Local News

  • Law on the lookout for ambush suspects

    A woman was severely injured Tuesday night after two attackers reportedly ambushed her during a drug deal in a McDonald’s bathroom.

    Deputies are on the lookout for Emerald Marie Smith, 26, and Keith Warren Hernandez, 30, in connection with the incident.

  • Weekend filled with holiday activities

    Rochelle Kaiser

    Staff writer

    Enjoy the holiday weekend attending some of these great events.

  • Dark skies dampen day
  • Officials arrest 2 in Inglis arson case

    Two men wer­e arrested Tuesday on accusations of burglary and arson, which resulted in the destruction of an Inglis bar the day before.

    Jordan Michael Cooper, 21, and Travis Crabb, 32, were charged with arson, grand theft, burglary and two counts of arson causing the injury to firefighters after authorities connected the two men to the suspicious fire Monday morning at Rivals Bar off of West Levy County Road 40, Inglis.

  • Shopping season starts on Thanksgiving Day

    For many large stores, Thanksgiving Day signals the start of the Christmas shopping season.

    And if Citrus County follows the predicted national trend, an estimated 61 percent of consumers are expected to shop on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

    According to a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey, of those shoppers, about 18 percent will shop Thanksgiving, 68 percent will shop Black Friday, 43 percent will shop on Saturday and 21.6 percent will shop on Sunday.

  • Worker allegedly stole thousands

    INVERNESS — A report released Tuesday alleges a former county community center supervisor was allowed to steal nearly $90,000 over four years because no one checked her work.

    The clerk of court’s review of Constantina “Dina” Emmanuel’s receipts and deposits as a supervisor for Citrus County Parks and Recreation shows Emmanuel reported deposits in county bank accounts that were much less than the amounts she received.

  • County briefs 11/26/14

    ­Restaurants open for holiday

    The following restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day. 

    + Dillon’s Cinnamon Sticks, 727 U.S. 41, Inverness, is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving day. 

    Call Dillon’s Cinnamon Sticks at 352-419-7914 for reservations. 

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  • Police on lookout for seatbelts

    Thanksgiving is a time for families, food and football to come together.

    Millions of Americans will also be travelling on the roads to get together with families and friends, creating one of the busiest travel times on the roads and in the skies.

  • Gather 'round the table

    HERNANDO — For Brian Pearson and his mother, Bonnie, it wasn’t so much about the food that brought them to Alexander Park in Hernando on Monday as it was the people.

    “If you want to see good, loving people, you come here,” Bonnie said.