Local News

  • BOCC drops mills to 8.9

    INVERNESS — Aiming at the psychological barrier on taxes, county commissioners on Thursday wanted to get the proposed tentative millage rate of 9.2387 below 9 mills. 

    By approving some cuts proposed by Commissioner John “JJ” Kenney, they squeeked it to 8.9999 mills, an increase of 31.41 percent over last year’s millage rate of 7.1033 mills.

  • Realistic expectations

    CRYSTAL RIVER — By most estimates, outgoing Refuge Manager Michael Lusk’s tenure here has been effective as he navigated the tensions between a restive local populace and the policies of federal officials.

    But it is the fate of a 57-acre parcel on the edge of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge that has Lusk both frustrated and buoyed.

  • Woman injured in home invasion

    Shortly after midnight Thursday, Citrus County deputies responded to a residence on S. Purslane Drive, Homosassa, in reference to a woman who had been robbed at gunpoint. Upon arrival, deputies found the victim, a 42-year-old white female, bleeding from wounds on her face and head, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. 

    The victim said two people — a male and female — entered her back porch area and demanded cash and jewelry. The man brandished a weapon and hit the victim in her face.

  • Two men arrested, facing drug charges

    The sheriff’s office SWAT unit busted into a felon’s home, arrested two men and recovered a variety of drugs, paraphernalia and a loaded handgun early Wednesday morning. 

    According to Citrus County Sheriff’s Office reports, Joseph Chappory, 28, Bernice Street, Inverness — who is on probation for felony robbery — and Douglas Olsen, 31, also of Bernice Street, were arrested and charged with various drug crimes.

  • Former pharmacist honored for philanthropic work

    INVERNESS — Roger J. Lapp has long since retired from a 40-year career as a pharmacist, but he will always be one at heart.

    Lapp, 80, was recently honored with the first-ever Alton Tower Philanthropy Award at the Florida Pharmacy Association annual meeting.

    The award was given in appreciation for his “many lasting contributions to the profession of pharmacy, outstanding leadership and generous support to the community.”

  • Peters’ actions stun family

    He was Mr. Mom, the dad who stayed home doting on his daughters as their mother worked full time.

    Edward Peters had few friends and didn’t even stay that close to his mother and siblings because he spent so much time seeing to the needs of Madison, 11, and McKala, 6.

    “He’s just a dad, a constant dad,” his sister, Joanne Murphy, said Thursday.

    And, in the last two months, it all began to crumble.

  • LHS property to get weather station

    LECANTO — A weather station has been permitted to be placed on Lecanto High School’s property.

    At Tuesday’s Citrus County School Board meeting board members approved the memorandum of agreement with the University of Florida for the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) tower to be located at the school.

    FAWN provides up-to-date weather information in the course of an arrangement of automated weather stations throughout the state of Florida.

  • Park welcomes new manager

    By Rochelle Kaiser

    Beacon Editor

    Last month Kimberlee “Kim” Tennille moved to Homosassa and quietly slipped into the park manager’s position at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, where she’s slowly acclimating herself.

    Tennille officially took over the park from long-time manager Art Yerian July 15. Since then she’s been meeting the hundreds of park volunteers and numerous staff members who have welcomed her and her family.

  • Council mulls tourism business

    While the process is moving ahead to find a county tourism czar, it is back to square one for hiring a public relations firm to spread the tourism message.

    At its meeting Tuesday, the Citrus County Tourism Development Council was brought up to speed on the search for a new tourism leader by Cathy Pearson, assistant county administrator.

    She they have interviews scheduled next week for six finalists and she hopes to have candidates to the TDC in October.

  • Chamber eyes space in former car dealership

    Three county organizations could end up sharing space in the former Johnson Kia auto dealership building on U.S. 19 in Crystal River.

    Wednesday, the Citrus County Tourist Development Council heard a presentation from Citrus County Chamber of Commerce board member Rob Wardlow on the idea of co-locating the TDC, the chamber and the Citrus County Economic Development Council.

    Boards of the organizations have discussed co-locating in the past, while the chamber and the EDC have been sharing space.