Local News

  • Businesses at the mercy of Mother Nature

    Buster Thompson

    Staff writer

    During the summer, fishing resorts and restaurants along bays, rivers and lakes watch the inflow of customers from across Florida and beyond visit their businesses. They also watch the levels of water increase with each heavy rainfall.

  • Summer rains elevate lake levels


    Buster Thompson

    Staff writer

    A typical summer’s day in Citrus County is humid, rainy and thunderous. On some occasions, the rains will drench the county much of the day, but flooding is not considered a threat, according to county and district officials.

  • Couple charged in home invasion


    Buster Thompson

    Staff writer

    HOMOSASSA — A 32-year-old Homosassa woman and her 25-year-old boyfriend were arrested early Monday morning on charges of home invasion, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

    Stephanie Lynn Davis and Adam Michael McKeown allegedly forced their way into a Homosassa residence at 10 p.m. Sunday and reportedly stole $100, a cellphone and a laptop.

  • TDC media workshop Sept. 3

    The Tourist Development Council’s (TDC) regularly scheduled monthly meeting has been moved to 9 a.m. Wednesday, 

    Sept. 3, to provide an educational workshop to share how the Visitors & Convention Bureau works as a tourism destination marketing organization. This workshop will be in the College of Central Florida-Citrus Campus Conference Center, Room 101, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.

  • County briefs 8/19/14

    Crystal River

    Data breach doesn’t impact Seven Rivers 

    Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyber attack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.

    Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center near Crystal River was “not impacted by the data breach” according to its spokesperson.

  • DEP adds three spring systems to priority list

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has officially approved adding three first-magnitude spring systems — Chassahowitzka River, Homosassa River and Weeki Wachee River — to the Surface Water Improvement Management (SWIM) Program priority list.

  • Crystal River woman charged in auto theft

    Buster Thompson, Staff writer

    CRYSTAL RIVER — A 30-year-old Crystal River woman was charged with theft of an automobile and grand theft of more than $10,000 on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Bond was set at $4,000.

  • Floral City man charged in burglary

    Buster Thompson, Staff writer

    FLORAL CITY — A 29-year-old Floral City man was arrested Friday, Aug. 15, on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, grand theft of less than $10,000, and burglary resulting in becoming armed, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

    Michael Justin Strickland allegedly entered a Floral City residence in July while the victim was reportedly in the hospital. The burglary was called in July 30.

  • First-day photo

    Libby Darr pauses in front of the new Seven Rivers Christian School preschool Monday morning to snap photo of her daughter Savannah, 3.

    The school, located in Lecanto, opened its K-12 classes and the new preschool Monday to throngs of students, escorted by dozens of parents.

  • Trial set in burglary-firearm-battery case

    A Wednesday morning trial is set for Julius Erwing Black, 31, who faces felony charges of robbery with a firearm, burglary with a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm.

    In a pre-trial appearance Monday, Circuit Court Judge Richard Howard confirmed Black, of Dunnellon, had rejected a plea offer. He is being represented by a public defender.