Local News

  • Meet the hornet hunter

    Considered the king or god of all bees and hornets in Japan and Asia, the name alone — Asian giant hornet — conjures images of a frightful winged tyrant conquering all in its path.

  • Teen crashes into school bus; kids OK

    CITRUS SPRINGS — No children were hospitalized when the school bus they were riding got hit by a car Monday afternoon at a Citrus Springs intersection.

    According to Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol officials on scene at the intersection of North Darlington Drive and West Hummingbird Drive, the school bus being driven by 41-year-old Wanda Dentici was transporting 28 students from Central Ridge Elementary School.

  • Vessel inspections crucial to staying safe on water
  • Two peeps for posterity


    Joe Dube

    For the Chronicle

    Last week Peepers, one of the resident endangered whooping cranes at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, laid two eggs two days apart. To the park and Operation Migration, Peepers’ potential peepers are a very big deal.

  • Two teachers shine with honors

    Floral City Elementary School teacher Karen Wright still has no clue who nominated her for the Governor’s Shine award, but is thrilled she was one of eight educators selected statewide.

    Wright and the others were honored personally by Gov. Rick Scott on May 5 during a Cabinet meeting ceremony in Tallahassee.

    “That was exciting. I never met a governor before; so that was fun,” Wright said.

  • Monday Conversation: Marshall King

    LECANTO — Marshall King is a high school superstar in his own right.

    Marshall, 18, graduates this week from Lecanto High School, capping a four-year record of academic perfection.

  • DCF investigators seek balance in family cases

    Buster Thompson

    Kevin Adams slides some papers across the mother’s dining-room table for her to sign.

    The letterhead, “The Florida Department of Children and Families” reflects under the overhanging light that blends with the faint sun that shines through the slits of closed blinds.

  • County briefs 5/18/15

    Affordable housing committee to meet

    The Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Room 135 of the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto. 

    On the agenda will be Hardest-Hit, SHIP, CDBG, NSP 1 & 3, Section 8, Shelter Plus Care and Emergency Solutions Grant. 

  • City manager to present vision

    INVERNESS — With the public unveiling of Inverness’ Valerie Theatre less than three weeks away, City Manager Frank DiGiovanni will present to city council Tuesday evening his “vision” and mission statements for the cultural venue.

    DiGiovanni said the Valerie is envisioned to be the “premier arts center for entertainment and community involvement.”

  • Tribute to the fallen

    As a cooling breeze blew, retired and active-duty law enforcement officers paid tribute to their fallen fellow officers at the annual National Peace Officers Memorial Day service on Friday at Cooter Pond Park in Inverness.