Local News

  • School’s out, summer starts

    For Rock Crusher Elementary School Principal Rene’ Johnson, even a cold was not going to keep her from a last-day-of-school tradition — staff going outside to hug and wave at the pupils as they leave for the summer.

    Johnson was apologetic about not hugging the little ones and some parents for fear of infecting others with her cold, but was busy Friday during the noon hour directing the orderly conclusion of another academic year.

  • Good Samaritan rescues stranded boaters

    Two boaters left to tread water for roughly 12 hours near their capsized boat were finally rescued by a passing boater.

    Gary Morse of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Gary E. Schlyer of Homosassa and his unidentified passenger were boating 

    Thursday afternoon in a 12-foot aluminum jon boat in the Chassahowitzka Bay when the wake of a passing boat overturned them, leaving them stranded.

  • Doctor accused of running pill mill opts to represent himself

    Shemir Wiles

    For the Chronicle

    INVERNESS — Daniel McIntire, a doctor charged with allegedly operating an illegal pain clinic in Crystal River, informed the court Friday that he would be representing himself after his attorney filed a motion to withdraw from the case. 

  • Boating season begins; be mindful of manatees

    The Memorial Day weekend typically means crowded conditions on Florida waterways, and Save the Manatee Club cautions the boating community to keep a look out for manatees.

    “Collisions with watercraft are the leading cause of all manatee deaths in Florida, when a cause of death can be determined,” said Patrick Rose, aquatic biologist and the club’s executive director.

  • A/C handler fills house with smoke

    A faulty air-conditioning unit filled a home in Crystal River with light smoke on Friday.

    Firefighters with Crystal River’s Fire Department and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue division arrived at around 1:30 p.m. to a light haze inside the home at 1637 SE Paradise Circle, according to a fire incident report.

    Everyone was out of the home before units arrived.

  • Unemployment drops, remains high in Citrus

    Shemir Wiles

    For the Chronicle

    Regionally, the jobless rate dropped to 6.4 percent in April, down 0.5 percentage points over the month and 0.7 percent over the year; however, Citrus County’s unemployment rate still remains one of the highest in the state.

  • Man charged after assault at Hunters Spring

    An Inverness man was arrested Thursday for allegedly attacking another man at a Crystal River park.

    A deputy responding to a fight at Hunters Spring Park was told en route that a man later identified as Edward John Fleming went up to a group of people and began punching another man in the face before driving away in his car, according to Fleming’s arrest report.

  • K-9 search reveals methadone in car

    A large amount of opiates allegedly found inside a car during a traffic stop led to a man’s arrest on a drug-trafficking charge.

  • Among the best

    U.S. News & World Report, the international magazine better known for its rankings of the nation’s best colleges and universities, has released its 2015 rankings for high schools — and all three of the county’s public schools and the Academy of Environmental Science are medal winners. And two of the high schools — Citrus and Lecanto — were ranked nationally.

  • Regional planning council abolished

    The Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council (WRPC) called it quits Thursday after 43 years of helping its five member counties with economic development and planning.

    The five councils that comprise it — from Citrus, Hernando, Marion, Sumter and Levy counties — will be incorporated into three of the 10 remaining councils. Citrus County will join Hernando County and become part of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council.