Local News

  • Commercial use requested for highway frontage

    LECANTO — A residents’ panel will hear a request Thursday for a zoning change for about 8.54 acres of property along State Road 44 at the junction with West Crystal Oaks Drive.

  • With ballot set, campaigns in full swing

    The ballot for the Aug. 26 primary and Nov. 4 general election is now shored up. Here are Citrus County’s local races:

    * County Commission District 2: Republicans Renee Christopher-McPheeters, John “JJ” Kenney (incumbent), Ron Kitchen Jr. and Phillip Mulrain; no-party-affiliation Michael “Joey” White. Winner of Republic primary faces White in the November election. Only registered Republicans may vote in the primary

  • Campaign Trail 6/29/14

    The Campaign Trail is a weekly announcement of fundraisers, meetings, candidate appearances and the like for this year’s political campaign. Send information to mwright@chronicleonline.com.

    * Renee Christopher-McPheeters, Republican for county commission District 2, will meet the public from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at the Inverness Fairground Market, in the Jacobs Building, Information: 352-257-5381.

  • In Homosassa, booms and burps

    By Angela Maria DeJesus
    Staff writer

    In the stifling heat of summer in Homosassa, The Freezer, the Seagrass Resort, The Monkey Bar and The Shed at MacRae’s of Homosassa were transformed into harbors of shade, drinks and competition for the fifteenth annual Homosassa River Fireworks Fest.

  • For pets and ponies, July Fourth no blast

    The light, noise, sparks and smoke of holiday fireworks can terrify horses and pets.

    For horses, it can trigger an urge to flee, putting the animal — as well as nearby property and people — at risk. 

    “They’re a flight animal,” said Dr. Kelly Fredrickson, who runs a mobile veterinary practice specializing in horses. “Their natural instinct to anything that scares them is to get away.

  • Independent: Day or night

    INVERNESS  — Like any typical 36-year-old, Michael Payne wants to be independent. He wants a job and his own place, make his own decisions, do his own thing.

    He’d like a dog, maybe a German shepherd named Lemon Drop. 

    A client of the Key Training Center since age 22, Payne walks to his job at the Key Center workshop several miles from his apartment when the weather allows.

  • Annual auction features treasures, celebrities

    If you ask Key Training Center Executive Director Chet Cole what the most exciting item in this year’s Reach for the Stars Auction is and he will no doubt tell you it’s the tribute to Ted Williams — the recently published book “Ted Williams, My Father” signed by daughter Claudia Williams and the treasured photo of the legendary Boston Red Sox hitter with his certified signature. 

  • Libertarians hope this is the year

    INVERNESS — This was Adrian Wyllie’s audience.

    He said that, as governor, he would cut 30 percent from the state government, wipe out property taxes on homesteads and sign a bill allowing Floridians to carry open sidearms.

    On each point the audience applauded its support.

    Clearly, Wyllie could count on their votes.

    All 30 of them.

  • 2014 preliminary taxable values released

    The 2014 preliminary certification of taxable values have just been issued to all Citrus County taxing authorities effective July 1,  according to Citrus County Property Appraiser Les Cook. The 2014 preliminary assessment roll reflects a total non-school taxable value for Citrus County of $7.89 billion and a school taxable value of $8.57 billion.

  • Citizens Academy a backstage pass to county government

    Few outside of a civics class expect a pop quiz such as this:

    + What’s behind the door officials use to get to meetings of the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners?

    + What county offices can be found behind the gates of Terra Vista?

    + Who puts those tubes across the roads at intersections, and why?

    + What common, household item helps the animal shelter reduce costs?