Local News

  • Weekly roundup: ‘You just can’t imagine this happening’


    Jim Saunders

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — Terrorism hit home this week.

    Floridians woke up Sunday morning to the unthinkable. On Saturday night, young people crowded into an Orlando club for music, dancing and the simple joys of being with friends. Hours later, 49 clubgoers were dead and dozens more were wounded.

  • Funds to confront abuse

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has applied for a federal grant it hopes will help make it better able to respond to and prevent domestic violence in Citrus County.

    In March, the sheriff’s office applied for a two-year, $128,000-per-year grant, known as the Enhancing Law Enforcement’s Response to Domestic Violence and Stalking Grant, with the Florida Council Against Domestic Violence (FCADV).

  • One man’s garbage, another’s good deed

    MATTHEW BECK/Chronicle

  • United Way doubles down on Bright Futures program

    Andrew Caplan

    For the Chronicle

    After a successful first go, United Way of Citrus County is once more teaming up with Citrus High School to help send kids to college.

    The two worked together last year to help students on the cusp of qualifying for Bright Futures scholarships raise their ACT/SAT scores, then assisting them through a Saturday mentoring program.

  • Inverness residents charged in meth bust

    A pair of Inverness residents were charged Thursday with trafficking in methamphetamine after a monthslong investigation by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

    Early Thursday morning, members of the sheriff’s office’s Tactical Impact Unit served a search warrant at 9734 E. Granada Court in Inverness, where Casey Michael Koppang and Tiffany Francis Klaas were found, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued late Thursday afternoon.

  • At Marine Science Station, a different kind of school

    Anglers: Next time you hook a spotted sea trout, thank a student.

    With a nod to the 25th anniversary of Duke Energy’s Crystal River Mariculture Center, the energy company partnered with students at Coastal Camp Citrus at the Marine Science Station on Thursday to release tagged spotted sea trout into the Salt River near the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Duke closer to plant license

    Duke Energy this month got the second of three federal approvals it needs to move forward with the construction of twin nuclear reactors in Levy County.

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staffers completed their required safety evaluation for the reactors and found nothing that would prevent the issuance of a license for construction and operation. That report will next go before the NRC later this year, when the commission will vote on whether to give Duke the license.

  • Obama calls for healing in Orlando

    ORLANDO — Embracing grieving Orlando families and appealing anew for national action, President Barack Obama claimed a threat to all Americans’ security Thursday as a strong reason to tighten U.S. gun laws. Counterterror campaigns overseas, he declared, can never prevent all “lone wolf” attacks like the one that killed 49 people in Orlando.

  • Hope and a coat of paint
  • Judge sentences Dunnellon man to 15 years for rape

    A Dunnellon man was sentenced to 15 years in state prison after being convicted of raping his former co-worker.

    On Thursday, Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard sentenced 31-year-old Adam Anthony Barrett to 15 years in the Department of Corrections. Following his prison sentence, Barrett will serve two years of house arrest. He will also have to register as a sex offender, according to the Citrus County Clerk of Courts.