Local News

  • Monday Conversation: Grace Hengesbach

    HERNANDO — As a former elementary school teacher, Grace Hengesbach has seen the effects hunger and food insecurity have on a child. She has also seen the impact of a simple bag of food taken home each Friday.

    As the new school year begins, 67 percent of Citrus County students participate in the free- or reduced-cost breakfast and lunch programs, and in some county schools the number is as high as 80 percent.

  • After 20-year search — joy

    HERNANDO — Kimberly Wessel isn’t who she used to be 20 years ago.

    Back then, life was hard. She moved around a lot, never had enough money. She had married young and then got divorced. She used crack cocaine, although she’s been clean now for many years.

  • High tide at Fort Island Gulf Beach
  • County briefs 8/3/15

    Immunizations required before school starts

    The Citrus County School Board reminds parents of middle school students entering the seventh grade for the 2015-2016 school year that a tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (TDAP) immunization is required before school starts on Aug. 10. 

  • Art studio burns Sunday near Citrus Springs

    Fire destroyed a mobile home being used as a personal art studio early Sunday morning near the northern tip of Citrus Springs.

    Fire crews from Pine Ridge, De Rosa, Connell Heights, Kensington and Beverly Hills were dispatched at 2:26 a.m., with Pine Ridge arriving first at 2:42 a.m. to find the 1,000-square-foot structure fully involved in fire.

  • World Breastfeeding Week

    By Carly Zervis, Correspondent

    The La Leche League of Citrus County conducted "The Big Latch-On" gathering Saturday morning at Whispering Pines Park. The worldwide event was a “community-building event to promote breastfeeding in public in a fun and positive way,” to the organization.

  • Man flies across country to test gun store policy

    By Andrew Caplan, Staff writer

  • Family, friends remember Cheyenne Biggs

    Balloons were released Friday evening as part of a memorial celebration of 18-year-old Citrus Springs resident Cheyenne Biggs, who died July 28 in a car crash.

    An estimated 100-plus mourners were in attendance at Fort Island Trail Beach to remember Biggs and to attach personal notes in neon colors to the balloons.

  • A reckoning in Floral City

    Editor’s note: The following article is a retelling of the quadruple homicides that occurred on Aug. 3, 1990, in Floral City. The murders resulted from a botched contract killing meant for JoAnn Sanders. This look back at the events of 25 years ago has been compiled from previous Chronicle articles, court testimonies and the accounts — past and present — of those involved.


  • County Briefs 8/02/15

    Republicans to meet in Lecanto

    The regular monthly meeting of the Citrus County Republican Executive Committee will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Realtors’ Association Building at 714 S. Scarboro Ave., Lecanto. All Republicans are welcome.


    YMCA speaker available