Local News

  • Drumming up fun on the beach

    Claire Phillips Laxton 


    Every second Sunday of the month, Fort Island Gulf Beach in Crystal River becomes a lulling, tranquilizing  beach as the calming  sounds of  the monthly drum circle echoes throughout the beach from 6 p.m. to sunset. 

  • Eyes on the street

    Kim Dame


    Captain Wayne Brown spends five- hour shifts casing the neighborhoods of Beverly Hills, looking for anything out of the ordinary. He scans for unlocked doors, lights left on, gates left unlocked or ajar, or any other slight detail out of place that might trigger suspicion.


    They gathered in groups and as individuals.

    Some lined sections of State Road 44 or U.S. 19.

    They waved flags or held signs. Hundreds sported the dark blue T-shirts, ballcaps or car window stickers that bore their hero’s name.

    All, on a warm summer evening, for one purpose: Welcome Capt. Phil Royal home.

  • County briefs 7/20/16


    Men rescued at Rainbow state park

    Two men were transported, one in critical condition, to Ocala Regional Medical Center late Tuesday afternoon after falling into the water at Rainbow Springs State Park, according to an official with Florida Wildlife Commission.

  • A perch with perks

    As the summer months rage on, lifeguards in red suits are perched vigilant on high stands at community pools across the county. 

    Many are teenagers, while others are veteran lifeguards who have put more than 20 years into their profession. 

    Lexie Mails, 19, says it is the perfect job, but you have to take the good with the bad.

  • Testimony reveals crumbling marriage

    Prosecutors expressed confidence Tuesday that jurors would find evidence of Jeffry Roy Dickerson’s guilt in his own defense as Dickerson’s trial on stalking, battery, assault and imprisonment charges got under way in Inverness.

  • Key run postponed

    The Key Training Center has postponed this year’s annual weeklong run from Tallahassee following the death Monday of runner Phil Royal. 

    Saturday’s Run for the Money finale and telethon will still take place.

  • Hundreds gather in prayer for Royal

    Phil Royal’s friends gathered Monday evening at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church, their emotions raw trying to comprehend his inexplicable death.

    The church had opened its doors to the community to gather and grieve, and the community came, many in their navy blue “Team Royal” T-shirts, wiping away their tears.

  • Friends honor ‘promising life’ cut short

    By Nancy Kennedy and Buster Thompson, Staff writers


    Citrus County voters were just starting to meet Phil Royal on the campaign trail.

    Many others had known him for years through his work at the sheriff’s office and volunteer efforts with the Key Training Center.

    Friends old and new got to watch Royal rejoice in family around his new wife and baby.