Local News

  • Tournament attracts top pitchers

    Pitchers from all over the state will descend on the Beverly Hills Horseshoe Club (BHHC) this week for the 54th annual Florida Championship Horseshoe Tournament. The tournament runs Wednesday through Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. each day.

    It’s the largest event sanctioned by the Florida State Horseshoe Pitchers Association, which wraps up its 2013-14 season next week after 76 scheduled tournaments during the past year.

  • Smoke, fog cloud morning drive

    Early morning fog coupled with low-hanging smoke from a prescribed burn in the Withlacoochee State Forest on Monday created dangerous driving conditions for motorists Tuesday morning on State Road 44 between Lecanto and Inverness. At one point, officials considered closing the road because of the lack of visibility, according to Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Tod Cloud. The road remained open, though, and no accidents were reported, Cloud said. 

    Cloud offered motorists some safety tips when faced with low visability. 

  • Park names panther cub ‘Yuma’

    Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park 

    has announced that “Yuma” is the name selected for the Florida panther kitten that will make its home at the park. 

    “Yuma” is Native American for “Son of the Chief.” 

  • Officials express ‘disgust’

    INVERNESS — Outrage flowed freely from authorities Tuesday as they discussed new charges levied against a father accused of killing his 1-year-old son as well as charges against two other adults in the home for “disgusting” neglect of a 3-month-old girl.

  • Man accused of sex with minor

    A 20-year-old man is facing several sex-related charges stemming from an alleged relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

    Matthew R. Morrison of Yankeetown was arrested Tuesday and charged with traveling to seduce a child in a sex act; use of the Internet to lure a child, lewd and lascivious molestation of person younger than age 16 and lewd and lascivious molestation and resisting an officer without violence. His bond is $35,500.

  • Residents get up-close look at recycling

    LECANTO — A well dressed guy might be wearing recycled plastic water bottles — 26 to be exact — if he takes an extra large suit jacket and trousers. 

    That and many other uses for recycled waste materials were just some of the information shared during an Earth Day tour of recycling facilities.

    Sponsored by Keep Citrus County Beautiful, the Tuesday event attracted 40 participants, from kindergarteners to senior citizens.

  • Home invasion suspect arrested

    A Beverly Hills man has been arrested on charges of home invasion and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

    According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Anthony John Selvester, 52, of South Harrison Street, was arrested Monday evening in connection with a home invasion and robbery.

  • FDOT: No funding for Floral City bypass road

    Sen. Charlie Dean has no reason to be concerned with the state spending money on a Floral City bypass.

    So says Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad, who this month answered Dean’s letter with one of his own.

    Prasad said the bypass is so far down the priority list that the state has no funds to even begin the study to determine whether to build or not.

  • Board votes to demolish Homosassa water tower

    HOMOSASSA — The Homosassa Special Water District Board of Commissioners has voted to demolish the old water tower.

    But the structure will not come down right away. Instead, the board will give residents who want to save the tower time to organize and come up with a plan.

    Monday afternoon, the fate of the tower attracted an overflow crowd to the district board meeting. Supporters of saving the structure in Old Homosassa have made their case on Facebook.

  • C.R. well plan moving forward

    CRYSTAL RIVER — This city has involuntarily become the focus in  the state’s efforts to arrest the seemingly out-of-control use of potable water and to conserve what is left.

    City and state officials are about to break ground on a reclaimed-water pipeline project from Crystal River’s current spray field to the Duke Energy Complex north of the city. The project is expected to move up to a million gallons of reclaimed water to the complex when it is flowing at