Local News

  • School gives hands-on look at weather

    It’s safe to say fourth-grader Sharon Valle was blown away.

    Rock Crusher Elementary School students of all grades were hard at work Wednesday building structures out of construction paper, straws and tape, part of a Creativity Imagination Agency Day experiment to help them build skills in the hard sciences.

  • Dream come true

    When Chris Raby was 23, he looked at Harry Mitchell and thought, “I want his job.”

    At 41, he’s got it.

    Mitchell retired as the manager of Fort Cooper State Park on Nov. 1, and Raby stepped into his shoes the very same day. 

    In addition to the 710-acre historic site, he manages the 46-mile Withlacoochee State Trail. 

  • Family that lost everything in Thanksgiving Day fire still needs help

    The family that lost everything during a Thanksgiving fire is still looking for a home.

    The Aprea family — which has three children ages 5, 15 and 18 — has received an outpouring of community support, but is living in a hotel.

  • Foul play not suspected in car fire

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives confirmed late Thursday that Linda Steve, of Crystal River, was the deceased person found early Monday morning inside a burning car near Crystal River.

    According to the sheriff’s office, the 58-year-old was identified via dental records and jewelry found on the body.

    Investigators are still unsure why Steve was near the intersection of North Sunshine Path and West Sunripe Loop, where she was found inside her burning 2007 Kia four-door sedan.

  • Man convicted of 2007 murder to be sentenced


    Several notable cases in felony court moved forward or ended in pleas Thursday.

    n Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard and attorneys will meet Feb. 21 to decide when to sentence convicted murderer Christopher Robert Muzzi.

    Charles Vaughn, Muzzi’s attorney, told Howard on Thursday his mitigation specialist needs more time to investigate his client’s capital case.

  • See furry friends for free this weekend
  • Sailing from scratch


    Amber Sigman

    For the Chronicle

    Locals, out-of-towners and even some Europeans gathered recently along a quiet tributary in Inverness, where the American flag waved to the soft sounds of a Native American pan flute.

  • Teen gets life for murder

    Bryan Robinson, the teenager convicted of murdering Stephen Gorney, will spend the rest of his days in a cell.

    Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard sentenced the 18-year-old Crystal River man on Wednesday to two concurrent terms of life without parole for first-degree murder and armed robbery.

    Howard also sentenced Robinson to 15 years for each of two counts of dealing in stolen property, to be served concurrent to the life terms.

  • Floral City to kick off winter season with Heritage Days

    Ed Youngblood

    Special to the Chronicle

    With the nights now becoming crisp, Floral City will put out luminaries, close some of its streets and dress itself up in turn-of-the-century charm for its ever-popular Heritage Days, scheduled this year for Friday and Saturday. 

  • MPO chief: Don’t expect wider 41 anytime soon

    BROOKSVILLE — For years, the cry has gone out to widen U.S. 41 heading north out of Inverness.

    For years, that cry has gone unheeded, even though city, county and transportation officials have cited the need.

    Don’t look for action anytime soon.