Local News

  • Search halted, case goes on

    While the physical search for missing Inverness woman Carol McHugh was suspended on Tuesday, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives will continue their investigation into her disappearance.

    “It’s still a very active investigation,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Yates said Wednesday. “We want the community to know that we’re still working this case.”

  • State audit finds no jail fraud

    A long-awaited state Auditor General’s review of the Citrus County Detention Facility contract is finished and makes no mention of the fraud alleged by a former commissioner.

    However, the audit is critical of the 2005 county administration for negotiating a contract without bids and accepting a $19 million jail expansion arrangement with the contractor without analyzing whether the deal made fiscal sense.

  • Free aging workshop starts Tuesday

    The Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA is partnering with the United Way of Citrus County to continue offering its Savvy Aging Resources Workshop Program.

    The four free workshops will show seniors how to utilize available resources to improve the quality of their lives. Topics include fall prevention, talking with your health care professional, aging in your own home, understanding health insurance, social connections and more.

  • Where’s Beau today?

    From today through July 15, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers plans a scavenger hunt, of sorts, for blood donors: As LifeSouth’s mascot, Beau the Bloodhound, makes his way around the community visiting blood drives and donor centers to promote blood donation during the summer months, donors can visit LifeSouth’s Facebook page for clues to Beau’s location. 

  • ‘Rebellious’ streak

    By Sharon Anderson, For the Chronicle

    “I love supernatural thrillers and I wanted to write my own,” said 1994 Citrus High School graduate Jessica Celano Fulcher. And so she did.

    Inspired by the likes of C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Frank Peretti, Fulcher said she worked for five years to bring her dream to fruition with the recent publication of her first novel: “Rebellious.”

  • Commissioners remove pork chop from C.R. 486 plate

    That County Road 486 pork chop is dead meat.

    Citrus County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to immediately remove a median traffic barrier in Lecanto that prevents left turns into a business plaza.

  • Board backs Riverwalk, Homosassa park for funding

    Two projects, each equally significant to their community.

    The Riverwalk, two decades in the making, will provide Crystal River with a King’s Bay boardwalk.

    Heritage Park is a dream many in Homosassa worried would never be realized.

    Now both are within grasp, thanks in part to two separate sources of funding and a county commission that hopes it all works out.

  • Sheriff suspends search

    Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast suspended the five-day search for missing Inverness woman Carol McHugh.

    “Each effort that we’ve expended has been met with negative results,” Prendergast said Tuesday evening. “But no effort has been held back to reunite Carol with her family.”

    Prendergast still urged tipsters to call 911 to report any information about McHugh’s whereabouts.

  • For the record 06/14/2017

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office


    * William Youmans, 49, of East Windsong Street, Floral City, at 2:29 p.m. June 12 on an active warrant for a felony charge of boating under the influence with death of a human being. He turned himself in to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. His bond was set at $30,000.

  • Crystal River gets award