Local News

  • Visit Florida chief replaced

    ORLANDO — The Visit Florida board on Tuesday agreed to pay $73,000 to the agency’s ousted CEO and appointed state Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Ken Lawson to immediately step in as a replacement.

    The moves came after a controversy that included House leaders last month exposing an expired $1 million contract between the tourism-marketing agency and Miami rapper Pitbull to promote the state.

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  • Wrangling continues to delay murder cases

    Gwen Bittner 

    For the Chronicle

    Two of the remaining men charged in conjunction with the 2012 murder of 27-year-old Jamie Seeger received yet another status hearing date in court Tuesday.

  • Endangered or threatened?

    A local community-advocate group threatened to sue the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service if it does not follow up on its own proposal to downlist the protective status of manatees.

    On behalf of Save Crystal River, the Pacific Legal Foundation on Monday issued a 60-day notice of intent to file suit against the federal wildlife service if it does not reclassify the endangered West Indian manatee, which includes the Florida manatee, as threatened.

  • Theft forces church program to begin anew

    Call With Info

    * If you have information regarding the theft of the trailer or want to return it no questions asked, call the church at 352-795-3148.


    Sharon Anderson

    For the Chronicle

    The impact of the theft of a trailer from the property of a Crystal River church is being felt far beyond the church itself, said Frank Pifer.

  • Board to look at spending priority list

    * WHAT: Citrus County Board of County Commissioners workshop/meeting.

    * WHEN: today, 9 a.m. workshop; 1 p.m. regular meeting.

    * WHERE: Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness.

    * ON THE WEB: www.citrusbocc.com.


  • Gas prices remain mostly unchanged

    Motorists saw little change at the gas pump last week as average prices remained essentially the same in Citrus County and the rest of Florida.

    The average price of regular unleaded is $2.41, according to AAA — The Auto Club Group. Pump prices have seen small declines over the past three days, after finishing a nine-day streak of increases.

  • Fire damages Hernando home

    Firefighters were able to stop an attic fire from spreading further into a Hernando-area home early Sunday morning.

    Crews with Citrus County Sheriff’s Fire Rescue were dispatched at 1:47 a.m. to a home at 3995 E. Gloria Drive, where arriving crews found a large amount of fire coming from the attic above the garage, according to a fire-incident report.

    Firefighters brought the fire under control at 2:25 a.m. before it could spread further into the home.

  • Winning Fantasy 5 ticket sold locally

    HERNANDO — One lucky person is $182,583 richer today after buying a winning Fantasy 5 lottery ticket at the Publix at 2685 N. Forest Ridge Blvd. in Hernando.

    The still-unnamed ticket holder successfully chose all five numbers of 3,19,25,26 and 31. 

  • Local briefs 1/10/2017

    Tickets available for red carpet event 

    Tickets are now available for the George Washington Carver Community Center’s Red Carpet Affair.

    The gala will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the community center, located at 555 N.E. Third Ave., Crystal River. Along with a night of dancing, Oysters Restaurant will be serve dinner at 7 p.m.