Local News

  • County tourism numbers climbing

    New data shows 2013 was a banner year for Citrus County tourism while 2014 could be even better.

    Figures from the Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau (VCB) show the county had an estimated 338,900 visitors during 2013, up about 12 percent from 2012.

  • Customers flock to new store

    After a successful “soft opening,” Rural King had its grand opening celebration Sunday at the Crystal River Mall, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and other activities.

    After months of preparation and hiring employees, the store opened to the public Aug. 4. 

    “It was very successful,” said store manager Steve Randall about the soft opening. “We had 73 people in line at 7 a.m. and have been busy since.”

  • Monday Conversation: Harold Walker, problem fixer

    CRYSTAL RIVER — You can sum up Harold Walker like this: Find a problem, look for the success path and solve the problem.

    That’s his gift. He’s a troubleshooter and a problem solver, just what the stalled George Washington Carver Community Center project needed when Walker retired from Duke Energy three years ago after a 34-year career.

    He now devotes his time heading up the center’s construction, which has been ongoing since 2009. 

  • County briefs 8/18/14

    ­Vets Week meeting Wednesday

    The Veterans Appreciation Week Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee will conduct its monthly coordination meeting for Citrus County’s 22nd annual Veterans Appreciation Week at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the conference room of the Citrus County Chronicle building, 1624 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River.

  • Local youth wins world championship in riding

    CRYSTAL RIVER — She was 5 years old with a dream.

    Unbeknownst to her parents, her dream would carry her to a prestigious title with her best friend — a horse.

    “I begged my mom to let me go ride,” said Kim Shidler. “I wanted to so bad. In Lecanto, there is a place called Rymar Ranch, so my mom took me there when I was 6.” 

    When she was 10, she received “Scotty.”

  • Daily grind

    INVERNESS - In the past 100 years, the brick buildings in downtown Inverness have survived storms, fire and a century of wear and tear.

    Currently, the bricks of the building that houses Country at Home, Computer Solutions and the future home of Curtiss Bryant Photography, are going through an intensive restoration procedure, partially funded by a city of Inverness grant.

  • Information sought in hit and run

    The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking information about a suspected hit-and-run incident in Levy County.

    According to a report by the FHP, a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling southbound on U.S. 19 about 2:50 a.m. Saturday in the outside southbound lane, just south of Northwest 147th Place in Trenton. For unknown reasons, it drifted off of the west side of the roadway and onto the grass shoulder. The driver, Joseph Strong, 36, of Chiefland, lost control of the vehicle. 

  • Learn to help community

    Does the idea of teaming up with others to meet immediate lifesaving needs in the wake of a major disaster appeal to you? 

    If you answered yes, then as concerned citizens, you might want to consider enrolling in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training offered by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Section. 

  • County offers prescription cards

    A free NACo Prescription Discount Card is available to residents in a joint effort between Citrus County and the National Association of Counties (NACo), according to Citrus County government. 

  • Griff's going, but not gone

    INVERNESS — Since 1947, Griff’s Bar has been an Inverness landmark, perhaps the oldest bar still in business in Citrus County.

    In a few months, however, this institution is scheduled to be torn down and a two-unit retail building built in its place. 

    Recently, owner Willy McClain sold the property, but not the business, to Win-Development, of Belleair, for $800,000.