Local News

  • TDC media workshop Sept. 3

    The Tourist Development Council’s (TDC) regularly scheduled monthly meeting has been moved to 9 a.m. Wednesday, 

    Sept. 3, to provide an educational workshop to share how the Visitors & Convention Bureau works as a tourism destination marketing organization. This workshop will be in the College of Central Florida-Citrus Campus Conference Center, Room 101, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.

  • County briefs 8/19/14

    Crystal River

    Data breach doesn’t impact Seven Rivers 

    Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyber attack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.

    Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center near Crystal River was “not impacted by the data breach” according to its spokesperson.

  • DEP adds three spring systems to priority list

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has officially approved adding three first-magnitude spring systems — Chassahowitzka River, Homosassa River and Weeki Wachee River — to the Surface Water Improvement Management (SWIM) Program priority list.

  • Crystal River woman charged in auto theft

    Buster Thompson, Staff writer

    CRYSTAL RIVER — A 30-year-old Crystal River woman was charged with theft of an automobile and grand theft of more than $10,000 on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Bond was set at $4,000.

  • Floral City man charged in burglary

    Buster Thompson, Staff writer

    FLORAL CITY — A 29-year-old Floral City man was arrested Friday, Aug. 15, on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, grand theft of less than $10,000, and burglary resulting in becoming armed, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

    Michael Justin Strickland allegedly entered a Floral City residence in July while the victim was reportedly in the hospital. The burglary was called in July 30.

  • First-day photo

    Libby Darr pauses in front of the new Seven Rivers Christian School preschool Monday morning to snap photo of her daughter Savannah, 3.

    The school, located in Lecanto, opened its K-12 classes and the new preschool Monday to throngs of students, escorted by dozens of parents.

  • Trial set in burglary-firearm-battery case

    A Wednesday morning trial is set for Julius Erwing Black, 31, who faces felony charges of robbery with a firearm, burglary with a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm.

    In a pre-trial appearance Monday, Circuit Court Judge Richard Howard confirmed Black, of Dunnellon, had rejected a plea offer. He is being represented by a public defender.

  • County tourism numbers climbing

    New data shows 2013 was a banner year for Citrus County tourism while 2014 could be even better.

    Figures from the Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau (VCB) show the county had an estimated 338,900 visitors during 2013, up about 12 percent from 2012.

  • Customers flock to new store

    After a successful “soft opening,” Rural King had its grand opening celebration Sunday at the Crystal River Mall, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and other activities.

    After months of preparation and hiring employees, the store opened to the public Aug. 4. 

    “It was very successful,” said store manager Steve Randall about the soft opening. “We had 73 people in line at 7 a.m. and have been busy since.”

  • Monday Conversation: Harold Walker, problem fixer

    CRYSTAL RIVER — You can sum up Harold Walker like this: Find a problem, look for the success path and solve the problem.

    That’s his gift. He’s a troubleshooter and a problem solver, just what the stalled George Washington Carver Community Center project needed when Walker retired from Duke Energy three years ago after a 34-year career.

    He now devotes his time heading up the center’s construction, which has been ongoing since 2009.