Local News

  • Redevelopment in city’s future

    INVERNESS — The city of Inverness grew this week, or at least the plans were set in motion at Tuesday’s Inverness City Council meeting for expansion of the town’s Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) to include locales of the city outside the immediate downtown. Those areas include parts of Gospel Island, U.S. 41 North, the “medical corridor” surrounding Citrus Memorial hospital and the area surrounding Whispering Pines Park.

  • Runner Boston bound

    “I hate it a lot. I love it a lot. I dread it a lot. I need it a lot. It’s like a marriage. You push through the bad times because you know there’s going to be good times.”

    — Carol Nicholas, on running


    CRYSTAL RIVER — As Carol Nicholas crossed the finish line at the Rock N Roll Marathon in New Orleans in February 2013, she broke down sobbing.

  • Opinion: Meek must abstain from stub-out vote

    Commissioner Joe Meek should abstain from voting on issues related to the Oak Village Boulevard stub-out because of his father’s business connections with a Sugarmill Woods developer, according to the Florida Commission on Ethics.

  • Jail sale put on ice

    County government is delaying selling the county detention facility while watching the same transaction in a neighboring county.

    When asked Wednesday by the Chronicle’s editorial board about the progress of the proposed sale of the detention facility, initiated in December through a discussion at a Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, Assistant County Administrator Cathy Pearson responded: “That is on hold.”

  • Kenney sees ‘hanky panky’

    The emergence of a no-party affiliate candidate in the Citrus County Commission District 2 race has incumbent John “JJ” Kenney thinking something is up.

    Michael “Joey” White on Monday announced his campaign as a no-party candidate, ensuring him a spot on the November ballot and barring non-Republicans from voting in a primary election that features Kenney, plus challengers Renee 

    Christopher-McPheeters, Ron Kitchen and Phillip Mulrain.

  • Kenney cleared to vote in stub-out issue

    County Commission Chairman John “JJ” Kenney does not have a conflict of interest and should vote in the case of a Sugarmill Woods community hoping to close the Oak Village Boulevard stub-out.

    Kenney received a letter Monday from C. Christopher Anderson III, general counsel of the Florida Commission on Ethics, saying Kenney’s vote for or against vacating the stub-out from public ownership would not provide him a “special” financial gain or loss.

  • Carrying the torch

    Runners from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, firefighters and recruits from Withlacoochee Technical Institute participate Tuesday morning in the Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics Florida.

  • Libraries expand horizons for young and old

    Editor’s note: This is National Library Week. Our local Citrus County Library System offers so much more than just books. Each day this week we are telling you about one of the many great things you can do at the library.

    No one is too young or too old to begin learning. 

    The library has something for every age and stage of life, including basic classes for adults who have never learned to read.

  • Hearing to decide if hospice can grow

    A state hearing will be held in July to determine if Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast (HOCC) can expand its services into Hernando County.

    The expansion would focus on pediatrics, minority populations and institutional care, according to the application. 

  • Manatee mortality a concern

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Nine manatees have perished in Citrus County since the beginning of 2014, the latest coming just two days ago — a stillborn infant found floating near Yankeetown.

    So far, sea cow mortality in the county ranks fourth statewide, outpaced only by Brevard County (30 deaths), Lee County (17) and Miami-Dade (10).