Local News

  • Natural gas pipeline continues to generate mixed reviews

    After more than two years of controversy, the proposed Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline project appears to have solidified its supporters and opponents.

    Tuesday night in Dunnellon, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) held a meeting to accept public comments on the draft environmental impact statement for the project.

  • Hope restored for area veteran

    Tony Brice now thinks of hope when he walks into his home.

    Hope in a community willing to come together for not just him, but for all veterans like him who return home and try to adapt to life away from war.

    “There are people out there that are going to help,” the 43-year-old U.S. Army veteran said, encouraging veterans to seek out the assistance available for them. “There is hope, reach out — don’t be afraid to reach out.”

  • Trail repaving falls down priority list

    BROOKSVILLE — Two committees, two widely divergent outcomes.

    Members of the Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) met Wednesday in Brooksville to discuss the rankings of transportation projects, and supporters of the Withlacoochee State Trail repaving project are unlikely to be happy with the results.

  • Bring in the bands

     Some of the best marching bands in the state will compete at the 23rd annual Hurricane Pride Invitational Marching Band Festival on Saturday at Citrus High School.

  • Man sentenced for crimes committed as a minor

     On Wednesday, Joshua Dulen Illes, 18, was sentenced to four years in prison for sexual crimes he committed against two young girls when he was a minor.

  • Council OKs raises for city workers

    INVERNESS — Hourly employees with the city of Inverness got a $1,000 across-the-board raise Tuesday night, thanks to a unanimous vote by city council.

  • More input sought on water flows list

    The water district is in the midst of soliciting public input for its annual priority list and schedule for the establishment of minimum flows and levels. 

    Southwest Florida Water Management District officials say the process is designed to fulfill a mandate to establish withdrawal standards for all bodies of water in the district.

  • County briefs 10/8/15

    Service for slain Samaritan today

  • District: DOT in violation

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) is facing a pair of violations for work on a drainage retention area that might have pierced the aquifer and piped plumes of muddy water to King’s Bay near Hunters Spring.

    John Powanda, compliance engineer with the Southwest Florida Water Management District in Brooksville, said Wednesday the DOT’s claim that work on the drainage ditch was only routine maintenance doesn’t hold up because of excavation that also took place.

  • Committees to vote on transportation resolution

    BROOKSVILLE — The Technical Advisory Committee and the Citizens Advisory Committee will meet today in Brooksville.