Local News

  • High-tech teaching tool collects data

    The school system’s Marine Science Station is the latest recipient of a high-tech interactive weather unit designed to marry meteorology and education.

    WeatherSTEM donated and installed the weather monitoring unit last week.

    The station has two units — one that is perched atop the viewing tower overlooking the marshes and another in the Salt River to measure water temperatures, tides and soil temperature.

  • Adams gets pat on back, slap on wrist

    INVERNESS — County Commission Chairman Scott Adams was praised at Tuesday’s board meeting for his tenacity in pursuing an alleged case of fraud concerning the financial records of Corrections Corporation of America’s (CCA) construction contract for the 2007 jail expansion, but he was also told to make sure he follows proper protocol as he follows that trail.

  • Former fair president Nell Mayberry dies

    Nell Mayberry, former president and director of the Citrus County Fair Association, died Tuesday, the Chronicle has learned from a family friend. She was 73. 

    Mayberry was a passionate cheerleader for the county fair, steering its development for decades.

  • Perennial candidate accused of theft

    A seven-time political candidate was arrested Friday for allegedly taking two computers from a Walmart without paying for them.

  • Manatee killed in Crystal River


    Shemir Wiles

    For the Chronicle

    A manatee died Sunday in Crystal River, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission believes the cause of death was watercraft-related.

  • Police: Woman tried to muscle senior out of home

    A woman from the Naples area was arrested Sunday for allegedly trying to force an 81-year-old man out of his own home.

    According to the elderly man’s statements to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Sunday, Robin Lynn Bartholomew, 52, was invited about 10 days ago to put her belongings on his back porch at his house near Crystal River, Bartholomew’s arrest report stated.

  • Veterans golf at Welcome Home Tournament
  • District bids farewell to dozens of retirees

    Francis Pifer remembers when the school district only had 10 schools and he was beginning his job as a special education teacher at Homosassa Elementary School.

    That was nearly four decades ago.

    The district now has more than double that number of schools and thousands of employees who keep the wheels of education turning in the county.

  • Memorial Day 2015: Some gave all

    BEVERLY HILLS — The 625 United States veterans laid to rest in a Beverly Hills cemetery after valiant military careers were honored Monday during a ceremony of remembrance by the grateful.

    Under the shade of oaks and Spanish moss, the 36th annual Memorial Day service at Fero Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Home's Garden of Honor was observed with the help of numerous local groups who serve veterans throughout the year.

  • Commissioners question Adams emails

    Citrus County commissioners say they want to rein in Chairman Scott Adams from asking for state and federal investigations of the county jail contractor in a manner that suggests they’re behind him.

    Commissioners Dennis Damato and Ron Kitchen said Adams can do what he pleases as a commissioner, but by introducing himself in emails to state and federal officials as the commission chairman, he oversteps his authority.