Local News

  • K-9 injured in Inglis standoff

    INGLIS — Four Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies, a K-9 unit and a pastor spent four hours Wednesday night to Thursday morning dealing with a 53-year-old Inglis man barricaded inside his trailer, resulting in an injured K-9.

    Billy James Burnham was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, assault on a law enforcement animal with intent to harm, resisting officers without violence, battery of a law enforcement officer and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

  • Meth lab bust leads to three arrests

    At about 6 a.m. Thursday, members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Tactical Impact Unit executed a search warrant at Lot 14 of the Mossy Oak Mobile Home Park, located at 327 U.S. 41 South, Inverness. 

    Sheriff’s office and CCSO Fire Rescue Hazardous Materials Team members seized and neutralized multiple “one-pot” meth labs located during the search. Methamphetamine and several items related to the sale or manufacture of methamphetamine were also located during the search. 

  • Former Buc meets a new opponent
  • District looks at Flying Eagle’s future

    The Southwest Florida Water Management District may again consider proposals for leasing the Flying Eagle Nature Center located in Citrus County.

    The district board has been discussing the center’s potential and an evaluation committee has been considering alternatives. 

  • Saturday last day for early voting

    The last day for early voting in the primary election is Saturday, 

    Aug. 23. There are four early voting sites: Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills; Crystal River area elections office in the West Citrus Government Center, 1540 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River; Homosassa Public Library, 4100 S. Grandmarch Ave., Homosassa; and the Inverness Government Center, 212 W. Main St., Inverness. Operation hours are from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. for all eligible voters.

  • Plantation promotes Mancke to GM

    The Plantation on Crystal River has promoted Michael Mancke to general manager of the 196-room resort, it was announced Wednesday. In this position, Mancke is responsible for directing all departments, operations and revenue management at the 232-acre property. 

  • AmeriGas eviction deadline nears

    INVERNESS — Citrus County is not interested in pursuing a lawsuit against AmeriGas Propane Inc., but the company, which hadn’t paid its lease to county government for more than two decades, is in the midst of complying with an eviction notice.

    County officials gave the company 120 days to vacate the land it leases in the city of Inverness on May 2.

    The deadline is Aug. 28, a week from today.

  • Jury finds man guilty in Crystal River beating case

    A Wednesday jury trial involving friends, drinking, money, relatives, revenge and a shotgun resulted in three felony convictions for a Dunnellon man.

    What started as trip to an Ocala nightclub in January 2013 resulted in a Crystal River man being beaten, robbed and 


  • Challenge soaks Inverness school

    INVERNESS — The minutes before their challenge were intense.

    Eighty-five Inverness Middle School football players, cheerleaders and staff members tightly huddled together as they awaited ice cold water pouring down their sweaty bodies.

    Girly screams were heard from the crowd and football mom Kelley DeMaio quickly counted to three.

  • It’s a wrap this weekend in Citrus County

    From getting involved in the community to learning to cook in a crock pot to finding your inner artist, Citrus County has something to explore this weekend.

    - The Homosassa Rotary Club is looking for volunteers to help clean up Lyngbya algae and other vegetation from the Homosassa River. Setup for the community’s first One Rake at a Time-inspired cleanup will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, with work running from 9 to 11 a.m. Volunteers are sought to assist Rotarians in the effort.