Local News

  • Emergency Management director prepared for job

    Capt. Dave DeCarlo said he’s ready to go for his next challenge of being Citrus County’s Emergency Management director.

    On Feb. 1, 48-year-old DeCarlo began his new position under the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office the same day his predecessor Capt. Joe Eckstein retired.

    Eckstein announced his retirement in late 2015, ending 30 years with the sheriff’s office and 12 years as Emergency Management director.

  • New career for longtime sheriff’s captain: Retirement

    Joe Eckstein got his first taste of retirement when he looked at his cellphone a few nights ago.

    There wasn’t hundreds of text messages, calls, emails, weather and hurricane alerts — notifications he typically received while serving as Citrus County’s Emergency Management director.

  • AP fact check: Fumbles from the Republican field

    Editor’s note: A look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don’t tell the full story.

    WASHINGTON — What happened in Iowa didn’t stay in Iowa. And when it reached the stage in the latest Republican presidential debate, Ted Cruz had some explaining to do.

  • Lawmakers consider alimony, custody changes

    By William March, Associated Press

    TALLAHASSEE — Big changes could be in store for couples who divorce under legislation now being considered by Florida lawmakers.

    Measures to end permanent alimony and to push judges toward granting 50-50 time-

    sharing custody between parents are generating emotional arguments in legislative committee hearings.

  • Brannen to discuss novel

    Beginning this month, local author Fred Brannen will partner with the Citrus County Library System for a “Meet the Author” series to discuss and sign his novel “At the Bottom of Biscayne Bay.”

    Brannen his a former longtime columnist with the Citrus County Chronicle. 

    His book is a fictionalized memoir that climaxes with a Miami courtroom drama pitting the author against some pretty shady characters.

  • Florida Forest Service receives national award

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Forest Service has received the Wildfire Mitigation Fire Service Leadership award for its record-breaking prescribed fire program.­­ 

    The award came during Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, which was Jan. 24 through Jan. 30.

  • Know what’s needed for travel

    Millions of passports are up for renewal in the next three years; therefore, the National Passport Processing Center is taking six weeks to process routine service applications. Requests for expedited service are processed in about half of that time frame. The status of your application may be tracked online at the U.S. Department of State’s website travel.state.gov.

  • New food bank director well versed in providing help, hope

    Growing up poor either makes you bitter or it makes you better.

    For Roger Ross, the poverty of his youth was a catalyst for his career in helping others, first as an officer in the Salvation Army and now as executive director of the Community Food Bank of Citrus County.

  • County briefs 2/8/16

    Crystal River

    Candidate plans meet-and-greet

    Andy Houston, incumbent candidate for Crystal River City Council special election in March, will greet the public from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, at Norton’s Riverside Sports Bar and Grill on Northeast Fifth Avenue.


    Citrus Springs

  • In community, few people as pivotal as Annie Johnson

    You can’t talk about South Dunnellon without mentioning the late Annie Williams Johnson. 

    After attending Booker T. Washington High School in Dunnellon, Johnson was educated at Florida Normal College in St. Augustine and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York.