Local News

  • Citrus baseball team heads to state tournament
  • Suncoast 2 not far down the road

    Funding isn’t final and where the road eventually goes is anyone’s guess, but state officials are ready to put the Suncoast Parkway 2 project in high gear.

    The Florida Department of Transportation and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise are circulating a PowerPoint presentation throughout the county in preparation for a June 25 public hearing in Lecanto.

  • Valerie built, but not booked

    INVERNESS — Just because there will be a grand opening to show off the renovated Valerie Theatre in Inverness does not mean work on the facility is finished.

    City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said there is a misperception that the public can start lining up for cultural events and shows soon after the June 6 unveiling.

  • Adams: ‘I am not going to stop’

    County commission chairman Scott Adams vowed Wednesday to continue his efforts to change management at the jail and to bring transparency to a contract he insists is not in the best interests of Citrus County taxpayers.

    Adams, who was speaking before the Citrus County Council (CCC), said it is time for CCA (Corrections Corporation of America) to be let go as operator of the county jail.

  • Stepped-up game

    LECANTO — Chrissy Merliss has learned a lot in a year and a half.

    In March 2014, she opened Break Room Billiards in downtown Inverness and learned that people in Citrus County want a place to play pool. 

    She learned that people also want a place where they can watch a sports game on TV, have a mixed drink or glass of beer and eat some wings or a specialty burger.

  • Authorities accuse man of recording woman in bathroom

    A Christ Medical Center employee allegedly trying to videotape women in a bathroom was arrested Tuesday on a charge of video voyeurism.

    A woman found the cellphone — later found to belong to Anthony James Desroches — late that morning in the corner of the restroom stall she was using next to the center’s radiology department, according to Desroches’ arrest report.

  • All Hazards and Hurricane Expo to feature live burn demonstration

    A typical home fire becomes deadly in 3 minutes or less and can threaten the lives of residents and their pets. Homes that have fire-sprinkler systems save thousands of lives each year. At the All Hazards and Hurricane Expo, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Fire Rescue division will be doing a demonstration in front of a live audience to show the value of having a home fire-sprinkler system installed. 

  • Florida’s Move Over law protects law enforcement

    Florida’s Move Over law protects law enforcement officers, emergency workers and tow truck drivers stopped along roadways while performing their jobs. Violating the Move Over law can result in fines and points on your license.

    To keep public safety personnel safe and avoid citations, follow these rules when you see a law enforcement vehicle, emergency vehicle or tow truck stopped along the side of the road:

  • Man accused of strangling woman

    Evidence pointing toward to the alleged strangulation of a woman led to her assailant’s arrest Wednesday on a domestic strangulation charge.

    A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived early that morning to a house in the Inverness area, where he met up with the woman and 32-year-old Eric D. Appie because of reports of domestic battery, according to Appie’s arrest report.

  • School board to Scott: Nullify test this year

    The Citrus County School Board has joined the chorus of officials and groups seeking executive action to suspend the results of this year’s Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) because of recurring technical glitches with the online tests.