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Local News

  • Driver identified in fatal crash

    The Florida Highway Patrol has released the identity of a woman who was killed early Monday morning after her SUV overturned and caught fire near Crystal River.

  • Boys & Girls Club: We’re not part of flag campaign

    The CEO of the local chapter of a national youth organization is speaking out against a fundraising campaign making use of the organization’s name.

    Cindi Fein, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County, said Wednesday that her organization is not affiliated with the campaign currently being undertaken by Andy Hallinan, owner of Inverness gun store Florida Gun Supply.

  • Crystal River to talk springs

    Three Sisters Springs will be a topic of public debate once again as the Crystal River City Council mulls over proposed federal regulations for the springs during a special meeting on Friday.

  • EOC offering free disposal of meds

    Anyone with unwanted, expired or unused medications can dispose of them for free, no questions asked.

    A drop box will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Fridays at the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Emergency Operations Center, 3549 Saunders Way, Lecanto.

    No needles or aerosols are allowed.

  • Whimsical creations

    Ed Youngblood

    Special to the Chronicle

    Brenda Hamor Spilios was born in Grinnell and raised on the farmlands of eastern Iowa, only 100 miles from the home of artist Grant Wood, who captured the cultural essence of the region with his iconic painting “American Gothic.”

  • Wandering, shirtless man arrested

    An Inverness man was accused of loitering and rummaging through an Inverness neighborhood was arrested early Tuesday morning on numerous charges.

    At around 6 a.m., a woman noticed her dog barking at a man — later identified as 22-year-old Brenton Tyler Johnson — standing in some bushes near her front porch off of East Tangelo Lane near Inverness, according to Johnson’s arrest report.

  • Inverness council gets rosy report on crime

    INVERNESS — Residential burglaries in the city of Inverness were down for the first half of this year, but vehicle burglaries are up slightly.

    There were eight residential burglaries from Jan. 1 to June 30 in Inverness. That compares with 15 during the same period in 2014 and 10 in 2013. And so far this year, there have been 13 vehicle burglaries, compared to 11 in 2014 and 10 in 2013 over the same period.

    Those were two takeaways from the crime statistics report 

  • Commissioners worried about Three Sisters rules

    INVERNESS — Citrus County tourism numbers continue to climb, especially in Crystal River.

    Statistics provided during a county commission budget workshop Tuesday show hotel stays, hotel rates and tourist tax revenue are all climbing upward.

    Great news, right?

    County commissioners think so, but they’re also leery of what effect the proposed winter regulations on Three Sisters Springs will have on that success.

  • Four-car crash snarls traffic

    Traffic was slowed after a four-car crash Tuesday afternoon on State Road 44 west of the intersection with County Road 491.

    At around 4:30 p.m., a blue pickup truck was traveling east on S.R. 44 in the inside lane, approaching the intersection, according to a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

  • Nelson to talk with WREC chief

    U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is scheduled to meet today with Billy Brown, general manager of Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative Inc., regarding the cost of electric power lost to marijuana grow houses.

    Since 2006, WREC has discovered 186 power diversions resulting from marijuana grow houses. As a result, the co-op said it has lost more than $3.3 million in revenue.