Local News

  • Living his dream

    As country musician Ryan Weaver did a sound check just before his final on-stage performance for the year on Nov. 24, he choked up.

    He was one of the performers invited to the Charlie Daniels and Friends annual Christmas for Kids concert.

  • County briefs 12/10/14

    Watkins pleads not guilty in US court

    Michael Paul Watkins, 41, pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon in a U.S. District Court courtroom in Ocala to federal charges of possessing weapons and ammunition as a convicted felon and possessing weapons unregistered under the National Firearms Act, according to court dockets.

  • Ag Alliance, Cattlemen's Association ready for fundraiser

    The Agricultural Alliance and the Cattlemen’s Association will wrap up the year with their annual dove shoot and barbecue lunch this Saturday. 

    It’s a joint-venture fundraiser and social outing for the two nonprofit organizations. The activity is open to the public, but reservations are preferred.

  • Bringing in tourist dollars

    It’s all about the numbers for the Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau as it develops an international profile, updates its brand and reaches out to attract more tourists through different types of advertising. 

    And by tourists, it means targeting overnight visitors, who stay in commercial lodging and spend money with local businesses.

  • Authorities still probing dog attack

    Authorities are continuing their investigation into the death of a 2-year-old child who was attacked and killed Saturday at his family’s Crystal River residence by family dogs.

    Autopsy results Monday on Christopher Camejo have confirmed that the cause of death is consistent with a dog attack, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).

  • Gas plant approval progressing

    The construction workforce for Duke Energy’s proposed combined-cycle natural gas plant is expected to peak at approximately 700 workers and average 450 workers for approximately 24 months, with the highest employment during 2017.

  • ‘Frozen’ fun at tree-lighting fest

    The city of Crystal River will be “Frozen” for its Christmas Tree Lighting Festival, from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Little Springs Park.  

  • County briefs 12/9/14

    Democrats party Wednesday

    The Citrus Democratic Clubs will have a Christmas dinner party on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Seven Rivers Golf Club in Crystal River.

    Social hour will be at 5 p.m., with dinner to follow at 6 p.m.

    Call 352-795-5384 for reservations and information. All Democrats and guests are welcome.


  • Wreath-laying ceremony set for Saturday

    Florida National Cemetery at Bushnell will host the ninth wreath laying at 11 a.m. Saturday. 

    The wreaths will arrive at the Florida National Cemetery at about 10 a.m. with a police and motorcycle escort from Lakeland. Motorcyclists can join the wreath escort to the cemetery. 

    Wreaths will be available for gravesite placement shortly thereafter. Those who would like to take part and place a wreath on a grave marker should be there by 9:45 a.m., as they go quickly.

  • Monday Conversation: Caitlin Wilcox

    By Rochelle Kaiser, Staff writer