Local News

  • Pregnant woman shot dead

    BROOKSVILLE — A five-months pregnant woman died after she was shot in the head Saturday in what Hernando County authorities say was an accidental shooting. 

    According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Katherine Lynn Hoover, 25, of Inverness, was shot Saturday evening while visiting friends. 

  • Monday Conversation: Susan Gill

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

    For Susan Gill it is, anyway.

    Yes, school is starting soon and Christmas is a scant five months away, but that’s not what makes Gill giddy.

    Gill, the Citrus County supervisor of elections, is gearing up for the Aug. 26 primary and Nov. 4 general election.

  • Board to extend water line in arsenic well area

    INVERNESS — The county will start taking residents off wells in the arsenic-contaminated northwest quadrant, beginning the first phase of running a water line in about two years with a currently anticipated assessment of about $1,500.

    The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted unanimously last week to start the project affecting about 200 households in an area east of Crystal River Mall in residential roads off North Citrus Avenue from the Crystal River city limit to North Sierra Vista Drive. 

  • Fletcher: Citrus County education is who she is

    Donna Fletcher is proud to call Citrus County home and wants to give her educational experience back to the children of Citrus County School District.

    “Citrus County is in my blood,” she said. “My parents worked with the district the majority of my life. It has been a part of my life since I was a young child. I remember dinner conversations geared to school board issues. It is something that I want to get involved in.”

  • Powers has goals to complete before retiring

    Incumbent Linda Powers has served 10 years on the Citrus County School Board and says she is not retiring until her to-do list is checked off.

    “When I first ran I had several goals I wanted to accomplish,” Powers said. “Really, most of them have been accomplished with the help of teamwork. There are a few left. I am a person who has to complete tasks.”

  • Flocking together

    INVERNESS — Peyton Shaffer, 12, has learned the hard way how protective mother bluebirds are of their nests.

    When there are babies in the nest, like the babies in one of the nesting boxes at her grandfather’s house, the adult bluebird will dive bomb your head if you get too close.

    “Bluebirds — all birds — are awesome,” she said. “I love their wings and how they fly.”

  • County briefs 7/28/14

    ­State Rep. Smith’s office moving

    Effective Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith’s district office will be moving to the Inverness Government Center. The new location will be open for business effective Monday, Aug. 4. The address is 212 W. Main St., Suite 208 A, Inverness. 

    Contact numbers are 325-560-6020 and fax 352-560-6022.


    Democratic clubs unite on Aug. 2

  • A big yellow boon

    Notebooks. Crayons. Book bags. Volunteers and good Samaritans flocked to stuff seven Citrus County School District buses with an abundance of supplies Saturday.

    The annual Stuff the Bus campaign affords local residents the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child in need by donating new school supplies to the district.

  • Howard says educating children is her passion

    Since she was a little girl in Sunday school, Bev Howard knew she would spend her life educating children. 

    Howard said she began studying the lesson every Saturday night and stood in front of her peers the next morning to teach the Sunday school message.

    That experience drove her love of education.

  • Balfour wants to serve for two more years

    When it comes to student achievement, incumbent Sandy Balfour believes school board members should be accessible.

    “I’m a fix-it kind of person,” Balfour said. “I moved into education because of things I noticed with my own children. As a school board member, I enjoy seeing how the puzzle fits together and how it creates policy, which will help student achievement. It’s imperative that any board member portray and be easily reached for student success.”