • Photo essay: opening day of scallop season 2016
  • The Scoop on Scallops
    • Scallops are found in coastal waters off the eastern U.S. from Maryland to Florida, throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, and down to Brazil. The ones found off Citrus County waters are called bay scallops. They are bottom dwellers and live in 4-8 feet of water.
    • Bay scallops are bivalve (two-shelled) mollusks. They used to be harvested and sold commercially. Now, only recreational anglers can take them during harvest season.
  • Buckets and buckets of scallops
  • May market report: Conditions improve for sellers

    May was a kind month to Citrus County single-family home sellers.

    Not only are sales up from last year but sellers are getting pretty much what they want for their homes, according to the monthly market report from Florida Realtors.

    Rob Tessmer Jr., president of the Realtors Association of Citrus County, said May 2016 residential closings stayed strong in Citrus County and rose almost 10 percent year-over-year.

  • History of electric light: From arc, florescent and incandescent to LED lamps

    By Jane Weber, Special to the Chronicle

  • Eight local candidates elected without opposition

    Dr. Ralph Massullo’s first political campaign was a short one.

    Massullo, a Lecanto dermatologist, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives District 34 without opposition. Qualifying for the ballot ended at noon Friday.

  • Task force backs I-75 fixes before taking parkway north

    WILLISTON — Freeway upgrades first. Parkway extension second.

    That’s the consensus of a group of elected and appointed officials representing six Florida counties grappling with what to do about Interstate 75 congestion between Gainesville and Tampa.

    The I-75 Relief Task Force decided on a tentative plan that calls for upgrades to the freeway before entertaining thoughts of extending the Suncoast Parkway north to the Gainesville-Ocala area.