Local News

  • Local briefs for 4/19/17

    Trailer thefts prompt warning

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is warning people lock up their utility trailers.

    Detectives have been investigating reports of stolen utility trailers, some of which were left unsecured, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities are advising that trailers be locked up with trailer locks.

    — Buster Thompson/Staff writer


  • USCG rescues three from Gulf waters

    The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three overdue boaters 15 miles off the coast of Crystal River on Tuesday.

    According to the Coast Guard, a relative of one of the boaters contacted the agency at 11:04 p.m. Monday after the boat’s passengers — a 71-year-old male, a 66-year-old female and a 40-year-old male — did not return from a fishing trip at the expected time.

  • Two killed, two hurt in Levy County crash

    A pair of Homosassa women were killed and two others, including a young girl, were seriously injured Friday when two cars collided in Levy County.

    At about 11:05 a.m., 32-year-old Jessica Lea Raquet and her passengers, 55-year-old Joy Lea Raquet and 9-year-old Mylea Raquet, all of Homosassa, were traveling north on County Road 345 in a Toyota Corolla, approaching the intersection with C.R. 320, near Chiefland, according to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report released Monday.

  • Levy plane crash kills four

    WILLISTON — A vintage private plane that crashed in the Levy County city of Williston, killing all four people aboard, went unnoticed for nearly a day. 

    The Gainesville Sun reported that the 1948 Cessna 170 “tail dragger” crashed Saturday afternoon at the Williston Municipal Airport, but wasn’t noticed until Sunday. None of the victims have been identified. 

    Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the scene on Monday. 

  • Osprey gets new home

    HOMOSASSA — An osprey that decided to take up residence last month in a hastily constructed nest atop a crane at the Halls River bridge has a new home today.

  • Smith: Pay veterans officer more

    A Citrus County commissioner believes the Veterans Service Office supervisor deserves more money and is making his point by comparing the position with that of tourist development director.

    Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith said in a guest column that appears in today’s Chronicle that Citrus County has among the lowest paid veterans service officers in the state.

  • FFRA digs in at wildlife park

    On a warm spring morning this past Saturday, about 20 members of Citrus County Friends and Families Reaching for Abilities (FFRA) went to work at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park as their part in giving back to the community. Under the direction and supervision of Park Ranger James Curry, the small force joined hands and dug in, literally. 

  • Parade of minis set for Saturday


    Claire Phillips Laxton

    For the Chronicle 

    Bring the entire family this Saturday and support the Central Ridge Boys & Girls Clubs’ site in Beverly Hills as the “Parade of Minis” fundraiser kicks off at the Pine Ridge Equestrian Center, off Pine Ridge Boulevard. The fundraiser is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

  • Calling all anglers

    A.B. Sidibe

    Staff writer

    Organizers of a long-running local fundraising fishing tournament are hoping to outdo themselves for both participation and proceeds this year.

    Area family fishing enthusiasts can showcase their skills at the 2017 Citrus County Builders Association (CCBA) Family Fishing Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, at the Homosassa and Crystal rivers. 

  • Panel to dive into private swim lessons

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Today the Inverness City Council will meet to discuss, among other business, whether it will grant citizens’ requests for private swim lessons at Whispering Pines Park pool.

    Members of council will vote on a resolution to adopt a private swimming program and public fees for 30-minute lessons with a certified Red Cross water safety instructor.