Local News

  • Local briefs 7/21/2016

    Youth job fair slated for Tuesday

    High school graduates who do not yet know what they’re going to do once summer fades are invited to get some answers at the inaugural Citrus County Youth Career Expo and Job Fair.

    The career expo and job fair is exclusively for ages 18 to 24. It will be from9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the College of Central Florida’s Citrus campus, 3800 County Road 491 in Lecanto. There is no charge to attend.

  • Inverness OKs tentative millage-rate hike

    The city of Inverness tentatively raised its millage rate Tuesday after numerous quarrels with the county, city officials said.

    The half-mill increase would push the city’s rate to 7.5729 mills and is expected to generate an additional $269,378. 

    City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said the city will re-evaluate its millage rate in September when the city adopts its budget for 2017.

  • A growing problem

    Wired with sophisticated, illegal electrical setups, a typical grow house uses as much power as a McDonald’s restaurant, according to a representative of a local co-op — power that’s costing energy companies and their paying customers.

    “It’s highly organized crime,” said David Lambert, manager of member relations with the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative (WREC). “We need some help.”

  • Two men rescued at Rainbow Springs

    Perry Brewer was enjoying his vacation Tuesday at Rainbow Springs State Park when his son came running up to him, shouting that people were in trouble in the river.

  • Drumming up fun on the beach

    Claire Phillips Laxton 


    Every second Sunday of the month, Fort Island Gulf Beach in Crystal River becomes a lulling, tranquilizing  beach as the calming  sounds of  the monthly drum circle echoes throughout the beach from 6 p.m. to sunset. 

  • Eyes on the street

    Kim Dame


    Captain Wayne Brown spends five- hour shifts casing the neighborhoods of Beverly Hills, looking for anything out of the ordinary. He scans for unlocked doors, lights left on, gates left unlocked or ajar, or any other slight detail out of place that might trigger suspicion.


    They gathered in groups and as individuals.

    Some lined sections of State Road 44 or U.S. 19.

    They waved flags or held signs. Hundreds sported the dark blue T-shirts, ballcaps or car window stickers that bore their hero’s name.

    All, on a warm summer evening, for one purpose: Welcome Capt. Phil Royal home.

  • County briefs 7/20/16


    Men rescued at Rainbow state park

    Two men were transported, one in critical condition, to Ocala Regional Medical Center late Tuesday afternoon after falling into the water at Rainbow Springs State Park, according to an official with Florida Wildlife Commission.

  • A perch with perks

    As the summer months rage on, lifeguards in red suits are perched vigilant on high stands at community pools across the county. 

    Many are teenagers, while others are veteran lifeguards who have put more than 20 years into their profession. 

    Lexie Mails, 19, says it is the perfect job, but you have to take the good with the bad.

  • Testimony reveals crumbling marriage

    Prosecutors expressed confidence Tuesday that jurors would find evidence of Jeffry Roy Dickerson’s guilt in his own defense as Dickerson’s trial on stalking, battery, assault and imprisonment charges got under way in Inverness.