Local News

  • A big yellow boon

    Notebooks. Crayons. Book bags. Volunteers and good Samaritans flocked to stuff seven Citrus County School District buses with an abundance of supplies Saturday.

    The annual Stuff the Bus campaign affords local residents the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child in need by donating new school supplies to the district.

  • Howard says educating children is her passion

    Since she was a little girl in Sunday school, Bev Howard knew she would spend her life educating children. 

    Howard said she began studying the lesson every Saturday night and stood in front of her peers the next morning to teach the Sunday school message.

    That experience drove her love of education.

  • Balfour wants to serve for two more years

    When it comes to student achievement, incumbent Sandy Balfour believes school board members should be accessible.

    “I’m a fix-it kind of person,” Balfour said. “I moved into education because of things I noticed with my own children. As a school board member, I enjoy seeing how the puzzle fits together and how it creates policy, which will help student achievement. It’s imperative that any board member portray and be easily reached for student success.”

  • Former lawman wants old job

    A former deputy with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has been living a nightmarish odyssey for the past 26 months after being accused of a sexual crime against his stepdaughter, then a minor.

    Charges in that case were dropped July 11 because the prosecutor said testimony of various witnesses has changed and that the case lacked physical evidence.

    However, it has been a legal journey that has tapped Lynn Tabb’s retirement account, savings and any prospects for a good employment.

  • The forgotten war

    Maybe it’s their generation.

    Many of the men and women who served in the Korean War (1950-1953) are from the “silent” generation, those born in the late 1920s to 1930s.

    Characterized by a “work hard and pay your dues” mentality, they went off to war just as their fathers, uncles and grandfathers did, not expecting fanfare when they returned — which they did not, for the most part, receive.

  • Korean War Veterans Memorial pays tribute to vets

    Nineteen stainless-steel sculptures of military troops on patrol stand eerily in a field of juniper bushes and granite slabs.

    They are Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force, wearing full combat gear, carrying their weapons, covered by ponchos that appear to be blowing in the frigid winds of Korea.

  • Do one thing: Simple steps to help our water

    The Waterfront Advisory Board is responsible for making suggestions to the city council and the public on actions affecting our water. As part of our mission, we submit this monthly article on “doing one thing” to save our springs and our aquifer. 

    Members of the board are living what they recommend, as shown by this list of what members do to conserve water and reduce pollutants.

  • Panera Bread opening date in Inverness approaches
  • Red tide blamed for fish kill in Gulf of Mexico

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has confirmed a large-scale offshore fish kill in the gulf off of Citrus, Levy and Hernando counties.

    Citizens have reported thousands of dead and dying bottom-dwelling reef fish, including grouper, hogfish, white grunt, triggerfish and snapper, as well as sea turtles and crabs, to the FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline. Water quality is poor in the region, with several reports of black water.

  • Whitelaw returns with classroom experience

    Sheila Whitelaw is no stranger to the Citrus County School Board, and says she can now offer classroom comprehension as a District 3 board member.

    “I have been in the classroom ever since I left the school board,” she said. “I have seen the environment first hand and I would like to take my classroom knowledge back to the board with some inside perspective. I know what works and what doesn’t.”