Local News

  • Assault case delayed again

    Efforts to set a trial date in the case against an Inverness man charged with assault and false imprisonment were delayed once more Monday.

    Jeffry Roy Dickerson’s trial had been set for the week of May 9. On Monday, Dickerson, 61, appeared without a lawyer in front of Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard and asked to have his case continued so he and his relative could hire a private attorney.

  • Wagon full of memories

    Diane Dobry

    For the Chronicle

    Green Wagon Collectibles owner Al Lino literally grew up in the world of advertising and media buying. His father Alfred owned an ad agency in St. Petersburg that worked with high-end clients and media.

    “My father was the one who gave St. Petersburg the nickname ‘St. Pete,’” Lino said.

  • Orphaned critters get a new life


    Zodee Treier

    For the Chronicle

    When Wanda Wolfertz went out to fetch her Chronicle the morning of April 16, the vultures were already circling.

    The object of their interest: an opossum lying dead in Wolfertz’s road.

  • Deadline near to register for kids’ triathlon

    Given the opportunity, kids like to move.

    This Saturday, kids ages 5 to 15 are invited to swim, bike, run — and have fun — at the fourth annual United Way Citrus County Kids’ Triathlon at Whispering Pines Park in Inverness.

    Events are broken down into three divisions: Junior, Senior and Tri4Fun.

  • Burglary investigation turns into a brawl

    A New Hampshire man racked up burglary and resistance charges Saturday after reportedly getting into a scuffle with neighbors and police.

    At about 10:23 p.m. that night at the Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies met with a man who said Donald Bubar burglarized his house and was still in the woods nearby, according to Bubar’s arrest report.

  • Charter amendments on city agenda

    The Inverness City Council meets at 5:30 today at the city government center.

    The agenda includes a public hearing on proposed amendments to the city charter. 

    One change would allow the city to provide property leases up to 25 years with 10-year renewals up to 99 years. The charter currently limits leases at 10 years.

  • Prices creeping up gas at pump

    Prices at the pump should get more expensive this week thanks to an increase in oil prices and high demand for gasoline. 

    Crude oil prices are up for the third consecutive week, making the cost to produce gasoline more expensive, according to automotive club AAA. Gas prices nationwide have increased for 20 of the last 23 days, rising 16 cents to Sunday’s average of $2.20 per gallon.

  • Eight incumbent judges qualify

    Eight incumbent circuit court judges in the Fifth Judicial Circuit officially qualified Monday for the ballot.

    Qualifying were: Group 1, Robert Hodges; Group 2, Lawrence Semento; Group 9, Thomas Eineman; Group 15, Donald Scaglione; Group 21, Ann Craggs; Group 23, Sandra Robbins; Group 24, Willard Pope; Group 25, William “Bud” Hallman III.

  • Seeking to build a safer gun

    By Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press

    DAYTONA BEACH — Jonathan Mossberg is among a small number of pioneers looking to build a safer gun. But unlike many others, he was in the gun business when he started down that path.

  • Insurance for county commission, but not part-timers

    Sue Carscadden didn’t lose her job, but the news her supervisor brought last Wednesday morning was almost as bad.

    Carscadden, a part-time senior program assistant for the Nature Coast Volunteer Center, was told that county commissioners voted the day before to eliminate health insurance for part-time employees who work between 20 and 30 hours a week.

    For 62-year-old Carscadden, the news was a shock.