Local News

  • ‘A good problem’

    CRYSTAL RIVER - As the Gulf of Mexico gets colder during the winter months, manatees and humans alike migrate to one of Crystal River’s most sought-after waterways: Three Sisters Springs.

    Opening day for public access into the springs was Nov. 15, but visitations from people are still climbing to a peak.

  • City, water district work with U.S. Fish and Wildlife

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River might own 70 percent of the 57-acre refuge that is Three Sisters, according to the Three Sisters land-management agreement.

    However, the city and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) defer to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) expertise when it comes to actually managing the refuge and the waters within.

  • Three Sisters land access off to roaring start

    More than 1,100 tourists have been shuttled to and from Three Sisters Springs’ boardwalk since Nov. 15, when manatee-peeping season began, according to officials.

    And, according to Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Manager Andrew Gude, an old adage applies to the maiden season of land access by the public at the popular destination for viewing or swimming with the manatees.

  • No happy trails for bicyclists

    INVERNESS — Four days a week, Harry and Mary van den Berg take their tandem recumbent bike out on the Withlacoochee State Trail for 40 miles of leisurely riding.

    The van den Bergs, who moved to Floral City because of its access to the state trail, enjoy the pure simplicity of the trail. Miles of straight ride, with no inconveniences other than stopping for vehicle traffic at intersections.

    That was until the North Independence Highway project came along.

  • Crystal Automotive shows support for Citrus County YMCA

    The Crystal Automotive Group has become one of the largest supporters of the capital campaign to build a YMCA in Citrus County. The owners of the company have pledged $750,000 toward the construction of a new Y.

    The facility will be built on County Road 486 in Lecanto. Steve and Jewel Lamb, the owners of Crystal, have been supporters of the Citrus County Y effort from its inception. 

  • Fire Services wants help keeping wreath green

    Christmas wreaths have a whole new meaning this holiday season.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue division personnel hung wreaths at fire stations in Beverly Hills, Crystal River, Inverness and Homosassa — each with 24 green bulbs.

  • New child restraint law begins Jan. 1

    Beginning Jan. 1, every motor vehicle operator in Florida will be required to use a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint for children until age 6, but the right seat for each child really depends on height, weight and correct fit.

  • Report: Accomplice duped

    A Homosassa man was arrested Thursday on a charge of trafficking in stolen property after a sheriff’s deputy concluded he told another man, who is mentally handicapped, to steal the item for him.

    Phillip F. Mullen, 50, was spotted Thursday in the Homosassa Walmart on a surveillance camera, pointing at a sound bar in the electronics section before another man picked up the item, according to the arrest report.

  • Adams puts on hold idea to move finance office

    Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Adams said he withdrew an agenda item — to consider moving the Office of Budget and Management (OBM) to the Clerk of Courts Office purview — in deference to negotiations under way with a new county administrator, but still supports the idea and thinks it should be discussed.

    That position is similarly held by Commissioner Scott Carnahan, who mentioned the idea during a previous county commission meeting.

  • Carnahan makes case for impact fee freeze

    Commissioner Scott Carnahan, who has been pushing for an impact fee moratorium, wants to set the record straight about his intentions regarding an issue that has since become controversial. 

    Carnahan said his main goal is to spur economic activity in the county.

    “My deal is to help the small mom-and-pop businesses keep some of their money so they can put it back in the business and hire more people,” Carnahan said.