Local News

  • City eyes airport plans

    INVERNESS — In was 1999 when Citrus County’s political and business leaders first pointed to the Inverness Airport as the perfect site for an industrial park.

    Now, 16 years later, county officials believe they are closing in on the final stages to make it work.

    “Sixteen years is a long time,” Citrus County Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Josh Wooten said. “These things take time to gel.”

  • Citrus ranks high in living off Social Security

    A new study shows Citrus County as one of the top spots in Florida for stretching your Social Security retirement check.

    The county ranked fourth in the state in the study, which determines where Social Security benefits will cover most of the cost of living after paying taxes.

  • Camp stimulates young would-be engineers

    Middle school girls got technical and creative during a summer camp at Withlacoochee Technical College, getting excited about everything science and engineering have to offer in their futures.

    As a part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Camp, 19 girls from 11 to 13 years old split up into five teams to brainstorm an idea for a new cellphone accessory, design and build it. 

  • Scallop season opens

    Thousands of scallop enthusiasts, only a fraction are pictured above, descend upon the shallow-water scallop grounds off the coastline of Citrus County on Saturday morning, hoping to collect the popular mollusk. 

    Boats scattered from the mouth of the Crystal River south to past the Homosassa River mined the bottom of the Nature Coast’s waters on the opening day of the season.


  • Postscript: The ‘Bugg Man’ loved local sports — and local sports loved him

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Whether assigned to cover girls weightlifting, track and field, Little League baseball or the Great American Cooter Triathlon, Chronicle sports correspondent Larry Bugg was all in, 110 percent.

  • Health Department closing its clinic in Crystal River area

    The Citrus County Health Department is closing its Crystal River clinic for budget reasons, but that doesn’t mean west Citrus patients are out of luck.

    The clinic closes July 6 due to a steady lack of clients to justify its continued operation, said Dr. Thomas Poirier, Florida Department of Health medical director for Citrus and Marion counties.

  • Amateur radio event helps assure community safety
  • Boating on the Fourth of July? Be manatee-aware

    Fourth of July celebrations include backyard cookouts and colorful fireworks, but also expected is a high volume of waterway traffic, as this is one of the busiest boating holidays of the year. Save the Manatee Club reminds recreational boaters that they could be boating close to manatees and other Florida wildlife, so be extra cautious. 

  • New county VA officer aims to serve

    LECANTO — As any veteran who has ever filed a claim with the Veterans Administration knows, it’s not easy.

    But it is easier with someone who knows the ins and outs of VA regulations, requirements and restrictions, such as the county veterans service officer.

  • Group makes snips a snap

    HOMOSASSA — Some with clipboards and some with their arms full of cat and dog food, six volunteers from Snippet Citrus canvassed the Bell Villa mobile home park in Homosassa talking to pet owners about their cats and dogs Thursday.

    Snippet Citrus is a nonprofit agency that seeks to end pet homelessness before it begins by offering low-cost spay and neutering operations for pet owners who otherwise can’t afford it.