Local News

  • Event gives youths a chance to talk

    For most teens, social media is a lifeline among friends. 

    However, it’s also fraught with danger, from “catfishing” relationships to cyber bullying. 

    At the Teen Town Hall this Saturday, social media is just one of the topics being discussed. 

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  • Vacant trailer destroyed by fire

    HOMOSASSA — An unattended burn turned brush fire led to the destruction of a vacant trailer Tuesday afternoon.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Fire Rescue crews arrived at 3807 S. Lake Terrace, Homosassa, to find a trailer on the property fully involved in flames.

    Neighbor Dan Degenhardt saw the smoke rise up from his front lawn a few houses down on the same street, on the corner with West Grover Cleveland Boulevard.

  • No serious injuries in deputy-involved crash

    CRYSTAL RIVER -- Florida Highway Patrol and other first responders were on scene at a deputy-involved crash this morning, at the intersection of State Road 44 and North Rock Crusher Road in the Crystal River area.


    More details will become available, but the crash did involve a deputy patrol car and a van, a deputy said.


    According to deputies on scene, no serious injuries were reported and the involved deputy was walking around after the crash.


  • Vacant trailer destroyed in afternoon fire

    HOMOSASSA -- Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue crews arrived at 3807 South Lake Terrace to find a trailer on the property fully involved in flames.

    According to a fire official on scene, no injuries were reported and the trailer was vacant at the time of the fire.

    The trailer caught fire as a result of an unattended burn, the official said. No other properties appeared to be damaged.

    Officials are trying to get in touch with the homeowner as investigations continue.

  • Crystal River man killed in motorcycle crash

    A Crystal River man lost his life Sunday night when he was run over by a passing car after his motorcycle overturned, ejecting him.

    According to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report, 57-year-old David Leibert was riding north on U.S. 19, approaching the turn onto West Riverwood Drive north of Crystal River, when he lost control of his motorcycle for unknown reasons, causing him to travel into the grass median and overturn.

  • Flashing signs designed to slow traffic

    Motorists driving west on Homosassa Trail surely have come face to face with several flashing electronic traffic signs that warn them to slow down. When they get to the big curve close to U.S. 19, the sign will keep blinking unless they take it down to 15 mph.

    But do these flashing speed-calming devices work, or are they more a nuisance to drivers?

  • Board poised to make decision on attorney

    Citrus County commissioners are expected to decide today whether to reopen the search for a county attorney or offer the job permanently to Denise Dymond Lyn.

    Lyn, a private Inverness attorney who has represented citizen groups, the Homosassa Special Water District and the Mosquito Control Board, has served in the interim county attorney’s role since mid-December.

  • DiGiovanni: Inverness must do more to promote tourism

    INVERNESS — The city of Inverness must do more to capture its share of the tourism market.

    That was one of the resounding points City Manager Frank DiGiovanni made during a budget overview workshop last week. Inverness, he said, lacks sufficient lodging to house tourists who come there for events.

    The city needs more hotels, a conference center and a marketing brand that will identify the city to people who live in the surrounding counties.

  • Three accused of sexual battery

    Three men from the Crystal River area were arrested Friday for allegedly having sexual relations with a helpless 15-year-old girl more than two years ago.

    Sheriff’s investigators got a report in late March that four suspects sexually assaulted the teenager one night in early January 2013, according to the arrest reports.