Local News

  • Distractions can be deadly

    Today, the Chronicle kicks off a three-part series on distracted driving. Part 1 explores the extent of the problem in Citrus County and what drivers can do to create safer roads.

    On Saturday, we look at the Teen Driver Challenge program, which educates our youngest motorists on how to cut down on distractions. 

  • POSTSCRIPT: Rev. Shepherd: He practiced what he preached

    Of all the things the Rev. Doug Shepherd did well — and there were many — he excelled at two things: loving people and fixing the air conditioning in someone’s car.

    “If you had a/c problems, he was your man,” said the Rev. James Wolfe at Shepherd’s memorial service. “He’d do it quick, and he’d do it right. People came from miles around so he could fix their a/c.”

  • LightHouse provides support, direction


    Amber Sigman


    Sue Werner blew out her birthday candles, nearly tearing up during an impromptu celebration.

    Her son’s mental illness once struck chords of sadness. He used to keep his head down and wouldn’t speak. Then they found the LightHouse Clubhouse in Inverness.

  • Wildlife park offering panther programming

    A special program on the Living with Florida Panthers initiative will be presented at 1 p.m. today in the Florida Room at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park’s Visitor Center, along U.S. 19.

    The presenter is Jayne Johnston, panther outreach specialist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) initiative Living with Panthers.

  • Road paving on Fort Island Trail
  • County briefs 4/27/2017

    CCCCF panel to discuss contract

    The Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation’s investment committee will update the board today on its efforts to finalize a contract with Orlando- based AndCo Consulting.

    The company will assist the all-volunteer, nonprofit agency in developing investment strategies.

  • Local invention benefits dog owners

    Ed Youngblood: Special to the Chronicle

  • Citrus County citizens urged to reduce water consumption

    Citrus County citizens are being urged to voluntarily reduce water consumption while drought conditions continue. Voluntary citizen compliance will bring down the level of water usage during this extended period of dry weather to avoid potential regulatory action.  

  • BOCC offers $200K for park

    INVERNESS — Citrus County commissioners put their first offer on the table Tuesday in hopes of resolving a years-long dispute over funding of Whispering Pines Park.

    The board agreed to offer the city of Inverness $200,000 over five years, contigent each year on funds being available. The agreement could be renewed after five years.

  • Students shine at Golden Scholar awards

    Gwen Bittner: For the Chronicle

    The most well-rounded graduating students of Citrus schools were recognized Tuesday night for their superior academic achievements and distinguished personal accomplishments.

    Seniors and their supporters gathered at the College of Central Florida to celebrate outstanding high school success during the seventh annual Golden Citrus Scholar Awards.