Local News

  • Citrus bands shine in Tampa

    Amber Sigman


    Horns and percussion sounded as color guard flags circled in the wind while bands warmed up outside of at Gaither High School in Tampa this weekend. It was the first time in many years that all three high school marching bands from Citrus County showcased their talents during the FMBC (Florida Marching Band Coalition) Class 2-A semifinals.

  • Beverly Hills man faces charge of attempted murder

    A Beverly Hills man was jailed Sunday on an attempted murder charge after authorities said he fired a gun at a neighbor multiple times following a dispute over barking dogs.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the scene of the shooting incident off South Harrison Street and found Gary D. Swesey waiting for them after shooting at a neighbor, according to his arrest report.

  • Giving thanks, giving back

    The new Church Without Walls held its annual Thanksgiving food and turkey distribution Monday afternoon in Lecanto. The church recently purchased a plaza and surrounding property at the corner of Kensington Avenue and State Road 44 and held the event at the new location. Church Senior Pastor Doug Alexander said he feels the mission of his church is to serve those in need with spiritual as well as physical needs.

  • Teen accused of breaking infant’s arm

    A Homosassa woman was arrested Friday on a charge of child abuse after she allegedly broke an infant’s arm in October while pulling the 8-week-old boy from a bathtub.

    On Oct. 24, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office investigators spoke with 18-year-old Kimberly Darnell Taschereau after getting a call about possible child abuse that had occurred a few days prior, according to Taschereau’s arrest report.

  • FDS, county’s largest hauler, close to sale

    FDS Disposal, Citrus County’s largest locally owned garbage hauler, is on the verge of being sold to one of the nation’s top haulers.

    FDS president William Ray told Citrus County officials in a letter last week that the expected closing date is Dec. 1 to sell to Advanced Disposal Services Solid Waste Southeast Inc., otherwise known as Advanced.

  • Church slates free Thanksgiving meals today

    This holiday season, The New Church Without Walls in Hernando is planning several holiday food giveaways and free hot meals.

    For Thanksgiving, the church is partnering with Sonny’s BBQ in Inverness to provide turkeys to give away today, Nov. 23. Boxes of food for a holiday meal will also be given away.

    The food distribution is from 3 to 6 p.m. at the church’s new property at 300 S. Kensington Ave. in Lecanto, next to the Holiday Inn Express.

  • Monday Conversation: Ricky Grant

    Capt. Ricky Grant laughs when he says he deals in “Secret Squirrel stuff.”

    It’s true, though: 

    Grant, his SWAT members, narcotics unit and other specialty squads under the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Special Operations Division handle the county’s toughest calls and investigations under emotional and time-sensitive pressure.

  • LHS grad builds app for anglers

    A fishing outing in Ozello inspired Lecanto High School graduate Geoffrey Ruiz to create a fishing app with a team of students at Florida Polytechnic University.

    Ruiz, who is currently a sophomore at Florida Poly, graduated from Lecanto in 2013.

    Earlier this month, Ruiz and his team members created and presented the fishing application for mobile devices, called Identafish, at the university’s STEM students’ BIO Expo.

  • In moving waste, schools look to save

    INVERNESS — Inverness city council members discussed but took no action Tuesday on a letter staff received from the school board attorney announcing the district’s intent to remove itself from the city’s solid-waste disposal program. 

  • County briefs 11/23/15

    Open Thanksgiving? Let us know

    The Chronicle is compiling a list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day. 

    Old World Restaurant, 8370 S. Florida Ave., Floral City. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open seating.

    Rumors Bar and Grill, 7395 W. Pine Brook St., Crystal River. Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations recommended. 352-795-2100 ext. 2.