Local News

  • Couple charged in on-road attack, burglary

    INVERNESS — Two women were the victims of an alleged battery and burglary by an Inverness couple after their car was run off the road by their attackers, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) arrest affidavit.

    Steven Anthony Torregrosa, 30, along with his 30-year-old wife, Jennifer Lyn Torregrosa, were reportedly following right behind the victims’ beige Kia on North Croft Avenue on Tuesday, according to a statement made by the Kia’s driver.

  • Charity lights up troops’ lives

    HOMOSASSA — Thousands of donated cigars from across the nation and beyond are on the table of the Allan family each day, ready to be packed and addressed to servicemen and -women overseas.

    Since the start of the charitable initiative in 2012, U.S. Army veteran Robert Allan and his family have volunteered with the organization Operation: Cigars for Warriors, mailing more than 180,000 cigars to troops in the Middle East, to Navy warships and long-term engagement warzones from their home.

  • Movies, sports, crafts highlight weekend

    From rocking the courthouse to a little 3-on-3 basketball to finding some quality time with a family movie, Labor Day weekend in Citrus County is sure to help you forget about work and enjoy a little well-deserved rest and relaxation.

  • Marina, boat ramp on port authority agenda

    The county’s effort to build a big boat ramp and a possible dry dock marina near the site of a proposed port area on the Cross Florida Barge Canal is moving ahead.

    Citrus County commissioners, in their capacity as the Citrus County Port Authority, will take up the issue at 9 a.m. today  during its monthly meeting in the commission chambers at the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness.

  • Sheriff’s officials leave grow house in the dark

    Tips for recognizing a grow house

    * Windows of the house covered at all times.

    * Tall stockade fences that hide several air conditioning units.

    * The house’s lights are timed to specific hours.

    * People frequent the house at odd hours of the night.

    * People bringing in large amounts of potted soil to the house.

  • Winds of change howling

    Hit the road, medical corridor.

    You’re sunk, Port Citrus.

    Those and other projects on the county commission’s “A” list may be headed for an early retirement following Tuesday’s primary, where Scott Carnahan was elected in one race and Ron Kitchen won the Republican primary in another.

  • Stalwart supporter

    Jimmy Hughes, former superintendent of schools, holds a sign for school board candidate Doug Dodd outside the First Baptist Church of Crystal River on Crystal Street on Tuesday morning.

    The primary election concluded Tuesday night, with precincts closing their doors at 7 p.m.

  • CMH deal with HCA imminent

    INVERNESS — The Citrus Memorial hospital transaction is set for an Oct. 31 closing with the clearing of a significant hurdle Monday night. The Citrus Memorial Health Foundation board of directors voted unanimously to tentatively approve the master agreement with Hospital Corporation of America for the company’s 50-year, $126.6 million lease of Citrus County’s only public hospital.

  • If you haven’t already, go to the polls



    * Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    * Not sure where to vote? Check the Supervisor of Elections’ website, www.votecitrus.com

    * Follow election results tonight at www.chronicleonline.com.


    By this evening, Citrus County will have one new county commissioner.

  • Meeting to address Three Sisters vendor queries

    The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge public meeting slated for 6 p.m. Thursday at Crystal River City Hall about limited land access to the Three Sisters Springs property is an informational session for prospective concessionaires.

    The city council is not taking part in this meeting, but the public is invited to find out about U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plans for a vendor at the 57-acre site.