Local News

  • Manatee mortality a concern

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Nine manatees have perished in Citrus County since the beginning of 2014, the latest coming just two days ago — a stillborn infant found floating near Yankeetown.

    So far, sea cow mortality in the county ranks fourth statewide, outpaced only by Brevard County (30 deaths), Lee County (17) and Miami-Dade (10).

  • CR picks new manager

    CRYSTAL RIVER — City officials voted for continuity Monday by designating the city’s public works director as the next city manager.

    The city council voted unanimously to authorize retiring City Manager Andy Houston to begin contract talks with Dave Burnell, the public works director for the past three and a half years.

    Houston, who turns 63 in July, announced his retirement March 31 after eight years at the helm. His last day is July 18.

  • Kenney cleared to vote in stub-out issue

    County Commission Chairman John “JJ” Kenney does not have a conflict of interest and should vote in the case of a Sugarmill Woods community hoping to close the Oak Village Boulevard stub-out.

    Kenney received a letter Monday from C. Christopher Anderson III, general counsel of the Florida Commission on Ethics, saying Kenney’s vote for or against vacating the stub-out from public ownership would not provide him a “special” financial gain or loss.

  • Hearing to decide if hospice can grow

    A state hearing will be held in July to determine if Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast (HOCC) can expand its services into Hernando County.

    The expansion would focus on pediatrics, minority populations and institutional care, according to the application. 

  • Carrying the torch

    Runners from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, firefighters and recruits from Withlacoochee Technical Institute participate Tuesday morning in the Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics Florida.

  • Libraries expand horizons for young and old

    Editor’s note: This is National Library Week. Our local Citrus County Library System offers so much more than just books. Each day this week we are telling you about one of the many great things you can do at the library.

    No one is too young or too old to begin learning. 

    The library has something for every age and stage of life, including basic classes for adults who have never learned to read.

  • Torch Run Tuesday

    The tradition continues today when Citrus County deputies,  firefighters and recruits from the Withlacoochee Technical Institute’s academies join Sheriff Jeff Dawsy for the annual Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run that benefits Special Olympics Florida.

    Each year, the event highlights the law enforcement community’s support of the Special Olympics. Law enforcement officers from more than 300 agencies around the state carry the “Flame of Hope” in an intrastate relay covering hundreds of miles. 

  • Catholic school parents optimistic after meeting

    Four Pope John Paul II Catholic School parents and supporters met Monday afternoon with Bishop Robert Lynch’s top advisers to discuss a five-year plan to increase enrollment and keep the school open.

    Jennifer Petrella said an announcement regarding the Lecanto-based school should be coming in the next few days.

    “They were impressed with the plan,” she said. “It looks very positive.”

  • Sheriff: Two men arrested for robbing teen at knife point

    Two men allegedly beat and held a 17-year-old male at knife point before robbing him.

    Kenneth Robert Clarke, 22, and Bryan William Bradford, 29, both of Inverness, were arrested April 9 and 10 respectively and charged with one count of robbery with a firearm or other dangerous weapon. Bond is $50,000 for each.

  • Tobacco, alcohol cause of some cancers

    Dr. Denis Grillo

    Special to the Chronicle

    Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week is set for April 20 to 26. Awareness needs to be for more than just one week. It needs to be 24/7/365, but this is a period of time that has been designated to heighten awareness of the problem.