Local News

  • DUI-manslaughter trial begins

    Opening statements and witness testimonies begin today in the trial of a Dunnellon woman accused of killing a pair of women in a head-on collision while intoxicated.

    Jurors were selected Monday to preside over the trial of Marianne Jennifer Campbell, who faces two second-degree felony counts of DUI-manslaughter.

    The State Attorney’s Office charged 53-year-old Campbell in June 2015 for her alleged involvement in the fatal crash on Oct. 27, 2014, which killed two Midwestern women.

  • Toss a tire to ward off mosquitoes

    For the second year, Citrus County will have a free tire disposal day at Central Landfill.

  • Ozello prepares for rezoning battle

    It was two years ago when Linda Green and her Ozello neighbors successfully fought plans for a condominium complex on the old Pirate’s Cove property.

    Now the developer is back— and so are Green’s neighbors.

    About 50 people crowded the Ozello Civic Association hall Saturday morning to start the opposition process all over again.

  • Water district to take on Rainbow River flow

    The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s governing board will meet Tuesday to discuss the controversial recommendation to adopt a minimum flow for the Rainbow River in southwest Marion County.

    If approved, it would allow the drawdown of up to 5 percent of the river for well withdrawals. The water district believes that is the maximum amount of drawdown that can occur before more than 15 percent of the habitat is damaged or destroyed.

  • A hearty fundraiser

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Animal lovers and pet parents congregated at Unity of Citrus County Saturday for a day of fur baby festivities at the third annual Paws Pet Fest.

    Unity provided their venue to showcase animal-related business vendors as well as collect donations for nonprofit animal rescue groups in the community. 

  • Cattle Dog opening two more locations

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    If you’re a fan of a nitro-infused coffee poured with precision or a custom cold brew you’re in luck.

    Citrus Hills area staple Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters is opening two additional locations in April, one in downtown Inverness and one located within Citrus Memorial Hospital. 

  • Former Crystal River councilman dies

    Former Crystal River Councilman Sidney Kennedy died Wednesday, March 22, at the Hospice House of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto.

    Kennedy, 77,  who was born and raised in Crystal River, served 15 years on the city council.

    Services are 1 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the First Baptist Church of Crystal River.

  • Fish fry fundraiser
  • C.R. Council to ponder trolley options

    The Crystal River City Council will look to get its trolley and staff ready to bring people into Three Sisters Springs during the summer.

    During the council’s regular meeting on Monday, board members will vote on whether to approve a motion to purchase one of the city’s currently leased trolleys for $55,000 to take people into the springs property year-round, as needed.