Local News

  • Tourism aid unlikely for Crystal River

    While Crystal River is on the frontline of Citrus County’s growing tourism industry, it is not likely to see any financial relief from the Tourism Development Council (TDC) or the county itself.

    “The last several months had a significant increase in tourist population,” Crystal River City Manager Dave Burnell told the TDC Wednesday. “We are not really as prepared for it as we would like to be.”

  • No-go on logo for Tourism Development Council

    After months of discussion and $27,500, the Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is not happy with the branding effort — at least not the visual aspect.

    In February, Andy Jorishie of the Zimmerman Agency, which has been retained to come up with a new branding concept, presented the firm’s recommended options for a new county logo.

  • Shooting, chase lead to man's arrest

    Allegations of firing gunshots into a house with teenagers and a child inside and a subsequent chase that damaged three sheriff patrol cars landed a Crystal River man in jail on Saturday.

    Citrus deputies arrived early Saturday morning to investigate a shooting in the 100 block of South Fillmore Street in Beverly Hills, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

  • A conversation with Lee Earl Stokes

    Carly Zervis


    Lee Earl Stokes is a lifelong Citrus County resident and has been involved in the Citrus County Fair and with the Fair Association for decades. Stokes is also this year’s fair association president. The Chronicle sat down to talk with Stokes this past weekend about the fair’s evolution, activities and significance to the community.

  • Golf scramble to raise funds for IB program

    A golf scramble is coming up, and all are invited to play.

    Students of the Lecanto High School (LHS) International Baccalaureate (IB) program are collecting sponsors in the form of local businesses and organizations, as well as golfers, to put on the Golf Scramble for IB. The scramble is Saturday at the Meadows golf course of Citrus Hills.

    Registration for the event will be at 7:30 a.m. Tee-off time is at 8:30 a.m.

  • Following codes ensures safe roofing

    For Michael Cottier and his home re-roofing business in Homosassa, being up to code is what matters.

    Dealing solely with insurance companies and restoring homes damaged by disasters, Cottier’s High Tower Restoration LLC is warning homeowners of other roofers potentially not following Florida building codes when it comes to protecting homes from storms.

  • BOCC support U.S. 19 trail

    INVERNESS — Beverly Howard, who has been leading the charge to get a bicycle and pedestrian path along a busy section of U.S. 19 in Homosassa, picked up a strong endorsement Tuesday from county commissioners.

    The board unanimously passed a resolution supporting the priority ranking of a multi-use trail along the east side of U.S. 19, from U.S. 98 to West Cardinal Street. That resolution now goes to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which will discuss the ranking at its May meeting.

  • Floral City bank robbed

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office personnel were looking Tuesday night for a woman suspected in a bank robbery at the Floral City Brannen Bank.

  • Commission picks C.R. 491 plan

    Citrus County commissioners unanimously opted Tuesday for a plan that gets the ball rolling on a stretch of County Road 491 from State Road 44 to County Road 486, but only half of the way.

    The plan — one of six options presented — will expand 1 mile of the current two-lane roadway into four lanes with the possibility of expansion to six lanes from West Laurel Street to a future West Lee Ann Lane extension. And, it has 0.75 miles of two-lane support roads. 

  • Job fairs on the horizon

    Starting Thursday, area job seekers will have numerous opportunities to connect with employers with spring hiring plans, including two events in Citrus County.

    CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion (CLM) will have four area job fairs and the Citrus County Chronicle is sponsoring a separate Career and Job Fair on Tuesday, March 31.

    Brenda Chrisman, CareerSource CLM’s chief business development officer, said the fee-free recruiting events benefit job seekers as well as local businesses.