Local News

  • Floral City lights up

    FLORAL CITY — What better way to spend an evening than with art, history and music?

    From 6 to 9 p.m. today, three Floral City galleries, the heritage museum and the library will open their doors to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a Night of Lights.

    Luminaries will be placed at the entrances of the five participating Floral City 

  • Dancing with disabilities

    LECANTO — If you’re in a wheelchair or missing a limb, can you still dance? 

    Key Training Center clients, some in wheelchairs themselves, learned Wednesday that the answer is yes, thanks to a performance by AXIS Dance Company, an innovative contemporary dance troupe based in Oakland, California, made up of dancers with and without disabilities, including two men in wheelchairs and one woman who is missing her left hand and forearm.

  • Commissioners go out with a bang

    INVERNESS — They went out with a bang and not a whimper.

    The last act of outgoing Citrus County Commissioners Rebecca Bays and Chairman John “JJ” Kenney on Tuesday was to order an investigative report of workforce harassment against Commissioner Scott Adams be sent to Gov. Rick Scott for possible sanctions.

    Bays and Kenney cited examples of what they considered outlandish behavior on Adams’ part, though Kenney also wished Adams well.

  • Commission votes to send Adams report to governor

    Citrus County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday night to send an attorney’s report regarding allegations of work place harassment against Commissioner Scott Adams to the governor’s office for possible sanctions.

    Outgoing commissioners John “JJ” Kenney and Rebecca Bays, attending their final meeting, voted to send the report.

  • Workshops in future of impact fees ordinance

    There is a new buzzword in county commission parlance these days — workshops — and it may augur how the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) conducts business going forward.

    The latest issue before the board headed for more workshops is the state-mandated revisions to the county’s impact fee ordinance.

  • Nugent sweeps Congressional District

    Voters returned U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Brooksville, for a third term as he defeated Ocala Democrat Dave Koller.

    Koller in his first attempt at an elected office challenged Nugent for the seat in Florida’s 11th Congressional District, which includes Sumter, Citrus, Hernando, some of Marion and a small portion of Lake County.

  • Voters sweep Kitchen into office

    For 10 years he was hizzonor, the Crystal River mayor who presided over a city in transition from one of turmoil to one of cohesiveness.

    Now Ron Kitchen Jr. is hoping to bring the same calm waters to the Citrus County commission.

    Voters easily swept Kitchen into office in the District 2 commission race Tuesday with 67.5 percent of the vote over no-party affiliate challenger Joey White.

  • Shooting complaint leads deputies to grow house

    Authorities investigating a call regarding shots fired on Sunday in Homosassa wound up making an arrest on an unrelated matter. 

    After questioning a witness about the shooting, deputies uncovered a marijuana grow-house operation where more than 200 plants were found.

    Nathaniel Joseph Fox, 33, was arrested Monday on a charge of possessing drugs with intent to sell, as well as manufacture and deliver, after Citrus County Sheriff’s Office investigators 

  • Election Day
  • Hatcher follows through on primary win

    Mary Hatcher defeated Denise Dymond Lyn for the 5th Judicial Circuit, Group 3, judgeship, which is the family court judge.

    Florida’s 5th Judicial Circuit includes Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties. The incumbent, Judge Sandy Kautz, was defeated in the primary, which Hatcher won.

    Throughout the campaign, Hatcher touted her broad range of judicial experience, especially in family law as her main qualification for the seat.