Local News

  • Lawmakers target local requirements for contractors

    Lloyd Dunkelberger

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — Cities and counties would not be able to require contractors to provide certain benefits and wages to workers on state-funded public works projects under a bill approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

  • Sheriff tackles drug problem

    Keeping the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on a successful and acclaimed path is an aspiration Mike Prendergast strives and plans for a day at a time.

    He said it going into his job on Jan. 3 as the county’s 12th sheriff and continues to say it a little over 100 days later with confidence.

  • Couple plucked from Gulf waters

    U.S. Coast Guard members rescued a couple Wednesday after their plane crashed in waters near Yankeetown.

    The Federal Aviation Administration contacted the Coast Guard at about 8:45 p.m., reporting a single-engine plane had crashed near the end of Levy County Road 40 in the Withlacoochee Bay, according to a Coast Guard news release.

  • FWC sets red snapper season

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the 2017 Gulf state waters recreational red snapper season. 

    The 78-day Gulf recreational red snapper season will be as follows:

    * Open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting the first Saturday in May. 

    * Open daily starting the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 27) through Sunday following Independence Day (July 9). 

  • Recycling project benefits homeless


    Sharon Anderson

    For the Chronicle

    When life hands us an abundance of something we don’t know what to do with — such as plastic bags often destined for the landfill — creative minds go to work on how to make something new, useful and helpful: like sleeping mats for those enduring the homeless experience.

  • Dunnellon blasts into the past

    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    DUNNELLON — It’s time for a little dust up, as Boomtown Days Dunnellon takes over the Historic District.

    The long-running festival celebrates the city’s population “boom” at the height of the phosphate discovery in the late 1880s, which continued through the 1890s and longer. The day-long event begins at 10 a.m., with festivities wrapping up by 9 p.m. Entry is free.

  • Officials seek clues to Dean barn fire

    The Florida Fire Marshal’s Office is trying to determine what started a massive fire Wednesday night that destroyed a utility barn and thousands of dollars in farm equipment owned by former state Sen. Charlie Dean.

    No one was home and there were no injuries, but the fire gutted a 2,500-square-foot utility barn, plus antique tractors, an airboat and a “ton of farm equipment,” Citrus County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lindsay Blair said Thursday.

  • Fire destroys Dean utility barn

    A Wednesday evening fire destroyed a utility barn, several vehicles and farm equipment belonging to former state Sen. Charlie Dean.

    Firefighters with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Fire Rescue and Sumter County were dispatched at about 7:30 p.m. to 12163 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway in Inverness, arriving to find a fully involved equipment barn, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Lindsay Blair.

  • County briefs 4/20/17

    Group to discuss bike trail connectors

    The Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee will meet today at 3:30 p.m. in Hernando County.

    Among other things, the committee will discuss the Withlacoochee-Dunnellon Trail connector and proposed trailheads for the Suncoast Parkway extension. The BPAC is a committee of the Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization.

  • Groups slate road cleanup for Earth Day

    In recognition of Earth Day, three groups are participating in a coordinated effort to clean up local roadsides.

    Keep Citrus County Beautiful (KCCB) is cooperating with the Board of County Commissioners and Florida Department of Transportation Adopt-a-Highway (AAH) programs to organize roadside cleanups by many of their existing AAH volunteer groups.