Local News

  • Marina, boat ramp on port authority agenda

    The county’s effort to build a big boat ramp and a possible dry dock marina near the site of a proposed port area on the Cross Florida Barge Canal is moving ahead.

    Citrus County commissioners, in their capacity as the Citrus County Port Authority, will take up the issue at 9 a.m. today  during its monthly meeting in the commission chambers at the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness.

  • Sheriff’s officials leave grow house in the dark

    Tips for recognizing a grow house

    * Windows of the house covered at all times.

    * Tall stockade fences that hide several air conditioning units.

    * The house’s lights are timed to specific hours.

    * People frequent the house at odd hours of the night.

    * People bringing in large amounts of potted soil to the house.

  • Winds of change howling

    Hit the road, medical corridor.

    You’re sunk, Port Citrus.

    Those and other projects on the county commission’s “A” list may be headed for an early retirement following Tuesday’s primary, where Scott Carnahan was elected in one race and Ron Kitchen won the Republican primary in another.

  • Stalwart supporter

    Jimmy Hughes, former superintendent of schools, holds a sign for school board candidate Doug Dodd outside the First Baptist Church of Crystal River on Crystal Street on Tuesday morning.

    The primary election concluded Tuesday night, with precincts closing their doors at 7 p.m.

  • CMH deal with HCA imminent

    INVERNESS — The Citrus Memorial hospital transaction is set for an Oct. 31 closing with the clearing of a significant hurdle Monday night. The Citrus Memorial Health Foundation board of directors voted unanimously to tentatively approve the master agreement with Hospital Corporation of America for the company’s 50-year, $126.6 million lease of Citrus County’s only public hospital.

  • If you haven’t already, go to the polls



    * Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    * Not sure where to vote? Check the Supervisor of Elections’ website, www.votecitrus.com

    * Follow election results tonight at www.chronicleonline.com.


    By this evening, Citrus County will have one new county commissioner.

  • Meeting to address Three Sisters vendor queries

    The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge public meeting slated for 6 p.m. Thursday at Crystal River City Hall about limited land access to the Three Sisters Springs property is an informational session for prospective concessionaires.

    The city council is not taking part in this meeting, but the public is invited to find out about U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plans for a vendor at the 57-acre site.

  • 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb set for Sept. 14

    Citrus Memorial Health System, Local 4562 Professional Firefighters of Citrus County and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office are gearing up for the fifth annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and Fitness Challenge. This year’s event will be at Citrus Memorial hospital on Sunday, Sept. 14, with registration beginning at 7 a.m.

  • COURT DIGEST: Judge denies bank robbery suspect a new attorney

    A judge has denied a motion for a new attorney by a suspect charged in connection with a Feb. 18 morning bank robbery in Beverly Hills.

    Serafin Cuchy Solis, 30, of South Lee Street, Beverly Hills, was arrested by Ocala Police that afternoon and faces a felony charge of strong-arm robbery.

    The robbery occurred at SunTrust Bank on North Lecanto Highway during which the suspect reportedly brandished a weapon and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

  • County briefs 8/26/14

    Waters week essay contest announced

    The Save Our Waters Week Committee of Citrus County is sponsoring an essay contest for area students.

    Students in grades six through 12 are invited to participate in the 2014 contest titled, “Florida Springs — A Treasure in Jeopardy.” 

    The original work of between 300 and 500 words must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 3.