Local News

  • Dogs get their day

    INVERNESS — With each photo, Joan Miller had a brief story with the same ending.

    A dog, once labeled as aggressive, adopted from the Citrus County Animal Shelter to someone outside of the area who was able to give it a loving home.

    Miller used these examples to show county commissioners that labels don’t always fit.

  • Cooter Fest morphs into three-day music festival

    Gwen Bittner: For the Chronicle

    The largest festival in Inverness is undergoing big changes.

    The Cooter Festival is getting a makeover, sporting a new logo, a redesigned website a more laid-back, musical vibe.

    The city of Inverness has deemed the event a three-day music festival is ushering in a new era for the 12-year-old event, which will play host to modern musical acts, water shows, pyrotechnics and copious vendors. 

  • Deputy’s keen eye saves dog

    A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy who spotted a malnourished dog while investigating a theft ended up later charging the dog’s owner with abandonment of the animal. 

    While canvassing Homosassa homes on Aug. 24 during the theft investigation, the deputy noticed a brown and white pit bull laying on a back porch of the home at 7095 W. Grant Street, according to the sheriff’s office. 

  • Cell records ruled admissable in murder case

    Attorneys and a Circuit Court judge wrapped up several motions Tuesday in the 4-year-old case of a former sheriff’s office informant killed outside Crystal River.

    Lawrence James Vickers, 49, Crystal River, Marrio Demetric Williams, 31, Dunnellon, and 33-year-old Curtis Marco Wilson, of St. Petersburg, were charged with premeditated murder in December 2012 for the July 2012 shooting death of 27-year-old Jamie Seeger, a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office confidential informant.

  • Duo accused of stealing thousands

    A pair of Hernando men accused Monday of stealing almost $75,000 in collectible coins from an elderly man face major theft charges.

    On Sept. 12, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office began investigations into a theft involving a 74-year-old Hernando man, who said his coin collection of $43,200 in state quarters, over $10,000 in $2 bills and about $21,600 in other currency was taken, according to the sheriff’s office.

  • At long last, sidewalks

    By Gwen Bittner, For the Chronicle

  • School board talks teacher need, Zika, FSA

    By Andrew Caplan, For the Chronicle

  • Man riding mower on US 19 killed in collision Saturday

    By Chiefland Citizen

    A man died of injuries sustained when the riding mower he was driving in a southbound lane of U.S. 19 was impaled on the front of an automobile at about 8:40 p.m. Saturday, according to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report.

    Glenn Normal Wheeler, 71, of Trenton, was on a 2009 John Deere mower at U.S. 19 and Northwest 164th Street in Chiefland when a 1968 Pontiac Firebird traveling in the same direction rear-ended the mower, which became stuck on the front of the car.

  • County briefs 9/28/16

    Post hosting karaoke Saturday

    American Legion Post 77 will host karaoke from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 4375 Little Al Point, Inverness.

    The event is open to the public; admission is $5 at the door. Food and drinkS will be available. For information, call Maynard at 352-423-4334 or Andy at 352-341-0394.


    Hunter Springs set to reopen Saturday

  • Spreading their wings

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    The Butterfly Garden in Whispering Pines Park has been there for years, but you might not have noticed it until recently. 

    The Citrus Garden Club collaborated with the City of Inverness, Rotary Club of Inverness, Keep Citrus County Beautiful and Whispering Pines park staff to have a butterfly garden sign installed Aug. 24, and intends to partner with county clubs and institutions further to improve the garden.