Local News

  • Dollar General robbed

    INVERNESS — The Dollar General store south of Inverness on U.S. 41 was the scene of an armed robbery Monday morning.

  • Wear and tear

    CHASSAHOWITZKA — It looks so pristine, so calm and so beautiful.

  • Report: Woman stabbed after fight over man

    A bar fight early Monday between two women, reportedly over a boyfriend, led to a stabbing, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Skoors produce back at original location

    INVERNESS — Call it coming full circle, or coming home.

    On Monday, Skoors Fresh Produce Market opened its doors at 310 W. Main Street in Inverness, the same little brown shack where it got its start five years ago.

    For the past three years, Skoors has been in a storefront at the corner of Pine Avenue and Dampier Street. A year ago owner Leroy Rooks added a café.

    Rooks said the move is a return to basics, a result of having to downsize.

  • Another day, another rainstorm

    If rainy days and Mondays always get you down, then you had a rough day yesterday.

    According to Ernie Jillson, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Ruskin, between 4 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, the western portion of Citrus County received between one and three inches of rain, with pockets of the county seeing as much as four inches during that time.

    “Citronelle got the most rain,” he said Monday afternoon.

    The storms that lasted most of the day were from a frontal boundary over Georgia.

  • No charges yet in stabbing death

    CITRUS SPRINGS — The case of a domestic disturbance that left one man dead from stab wounds and sent another to the hospital Sunday, also with stab wounds, will most likely be turned over to the state attorney’s office for review, according to Gail Tierney of the sheriff’s office.

    Tierney said the injured man was released Monday from Tampa General, where he was airlifted following the incident.

  • Q of L: How safe are you? Statistics show county is safer than before

    If Citrus County resident Stephanie Booker’s personal safety index and crime data are any indication, officials’ claims about being the second safest county per population in the state does indeed hold water.

    “I feel extremely safe here,” said the former Clearwater resident.

    “We have neighborhood watch where we live and we rely on each other for support. The police are always there when you need them. There may be some issues with drugs in the county, but compared to other places, this is a very safe place,” Booker added.

  • Boy drowns in canal

    Going for a dip on a hot afternoon proved fatal Sunday for a Highlands County youth visiting Citrus County.

    Emergency dispatch received a call at 1 p.m. that a 13-year-old from Sebring had gone underwater in the barge canal north of Crystal River and did not return to the surface.

    The body of Brent Latrell Patterson Jr. was recovered at about 3:25 p.m. by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, according to Gail Tierney, CCSO pokeswoman.

  • Quality of Life: Eyes, ears on crime

    Editor’s note: The Chronicle offers a monthly series on quality-of-life issues in Citrus County by focusing on crime and punishment.

    INVERNESS — Firsthand, Edwin and Helene Graham see the difference the Crime Watch units make.

    The couple patrols the Inverness Highlands area. Edwin has been a volunteer crime watchman for 15 years. Helene has been doing it for five years.

  • King’s Bay sewer plan pulls owners together

    Residents within two areas of a special assessment district are exploring setting up an organization to deal with the county and the city of Crystal River about their concerns.