Local News

  • Fire claims Lecanto home

    Firefighters responded to a four-alarm, fully involved mobile home fire in Lecanto on Tuesday afternoon.

    According to reports by Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue, vehicles and equipment surrounding the single-wide mobile home also were in imminent danger.

    Fire crews were dispatched at 3:02 p.m. and the first unit from Homosassa arrived on scene at 3:12 p.m.

  • Plans for Inverness signage get thumbs up

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    The city of Inverness is going to steer travelers in the right direction with new signage in 2017.

    City council members met Tuesday to discuss a soon-to-start wayfinding program that will add more directional signs to the downtown area.

  • Royal treatment

    Cristian Miller never met Phil Royal, but the young police cadet is privileged to know he embodies the goodness and selflessness of what the late Royal stood for.

    “I was aware of his legacy, and I thought it be an absolute honor to uphold that legacy,” the 20-year-old Spring Hill native said about why he applied for the Key Training Center’s Phil Royal Law Enforcement Academy Community Service Scholarship.

  • Judge denies request for leniency

    A Circuit Court judge has sentenced an Inverness man with a lengthy criminal history and also a bout of medical conditions, to two years in state prison.

    Judge Richard “Ric” Howard on Wednesday ratified an agreement between attorneys that 50-year-old Edmond Louis Lozado would spend 24 months behind bars.

  • Inverness girls capture titles at state fair

    Three young 4-H girls from Inverness took top honors in the youth swine competition at the Florida State Fair.

    Macie Waller, 11, won first place for junior showmanship, while her sister Taylor, 13, took first place honors in the intermediate showmanship category. Lyndsee Philipps, 15, got first place in senior showmanship.

    Philipps was the grand champion winner.

    In all, the girls competed against some 148 others in their division age group.

  • Women celebrate centennial

    On the eve of America’s entry into World War I, a group of 43 women established the Inverness Woman’s Club.

    It was April 5, 1917. 

    They met at the Orange Hotel, which later became the Crown Hotel, now Crown Court. 

    According to Hampton Dunn’s book “Back Home,” as World War I raged overseas, the women of Inverness wanted to do their part by rolling bandages and knitting sweaters, lap covers and scarves for servicemen.

  • Masterworks at Seven Rivers

    Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church is hosting a Masterworks concert at 8 p.m on Friday, March 11. The Seven Rivers Chorale with the Florida Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and organist Chris Garvin will be performing Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem and Camille Saint-Saëns Symphony #3.”

  • Kayak launch reopens

    Hunter Springs Park’s kayak launch is open after being closed for several months.

    Workers with Daly & Zilch Inc. have been working since Feb. 15 to repair the troublesome launch at the Crystal River park and are planning to open it up to the public this morning, city Public Works Director Beau Keene said.

  • Judges look at Sunshine Law in workers’ comp case

    TALLAHASSEE — An appeals court weighed arguments Wednesday about whether Florida’s Sunshine Law was violated before regulators last year approved a 14.5 percent increase in workers’ compensation insurance rates.

    A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal did not issue a ruling Wednesday. But its decision will have high stakes: A Leon County circuit judge said in November that the rate increase should be rejected because of Sunshine Law violations.

  • Report: Panther population estimate rises slightly

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have some good news about Florida panthers — they think.