Local News

  • 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.
  • Museum plans spirited celebrations

    The Citrus County Historical Society is pleased to announce the 21st annual Old Courthouse Christmas and Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in Inverness.

  • Homosassa man survives car fire

    A young man’s life was saved Monday night after deputies and firefighters rescued him from a car that was upside down and on fire.

    At about 10:55 p.m., 22-year-old Charles Anthony Boyd of Homosassa was driving a Chrysler minivan south on U.S. 19 just south of the intersection with West Venable Street, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

  • County briefs 11/26/15

    Restaurants open for Thanksgiving

    The following restaurants are open today:

    •  Dillon’s Cinnamon Sticks, 727 U.S. 41, Inverness. Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations suggested. 352-419-7914.
    •  Grumpy Gator’s Bar & Grill, 4828 S. Suncoast Blvd. Open noon to 6 p.m. Reservations suggested. 352-503-2064.
  • Teen girl killed in Wednesday crash

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

  • After near-death rescue, bystanders decorated

    INVERNESS — The only thing Diana Martin remembers about the day she died is two angels in bright pink T-shirts, one with a shiny gold cross around her neck, standing over her, tears in their eyes, holding her hand.

    Martin collapsed Oct. 29 from cardiac arrest in Joyce’s Courtside Pub in downtown Inverness, and within minutes she died and was resuscitated thanks to three bystanders who were in the right place at the right time.