Local News

  • Lightning honor Toto

    For once in her life, Diane Toto was speechless.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 23, she was honored by the Tampa Bay Lightning as a 2016 Community Hero for her work as founder and president of the We Care Food Pantry in Homosassa.

    “It was very exciting — I was on the Jumbotron,” she said.

  • Local briefs 11/30/2016

    FDOT holding open house for projects

    The Florida Department of Transportation will hold an open house from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Homosassa Library, 4100 S. Grandmarch Ave., to update residents on two projects in the county.

    The projects are improvements to U.S. 19 from Green Acres Street to West Jump Court, which are ongoing, and the forthcoming replacement of the Halls River Road Bridge.

  • See Three Sisters for free this weekend

    The Friends of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge are opening Three Sisters Springs for free from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

    Attendees can not only enjoy the company of manatees, but see the recently completed renovations to the springs made by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

  • Man, 32, accused of sex with teen

    A Dunnellon man was charged Monday, accused of having sexual encounters with a teenage girl.

    A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detective met with 32-year-old Christopher John Colon on Monday to discuss the allegations.

    Colon told the detective he met the girl at a day care his children attended and exchanged phone numbers, according to Colon’s arrest report.

  • Holidays unleashed!

    From snow in the cities to candles and carols, from dancing nutcrackers on stage to concerts and cookies and even some Alpaca Magic, Citrus County is alive with the spirit of Christmas.

    Looking for something to do this holiday season? Here’s a sampling of upcoming events:

    Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 4

  • Homosassa man, 88, dies of crash injuries

    A Homosassa man was killed Monday morning after his vehicle left the road and struck a tree in Homosassa.

    At approximately 10:05 a.m., 88-year-old Richard H. Turner was driving a 2013 Honda Civic northbound on U.S. 19 near West Green Acres Street, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

    For unknown reasons, Turner lost control of his vehicle, which left the roadway, traversed two separate ditches and struck a palm tree.

  • Local diocese gets new bishop

    On Monday, Pope Francis named Bishop Gregory Parkes of Pensacola- Tallahassee the bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, which includes the six Catholic parishes in Citrus County.

    Parkes replaces Bishop Robert Lynch. Per papal decree, bishops must retire after reaching age 75. Lynch turned 75 on May 27. He had served as bishop since 1996. 

    Parkes, 52, grew up in Massapequa, New York, and earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University. 

  • It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas
  • Inverness kidnapper gets more time


    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    The Inverness man who was recently sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping a child received more time behind bars Monday for an additional aggravated battery charge against his significant other.

  • One dead in suspicious car fire in Crystal River

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office investigators were attempting to determine Monday evening how the victim of a “suspicious” fire met their demise, burned to death inside a vehicle left in the woods near a Crystal River neighborhood.