Local News

  • Man jailed for alleged relationship with teen

    A 23-year-old Dunnellon man faces charges of lewd and lascivious battery after a 15-year-old girl told investigators he had sexual relations with her.

    When they found Mason Chadwick Davis’ alleged victim, who was reported missing in December 2015, Citrus County Sheriff’s investigators interviewed her about her sexual relationship with Davis, according to Davis’ arrest report.

  • Debate feud injects fresh chaos into GOP primary

    DES MOINES, Iowa — An explosive feud between Donald Trump and Fox News is overshadowing the final sprint to Iowa’s presidential caucuses, injecting a new sense of chaos into the already turbulent 2016 Republican contest and forcing rival campaigns to adjust on the fly.

  • Petition raises ‘concerns’ about Suncoast project

    The Homosassa Special Water District is challenging an environmental permit set to be issued for the Suncoast Parkway extension.

    The water district, through a Brooksville law firm, petitioned for an administrative hearing, now scheduled for April.

    At issue is the proposed location of three stormwater retention ponds feet from the Peach Orchard Wellfield, which provides potable water to about 6,000 people in the Homosassa Springs area.

  • The long road from nothing

    When you’re 16 and school’s a drag, you don’t think about what life will be like when you’re older. 

    All you care about is dropping out, doing your own thing, maybe traveling the world.

    However, as Codey Shinabargar discovered, when you’re 16 and a high school dropout, your options are limited. Your dream of traveling the world is just a dream, and reality is a series of low-paying jobs and living at home.

  • Suspect kills self after drugs found in crash

    A Webster man fatally shot himself Tuesday in a Brooksville hospital emergency room while being treated for injuries from a car crash.

    At around 5:13 p.m., 61-year-old William Stark Adams was driving a Dodge pickup truck and made a left turn in front of a Volkswagen sedan, crashing at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Powell Road in Hernando County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Mold at station worse than thought

    Inverness’ fire department will debut Monday even if continuing mold remediation at its future firehouse causes the county to temporarily host city firefighters.

    Feb. 1 marks the end of county fire rescue service within city limits, said county Fire Chief Jim Goodworth, citing the expiration on that date of an interlocal agreement for fire services between Citrus County and Inverness.

  • So, what is Phoenix Rising?

    Phoenix Rising is a program that takes income-eligible young adults age 18 to 24 who have some type of barrier to future success and who need a “hand up” and offers them a 20-week program that includes classroom education and being part of a construction team working on a Habitat for Humanity home.

    What qualifies as a “barrier?”

  • Local briefs 1/27/2016

    DOR announces Save Our Homes rate

    The Florida Department of Revenue on Tuesday announced that the 2016 Save Our Homes annual assessment rate will be 0.7 percent.

    The rate determines the maximum increase in assessed value that a homeowner would experience when a property is capped under Save Our Homes and where market value is higher than assessed value.

    New construction and additions are not capped; changes in ownership can also remove the cap.

  • For hard work, Citrus High student gets rare full ride

    On “an easy day,” Paisley Greer arrives at Citrus High School around 7:30 a.m. and gets out around 2:30 p.m. After school, she attends the school’s choir rehearsals and then heads to night class at the College of Central Florida, where she gets out around 7 p.m.

    That doesn’t include her weekend closing shifts at Wendy’s, where she gets out around 2 a.m., her play rehearsals at the Art Center, nor her Sunday mornings spent singing at churches.

  • Commissioners back Homosassa park idea

    INVERNESS — Homosassa doesn’t yet have a waterfront park to call its own, but it has a partner.

    The county commission enthusiastically gave its support Tuesday to a plan by several Homosassa community groups to buy property for a pair of waterfront parks.

    Commissioners, led by Chairman Ron Kitchen, agreed to lend staff time for appraisals, title work and help the group obtain the grants it needs to buy and develop the parks.