Local News

  • Man surrenders to cops after allegedly striking homeowner

    A Hernando man surrendered to a deputy Sunday morning after allegedly striking a Hernando-area homeowner several times in the head.

    Luis Melendez Garcia, 48, put his hands up a little before 2 a.m. when he saw a responding Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy at the intersection of State Road 200 and North Charles Terrace, according to Garcia’s arrest report.

  • Firm gives Citrus good grade

    Citrus County’s improving financial health has earned it an A+ bond rating with a stable outlook for a new series.

    In an announcement last week, Fitch Ratings assigned an A+ to the county’s $10.5 million non-ad valorem revenue bonds series 2015.

  • Driven by civic spirit, young man founds society

    At 24, Zack Duvall believes in community involvement — that we are better when we work together, when we set aside differences to find places where we agree or areas of compromise.

    He believes that regardless of politics, religion or other areas of deeply held belief where people often disagree, people in the same community can and should set aside their differences to help one another be better individually and as a whole.

  • Council to take look at electronic message signs

    For a city that features the two busiest roads in Citrus County, the appearance of signs is of major concern.

    Over the years, Crystal River City Council members have wrestled with various sign issues, all with the goal of keeping State Road 44 and, in particular, U.S. 19 from becoming an eyesore.

  • Building a campaign

    Bill Bachschmidt, owner of D.A.B. Constructors, has a saying: “You can have an I.Q., but you’ve also got to have the ‘Do Q.’”

    It’s that “Do Q” — the drive and the want-to of those Citrus United Way chooses to help — that inspires him. Bachschmidt is the Citrus United Way 2015 campaign chairman.

  • County briefs 9/28/15

    YMCA speakers available

    If community or neighborhood organizations in Citrus County are interested in learning more about the Citrus YMCA, speakers are available to attend meetings and discuss the details. 

    The YMCA facility is now under construction on County Road 486 in Lecanto; an April 2016 opening is anticipated. 

    Those interested in scheduling speakers can call Joanna Castle, Citrus Y executive, at 352-637-0132.

  • Women’s Health & Fitness Expo

    The Women’s Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday at Crystal River Mall featured businesses from throughout the county and covered many aspects of women’s health including cancer screening, safety, hearing tests, posture control, food, mobility and more.

    The expo’s purpose is to educate women and those around them about their health, fitness and wellness.

    Proceeds are dedicated to furthering the education of students from Citrus, Crystal River and Lecanto high schools and Withlacoochee Technical Institute.

  • In Citrus: fair rate struggle

    Citrus County is facing water and wastewater issues of its own, but not due to aging pipes or a huge price tag to fix them.

    The question is not how to pay for upgrades, but how the cost should be spread out among its 23,000 households and business customers.

    The county’s answer is a uniform rate structure — everyone pays the same base rate and usage rate. 

  • Local economic decline led nation in 2014

    New figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show the Homosassa Springs metropolitan statistical area had the highest percentage of decline in economic activity of the nation’s 381 metro areas for 2014.

    The metro area, which follows the borders of Citrus County, also ranked near the bottom — No. 372 of 374 — for its total current-dollar gross domestic product. 

  • Doubts smolder as city votes on fire funding

    INVERNESS — The Inverness city council will vote Tuesday evening to adopt its 2015-16 fiscal year budget, which includes $420,580 to operate a new fire department.