Local News

  • Adams to Kenney: I'll block your job

    INVERNESS — County Commissioner Scott Adams is overheard in a recorded conversation saying he would “talk to the senator” to block a potential job for Commissioner John “JJ” Kenney.

    The conversation between Adams and Kenney occurred just prior to Thursday morning’s Port Authority meeting at the county courthouse. The county commission sits as the port authority.

  • Tri-city fire plan discussed

    INVERNESS — With the clock ticking on the city of Inverness deciding on a fire services plan, City Manager Frank DiGiovanni told the Chronicle editorial board Wednesday about a tri-city approach, partnering with the cities of Crystal River and Dunnellon.

  • Mother breaks into daughter’s house

    BEVERLY HILLS — A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputy responded to a burglary call last Friday night from a Beverly Hills woman who just returned from visiting her sick newborn in a Tampa hospital.

    Since early last week until the report was lodged last Friday, the mother of the critically ill infant had been away at the Tampa hospital while, at some point, her house in Beverly Hills was burglarized, allegedly by her own mother.

  • Her tunes on iTunes

    CRYSTAL RIVER — At only 27 years old, she is singing her way to stardom — all for the glory of God.

    “The heart behind what I sing is for me to please the Lord in everything I do,” said Megan Vino. “Through the songs I hope that they get to know him better.”

    After a two-and-a-half-year process, the 2005 Lecanto High School graduate’s dreams came true Tuesday — her birthday — with the release of her new music video and debut extended play (EP) album on iTunes.

  • Feds to meet potential vendors for Three Sisters

    CRYSTAL RIVER — At 6 p.m. today at City Hall, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge officials will have an informational meeting for potential concessionaires regarding the establishment of limited public access to the Three Sisters Springs property.

    Refuge officials, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will present a notice of intent seeking a single-entity concessionaire for a one-season deal beginning on Nov. 15 and ending on March 31, 2015.

  • Rounding up support

    LECANTO — Those who know Kelly Thomas know her as a champion.

    Born into a longtime Lecanto ranching family, Kelly, 19, has always been at home with her own herd of cattle or on the back of a horse.

    A 2013 Lecanto High School graduate, she was enrolled at the College of Central Florida studying physical therapy and interning at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville all while daily tending her cattle and practicing barrel racing on her horse — and working at Havana House Café. 

  • Theater restoration going strong

    INVERNESS — From its appearance, it only looks like an earthquake or a bomb hit the Valerie Theatre, but according to Inverness City Manager Frank DiGiovanni, this is all part of the plan.

  • Couple charged in on-road attack, burglary

    INVERNESS — Two women were the victims of an alleged battery and burglary by an Inverness couple after their car was run off the road by their attackers, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) arrest affidavit.

    Steven Anthony Torregrosa, 30, along with his 30-year-old wife, Jennifer Lyn Torregrosa, were reportedly following right behind the victims’ beige Kia on North Croft Avenue on Tuesday, according to a statement made by the Kia’s driver.

  • Charity lights up troops’ lives

    HOMOSASSA — Thousands of donated cigars from across the nation and beyond are on the table of the Allan family each day, ready to be packed and addressed to servicemen and -women overseas.

    Since the start of the charitable initiative in 2012, U.S. Army veteran Robert Allan and his family have volunteered with the organization Operation: Cigars for Warriors, mailing more than 180,000 cigars to troops in the Middle East, to Navy warships and long-term engagement warzones from their home.

  • Movies, sports, crafts highlight weekend

    From rocking the courthouse to a little 3-on-3 basketball to finding some quality time with a family movie, Labor Day weekend in Citrus County is sure to help you forget about work and enjoy a little well-deserved rest and relaxation.