Local News

  • New chief in town

    INVERNESS — Joe Campfield said it’s always been his dream to start a fire department from scratch and watch it grow.

    Starting Nov. 30, Campfield will get his chance when he officially becomes the first chief of the nascent Inverness Fire Department.

  • Restaurant to get another chance

    Tommy Piliouras knows: We’ve heard this story before.

    Piliouras, who has vowed unsuccessfully to rebuild the Marguerita Grill on Halls River Road in Homosassa, is hoping that his business partnership with Dr. Paresh Desai is the missing link.

    Piliouras’ company, Neida Inc., received a building permit on Nov. 13 to rebuild the restaurant, which has sat as a shell since early 2013.

  • Under renovation
  • Teen girl killed in crash Wednesday

    A 16-year-old Citrus High School student was killed Wednesday in a car crash on State Road 44 near Inverness.

  • El Niño back in force

    El Niño’s back, and he’s bringing plenty of moisture and cold temperatures with him.

  • Above and beyond

    BEVERLY HILLS — This Thanksgiving, Robert Sullivan is thankful that rain no longer seeps into his house. He’s thankful that he no longer has to worry about his roof collapsing on top of him.

  • Lecanto shooter says he wasn't bullied

    It was not bullying that drove a Lecanto High School student to turn a pistol on himself earlier this month in front of his classmates and teacher.

    So said the boy himself during his first conversation with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives, who had been waiting to question the 15-year-old about his motives ever since the shooting the morning of Nov. 10 during an English class in which roughly two dozen students were present.

  • Fatal crash on State Road 44

    A firefighter with Citrus County Sheriff’s Fire Rescue works on a four-door sedan which was involved in a fatal crash Wednesday afternoon on State Road 44 near Inverness. The two-car crash between the car and a pickup truck happened about 1 p.m. near the Run for the Roses Drive turn-in with S.R. 44, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Details on what preceded the crash and who was injured were still under investigation by FHP by Thursday’s deadline.

  • A refuge for recovery

    Club Recovery of Citrus County has been a safe place for recovering addicts and alcoholics to meet for over three years.

    Now the nonprofit charity needs help itself as it works to construct its new building and continue its tradition of facilitating recovery through community strength.

  • Don’t let fryer fire ruin Thanksgiving

    Cooking your Thanksgiving turkey in a fryer has become a popular method of preparation — but in addition to leading to a juicy, tender bird, it can also lead to burns and fires if done improperly.

    Here are some ways to stay safe during Thanksgiving if frying up a turkey:

    •  Propane-fired turkey fryers must be used outdoors. Set up the fryer more than 10 feet away from any structure. Keep children and pets away. Never leave fryers unattended.