Local News

  • ‘Stand your ground’ measure falls in House

    TALLAHASSEE — A National Rifle Association-backed measure that could have made it easier legally for people to claim self-defense in shooting incidents failed to get through its first House committee on Tuesday.

    A lobbyist for the NRA said after the meeting that the proposal will be back, though it is likely dead for the upcoming 2016 legislative session.

  • Commissioners back temporary alcohol sales on farms

    INVERNESS — A developer’s request to halt alcohol sales at a Lecanto dairy farmer’s fundraising events did not pass county commission muster.

    Joe Cappuccilli, president and general manager of Rock Crusher Canyon Inc., sought to overturn county staff’s decision that allowed temporary alcohol sales on agricultural property.

  • Duke gets OK for nuke plant bonds

    The Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved Duke Energy Florida’s plan to sell bonds backed by customer charges to cover the remaining costs of the Crystal River Nuclear Plant.

    According to commission documents, the bond issue is valued at approximately $1.283 billion plus costs that will bring the total to about $1.314 billion. 

  • For now, at least, Speedway in the pits

    On the heels of a rocky couple of seasons at the Citrus County Speedway and the sudden departure of leaseholder and promoter Gary Laplant — not to mention the uncertain financial climate for local auto racing — loyal drivers are hoping for a fresh start at the 60-year-old Inverness fixture.

  • With council vote, Valerie drinks now come with a view

    INVERNESS — Get a drink at the Valerie, and you’ll now be able to enjoy it outside.

    With no discussion, city council members Tuesday night approved the second reading of an ordinance which clarifies the consumption of alcoholic beverages in city park areas. The amendment was mainly necessary to accommodate the plaza-fountain area adjacent to the newly renovated Valerie Theatre downtown.

  • Local BRIEFS

    Car fire becomes house fire

    A four-minute response made the difference in stopping a duplex fire Tuesday afternoon in the Meadowcrest community.

    Keith Long, a battalion chief with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Fire Rescue Division, said crews from Connell Heights Station 7 off North Rock Crusher Road got a call around 1:52 p.m. about a vehicle that caught on fire in a driveway at 1681 N. Dolton Point.

  • Sheriff urges patience with shooting investigation

    Many of the answers to questions raised about the self-inflicted shooting of a Lecanto High School freshman in a packed classroom last week will have to come from the boy himself.

    Speculation surrounding the motives of the unnamed 15-year-old boy have swirled on social media since last Tuesday, when he took a semiautomatic handgun and 16 rounds of ammunition to school before shooting himself in the head in English class in front of nearly two dozen other students.

  • Crystal River wants input on Three Sisters

    CRYSTAL RIVER — City council was eager Monday to have its say on a newly revised set of rules for tourist and manatee magnet Three Sisters Springs.

    “It’s the only way to put on record where we stand,” Crystal River City Manager Dave Burnell said in bringing the matter before council. The city plans to address the measures in a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

  • Adams ignores record request

    The Citrus County Chronicle is considering legal action against Commissioner Scott Adams for ignoring the newspaper’s public records request for comments posted to and removed from his official Facebook page.

    Adams has responded once to three requests the newspaper sent for postings on his official Facebook page by someone named Heather Johnson, who has echoed Adams’ criticisms of fellow Commissioners Scott Carnahan and Ron Kitchen.

  • Tippling, trash to top town talks

    INVERNESS — Inverness City Council members tonight will hear the final reading of an ordinance amending city law on consumption of alcoholic beverages in park areas.

    The intent is to clarify the matter concerning the plaza adjacent to the Valerie Theatre — specifically, to allow patrons to take and consume their alcoholic beverages outside the Valerie when that facility has events that feature beer and wine.