Local News

  • Mayor of Chiefland drowns

    By Lou Elliott Jones, Chiefland Citizen

  • Council to discuss CR welcome center

    Crystal River officials will work to find common ground Monday on where the city’s next welcome center will be to help funnel in people to Three Sisters Springs.

    City staff is proposing three venue options — with pros and cons for each — for city council to vote on to be up and running by this year’s manatee season, from Nov. 15 to March 31. 

  • Those purple boxes? They’re traps

    If you’ve noticed 2-foot-tall purple triangles hanging from the trees, you’re not hallucinating.

    Think of them as purple periscopes.

    The triangles are actually traps, set by state and federal authorities to monitor populations of emerald ash borers, invasive beetles which have chewed a path of destruction through most of the continental United States and parts of Canada.

  • Adams’ attack unfounded against opponent

    A series of noise complaints in 2014 at a Homosassa bar came and went with little fanfare until this past week.

    That’s because the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy who investigated the complaints, Brian Coleman, is a candidate for county commission.

  • American Legion signs supporting police prove popular

    By Diane Dobry, For the Chronicle

    Members of American Legion Post 237 in Beverly Hills were upset at recent outbreaks of violence against law enforcement officers that have been reported in the news and decided something need to be said.

    Now they’ve got a chorus.

  • Promoting literacy

      Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    During the last school year the United Way of Citrus County introduced ReadingPals, which has since been named state’s top new program. 

  • State analysis shows where improvements can be made

    When it comes to intersections in Citrus County, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to reducing the prevalence of crashes.

    What might work at Croft Avenue and State Road 44 to reduce left-hand turn crashes may be the wrong answer at U.S. 19 and Grover Cleveland Boulevard, which has different sight distances and its own set of congestion issues.

  • Road hazards

    Like thousands of other motorists, David Lambert II drives north through the intersection of U.S. 19 and West Cardinal Street in Homosassa almost daily.

  • Since 2013, 74 lives lost

    The 20 people who have died in Citrus County from traffic crashes so far this year has already surpassed the total for the entire year of 2013.

    That data comes from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which tracks crashes and fatalities on county roads. Overall, there were 4,334 total crashes on Citrus County roads from 2013-15. Of those crashes, 3,216 people suffered injuries and 74 people lost their lives.

    Here is a year-by-year breakout:

  • State agencies work to create safer intersections

    “What does it take to get a traffic light at my corner? Someone to die?”

    It’s a comment heard often at government and transportation meetings where dozens of residents are aligned for a common cause to improve safety conditions on neighborhood roads. But is it true?

    Not according to Matt Weaver, district traffic safety program engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). In fact, Weaver gets upset when he hears it.