Local News

  • Story of Thanksgiving, kindergarten style
  • County briefs 11/22/14

    Two sites for food giveaways

    The annual Thanksgiving Feeding Alliance holiday food giveaway will offer two distribution sites today, but only one is available for those who haven’t preregistered.

  • A playground all their own

    LECANTO — Alec Watson raced from the swings to the padded play area, where ring-toss and hula-hoops beckoned.

    The look on his face said it all.

    “I love it!” he shouted.

    His grandfather, Lewis Smith, said Alec was really enjoying himself.

    “I can’t get him inside,” he said.

  • High-profile murder cases to resume in new year

    Defendants in three of the murder cases moving through the county legal system were represented in court Thursday.

    * Benjamin Robert Dick, 24, facing first-degree murder charges in the strangulation death of his mother, Jennifer Brooks, 42, was in court via video hookup. He was informed prosecution will be taking dental impressions, a noninvasive procedure, which will be filmed by his defense.

  • County, builders discuss impact fees at LWV meeting

    By Walter P. Wynn

    Special to the Chronicle

    On Tuesday,  the Citrus County League of Women Voters hosted an informational presentation on growth management. Presenters were Jenette Collins, director of the Citrus County Department of Planning and Development, and Dan Kern, chairman of the of Government Affairs Committee of the Citrus County Builders Association and incoming CCBA president.

  • For the Record 11/21/14

    DUI arrests

    * Michael Brocco, 24, of North Panda Bear Terrace, Dunnellon, at 3:55 p.m. Nov. 19 on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. According to his arrest affidavit, Brocco was involved in a car accident and overturned his vehicle on County Road 488. Deputies discovered an open container of beer in the vehicle. He was asked to perform field sobriety tasks and did poorly. Brocco refused Breathalyzer testing to measure his blood alcohol concentration. His bond was set at $1,000.

  • A year of hell in Auschwitz

    INVERNESS — It’s one thing to learn about history in a book. It’s another to listen to a first-hand account.

    On Thursday, the eighth-grade students of teachers Steffanie Grotz and Lauren Fenech at Inverness Middle School listened to Holocaust survivor Gene Klein, a Hungarian Jew, tell his story of surviving slave labor in Nazi concentration camps when he was a teenage boy. 

  • Deputy cleared after strip-search suit

    A Citrus County deputy was vindicated Wednesday in district court after a Dunnellon woman filed a civil lawsuit in 2012 against the deputy and the sheriff’s office.

    According to a sheriff’s office news release on Thursday, Deputy Andra Canfield became the target of the lawsuit filed by Leila Tarantino, 38, after a routine traffic stop the previous year.

    Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Taratino in July 2011 after she was witnessed running a stop sign.

  • Business donates 250 turkeys

    The Thanksgiving Feeding Alliance (TGFA), which provides a turkey and the fixings to Citrus County families in need on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, recently received a donation, thanks to Publix Super Markets and Thrivent Financial. 

    Publix customers are allowed to purchase a turkey to be donated to the TGFA by adding $8 to their bill at the check-out counter in any of the five stores in Citrus County. 

  • Hospital foundation gives YMCA $2.8 million

    Donations to any worthwhile cause are always a big deal, but Wednesday’s check-passing was unlike any other.

    About 30 community leaders braved the late-morning chill along County Road 486 as the philanthropic arm of the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation presented a $2.8 million check to the Citrus County YMCA.