Local News

  • Smith: Study FC bypass now

    INVERNESS — State Rep. Jimmie T. Smith sees growth and commerce coming to Citrus County, and he wants state roads prepared.

    Smith isn’t talking about U.S. 19, which carries the heaviest traffic in the county.

    And he isn’t speaking of U.S. 41 north of Inverness, where residents, businesses, motorists and local officials are clamoring for widening of the two-lane road that the state Department of Transportation doesn’t see as a priority.

  • Congressman Nugent seeking veterans’ input

    With more than 20,000 veterans in Citrus County and 111,000 in Congressional District 11, U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent, R-Brooksville, hopes to hear from them all, or at least as many as will write, call or email him their opinions, comments and/or suggestions about local Veterans Affairs (VA) medical services.

  • Long legacy of the law

    One of the more wide-reaching and disturbing chapters in Citrus County’s history occurred a little over 40 years ago on a secluded side road off U.S. 19 near the Levy County line. The story stretches from Oklahoma to Miami and back to Citrus County. Florida’s Legislature and Supreme Court are involved and so is the Federal District Court of Appeals in Atlanta. The current governor of Massachusetts even had a role in the outcome. Lives were lost, humble men became reluctant heroes and historical legal precedents were set.

  • Citrus volunteer honored
  • Do one thing: Create a ‘living shoreline’

    Those of us living on the water have a special challenge. Not only should we watch our use of nitrates and pesticides like everyone else, but we also have charge of a small stretch of waterfront that needs special attention.

    Currently, the planned development of Hunter Springs Park involves a “living shoreline” which, with property owners’ help, will extend from the park into King’s Bay. For everyone on the water, your charge is to keep as much undeveloped as possible.

  • Football Fridays kicks off
  • Three Sisters vendor conditions discussed

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Officials at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, with the assistance of the city’s Waterfronts Board, presented an outline Thursday of what they expect of a future concessionaire to able to run limited land-access operations at Three Sisters Springs.

    Potential operators had a chance to ask questions at the meeting and also entered their names to be considered for the nod once the deadline for bids end Sept. 15.

  • Winding down

    Oh, those yummy molluscs!

    Although this year’s scallop season hasn’t been a bumper crop like last year, they’re still plentiful and available — and proving to be a boon to the local economy.

    Scallop season ends Wednesday, Sept. 24.

  • Vandalism concerns Lions Club members

    BEVERLY HILLS — For the past year and a half, the Beverly Hills Lions Club has been the target of vandals.

    Reports of flags stolen, donated eye glasses being taken from collection boxes, the clubhouse being broken into and many other offenses have circulated throughout the club and its 26 members. 

    John Kunzer, director for the Beverly Hills chapter, moved from Illinois nine years ago as a leader in the Roselle Lions Club and never expected this to occur to a nonprofit organization.

  • POSTSCRIPT: James Miekka: Advocate for the blind

    HOMOSASSA — In 2010, James Miekka decided to take a walk.

    He planned to start from the Blind Americans building in Hernando and travel the 130 miles to St. Petersburg with just himself and his guide dog, Zoey, to raise awareness about his fellow blind Americans.

    He relied on a Braille compass, a tape recorder with exact mileage recorded for the trip, a talking watch, his cellphone and a hands-free trailer that he hooked to his belt and pulled behind him. He averaged 20 miles a day.