Local News

  • STARS shine

    For student-athletes, a night under the lights doesn’t have to mean hustle and sweat.

    Wednesday evening, the county’s athletic elite suited up for the Chronicle Student Athletic Recognitions (STARS) Ceremony at the College of Central Florida in Lecanto to receive recognition for not just the perspiration on their brows, but for having the perseverance to harness their potential.

  • Inglis pair arrested in home invasion

    Two Inglis men were arrested in Levy County for their alleged connection to a home invasion on Tuesday in the Hernando area.

    Shawn Michael Burd, 37, and 23-year-old Tyler Ryan Baker are being held at the Levy County Jail on charges of home invasion and four counts of aggravated battery, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • County defends paving plans

    INVERNESS — County commissioners at a meeting on Tuesday roundly defended staff for their professionalism in ranking roads for paving.

    The board carved out extra time on the agenda to discuss a Citrus County Chronicle story this week that featured some residents who questioned the logic of repaving roads in Citrus Springs which had no homes along them.

  • Kiwanis break ground
  • Wheeler: ‘We negotiate until it hurts’

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River City Manager Dave Burnell gave city officials an ultimatum on Three Sisters Springs during Tuesday’s city council meeting: finalize negotiations or evict the springs’ property manager.

  • CRA on board with revitalization program

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River business owners filled city hall Tuesday evening with applause when city officials gave the OK to seek membership in a program designed to rejuvenate downtowns.

    Board members of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) — who also sit as the city council — unanimously approved a resolution to submit an application to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner seeking membership in the Florida Main Street Program.

  • A garden green with gifts

    FLORAL CITY — Virginia Lee, a self-proclaimed “vegetable freak,” is crazy about the okra from the Floral City United Methodist Church’s community garden.

    “Okra and tomatoes are my favorite,” she said Wednesday as she picked up a full bag of vegetables freshly harvested from the garden just that morning. “You chop them up in a pan, add a little fatback or bacon or pork grease to season it — it’s delicious.”

  • Manatee killed in Crystal River


    Shemir Wiles

    For the Chronicle

    A manatee died Sunday in Crystal River, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission believes the cause of death was watercraft-related.

  • Perennial candidate accused of theft

    A seven-time political candidate was arrested Friday for allegedly taking two computers from a Walmart without paying for them.

  • Adams gets pat on back, slap on wrist

    INVERNESS — County Commission Chairman Scott Adams was praised at Tuesday’s board meeting for his tenacity in pursuing an alleged case of fraud concerning the financial records of Corrections Corporation of America’s (CCA) construction contract for the 2007 jail expansion, but he was also told to make sure he follows proper protocol as he follows that trail.