Local News

  • New shelter director takes the reins



    * To view photos of pets available for adoption at the Citrus County Animal Shelter, go to www.citruscritters.com.


  • DiGiovanni contract on agenda

    INVERNESS — Last September, Inverness City Manager Frank DiGiovanni retired, sort of. 

    After having reached the Florida Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) mandatory retirement date, DiGiovanni and the city 

    contracted with SS Solutions, a staff leasing company based in St. Augustine, so DiGiovanni could continue in his role as city manager.

  • The Centers appoints new CEO

    LECANTO — The Centers’ Board of Directors had to look no further than their own campus to find the most qualified person to fill the vacant chief executive officer position.

    After an extensive nationwide search for the next CEO of the organization, the board of directors announced on Aug. 25 the selection of their Interim CEO Tim Cowart to fill the position.

  • A building of their own

    INVERNESS — It was April 5, 1917, the eve of America’s entry into World War I, when the Inverness Woman’s Club was founded. 

    In 1937, for the club’s 20th anniversary, town poet laureate Phebe Kendrick Thompson wrote:

    “Just 20 years ago, dear friends, some of us met and planned

    To sit no longer by the stream, nor longer idly stand,

  • Governor's race heats up on Labor Day

    PLANT CITY — Florida’s two main rivals for governor kicked their campaigns into gear on Monday as both Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist lashed out at each other in an effort to ramp up enthusiasm among core voters.

    Scott, the Republican incumbent seeking a second term, started a two-week bus tour at stops in eastern Hillsborough County and Bradenton, where he derided Crist as a “slick politician” and “smooth talker.”

  • Prescription cards available from county

    A free NACo Prescription Discount Card is available to residents in a joint effort between Citrus County and the National Association of Counties (NACo), according to Citrus County government. 

  • Hospital checked after bomb threat

    INVERNESS — Essential personnel and visitors inside Citrus Memorial hospital were told to evacuate Sunday afternoon at approximately 4:20 p.m. when a bomb threat was called in. 

    After a full sweep of the hospital by Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies and fire rescue units, responders called in the all clear a little over an hour later.

    CCSO officials later reported that the threat was not credible, and allowed hospital staff and visitors to return back inside.

  • Early Learning Coalition relocates

    The offices of The Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast recently relocated to new headquarters in the plaza across from the Crystal River Airport, at 382 N. Suncoast Blvd. 

    “All services are available at this new site, and we are excited to be in a new, convenient office space,” said Executive Director Sonya Bosanko. “An open house will be planned soon.”

  • County briefs 9/1/14

    ­Labor Day closings announced

    The following business and government offices are closed or have changes to their schedules due to the Labor Day holiday:

    + Citrus County government offices are closed today in observance of Labor Day. 

    The county landfill is closed today and will return to normal business hours on Tuesday. 

  • Room to grow

    CRYSTAL RIVER - Sodium Fishing Gear, an outdoor apparel business on West Gulf-to-Lake Highway, hasn’t even been open a year but is already expanding just a block away to make room for more products.

    They began moving their surplus of gear from their original store three weeks ago.