Local News

  • Development will go back to drawing board

    A long and somewhat controversial attempt to revive Citrus County with a major shopping development in Crystal River is back to square one.

    On. Aug. 10, Crystal River’s city council voted to remove from its comprehensive plan the development plan for a 160-acre shopping plaza on the corner of U.S. 19 and West Venable Street, known as Crystal River Commons.

  • County announces availability of funds to help low-income residents

    Under the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP), Citrus County Housing Services announced the following housing programs for which funding has been received:


  • County briefs 8/31/15

    Vets, Chronicle wants your stories

    The Citrus County Chronicle is seeking U.S. military veterans who live locally to be featured in the Sunday Veterans section. If you have a story to share about your service to the country, contact C.J. Risak at 352-586-9202 or cjrisak2@yahoo.com.


    Courthouse museum seeking volunteers 

  • Bibliophiles delight

    INVERNESS — They say brick-and-mortar book stores are relics of the past and won’t make it anymore.

    Store owners cannot compete with online book giants that offer a dizzying array of new books and many older editions, they claim. It would be economic suicide to open a store during these high tech times.

  • Monday Conversation: Bruce Deyarmond

    LECANTO — At 15, Bruce Deyarmond, the Phoenix Program’s intensive outpatient counselor at The Centers in Lecanto, began his foray into a 25-year drug addiction by smoking his first joint.

  • No Erika, but plenty of rain

    Erika may have fallen apart as a tropical storm, but Citrus County will still get a wet welcome.

    The county is expected to receive 3 to 5 inches of rain today through Wednesday, causing even more headaches for still-flooded areas of northwest Citrus and bringing flood issues to the county’s northeast, Capt. Joe Eckstein said Sunday.

  • Helipad plan divides developer, Homosassa

    John “Hi” Sierra Jr. can’t see what the fuss is all about.

    The Tampa developer of upscale homes and commercial property simply wants to land his helicopter and take off from the yard he owns along Mason Creek.

    It won’t happen frequently, he says. The house he’s building is a vacation or weekend home for Sierra and his family.

  • County sees respect, city sees roadblock

    INVERNESS — County commissioners last week voted 5-0 to spend $12,500 to erect a wrought-iron fence, a sidewalk and some shrubbery around the monuments at the historic courthouse in Inverness.

    Oliver said the board does not expect the cost of the fence and landscaping to exceed that cost. But if so, the county will seek private contributions to make up the difference.

  • Wildlife on display
  • Publicist recalls Katrina aftermath

    Heather Danenhower recalls Hurricane Katrina as one of the most difficult yet rewarding experiences of her career.

    She is currently a senior communications consultant with Duke Energy and works at the Crystal River Energy Complex.

    Back in 2005, she was the lead public information officer for Marion County Fire Rescue when Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.