Local News

  • County briefs 12/16/14

    Hanukkah festivity Wednesday

    All are invited to the “Hanukkah Candle Lighting & Celebration” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the historic Old Courthouse grounds in downtown Inverness.

    Enjoy latkes (potato pancakes), munchkins, coffee, tea and music at the only public Hanukkah celebration in Citrus County.


  • Attempted murder charge reduced

    Statements and stories changed regarding the events of an alcohol-fueled evening that left one man hospitalized and another charged with attempted first-degree murder.

    In court Monday, Nich­olas Austin McGahen, 28, of Homosassa, entered a plea of no contest to the lesser charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

  • Float their boats

    Canoes and kayaks dotted an Oak Street lawn in Crystal River during the Crystal River Boat Builders yard sale on Saturday.

    The Dec. 13 yard sale was put together to raise funds to build new boats, specifically a mullet boat. The Crystal River Boat Builders (CRBB) members use “heritage boat building” methods to recreate boats that were once used in the Citrus County area.

  • Man charged with animal cruelty

    A Homosassa man was arrested Monday on charges of animal cruelty and domestic violence after allegedly beating up a family dog and attempting to stab a relative with a syringe.

    Relatives of Thomas Michael Robinson, 24, informed Citrus County sheriff’s deputies early Monday morning that Robinson previously arrived at their home in the Homosassa area and reportedly beat their dog to the point when blood was coming from its eyes and nose as a result of a broken blood vessel.

  • Santa Claus joins in Citrus Springs Christmas Parade
  • County briefs 12/15/14

    ­Legislators seek input about priorities

    The Citrus County Legislative Delegation will take input from government entities, private organizations and individuals at its annual meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness

  • BOCC to take on Pirate’s Cove plan

    At 5:01 p.m. Tuesday, county commissioners will conduct a public hearing regarding a developer’s request for changes to the county’s land development code and comprehensive plan.

    The developer, George Decker, is seeking the changes so he can implement plans for a waterfront condominium complex in Ozello.

    Decker’s plan is to build a four-story condominium complex at the site of the former Pirate’s Cove Restaurant.

  • Rookie board members: More time for attorney search

    The search for a permanent county attorney will not end Tuesday, if the county commission’s newest members have any say.

    Both Commissioners Scott Carnahan and Ron Kitchen say the board should choose an interim attorney and then broaden the search for either an in-house or part-time attorney.

  • Monday Conversation: George Rusaw

    CRYSTAL RIVER  — For 38 years, George Rusaw built homes in Citrus County — 2,256 in his career with Rusaw Homes, with the last one completed in May 2008.

    He retired, and as he says, failed miserably at retirement. After several months of yard work and golf, he was invited to join the board at Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County.

  • Farewell to Nottingham