Local News

  • Make a local difference

    What difference does a package of pasta or a jar of peanut butter make?

    Well, if every household puts out just one of each at the mailbox for the postal carrier to pick up on Saturday for the Make A Difference Day Annual Post Office Food Drive, that would amount to tens of thousands of basic staple food items for local hungry families.

    Eight local food pantries depend on it.

  • Chronicle forum Tuesday night at CF

    The Citrus County Chronicle’s general election candidates forum is at 7 p.m. today at the College of Central Florida in Lecanto. The college is on County Road 491 about 3 miles south of State Road 44. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    The forum will feature a debate format for Citrus County Commission District 2 candidates and U.S. House of Representatives District 11 candidates.

  • Artist sculpts aquatic beauty

    Ed Youngblood

    Special to the Chronicle

    Sitting in Kevin Jenkins’ Homosassa studio is like lounging at the bottom of the sea. All around and overhead are fish. There are dozens of them, and some are as large as 10 feet in length. But these fish are not flesh and blood. They are made of metal — the work product of an acclaimed copper sculptor with a worldwide clientele. 

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  • A forum for local authors

    HOMOSASSA — A dedicated reader of a particular author might never get the opportunity to meet her favorite writer to discuss the books she reads over and over again.

    Readers of Citrus County authors were able to get that chance on Saturday during the Fifth Annual Local Author Fair at the Homosassa Public Library.

  • Dental clinic director forced to resign over confrontation

    The executive director of Nature Coast Ministries, which operates the Samaritans dental clinic in Homosassa, is resigning after an angry confrontation with a food pantry volunteer last week in the building shared by charities.

    Tom Slagle, who has led Nature Coast Ministries for four years and is also the dental clinic director, is accused of grabbing We Care Food Pantry office manager Nancy Herne last Tuesday afternoon in the Catholic Charities offices.

  • COURT DIGEST: Former paramedic offered plea deal in meth case

    Jeffrey Allen Kehr, a former paramedic with Nature Coast EMS, was in court Monday on a variety of drug-related charges.

  • Panel OKs zoning change

    A new national maintenance company moving to the area that sought a land use designation change from county officials got most of what it wanted.

    The county’s Planning and Development Commission (PDC) voted last week to amend the county’s comprehensive plan to designate a former Pontiac-Oldsmobile dealership at 3029 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, an industrial area. The panel also OK’d changing the area’s zoning from commercial to light industrial.

  • Missing plane found

    An airplane matching the description of a plane reported missing in April was found Sunday night by a Dunnellon man walking on a trailhead inside the Halpata Tastanaki Preserve in southwest Marion County

    Human remains were also found still inside the cockpit.

  • Then and now: Square space

    Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional “Then and Now” series spotlighting historic buildings around Citrus County, what they were originally and what they are used for now.

    INVERNESS - Today, 110 W. Main St. in Inverness is a place where you can get a plate of catfish, cole slaw and hush puppies.