Local News

  • Cities seek alternative approach to firefighting

    It’s a tale of not two, but three cities.

    Inverness, Crystal River and Dunnellon have each been affected to some degree by Citrus County’s municipal services benefit unit (MSBU) for fire services. 

    Interestingly enough, property owners inside those municipalities don’t even pay the fire MSBU.

  • Fire chief: ‘We offer a good service’

    Fighting fires is yet another public service provided by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

    “We supply a service, and we supply a darn good service that has sustained for years: efficient, effective, cost effective, conservative,” Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said.

  • Duke: Help available for energy bills

    Duke Energy’s Energy Neighbor Fund is prepared to assist customers in Florida who may struggle to pay their energy bill this winter. 

    Duke employees, customers and shareholders will provide funds to those in need throughout the year.

  • Feeding Alliance provides happy, healthy Thanksgiving

    By Laura Bittner, Staff writer

  • Educators cringe over new state tests

    Current school testing standards have educators and parents longing for the FCAT days.

    And they hated the FCAT days.

    Citrus County and school districts across the state have passed resolutions calling for the governor, the Department of Education and the Legislature to put a halt to this year’s round of standardized tests.

  • New BOCC chairman wants to raise staff productivity

    Newly minted chairman of the county commission Scott Adams shared some of his philosophies about governance and what he expects to accomplish during his tenure at the helm.

    First, he wants to get word out there that he expects 

    productivity, lots of it. And, he is focused on reorganizing some elements of the government such as the legal department to get what he calls more bang for the buck for the taxpayers.

  • Cowboy comes home to Citrus

    Dakota Shipp knows his geography. As a professional team roper, the Texas cowboy competes in 125 to 150 rodeos a year, all over the United States and Canada.

    But one event is special to him — the Citrus Stampede Rodeo.

    Shipp is from Citrus County and learned to ride in Hernando, where he belonged to 4-H.

    He has four sisters, 13 nieces and nephews, his grandmother, an uncle and an aunt living in the area, along with a lot of old-time friends.

  • Jobless rate declines

    The Citrus-Levy-Marion regional jobless rate in October dropped to 6.9 percent, down 0.2 of a percentage point over the month and down 0.8 percent compared to October 2013. The unemployment rate, released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, is the lowest for the region since May 2008 when it was 6.7 percent. 

    There were 13,991 unemployed in the region, 509 fewer than 201,953 in September, out of a labor force of 203,147, according to CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion.

  • Story of Thanksgiving, kindergarten style
  • County briefs 11/22/14

    Two sites for food giveaways

    The annual Thanksgiving Feeding Alliance holiday food giveaway will offer two distribution sites today, but only one is available for those who haven’t preregistered.