Local News

  • Four arrested following scuffle

    The anniversary date of couple’s deceased son’s birth caused emotions to boil over and resulted in multiple charges Nov. 7 against Harold and Kay Blair, and their daughter Shawna Flinn. 

    According to the arrest affidavits, the dispute resulted from hard feelings over the death of Harold Blair Jr., who died March 25, 2012. Court records show this is not the first altercation between the parties.

  • Church complex includes gym for future public use

    CRYSTAL RIVER — A gym for Jesus? Not exactly, but Gulf to Lake Church’s newly completed 24,000-square-foot, $2.07 million ministry complex includes a state-of-the-art gymnasium that church leaders plan on making available to the community — sharing their faith through sports.

  • Habitat celebrates 100 homes

    Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County is celebrating 20 years and 100 homes.

    This Sunday the Habitat community is gathering for a reunion of sorts. It will bring together volunteers, homeowners, mentors, community partners, board members and past leadership. 

  • Annual veterans fair full of variety

    LECANTO — Tables full of information lined the corridors, a band played on the patio stage, dogs from the animal shelter barked, burgers sizzled on the grill and visitors tried to take it all in.

    Citrus County Support Services held its ninth annual Healthy Living and Veterans Fair on Friday at the county Resource Center.

  • Judge rules confession admissible


    Lauren E. Toney 


     INVERNESS — A Citrus County judge on Thursday denied a murder suspect’s motion to suppress a confession he made to investigators in the alleged homicide of his longtime domestic partner. 

  • Deputies raid shops looking for fake pot

    It appears the sheriff’s office has reached the next stage of its phased effort to rid the county of synthetic cannabinoids by raiding three area stores Thursday. One person was arrested and charged with selling a controlled substance.

  • Weather causes crab claw concern

    Citrus County’s fine fall weather has put a chill on stone crab season.

    Numbers are down for the popular crustacean whose meat-filled claws are a symbol of Gulf Coast seafood. 

    And prices are up.

    Stone crab claws are available over the counter and at some restaurants, but the supply being shipped out of the county is limited.

  • Donations will fund much-needed opportunities

    THE ISSUE: Duke donates $200,000 to local schools.
    OUR OPINION: Investment in community welcomed and encouraging.

    In an effort to assist Citrus County’s economic development, Duke Energy has again opened its pocketbook, and this time the benefactors are the local postsecondary institutions: $100,000 each to the College of Central Florida and Withlacoochee Technical Institute.

  • Monday Conversation - Retired Chief Master Sgt. John Stewart

    PINE RIDGE — If there’s a veterans’ event in Citrus County, John Stewart is there.

    A retired U.S. Air Force chief master sergeant and Vietnam War veteran, locally he is involved in Operation Welcome Home and Honor Flight, is vice chairman of the Citrus County Veterans Advisory Board and chaplain for VFW Post 4252 in Hernando, among other things.

  • Ouida White remembered as friend to state park

    CRYSTAL RIVER — To say Ouida (pronounced “Weeda”) White was merely a friend of the Crystal River Archaeological State Park would be an understatement.

    She loved the state park and was its oldest and maybe even its longest-serving volunteer.