Local News

  • School spirit shines on live TV

    LECANTO — “Welcome back to ‘Good Day Tampa Bay.’ I don’t know why I am yelling because I can whisper,” Fox 13 reporter Alcides Segui told Tampa Bay region viewers — live — on Friday.

    Seconds later the Lecanto High School gymnasium exploded in uproar as 1,500 students cheered, yelled, screamed, stomped their feet and went crazy with school spirit.

  • Putnam eyes re-election

    LECANTO — Ask Adam Putnam if he’s running for governor in four years, and he’ll look you straight in the eye before saying: “I’m focusing on my re-election.”

    Putnam, a Republican, is the Florida commissioner of agriculture and a former congressman. He is on the Nov. 4 ballot seeking re-election against Democrat Thaddeus “Thad” Hamilton.

  • Tying a fly takes patience
  • Forum features politics


    CITRUS HILLS — Candidates hoping to arouse interest in their campaigns heading toward the Nov. 4 election put their best foot forward during a Thursday night forum.

  • Top Citrus businesses get their due at EDC lunch

    LECANTO — Maggie Thompson didn’t see it coming.

    A surprised Thompson was called to the front Friday during the annual Industry Appreciation Week/Economic Development Council awards luncheon after learning her small but growing company received the Outstanding Small Business Award.

    “It’s a wonderful honor,” she said. 

  • Cooterfest Cupcake Wars looking for baking ‘warriors’

    INVERNESS — Who doesn’t love cupcakes? And who doesn’t love a battle?

    In an attempt to add a little sweet contention to the Great American Cooter Festival with a cupcake baking competition, the city of Inverness is looking for professional and amateur bakers to enter their tastiest mini cakes for judging.   

    In its second year, the Cooter Cupcake Wars will take place Sunday, Oct. 26, beginning at 1 p.m.

  • County briefs 10/11/14

    Republican club sets meeting Oct. 18

    The North Suncoast Republican Club will meet a 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Sugarmill Woods Country Club. Coffee and doughnuts will be available at 8:30 a.m.

    The guest speaker will be Dennis Baxley, candidate for Florida Senate, District 5, in 2016.

    Baxley is the author of the Stand Your Ground Law and will address that and the Second Amendment.

  • Industry Appreciation mixer
  • Event for ‘Remembering Our Babies’

    How many children do you have?

    For some women, that’s a difficult question to answer. Do you count the ones you lost through miscarriage? Do you count the one who was stillborn? Or the one who died as an infant?

  • Jazz Up Dunnellon kicks off Saturday

    WHAT: 16th Annual Jazz Up Dunnellon.

    WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday.

    WHERE: Along East Pennsylvania Avenue and the Downtown Historic District in Dunnellon, which encompasses both West Pennsylvania Avenue and Cedar Street (State Road 40).