Local News

  • Crime ring suspected in burglaries

    A swath of Orlando men, who authorities suspect are part of a burglary network originating from that city, were apprehended in the past several days in Citrus County.

    Since last year, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has been on alert as a result of a series of burglaries around Florida, including in Citrus County. Those burglaries were connected to a suspected crime ring based in Orange County, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Yates.

  • Owner: ‘Harassment’ closes market

    Near the small sign advertising duck eggs, Gary Bartell Jr. has erected another one.

    “Temporarily closed,” it reads, “due to county harassment.”

    Bartell, son of the former county commissioner with the same name, has feuded with Citrus County code compliance officials since January, when he opened the Greenhouse Farmers Market on U.S. 19 near Homosassa Springs.

  • ‘Stand your ground’ change remains in limbo

    Jim Turner

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — High noon is approaching in a standoff over part of a controversial bill dealing with “stand your ground” self-defense cases.

    The House and Senate have both backed passing a bill that would shift a key burden of proof in “stand your ground” cases, but they have taken different stances on an important legal detail.

  • County briefs 4/27/2017

    CCCCF panel to discuss contract

    The Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation’s investment committee will update the board today on its efforts to finalize a contract with Orlando- based AndCo Consulting.

    The company will assist the all-volunteer, nonprofit agency in developing investment strategies.

  • Road paving on Fort Island Trail
  • Wildlife park offering panther programming

    A special program on the Living with Florida Panthers initiative will be presented at 1 p.m. today in the Florida Room at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park’s Visitor Center, along U.S. 19.

    The presenter is Jayne Johnston, panther outreach specialist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) initiative Living with Panthers.

  • LightHouse provides support, direction


    Amber Sigman


    Sue Werner blew out her birthday candles, nearly tearing up during an impromptu celebration.

    Her son’s mental illness once struck chords of sadness. He used to keep his head down and wouldn’t speak. Then they found the LightHouse Clubhouse in Inverness.

  • POSTSCRIPT: Rev. Shepherd: He practiced what he preached

    Of all the things the Rev. Doug Shepherd did well — and there were many — he excelled at two things: loving people and fixing the air conditioning in someone’s car.

    “If you had a/c problems, he was your man,” said the Rev. James Wolfe at Shepherd’s memorial service. “He’d do it quick, and he’d do it right. People came from miles around so he could fix their a/c.”

  • Distractions can be deadly

    Today, the Chronicle kicks off a three-part series on distracted driving. Part 1 explores the extent of the problem in Citrus County and what drivers can do to create safer roads.

    On Saturday, we look at the Teen Driver Challenge program, which educates our youngest motorists on how to cut down on distractions. 

  • Local invention benefits dog owners

    Ed Youngblood: Special to the Chronicle