Local News

  • Brother-sister duo face animal cruelty charges

    The alleged negligence of over 40 cats inside a Hernando-area home now has a brother and sister facing charges of animal cruelty.

    Deputies and animal control officers with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office began their investigation into a possible case of animal cruelty Wednesday morning at 4772 N. Redwood Lane, where homeowners Wayne and Diane Dennis told them about the roughly 43 cats living inside, according to arrest reports.

  • Mills one of nation’s best realtors

    Although Barbara Mills is a winner to those who know her, now it’s official.

    It was announced Sept. 30 that she is one of five national winners of the REALTOR Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award, given to Realtors who have made an extraordinary impact on their community through volunteer work, such as Operation Welcome Home — the huge parties given to Citrus County military service members when they come home from Afghanistan.

  • DEP head speaks to crowd at Plantation

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Jon Steverson, secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, said he is focused on the long-term protection of Florida’s water and natural resources.

  • Police: Domestic dispute led to slayings

    The two Hernando residents and two Inglis residents killed and wounded Thursday night in a double murder-suicide have been identified.

  • Clean and clear: Floral City Water Association cuts ribbon on new wells

    FLORAL CITY — Five years ago, the Floral City Water Association faced a dilemma.

    Bacteria was creeping into its water system, forcing the member-owned association to close down one of two wells. Not only did that reduce water flow for firefighting, it placed the association at risk if the second tank well also failed.

  • Slain Samaritan ‘was everybody’s best friend’

    Much of Walter “Buzz” Scott Terhune’s Thursday was spent catching up with friends and family and preparing for a vacation to Cocoa Beach with his companion.

    He never made it.

    That night around 6 p.m., 68-year-old Terhune was shot dead in Inglis while trying to protect children at a nearby park from a gunman who turned the gun on himself after killing his estranged wife and critically injuring her presumed boyfriend following a domestic dispute.

  • CRHS crowns Homecoming Queen
  • Warren to seek fifth term as tax collector

    When Janice Warren first took office in 2001, the Internet was little more than a curiosity.

    Fourteen years later, the marriage of technology and customer service give Citrus County’s tax collector the most to smile about.

    “It’s all a team effort,” Warren said. “I have an outstanding staff, many of whom was here when I came into office.”

  • Tragedy strikes college campus

    ROSEBURG, Ore. — A gunman opened fire at a rural Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least 9 people before dying in a shootout with police, authorities said.

    A government official said the man who opened fire at an Oregon community college was 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. 

    The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and provided the name on condition of anonymity.

  • Three dead in Inglis shooting

    INGLIS — Three people died and one was critically wounded after a shooting Thursday evening that started in the front yard of a residence directly across from Inglis Town Hall, Levy County Sheriff’s Office officials said.

    The dead included the shooter and a “Good Samaritan” who tried to intervene, Lt. Scott Tummond said.

    Their names were not released pending notification of next of kin.