Local News

  • Don’t offer info to unsolicited callers

    Lee Alexander


  • For EMS crews, rarely a dull day

    Alongside sheriff’s office deputies and firefighters, Nature Coast EMS crews are some of the Citrus County professionals you’re glad are there, but hope you never have to meet.

    With an average response time of 6 minutes, 46 seconds, the EMTs and paramedics who serve as first-responders at the county’s only EMS provider are often first on the scene at some of the county’s most trying emergencies.

  • Despite lack of water, city businesses coped

    INVERNESS — For almost one full week, residents and business owners in Inverness were forced to boil water because of a massive water main rupture that affected the entire city.

  • Monday Conversation: Judge Ric Howard

    Hilarem Judicum Diligit Deus, Latin for “God loves a cheerful judge,” is a saying Judge Richard “Ric” Howard keeps close to heart.

    He presides over felony court in Citrus County handling a diverse assortment of cases involving the defendants, victims, attorneys, witnesses, juries, court personnel and curious public, linked to the county’s most serious crimes.

  • Board to look at Meadowcrest space

    Where one commissioner sees a rising success the other sees a colossal failure.

    Commissioner Dennis Damato says the West Citrus Government Center at the Meadowcrest office building is serving thousands of taxpayers and he wholly supports expanding it to meet needs of the tax collector, clerk of courts and supervisor of elections.

    “I think it’s absolutely going excellent,” Damato said.

  • Local health community defends Toumbis’ record

    Citrus County health officials are defending local spine doctor Constantine Toumbis from attacks in an online investigative article.

    Toumbis, they said, is a competent doctor who is the victim of a badly researched article from ProPublica and the public should not fear going to him or other doctors on staff at Citrus Memorial Hospital or Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.

    Here is what they had to say:

  • Local spine surgeon speaks out about scathing online article

    Spine surgeon Constantine Toumbis admits he’s had better weeks.

    ProPublica, an online investigative journalism site, has published two lengthy articles that don’t portray the Citrus County doctor in the best light.

  • Putting its best face first

    Polls are sort of like Florida’s weather: if you don’t see one you like, wait awhile and it will change.

    Last month, thrillist.com ranked the Sunshine State dead last in a number of tongue-in-cheek categories, including its endless spate of oddball stories.

  • CF offering payment plan for tuition

    Add a tuition payment plan to the tools now available for making a college education more financially accessible.

    The College of Central Florida is offering a no-interest payment plan with online enrollment and flexible payment options.

    And anyone considering it for the upcoming semester can still squeak in, with restrictions.

  • Water district: Citrus’ needs to grow, but not like Sumter’s

    INVERNESS — The future water needs of Citrus and other counties in the Southwest Water Florida Water Management District came into focus Thursday at the last of five workshops discussing the findings of a draft regional water supply plan.

    Water district officials identified potential alternatives for sources of water. The primary source of water for all uses in the district is the Floridan Aquifer.