Local News

  • Wildlife park tops in revenue

    When it comes to total revenue, only five of Florida’s 160 state parks earned more than Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.

    According to Martha J. Robinson, spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the wildlife park brought in $2,234,707, operated at a profit of $621,538 and attracted 314,271 visitors during that period, slightly fewer than the previous year.

  • FWS closes springs during weekend

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has temporarily closed Three Sisters Springs. It is expected to last until Sunday. 

    More than 250 manatees have gathered at the springs during the past few days and are expected to remain in the area throughout the weekend. Due to temperatures around 40 degrees throughout the weekend and high resting manatee numbers, the service has closed Three Sisters Springs. 

  • Court dismisses case against CSSO

    The U.S. District Court has dismissed a case against the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office seeking damages by a state inmate who was shot and wounded by a deputy.

    The complaint concerns a shooting incident in March 2012 when Nicholas D. Dinovo was shot by a Citrus County deputy.

  • Scammers continue IRS ruse

    Citrus County Emergency Operations Center dispatchers continue to receive numerous complaints about a scam. 

    Here’s how it works: Scammers posing as IRS officials call your home saying you or someone in your family owes taxes and better pay up. They threaten to arrest or deport people, revoke a license or even shut down a business, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). 

  • ‘Snow’ falls at Crystal River festival
  • Wall raising in CR

    By Carly Zervis, Correspondent

  • County briefs 12/13/14

    WREC gives county refund for 2013

    Representatives from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative Inc. on Thursday presented a capital credit refund to Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Adams in the amount of $23,775. 

  • Military activity causes west-side booms

    The loud booms heard Friday afternoon on the west side of the county are a result of some sort of military activity occurring in the Gulf of Mexico, according to officials with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lindsay Blair said dispatchers in the surrounding coastal counties have been fielding calls from people concerned about the booms, as well.

    “All we know at this point is that it is some type of military experiment and it is also being heard in other counties,” Blair said.

  • Nights of Lights to showcase Fort Cooper

    INVERNESS — Follow the lights during the annual Nights of Lights event beginning tonight and running through Sunday at Fort Cooper State Park.

    Hours are from 6 to 8:30 p.m. nightly. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy, a nonperishable food item to benefit Citrus United Basket or a donation of pet food for the Citrus County Animal Services. Cash donations will be used to cover the cost of this and future events.

  • Traffic stop leads to narcotics arrest

    A traffic stop south of Dunnellon led to the arrest of a Dunnellon man allegedly concealing a stolen firearm in his car while also transporting narcotics, according to authorities.