Local News

  • Chronicle political forum video coverage
  • Early voting starts today

    Citrus County Supervisor of Elections Susan Gill has announced that early voting for the general election will run from Thursday, Oct. 23, until Saturday, Nov. 1. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for all eligible voters. 

  • Cooter Idol and Inverness Festival Queen finals tonight

    INVERNESS — Diversity of life stories and talent is how Sharon Skeele-Hogan, Inverness special events director, described this year’s finalists for Inverness Festival Queen and Cooter Idol.

    The finals for both titles take place today at the Daily O’Grind, 724 U.S. 41 South, Inverness.

    Festival Queen finals start at 7 p.m. followed by Cooter Idol at 8 p.m.

  • Weekend full of fun activities

    Whether it’s donating food to the hungry or cleaning up a community, you can make a difference this weekend.

    On Saturday, area businesses and nonprofit organizations are joining together for a national day of service — Make a Difference Day.

    Countywide, every household is asked to put a bag of nonperishable items at the mailbox for the postal carrier to pick up for the Day of Caring on Make a Difference Day 2014 Post Office Food Drive. 

  • RV crowd catches tourism council’s eye

    Visitors who come in recreational vehicles are known as RV’ers and will be getting more attention from the Tourist Development Council (TDC).

    According to Jim Eyster of Chassa Oaks RV Park, there are more than 2,200 RV sites in about two dozen RV resorts throughout  Citrus County and about 964 approved sites that could be built.

    And after declining during the recession, the RV industry has rebounded with about 350,000 units expected to be produced in 2014. 

  • Two charged with mailing marijuana

    Two Citrus County residents involved in an alleged nationwide marijuana-mailing service were arrested Wednesday after local, state and federal authorities executed multiple search warrants in the county leading to their arrests.

    Bree Benson was arrested on Federal charges and Justin Gothard was arrested on local charges.

  • Confiscated explosives detonated

    Explosives confiscated after Tuesday’s arrests of Michael Paul Watkins were detonated by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad at the Citrus County Landfill on Tuesday afternoon. 

    According to sheriff spokeswoman Heather Yates, the county landfill between Inverness and Lecanto is used routinely by the sheriff’s bomb squad for practice and bomb disposal.

  • Plan pegs future road costs of $576.6 million

    BROOKSVILLE — Trying to estimate project costs 25 years down the road is not easy. That’s why transportation policymakers encourage public input.

    At Tuesday’s board meeting, the Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) conducted a public hearing for the 2040 Cost Affordable Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Board members were concerned that people have ample opportunities to say what they think about projects planned decades into the future at a current estimate of $576.6 million.

  • Judicial candidates take to the stump

    The two attorneys running for the 5th Judicial Circuit, Group 3, judgeship took considerably different approaches in arguing their cases for voter support.

    Tuesday night at the Chronicle’s political forum, candidates Mary Hatcher and Denise Dymond Lyn each had an uninterrupted opportunity to convince the crowd they are best choice. 

  • Expanding for efficiency

    LECANTO — It was a matter of centralization and efficiency for Nature Coast EMS when ground was broken in late August for the expansion of its logistics and services building right across the street from the existing headquarters in Lecanto.

     “Everything is going to be better coordinated,” Nature Coast EMS President Mike Hall said about the new expansion being across from the current building, on the corner of West Homosassa Trail and West Country Hill Drive.