Local News

  • Monday Conversation: MLK’s legacy

    It’s been nearly 52 years since the late Martin Luther King Jr., spoke of his dream for a colorblind society, and it has yet to be realized. 

    Just this past year, our nation has been rocked by racial turmoil — the shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Rumain Brisbon in Phoenix, Arizona, and the chokehold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, all black men.

  • Cattle camp helps students and animals

    INVERNESS — The secret’s in the hairspray.

    Brush the hair on a steer’s legs from the bottom up to fluff it and then spray it with hairspray to keep it in place.

    That’s just one of the tips 66 middle and high school-age 4-H and FFA students learned at the annual Cattle Camp at the Citrus County Fairgrounds this past weekend as they get their animals and themselves ready for the Citrus County Fair in March.

  • Safety standards adjusted at CR3

    The Crystal River nuclear plant (CR3) has been granted some exemptions from emergency planning requirements.

    The commission that oversees the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the agency that regulates civilian use of radioactive materials, has approved exemptions concerning radiological emergency plans for the Crystal River 3 nuclear power plant (CR3).

    The five commissioners reviewed the NRC staff recommendation and voted 5-0 in December 2014 to approve the exemptions requested. 

  • Park owners may request vacancy adjustments

    Owners of mobile home parks and recreational vehicle (RV) park properties have the op­portunity to demonstrate the vacancy rate in space occupancy within their property so they can receive a vacancy adjustment to the Fire Protection Assessment that was approved July 23, 2013.

    Applications are now available and can be submitted to the county. Determination will be based on evidence of a vacancy rate provided by the property owner. 

  • KCCB seeks volunteers, sponsors

    Keep Citrus County Beautiful (KCCB) was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for the purpose of promoting community involvement in litter reduction, litter cleanup, recycling and community improvement. KCCB is extremely pleased for this opportunity. 

    As part of this grant, KCCB is required to match the FDOT funds through local expenditures and in-kind services between now and the end of June. 

  • Help invite Alton to area

    By Rochelle Kaiser, Staff writer

  • County briefs 1/19/15

    City to work on water lines

    Water line distribution system improvements are scheduled to begin in the city of Crystal River on or about Tuesday. Work involves the replacement and/or realignment of about 2 miles of waterlines in the general vicinity of city hall. 

  • MPO to conduct organizational meeting Tuesday

    By Michael D. Bates, Staff writer

  • Pedestrian killed in Inverness

    An Inverness man was struck and killed by a vehicle Saturday evening, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Fugitive on run for 16 months caught in Citrus

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office nabbed a prison escapee Friday.

    Brian Reese Hamilton, 42, was on the lam since he escaped from a Department of Corrections work camp in Pompano Beach in August 2013. 

    Hamilton was serving a four-year sentence for grand theft out of Collier County. He was sentenced in March 2011. He was part of a work-release program.