Local News

  • County briefs 7/21/14

    ­State Rep. Smith’s office moving Aug. 1

    Effective Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith’s district office will be moving to the Inverness Government Center. The new location will be open for business effective Monday, Aug. 4. The address is 212 W. Main St., Suite 208 A, Inverness, FL 34450. 

    Contact numbers 325-560-6020; fax 352-560-6022.


  • NRC inspects nuclear plant

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reports there were no findings of safety significance from a quarterly inspection of activities at the Crystal River Nuclear Plant, known as CR-3. 

    The announced inspection was conducted in June and covered a range of activities and procedures.

    The process consisted of observations by NRC inspectors, interviews with Duke Energy personnel, reviews of procedures and records and walking through the plant.

  • Dog Days of Summer event encourages pet adoption
  • MPO seeks committee members for transportation issues

    The newly formed Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on its committees. These are volunteer positions. 

  • Help for homeless

    Barbara Wheeler with Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition packs a Florida Realtors bus with food and staples donated by real estate agents from Lake, Sumter, Marion, Hernando and Citrus counties Friday at Plantation on Crystal River. All of the goods collected will benefit homeless in the region. 

  • Train to help Homeland Security

    Volunteers interested in supporting the Homeland Security Volunteer Team of Citrus County and disaster-related activities through participation in disaster response, recovery, training, drills and recognition events are invited to attend a Volunteer Reception Center Training from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Central Ridge Community Center in Beverly Hills.

  • Slip-sliding all the way back to the 1970s

    A concept that has become very popular with the advent of Facebook is “Throwback Thursday.” On Thursdays, some folks make it a point to post photographs taken years ago. Today, I’ve decided to do a “Slip-sliding Away Sunday” and take us all back to the 1970s.

  • Back to the past: Ferris exhibit returns

    The late L.G. “Doc” Ferris was bigger than life and remains a legend in Citrus County.

    He put Floral City on the map as he promoted Ferris Groves and his beloved oranges.

    Everything about him was big, bold and flashy, including his personal life and contributions to the community.

    He left an enduring legacy of local agriculture and one of the most famous roadside fruit stands in the South.

  • Key runners home

    “The fun part is that we have somebody to support us and keep our Key Center running. We are disabled, we need help, workers and all of your participation. What the whole goal, besides me and the other clients, is God. God really has miracles for us clients. He has the powers and the rules but we need donations. Please help us.”   — Aaron Wilcox

  • Don’t forget about us: School board candidates work to get their message out

    CITRUS HILLS — They’re the other campaign, relegated to second place by circumstances.

    In a year where the two county commission races have taken center stage, candidates in the four districts for Citrus County School Board want to make sure their voices are heard, as well.

    And it’s not like it’s a quiet year for school board campaigns. Consider:

    + Each of the three incumbents has opposition. Chairman Thomas Ken­nedy has two opponents.