Local News

  • FWC continues search for missing boater

    Chiefland Citizen staff report

    The search for a boater missing near Cedar Key is continuing after the Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday morning and handed recovery efforts over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

  • Damato: Set fee for road projects
    • What: Citrus County Board of County Commissioners meeting
    • When: 1 p.m. today
    • Where: Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness
    • On the Web: www.citrusbocc.com

    A contingent of Citrus Springs residents will be on hand to greet Commissioner Dennis Damato at today’s county commission meeting.

  • Council hears update on mooring field

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The city of Crystal River is interested in establishing a mooring field in King’s Bay in hopes of eliminating a long-term problem with derelict boats.

    Waterfronts manager Ed Call told council members Monday night the city may establish a mooring field by seeking permits from the county, state and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • A look toward life

    When Brianna Morgan put on her cap and gown Monday, she knew most her family would come to support her — except for her brother.

    That’s because her brother, Michael, has been stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, serving in the Army. The two haven’t seen each other since October.

  • Heathcock gets over two years

    INVERNESS — Local businessman and former Citrus County commission candidate Shannon Heathcock was sentenced Monday to 34.5 months in prison after being convicted of trying to have sex with a woman in the parking lot of a Hernando bar.

  • County briefs 5/24/16

    School board to talk sales tax

    The Citrus County School Board is holding a special meeting in its district office at 10 a.m. today in Inverness.

    The board will consider a half-cent sales tax increase, which will likely appear on either the August primary or November general election ballot. 

  • A walk to remember

    At Citrus High School, the year ended with new traditions.

    Last Wednesday, graduating Hurricanes participated in a Senior Walk through Inverness Primary School (IPS) in hopes of encouraging their younger counterparts to stay diligent in their studies.

    After photos of a similar event in Texas spread like wildfire on social media, teachers, guidance counselors and students at CHS decided they wanted to do the same.

  • County eyes development rules near Suncoast interchages

    The Suncoast Parkway 2, on which construction will begin this summer, will have interchange access ramps at both Cardinal Street and State Road 44. The Cardinal Street area is rural and residential. The State Road 44 area is semirural with limited existing commercial development. Consequently, county planners are fine-tuning the development standards for how commercial development can grow and develop around the interchanges. 

  • Friends, faculty bid farewell to Connors


    Andrew Caplan

    For the Chronicle

    For as long as there has been a Lecanto High School, Doug Connors has walked its halls.


    Within months, a small lifeless garden at Floral City Elementary, once spilling over with weeds, grew into a flourishing, prismatic butterfly garden — with touches of herbs, a walking path and luminous flowers.

    The soil was tilled by tiny hands.

    When ESE teachers Heather Bishop, Jeánne Palma-Hughes and Susan Barmon looked upon the aging garden, they saw not tumbleweeds, but a project — and a chance for their students to grow alongside their work.