Local News

  • Gas tax facts


    Fifteen cents per gallon of motor fuel and 7 cents per gallon of diesel fuel is used for county roads. Here’s what each tax category means, as the government refers to them:

    * First local option: Countywide tax of 6 cents per gallon for motor and diesel fuels. County gets 91 percent of revenue; Crystal River and Inverness split 9 percent.

  • Cents for gas

    Confused about the county’s referendum to pay for residential road resurfacing? So were we, so we asked. Through public records and interviews with acting County Administrator Jeff Rogers, we learned quite a bit.

    For example:


    * Gas taxes were never meant for residential road resurfacing, despite public belief otherwise.


  • GOP, Dems open campaign offices

    The local Democrat and Republican parties have announced the hours their campaign headquarters will be open leading up to the Nov. 4 election. 

    * The Citrus County Republican Executive Committee has opened its 2014 campaign office in the Crystal River Mall, Suite 467.

    The office will be open Saturdays until the Nov. 4 election, and between 1:30 and 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday with additional hours to follow.

  • Enrollment open for 2015 Leadership Citrus

    Applications are now being accepted for the Leadership Citrus class of 2015. 

    Citrus County citizens who demonstrate community involvement and represent a cross-section of the county, both professionally and geographically, and are active in business, education, the arts, religion, government and community-based organizations are encouraged to apply.

  • Sheriff 95th and loving it

    INVERNESS — It was a special day for Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy.

    Saturday, it was like the 58-year-old chief law enforcement officer was grinning and celebrating a victorious election, a birthday and Christmas all in one.

  • Plans for Sabal Trail pipeline under review

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FREC) is currently reviewing comments and concerns expressed by the public and other sources about a proposed multi-billion dollar, 650-mile natural gas pipeline project that would cut through Sumter County in its projected route from Alabama to Orlando.

  • Dragon Boat Festival adds more events

    The upcoming Lake Hernando Dragon Boat Festival has added Friday evening activities.

    The second festival of 2014 is scheduled for Nov. 14 and 15 with a full day of dragon boat racing and related activities.

    “There will be a large kick-off concert on the lake on Friday, Nov. 14,” said Andy Smith event coordinator. “It will be a free concert open to the public.”

  • Preserve shows off its intrigue

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Anyone who wants to know about animals that call the estuary home needs to ask 6-year-old Jack Suter.

    He and his sister Paige Suter, 8, spent Saturday afternoon playing with fish, sea creatures and even a king snake at the second annual National Estuaries Day celebration.

  • Recycling a single stream

    The Chronicle asked these residents why they recycle and what they think of the single-stream recycling:

    Angelo Yodice

  • COURT DIGEST: Court crowded with murder cases

    Five defendants facing first-degree murder charges in three separate cases were in a Citrus County courtroom on Friday. 

    Crystal Michelle Brinson, 37, of Brooksville has been charged in connection with the 2012 death of DeAnna Lee Stires, 18, also of Brooksville.

    She was in court with her attorneys on a procedural matter, all of her court records have been sealed.