Local News

  • FWC seeks input on marine fisheries

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be holding a workshop in Crystal River to get public input on how the state’s marine fisheries should be managed.

    Whether you are a seafood aficionado who wants priority placed on getting fish to the dinner plate, a recreational angler or a commercial fishermen, FWC wants to know what marine fisheries issues concern you and what the state’s top management priorities should be.

  • Man, 20, charged with molesting teen

    Allegations of molestation against a teenage girl landed a Hernando man in jail on Friday.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives met with the girl’s relative, who said 20-year-old Jared David Becker molested the girl while the relative was sleeping next to them on a couch, according to Becker’s arrest report. She was later told of what happened by the girl.

    The relative told police Becker had made advances toward the victim before.

  • Inverness man accused of abusing boy

    An Inverness man is facing numerous sex-crimes charges after a relative of a preteen boy came forward with allegations of sexual abuse.

    Those allegations against 54-year-old Arthur Slinger came on June 25 — the same day the abuse took place at Slinger’s home, according to his arrest report.

    During an interview with investigators, the boy said he knew Slinger for about three months. Slinger reportedly bought the boy expensive presents during that time. 

  • A baseball bond

    INVERNESS  -- In 2008, Peyton Lee was 12 years old and needed a baseball team to root for.

    He called David Langer, his grandfather in Inverness, and asked his opinion on which team to pick.

  • B-Scada’s tech to help distribute solar energy in Rwanda

    B-Scada Inc. has announced a new deployment of its VoT (Virtualization of Things) Solution in Africa. 

    The Crystal River-based company’s wireless sensors will be used to remotely monitor and control the generation and distribution of solar energy used by four health clinics in Rwanda. 

  • Teen defendants get 60-day continuance

    Two teenagers facing charges of first-degree murder appeared together Monday in a Citrus County courtroom.

    Bryan Thomas Robinson, of Crystal River, and Tyzick Joseph Wall, of Dunnellon, both 17, are charged with premeditated murder, robbery with a deadly weapon and two counts of dealing in stolen property.

  • Inverness council approves budget amendment

    INVERNESS — Inverness City Council members unanimously approved a budget amendment totaling $146,543 to cover funding needs for projects not anticipated during the development of the fiscal year 2015 budget.

    The first project involves exterior work needed on the Inverness Government Center. Staff will move $125,000 out of the government center’s sustainability fund to cover the expense.

  • Life continues after fission

    July 1 will be a milestone as Citrus County transitions out of the nuclear age and workforce declines at the Duke Energy plant bottom out.

    The Crystal River Nuclear Plant, known as CR3, is moving into SAFSTOR, the option selected for the decommissioning process. The plant went offline in 2009, and Duke Energy announced it was being retired in February 2013.

  • Man who nearly drowned critical

    A young man who nearly drowned while scalloping Saturday in the Gulf of Mexico is in critical condition, a hospital spokesperson said Monday.

  • Friendly ferret turns up at couple’s house

    PINE RIDGE — Are you missing a ferret?

    That’s the question Pine Ridge residents Walter and Carol Wynn have been asking their friends and neighbors ever since discovering one in their two-story shed on Saturday.

    Walter had gotten up early and opened up the double doors of the shed, flipped on the light and went upstairs to find a hose attachment. When he came back down, he heard a scratching noise by the table saw.