Local News

  • On the hunt for a deal

    Andrew Caplan

    Staff writer

    Twenty dollars can go a long way at a flea market.

    With it, a shopper can buy new jeans, toys for their child, chairs for their kitchen table, fresh fruit and even a husband.

    A spouse, however, may be more of an investment than a bargain, depending on who you ask. But for Dolores Foster, it was a deal worth a lifetime.

  • CRMS offers Summer Fitness Program
  • Solar energy comments under review

    A request from the Public Service Commission staff for comments on solar energy in Florida attracted 145 responses, including comments from residents, environmental groups, counties, cities, political groups, utilities and a state agency.

    Participants were asked to address a series of questions on specific aspects of solar energy and suggest policies or programs that could promote the development and deployment of solar energy systems in Florida.

  • Split over fire services bodes ill for future

    THE ISSUE: County and city fire agreement.

    OUR OPINION: No simple solution available.

    The tussle between county officials and Inverness over fire tax dollars and an interlocal agreement is akin to a bad divorce — no one will walk away feeling good about the split.

  • County real estate goes international

    Many may not know it, but Citrus County is taking on a distinctive international flavor, thanks to an influx of Europeans moving here to buy homes and become active in the community.

  • Association optimistic about local real estate

    It has been an optimistic summer for the Citrus County real estate market.

    According to Debbie Rector, president of the Realtors Association of Citrus County, the existing home market is trending in a positive direction.

    “We are seeing a trend of the absorption rate shrinking each month this year,” she said. “The past couple months show us currently in a seller’s market.”


    For more than 30 years, the Citrus County Family Resource Center in Hernando has been just that — a resource center for families and people in need.

    Each Christmas, the center distributes gifts to about 2,000 Citrus County children. But the FRC does so much more than that throughout the remaining 364 days a year. From a serving as a food pantry and clothes closet to hosting parenting classes and assisting people with signing up for services with other agencies, the center is a constant whirlwind of activity.

  • Carnahan: Is $557,000 specialized fire truck needed?

    County Commissioner Scott Carnahan is questioning the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s purchase of a $557,000 “heavy tech rescue engine” for its fire rescue division, saying such specialized deals should come to the county commission first.

    The sheriff’s office is expected to take delivery of the truck in three weeks from its manufacturer in Appleton, Wisconsin, Fire Chief Jim Goodworth said.

  • Monkeys meet manatee
  • CR: Drop in at dusk

    Crystal River is inviting all who want to relax and have a good time while the sun goes down to its Sunset at the Pier event Saturday evening.

    The city’s fifth sunset event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at King’s Bay Park, 268 NW Third St. in Crystal River. Admission is free. The city began hosting the festivities in April.