Local News

  • A perch with perks

    As the summer months rage on, lifeguards in red suits are perched vigilant on high stands at community pools across the county. 

    Many are teenagers, while others are veteran lifeguards who have put more than 20 years into their profession. 

    Lexie Mails, 19, says it is the perfect job, but you have to take the good with the bad.

  • Testimony reveals crumbling marriage

    Prosecutors expressed confidence Tuesday that jurors would find evidence of Jeffry Roy Dickerson’s guilt in his own defense as Dickerson’s trial on stalking, battery, assault and imprisonment charges got under way in Inverness.

  • Key run postponed

    The Key Training Center has postponed this year’s annual weeklong run from Tallahassee following the death Monday of runner Phil Royal. 

    Saturday’s Run for the Money finale and telethon will still take place.

  • Hundreds gather in prayer for Royal

    Phil Royal’s friends gathered Monday evening at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church, their emotions raw trying to comprehend his inexplicable death.

    The church had opened its doors to the community to gather and grieve, and the community came, many in their navy blue “Team Royal” T-shirts, wiping away their tears.

  • Friends honor ‘promising life’ cut short

    By Nancy Kennedy and Buster Thompson, Staff writers


    Citrus County voters were just starting to meet Phil Royal on the campaign trail.

    Many others had known him for years through his work at the sheriff’s office and volunteer efforts with the Key Training Center.

    Friends old and new got to watch Royal rejoice in family around his new wife and baby.

  • Former co-workers remember Royal

    The Chronicle requested comments from Phil Royal’s former coworkers at the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, where Royal worked for 24 years, retiring in 2014 as a captain.

    • Lee Carey, detective with the Major Crimes Unit: “A true gentleman in every sense of the word. Any time he would see me, he would stop and talk about life. Always asked about the job and the family. An inspiring person to be around.”
  • On social media, shock spreads quickly

    As soon as the news of Phil Royal’s death hit Facebook and the Chronicle’s website, hundreds of people offered their condolences and expressions of shock and grief. 

    Here are selected quotes from the Phil Royal for Sheriff Facebook page:

  • At camp and making manufacturers

    INVERNESS — Citrus County’s manufacturing base may not be growing, but its manufacturer base is.

    After one week in Manufacturing Day Camp at Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC), 18 girls and boys ages 11 to 14 walked away knowing the ups, downs, lefts and rights of a production line. 

  • Tire-less