Local News

  • AP fact check: Fumbles from the Republican field

    Editor’s note: A look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don’t tell the full story.

    WASHINGTON — What happened in Iowa didn’t stay in Iowa. And when it reached the stage in the latest Republican presidential debate, Ted Cruz had some explaining to do.

  • Lawmakers consider alimony, custody changes

    By William March, Associated Press

    TALLAHASSEE — Big changes could be in store for couples who divorce under legislation now being considered by Florida lawmakers.

    Measures to end permanent alimony and to push judges toward granting 50-50 time-

    sharing custody between parents are generating emotional arguments in legislative committee hearings.

  • Brannen to discuss novel

    Beginning this month, local author Fred Brannen will partner with the Citrus County Library System for a “Meet the Author” series to discuss and sign his novel “At the Bottom of Biscayne Bay.”

    Brannen his a former longtime columnist with the Citrus County Chronicle. 

    His book is a fictionalized memoir that climaxes with a Miami courtroom drama pitting the author against some pretty shady characters.

  • Florida Forest Service receives national award

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Forest Service has received the Wildfire Mitigation Fire Service Leadership award for its record-breaking prescribed fire program.­­ 

    The award came during Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, which was Jan. 24 through Jan. 30.

  • Know what’s needed for travel

    Millions of passports are up for renewal in the next three years; therefore, the National Passport Processing Center is taking six weeks to process routine service applications. Requests for expedited service are processed in about half of that time frame. The status of your application may be tracked online at the U.S. Department of State’s website travel.state.gov.

  • New food bank director well versed in providing help, hope

    Growing up poor either makes you bitter or it makes you better.

    For Roger Ross, the poverty of his youth was a catalyst for his career in helping others, first as an officer in the Salvation Army and now as executive director of the Community Food Bank of Citrus County.

  • County briefs 2/8/16

    Crystal River

    Candidate plans meet-and-greet

    Andy Houston, incumbent candidate for Crystal River City Council special election in March, will greet the public from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, at Norton’s Riverside Sports Bar and Grill on Northeast Fifth Avenue.


    Citrus Springs

  • In community, few people as pivotal as Annie Johnson

    You can’t talk about South Dunnellon without mentioning the late Annie Williams Johnson. 

    After attending Booker T. Washington High School in Dunnellon, Johnson was educated at Florida Normal College in St. Augustine and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York. 

  • Church unites community in more ways than one

    On first and third Sundays and every Wednesday night, congregants of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church on West J Williams Lane in South Dunnellon come out to praise the Lord.

    The Rev. David Houston, pastor for the past 32 years, also pastors a church in Holder: New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, which meets on second and fourth Sundays and Thursday nights.

  • At 94, Clinton Burns won’t be slowed down

    If the sun’s shining and it’s not too cold outside, Clinton Burns is hard at work.

    At 94, he’s worked almost all his life. 

    That’s what a man does.

    “I got a little lawn service that keeps me busy,” he said. “I still get around pretty good.”