Local News

  • Extreme fun

    HERNANDO — Hitchhiker. Tail whip. Jumping over the principal.

    Yes, jumping over the principal is exactly what you just read as a name of a BMX stunt.

    On Friday, BMX (bicycle motocross) pro-style rider Rob Nolli positioned Forest Ridge Elementary School Principal Laura Windham in the center of an approximately 5-foot steel stage and left her bracing for her life.

  • A new day dawns at Citrus Memorial

    INVERNESS — Day one of the HCA era has begun.

    Citrus Memorial hospital is now in the hands of Hospital Corporation of America, the Nashville, Tennessee-based company that quickly rose to the top of potential suitors to lease Citrus County’s only public hospital.

    Documents were signed and money was transferred seamlessly Friday afternoon, sealing HCA West Florida’s 50-year lease of Citrus Memorial Health 

  • Suspicious box at post office causes stir

    HOLDER — A suspicious box left inside the Holder Post Office caused a bit of a ruckus, shutting down the facility for most of Halloween morning.

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office dispatched the agency’s bomb squad and other investigators to the site near the intersection of County Road 491 and U.S. 41.

    Bomb squad personnel were eventually able to X-ray the box and the contents were deemed to be harmless.

  • Social stories

    LECANTO — Most women either have a collection of shoes or purses or even endless matching outfits.

    And Lecanto Middle School eighth-grade American history teacher Carol Nicholas is no exception to that womanly rule — except her matching outfits were in style hundreds of years ago.

  • Head scratching prevention

    Just thinking of the word “lice” makes you want to scratch your head.

    As the school year ramps up, so does the opportunity to spread the nuisance bug.

    Citrus County School District officials are asking parents to be aware of the bug that creeps into the classroom nationally this time of year.

  • Early voting ends at 6 p.m. today

    Today is the last day for early voting in the general election. 

    There are four early voting sites: Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills; the Supervisor of Elections Office in the West Citrus Government Center in Meadowcrest, near Crystal River, 1540 N. Meadowcrest Blvd.; Homosassa Public Library, 4100 S. Grandmarch Ave., Homosassa; and the Inverness Government Center, 212 W. Main St. Operation hours are from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. for all eligible voters.

  • County briefs 11/1/14

    ­Beverly Hills 

    Park closed this morning for 5K run

    Beverly Hills Community Park will be temporarily closed to the public on from 8:30 to 10 a.m. today.

    Participating runners in the 5K Color Run will be coming through that area and for public safety the park is closed. It will be open for public use after 10 a.m.


    ­Crystal River

  • Traffic safety team to meet Nov. 12 in Lecanto

    Members of the public who have a safety concern regarding a particular Citrus County intersection or roadway; or who see a possible need for new or replacement lighting, striping or signs on a particular street to improve pedestrian or bicycle safety; or who are interested in hearing about traffic safety initiatives in the county are invited to attend the next meeting of the West Central Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the sheriff’s Emergency Operations Center in Lecanto. 

  • Citrus High Homecoming
  • Fighting for greater limits

    At 81 — she wants everyone to know her age — Rhanna Bazzini believes change happens one step at a time.

    The change she wants is campaign finance reform. 

    She is currently walking 400 miles to Tallahassee. She began Oct. 13 from her home in Sarasota and is scheduled to arrive in the state Capitol on Dec. 3.