Local News

  • Board takes plunge on pool

    INVERNESS — The county has pledged to go the distance to support the Central Ridge Community Center and the maintenance issues with its 31-year-old swimming pool.

    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), board members unanimously agreed to fund the facility for about $100,000 a year for the sake of the community and drop the sale of memberships. 

  • Body identified as missing man

    The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a body found in Tarpon Springs on Friday is missing Sugarmill Woods resident Billy Shuler.

    Shuler, 69, of Hemlock Court South, was reported missing Thursday after failing to return home from a trip to Holiday to meet with associate Anthony Maresca.

    Authorities have identified Maresca as a person of interest in the case, but have been unable to locate him.

  • 101 and counting

    Sylvia Schettino celebrated her 101st birthday with her friends at Emeritus at Barrington Place in Lecanto on Tuesday. 

  • Women face meth charges

    Two women are facing methamphetamine possession charges after they were arrested Friday evening during a traffic stop.

    Kimberly Nicole Adcock, 26, and Mariah L. Jones, 18, both of Tanglewood Avenue, Hernando, also face charges of possession with intent to sell. Each has a $150,000 bond.

    According to Citrus County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports, deputies were alerted to the presence of a controlled substance by K-9 during a traffic stop.

  • County briefs 5/28/14

    FC woman dies in Friday accident

    A Floral City woman was killed Friday evening in a single-car crash near the intersection of County Roads 48 and 625 in Sumter County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Honoring those who sacrificed

    More than an acre of graves flew American flags in honor of Memorial Day at Fero Memorial Gardens.

    The flags had been placed two days earlier by Boy Scouts from Troop 452.

    On Monday morning a somber crowd followed the flag-draped walkway to the Garden of Honor for the annual Memorial Day Service. 

  • Need help? Dial 211

    When your life falls apart, you need to know who to call for help.

    Whether it’s help finding a job, paying your electric bill, getting affordable or emergency housing, mental health services or resources for an aging parent, finding local help is as easy as 2-1-1.

    A community service of the United Way, 2-1-1 is a free, 24/7, 365-day-a-year resource help line that connects people with local services.

  • Homosassa man remains missing; foul play suspected

    Authorities suspect foul play, but as of Monday had no new information in the disappearance of Homosassa resident Billy Schuler.

    Schuler, 69, was reported missing Thursday, after failing to return home from a trip to Holiday, in Pasco County, to meet with an associate, who authorities have been unable to locate.

    According to Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, Schuler was supposed to be going to meet with Anthony Maresca, 51. 

  • Three Sisters roadmap on track

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Work has begun in earnest for an eventual access road inside the Three Sisters Springs property, which also will pave the way for limited public access come next tourist season.

    A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker was busy this past week plowing swaths of land for a planned limerock road to the boardwalk area of the property near the west bank of Lake Lynda, which is to soon be renamed Lake Ellie, in honor of the late philanthropist Ellie Schiller.

  • New MPO board to meet July 15

    With the governor’s approval of the merger plan, the inaugural meeting of the newly formed Hernando/Citrus MPO Board is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, in the Hernando County Commission chambers in Brooksville. 

    The new board will appoint a new technical advisory committee (TAC), citizens’ advisory committee CAC) and bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee to serve the combined urban areas of Hernando and Citrus counties.