Local News

  • Thorpe's non-retirement offer gets mixed reaction from commissioners

    Three of five county commissioners are happy to hear County Administrator Brad Thorpe say he is willing to forgo his retirement if the board wants him to.

    “I’m very pleased that Brad decided if the board wants him to stay, he’ll stay,” Commissioner Dennis Damato said Wednesday. “The reasons are real good. We know what we have with Brad Thorpe. We need some stability.”

  • Scallop season soars

    There appear to be more scallops, more boats out and more people taking their bag limit this year, at least in the Crystal River area.

    This weekend marks the halfway point of the 2013 bay scallop season, which runs through Sept. 24.

    “Crystal River has the highest number this year. People are not having any trouble finding their bag limits, most getting it in a couple of hours,” reported Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Stan Kirkland. “The water quality is good.”

  • Grant to help fight water pollution

    Citrus County officials tapped funds once intended for the now-defunct Coastal Rivers Basin Board to stop the flow of pollutants into King’s Bay.

    The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) recently gave the county a $350,000 grant for the expansion of the retention pond near the post office in Crystal River.

    According to Citrus County Commissioner Dennis Damato, the money will be used to purchase land close to the pond and it will be expanded by up to 40 percent.

  • Reduce budget before raising taxes


    I have attended both budget workshops and the July 24 special budget meeting.  During the workshops, the county’s consultant, Mr. Oliver, said we could not cut our way out of our fiscal mess. It appears Mr. (Brad) Thorpe has taken this to heart by proposing a budget with a full 2 mill increase to property taxes, with very little in the way of cuts to the budget. He, along with our sheriff, also wants to give our employees a 3 percent cost-of-living raise with a price tag of $1.4 million.  

  • Author working on a sequel

    Special to the Pioneer

    Dana Joy Wyzard of Hernando is the author of the fictional suspense thriller  book called “Treadwell” that she self -published and now Penquin Publishing has asked her to do a sequel, which is now in the works. That book is called ”Haze On The Hills.”

    “Treadwell” is full of suspense and deals with a horrific murder of a mother witnessed by her 17 year-old daughter who is on the run from the murderers.

    Here’s a synopsis of the book.

  • Eye on bus safety

    Summer activities have reached a finale and public school students are returning to school today.

    That means children will be waiting at designated bus stops for their big yellow limousine — the school bus. 

    Here is a quick refresher on some of the school bus rules for drivers, students and parents.

    For drivers

  • Thorpe walks back retirement talk

    Better hold off on planning that Brad Thorpe retirement party.

    Thorpe, who announced in May he was resigning as Citrus County administrator, now is leaving the door open to staying if county commissioners want to stop the search for his replacement.

    “If they feel like the applicant pool is weak and they want to try something else, I’ll stay as long as required,” Thorpe said Tuesday.

  • Parent-teacher teamwork

    Children are mom and dad’s top priority, and parents want to give them every advantage in the world to succeed. But with all the time kids spend at school, parents cannot do it alone.

    That’s why it’s important for the most influential adults in a child’s life to team up on a common goal.

    Parents should cultivate relationships with their child’s teachers early, so they can work together toward the child’s success.

  • CR3 nuke plant gets new regional oversight

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has transferred oversight of decommissioning activities at Crystal River area nuclear plant from Georgia-based Region II based to Pennsylvania-based Region I.

    The plant, known as CR3, is currently in the “Post Operation Transition Phase” of decommissioning. It has been offline since September 2009 when it was shut down to replace a steam generator. Restart was delayed due to internal cracking of the containment structure. 

  • Students head back to class

    By Claire Phillips Laxton

    Current Editor

    Wednesday is the first day of school for all Citrus County school students. The teachers went back to their schools last week.

    Last week was a busy time for teachers and staff with meetings, guest speakers, training and getting everything ready for students to return.

    Teachers use this time to decorate their rooms and outside hallways, sometimes with themes and artfully done creativeness.