Local News

  • Candidates take aim at incumbent Kenney

    CITRUS HILLS — John “JJ” Kenney must feel like he’s walking around with a big bulls-eye on his back.

    As the only incumbent seeking re-election on the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, Kenney’s opponents are taking quick aim and firing one arrow after another.


    Port Citrus!

    Tax increases!

    Stolen money!

  • 1-cent sales tax set to go before board

    INVERNESS — The 1 percent sales tax referendum for road resurfacing will be the subject of one of several public hearings at Tuesday’s commission meeting.

    At 2:45 p.m., the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is scheduled to open discussions for an ordinance to levy the sales tax. It would be subject to the approval by a majority of the county voters at the next election.

  • Monday Conversation: Joel Jacobson

    As director of the Citrus County Mosquito Control District, Joel Jacobson is passionate about providing a service that has the potential to affect both the health and comfort of all county residents and visitors. 

    Jacobson has been with the district since 2006, having spent 21 years with Hillsborough County Mosquito Control and a couple of years off to raise his son. With a major in biology and a minor in education, he has also been a teacher.

  • County briefs 7/21/14

    ­State Rep. Smith’s office moving Aug. 1

    Effective Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith’s district office will be moving to the Inverness Government Center. The new location will be open for business effective Monday, Aug. 4. The address is 212 W. Main St., Suite 208 A, Inverness, FL 34450. 

    Contact numbers 325-560-6020; fax 352-560-6022.


  • NRC inspects nuclear plant

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reports there were no findings of safety significance from a quarterly inspection of activities at the Crystal River Nuclear Plant, known as CR-3. 

    The announced inspection was conducted in June and covered a range of activities and procedures.

    The process consisted of observations by NRC inspectors, interviews with Duke Energy personnel, reviews of procedures and records and walking through the plant.

  • Dog Days of Summer event encourages pet adoption
  • MPO seeks committee members for transportation issues

    The newly formed Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on its committees. These are volunteer positions. 

  • Help for homeless

    Barbara Wheeler with Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition packs a Florida Realtors bus with food and staples donated by real estate agents from Lake, Sumter, Marion, Hernando and Citrus counties Friday at Plantation on Crystal River. All of the goods collected will benefit homeless in the region. 

  • Train to help Homeland Security

    Volunteers interested in supporting the Homeland Security Volunteer Team of Citrus County and disaster-related activities through participation in disaster response, recovery, training, drills and recognition events are invited to attend a Volunteer Reception Center Training from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Central Ridge Community Center in Beverly Hills.

  • Slip-sliding all the way back to the 1970s

    A concept that has become very popular with the advent of Facebook is “Throwback Thursday.” On Thursdays, some folks make it a point to post photographs taken years ago. Today, I’ve decided to do a “Slip-sliding Away Sunday” and take us all back to the 1970s.