Local News

  • County briefs 10/18/14

    Restaurant’s tips to go for cancer cure

    The Olive Tree restaurant waitstaff will donate all tips received between 6:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, to a cancer charity during their Tips for the Cure event.

    All proceeds will benefit Dr. C. Joseph Bennett’s local Citrus Aid Cancer Foundation.

  • Patrol car damaged in chase

    A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy wasn’t injured early Thursday morning after jumping out of his moving car to pursue a fleeing suspect on foot after a vehicle pursuit, according to the sheriff’s office.

    The pursuit began near the Hampton Inn in Crystal River when a truck driver traveling erratically failed to stop for the deputy and fled at high speed.

  • Look for sample ballots in mail

    Official sample ballots for the Nov. 4, general election have been mailed. Voters who have requested a vote-by-mail ballot will not receive a sample ballot. 

  • 'Fangate' puts spotlight on Florida governor's race

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida governor’s race was spinning wildly on Thursday, almost as fast as that electric fan former Gov. Charlie Crist insists on bringing along to campaign appearances.

    The resulting dust-up provoked the rarest of pleasures — an unscripted moment in a campaign season made for TV.

  • Veterans Appreciation Week honors WWII vets

    Citrus County’s 22nd Annual Veterans Appreciation Week will be celebrated from Oct. 25 through Nov. 16.  This year’s theme, “Honoring Our Greatest Generation, World War II Veterans,” recognizes the selfless sacrifice and devotion to duty of our Greatest Generation, who saved the world from the tyranny of the Axis Powers. Special Veterans Appreciation Week commemorative pins are available from DAV Chapter 70 by calling 352-860-0123 or emailing john_d_seaman@yahoo.com.  

  • Author brings 'Sandman' to life for new generation

    PINE RIDGE — Shirley Maksymicz can think up the craziest stories.

    When her youngest child was in the fourth grade and she was room mother, she wondered, “What can I do to entertain these kids?”

    It was Halloween, so she wrote a story about a boy who went into a haunted house and a bloody hand that climbed the stairs, saying, “I’m on the first step …  I’m in the hallway ...” 

  • Landfill offers self-haul program for residents


    * Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

    * Bagged household garbage/bagged yard waste. 

    * Eight 30-gallon containers per week. 

    Purchase date, annual passholders rate: 

    Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 — $96 per vehicle. 

  • 'Trip of a lifetime' scrapped over Ebola fears

    INVERNESS — Tops on Mellodie Farfaglia’s bucket list is a trip to Africa.

    For the past 18 months, she and a group of friends have been planning a safari trip to Rwanda and Uganda, a gorilla trek to take photos.

    Actually, Farfaglia has been planning this trip of a lifetime for more than 20 years.

  • Calls mount for Ebola travel ban

    WASHINGTON — Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government’s ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said other measures are more effective.

  • Q&A: What are the facts about Ebola?

    Q: What is Ebola?

    A: Ebola is a severe type of viral hemorrhagic fever in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees). The first case was discovered in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo near the Ebola River. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically.

    Q: How is it transmitted?