Local News

  • Rough stretch on SR 44 to smooth out soon

    The elevated manholes and uneven roadway which has bedeviled motorists in the roadwork area near Withlacoochee Technical College on State Road 44 in Inverness will soon become a thing of the past.

    According to state Department of Transportation officials, the higher-than-usual manholes on a westbound lane was done by design.

  • Crabbers head home
  • County briefs 1/31/15

    Fire MSBU topic of presentation Feb. 7

    Citrus County Public Safety Chief Jim Goodworth will speak on the fire services municipal services benefit unit at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Coastal Region Library, 8619 W. Crystal St., Crystal River. 

    For more information, call 352-257-5381. 

    The presentation is sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Republican Assembly of West Central Florida.


  • Officials think remains belong to older male

    Officials said preliminary results in the identification process of human remains found unburied Monday evening in a wooded area in Homosassa show the remains belong to an older adult male.

    According to Citrus County Sheriff’s officials, the Medical Examiner’s Office notified detectives on Wednesday afternoon before clearing the discovery scene that evening at between South Garcia Road and South Mason Creek Road.

  • Job forum
  • Parkway could start in 2016

    Parkway 2 between U.S. 98 and State Road 44 could start in 2016 if the state is able to secure right of way and necessary permits, a turnpike spokeswoman said Friday.

    That possible schedule is contingent, however, on state lawmakers approving Gov. Rick Scott’s $149 million in his budget for the Suncoast 2 project.

  • County tells hauler to follow ordinance

    The county on Thursday sent a “cease and desist” letter to a Sumter County garbage hauler co-owned by Commissioner Scott Adams for disposing garbage outside of Citrus County in violation of a county ordinance.

    Commissioners this week said they want Good Fella’s Roll-Off and Waste Inc. to comply with the ordinance, which requires county permission before a hauler can dispose of waste outside the county landfill. Adams abstained from the vote.

  • For some, found remains bring hope

    Monday night’s discovery of human remains inside a wooded area in Homosassa has many relatives of missing loved ones hoping for answers and conclusions.

    “There’s been quite a few people tagging a lot” Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) spokeswoman Rachel Warner said about the CCSO’s Facebook site and the reaction of people to the discovery.

  • Partners ready to tackle crime

    A 26-year-old Citrus County sheriff’s deputy and his 17-month-old partner can’t wait to test their emerging teamwork out in the field.

    Until then, K-9 Deputy Justin Williams and K-9 Samson — the young German shepherd — have a lot to learn while completing their 500 hours of K-9 certification.

    For Williams, it’s a privilege to intertwine his love for dogs with law enforcement.

  • Error forces county to refund some impact fees

    INVERNESS — For months, the Citrus County Builders Association has told county officials they made a mistake with park impact fees.

    The deadline to spend fees collected from 2006 and 2007 had passed, and the county didn’t follow the correct protocol to extend the time period, CCBA members said.

    Turns out they were right.