Local News

  • County backs Crosstown Trail project

    INVERNESS — Citrus County commissioners are going along with the wishes of Crystal River officials regarding a Crosstown Trail project — sort of.

    The board voted 5-0 Tuesday night to build a trail head on recently purchased property on U.S. 19 near Citrus Avenue that will include restrooms.

    City officials do not want restrooms at the trailhead, fearing vandalism or other crime from transients or thehomeless, commissioners said.

  • Hospice cleared in wrongful death suit

    DADE CITY — A local hospice that was the focus of a wrongful death lawsuit emerged victorious last week when a jury ruled one of its nurses wasn’t negligent for not destroying medication that later led to the accidental death of a New Port Richey woman.

  • School board gets first look at 2015-16 budget

    Despite grim news about a budget solution in the Florida Legislature, the uptick in home valuations is helping school officials make positive fiscal projections for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    Kenny Blocker, Citrus County School District assistant superintendent for business services, unveiled the district’s budget projections and needs for the upcoming fiscal year during a workshop Tuesday before the school board.

  • Board backs off shelter 10-day plan

    INVERNESS — County commissioners heard loud and clear on Tuesday from animal activists about their euthanasia plan for the Citrus County Animal Shelter.

    And activists hadn’t even said a word.

    On a day when some residents stood in the pouring rain to protest a proposed 10-day rule for cats and dogs at the county shelter, commissioners agreed to back off on the plan and instead decided to look at turning over shelter operations to a nonprofit animal-rescue group.

  • CR wants to take control of Three Sisters property

    CRYSTAL RIVER — It’s a race against the governmental clock.

    With 10 more scheduled city council meetings left before manatee season begins in November, city officials are doing what they can to prepare for another heavy-hitting tourist season at Three Sisters Springs.

  • Teens charged with murder

    CRYSTAL RIVER — A house tucked away in the woods — a short distance west of North Rock Crusher Road — became the scene of a gruesome death and two teenagers are suspected of beating and killing a middle-aged man then leaving him in a hot tub for weeks before he was found Tuesday.

    At a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office news conference early Tuesday evening, it was reported that deputies arrived at 595 N. Griffith Ave. a little after 4 a.m. after getting a call that a deceased person might be on the property.

  • Love of food propels career

    LECANTO — Born in Argentina, raised in Italy until age 13 when she came to Florida with her parents and two brothers, married to a fireman and spent 16 years working for and with celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, became an American citizen in 2014 — Shaneena Tremblay is living the American dream.

    Now a mother of two young daughters, Tremblay is currently the dietary manager and chef at Superior Residences assisted living facility in Lecanto.

  • Group expected to protest animal rule

    INVERNESS — Protesters are expected to be present on the Courthouse Square today to let county commissioners know what they think of a proposed rule that would shorten the lives of dogs and cats at the Citrus County Animal Shelter.

    Co-organizer Frank Yuelling, who often speaks to commissioners on behalf of shelter animals, received a city permit to conduct the protest, which is scheduled prior to the county commission’s 1 p.m. meeting.

  • Volunteers clean up Lyngbya at Weeki Wachee

    WEEKI WACHEE — The Rotary Clubs of Brooksville and Spring Hill Central began their second year of the One Rake at a Time service project on Saturday afternoon at the Weeki Wachee head springs. Divers from a Wounded Warriors club swam deep down into the main spring where the famous mermaids perform a show at the state park on U.S. 19, about 25 miles south of Crystal River, where the project got its start.

  • Griff’s owner buys Turner Fish Camp

    INVERNESS — At 57 years old, Willie McClain pondered retirement after closing Griff’s Bar in Inverness.

    But rather than sit around the house, McClain wanted to keep busy. Last month, she announced she bought the Krause Kabinets shop off U.S. 41 North in Inverness and will renovate it with an eye toward opening Griff’s II in about two months.