Local News

  • Smith goes to bat for convicted felon

    The Florida Clemency Board on Wednesday denied a family’s request for early release of a Homosassa man convicted of DUI-manslaughter, despite the testimony of one familiar face.

    Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, who served six years in the state House of Representatives, spoke on behalf of Richard Curry.

    “Sadly, there was no action taken on the governor’s part,” Smith said.

  • City, businesses to celebrate St. Pat’s

    The city of Crystal River is partnering with businesses on Citrus Avenue for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. This all-day event will take place Friday.

    Crystal River’s only Irish pub, Burkes of Ireland, will open at 7 a.m. and kick off the area festivities. 

    Registration for the popular St. Patrick’s Day dog parade will begin at 9 a.m. with the parade starting at 10 a.m.

  • Relocated wine shop uncorked

    By Diane Dobry, Correspondent

  • County briefs 3/16/17

    Mosquito Control open house scheduled for March 22

    Citrus County Mosquito Control is having an open house for the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. The office is located at 968 N. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the facility and learn about the numerous operations of Mosquito Control. Equipment will be on display at the event, including the helicopter. Refreshments will be available.

  • Senior night lauded

    By Gwen Bittner, For the Chronicle

  • Former Centers director opens nonprofit clinic to help those with mental health, substance abuse issues

    If you ask Yvonne Hess, sometimes what looks like calamity is really a gift in disguise.

    When the former clinical director at The Centers lost her job due to budget cuts this past December, she said her first thought was to be angry and then wallow. But she quickly saw it as just the catalyst she needed to get back to doing what she loves most: treating clients who desperately want help getting and staying clean from their addictions.

  • Board dumps trashy recycling centers

    So long, trashy recycling centers!

    Citrus County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to immediately shut down the recycling centers spread throughout the county because of numerous complaints that they have turned into illegal dumping sites.

    Only one recycling center will remain open  — at the county landfill, which is open during business hours and monitored by the landfill staff.

  • Schools, libraries, fire win in impact fee vote

    INVERNESS — It was a good day for the political veteran and the newcomer.

    Both Superintendent of Schools Sandra “Sam” Himmel and Sheriff Michael Prendergast received favorable votes Tuesday to restore impact fees.

    Himmel, whose political experience goes back to 1996, convinced county commissioners to reinstate the $1,261 schools impact fee, despite the district’s report that showed the earliest need for a new school is more than 10 years away.

  • Council says yes to summer trolley

    The trolley in Crystal River will not be taking a summer break.

    City council members decided Monday night to keep the Three Sisters Springs trolley open in the summer months, even though manatee season officially ends in April.

    Council members and City Manager Dave Burnell said the city continues being a tourist attraction even without the cold weather.

    “We’ve got people coming in here year-round,” Councilman Mike Gudis said.


    The Citrus Rollers Skating Club is striving to promote a positive club that helps youths to win gold medals. 

    Many of the skaters have won medals throughout Florida and the United States. In recent months, the club’s sanctioned skaters have been putting their names on the artistic skating map with gold, silver and bronze medals.