Local News

  • Lone wolf gets companion

    Rochelle Kaiser


    With 300 red wolves currently estimated to be living in the eastern United States, The Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will now be assisting in the recovery of these elusive native animals.

  • Two local high schools drop letter grade

    Two of Citrus County’s three high schools dropped a letter grade in the 2013-14 school year on a scoring system that relies heavily on standardized test results, graduation rates and college readiness.

    The state Department of Education released the high school grades Thursday. 

  • DAV looking for help with housing for vets

    A basic need is dogging some recently returned Citrus County veterans.

    “Right now we have veterans in dire need of a place to live,” said Duane Godfrey, service officer with Disabled American Veterans Crystal River Chapter 258. “They are veterans, out of the service on medical disability who are basically homeless.”

  • Fitch maintains AA- rating for county utilities

    Citrus County Utilities got a much-needed boost this week following months of billing issues and complaints — its bond rating received an AA- nod and a stable outlook.

    Fitch Ratings affirmed the county’s utility system’s rating Tuesday based on analysis of the following: Strong financial metrics; slowly declining debt burden; well-managed operations; somewhat limited economy; and high user charges.

  • DEP issues gas plant permit

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued the final air construction permit authorizing construction of Duke Energy’s proposed combined-cycle natural gas power plant on a site contiguous to the existing Crystal River Energy Complex.

  • Nativity live in Citrus Springs
  • Chronicle compiling list of top local stories of 2014

    The Citrus County Chronicle asks readers to submit votes for the top local news story of 2014. To vote, mark your picks in order from 1 to 10. Select from the list below or submit stories not listed. Mail picks to the Citrus County Chronicle c/o Mike Arnold at 1624 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34429; or email marnold@chronicleonline.com. Deadline is noon Monday, Dec. 29.

    Deputies resume search in decades-old cold case, but find nothing

  • Locals react to mended ties between U.S., Cuba

    On Oct. 27, 1962, Peter Graulich was stationed on an Army base in Key West on standby alert.

    His artillery battalion had been down there, setting up artillery and missile bases from below Miami southward during what was known as the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    “On Oct. 27, we were on our way to a ship at Key West Harbor, ready to invade Cuba,” he said. “At 2 a.m., it was over and we never went.”

  • Valerie Theatre renovation hits snag

    INVERNESS — Although the last Inverness City Council meeting of 2014 ended on a high note Tuesday with City Manager Frank DiGiovanni’s annual State of the City address, the current major project of the city, the Valerie Theatre, hit a snag in its progress and left an agenda item unresolved.

  • Commission, school board off to rough start

    INVERNESS — When it comes to the impact fee discussion, the Citrus County School Board can get in line with everyone else.

    That’s the message school board Chairman Thomas Kennedy said he took away from a brief appearance Tuesday before the county commission.