Local News

  • A rough patch

    Tony Russ, owner of Florida Best Blueberries in Inverness, is in a bit of a rough patch these days.

    Given what he calls the dreadful state of the blueberry industry in central Florida, Russ said he finds himself questioning for the first time in the six years he’s been open whether he should continue growing the fruit.

    “I can’t afford to go out and I can’t afford to stay in,” Russ says. “I’m between a rock and a hard place.”

  • A blueberry industry Q&A

    Aaron Keller, press secretary for the Florida Agriculture Commission, responded to several questions from the Chronicle regarding the state of the blueberry industry in Citrus County and the rest of Florida.

    Here are his responses:

  • Homosassa celebrates the Fourth of July
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  • Submittal period for tourism grant funding open

    The Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau has announced that the Tourist Development Council (TDC) is open to receive grant applications for tourism-related grants now through Friday, Aug. 18. 

    This is the second round of grant funding for the year 2017.

    June — Applicant submittal period opens.

    Aug. 18 — Applicant submittal period ends.

  • Scott signs medical marijuana bill

    Jim Saunders

    Jim Turner

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — More than seven months after Floridians overwhelmingly backed the broad legalization of medical marijuana, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill aimed at carrying out the voters’ wishes.

  • Health insurers seek rate hikes

    Nine insurance companies have submitted rate filings to sell individual health coverage that complies with requirements in the federal Affordable Care Act, with six seeking to sell through the federal exchange. 

    The companies are seeking average rate increases of 17.8 percent, according to the state Office of Insurance Regulation. Many Floridians using the individual marketplace wouldn’t see such premium increases because of government subsidies. 

  • Courting a better-dressed defendant

    Trying to decide what to wear to court?

    Here are a few suggestions:

    If you’d wear it to a club on a Saturday night, don’t wear it to court.

    If you’d wear it to the beach, don’t wear it to court.

    If you’d wear it while you’re working out at the gym — or sleeping in bed — please don’t wear it to court.

  • Charitable foundation selects grant recipients

    LECANTO — More than two-and-a-half years after its inception, the Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation (CCCCF) has selected its first crop of nonprofit organizations as grant recipients.

  • Medical center slashes staff

    The owner of Christ Medical Center in Crystal River fired nearly all its employees — about 70 in all — late Thursday afternoon after blaming them for a drop in business in recent months.

    Outraged former employees took to Facebook to allege wrongdoing on the part of Dr. Eihab Tawfik, who opened the clinic on State Road 44 in 2013.

    Many said Tawfik was being investigated by the FBI. Tawfik said in an interview Friday it wasn’t so.