Local News

  • Auction event benefits 4-H

    The Richard and Travis Carroll Memorial Swap Meet and Auction, featuring over 45 professional mounts from their private white tail, mule deer and elk collection, is today at Dudley’s Auction and Maine-ly Real Estate, 4000 S. Florida Ave., Inverness.

    A portion of proceeds will benefit the 4-H Shooting Club.

    The swap meets starts at 8 a.m. and the auction is at 2:30 p.m.

  • Sumterville man faces double trouble

    A Sumterville man out on bond on charges of trafficking methamphetamine a couple weeks ago, was accused again Thursday night of committing the same crime.

    Citrus County sheriff’s officials pulled over 36-year-old Daniel Glenn Purvis and his 25-year-old passenger, Kyle James Ross, of Homosassa, because Purvis was driving with an expired tag, according to the sheriff’s office.

  • Charitable board hires investment consultant

    Michael D. Bates

    Staff writer

    LECANTO — The Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation (CCCCF) now has its own investment consultant.

  • Schoolhouse Hustle set for April 1

    The Citrus County Education Foundation (CCEF) is hosting the fourth annual Schoolhouse Hustle 5K/10k and 1-mile walk on Saturday, April 1, at CREST School in Lecanto. 

    Foundation officials invite all Citrus County students, alumni, teachers and those who support education to come out to walk or run to benefit pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the first race starting at 8 a.m.  

  • Ground has been broken

    Almost 30 years of waiting is over and Crystal River will have its Riverwalk.

    At a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, City Manager Dave Burnell welcomed a crowd of around 30 people where the Riverwalk’s main gateway will be, just south of the intersection of U.S. 19 and N.W. 2nd Avenue.

    “This is a special event,” he said. “I look forward in another couple years to seeing you all walking up and down the Riverwalk.”

  • Compared to state, Citrus County jobless numbers remain high

    Employment numbers released Friday show a classic good news-bad news scenario for Citrus County.

    February’s unemployment rate for February of 6.7 percent was the third worst in the state, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO).

    The two counties that posted higher unemployment rates than Citrus were Hendry, 7.2 percent, and Sumter, 7.0 percent.

  • Judge denies motion in murder case

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Judge Richard “Ric” Howard denied multiple defense motions Thursday, moving closer the trial of a Brooksville woman accused of slaying another Brooksville woman. 

    Crystal Michelle Brinson, 39, and her boyfriend Byron Lee Boutin, 45, were charged in June 2013 with the murder of 18-year-old DeAnna Lee Stires. Stires’ body was found dumped in Levy County in January 2013. 

  • Leaders at odds on tourism, business spending

    TALLAHASSEE — Sen. Jack Latvala doesn’t think legislative attempts to eliminate the state’s economic agency will go anywhere, but he has a plan just in case.

    “It’s still got to come before my committee and it’s not going to pass,” Latvala matter-of-factly told Citrus County business leaders Thursday during the chamber of commerce’s legislative day.

  • Slaying suspect caught in Citrus

    A teen suspected of shooting and killing a Panama City man Sunday in Panama City Beach was apprehended Tuesday in Citrus County.

    Citrus County sheriff’s officials arrested 14-year-old Tyree Tylan Maddox without incident at a Crystal River home. 

    Maddox, of Panama City, was wanted by the Panama City Beach Police Department on second-degree murder charges of 27-year-old Ples Robinson, according to the police department.

  • Search ends for missing man

    The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday evening for Brandon Paul, the Floral City man and Citrus High School graduate who fell off a cruise ship near Cuba.

    Rescue crews spent more than 16 hours and covered 3,469 square miles searching for Paul after the 23-year-old fell from the eighth deck of Carnival Victory at 3 a.m.  Wednesday, 33 miles northwest of Pinar del Río, Cuba, according to the Coast Guard.