Local News

  • Publix coming to Dunnellon

    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    Morguard (MRC) Corporation, the owner of the Rainbow Square Shopping Plaza, will begin work on a $7 million redevelopment plan for its property beginning sometime in 2017, paving the way for Publix Super Markets to move into the space vacated when Bi-Lo Holdings shuttered the doors on Winn-Dixie two years ago.

  • Family loses everything in Thanksgiving fire

    A family is homeless after a fire destroyed their house Thanksgiving evening. 

    Margaret Aprea and her three children Brianna, 18, Justin, 15 and Christopher, five, were at their family’s home for Thanksgiving dinner when they received a text of the news. 

    According to a fire incident report, Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue with assistance from Inverness Fire Department responded at 5:28 p.m. to a structure fire at 2350 N. Dee River Road in Inverness. 


    Wayne Pacelle took the term “search and rescue” to another level when he joined with his partners of a gopher tortoise relocation project at a Lecanto development.

    The CEO and president of The Humane Society of the United States, or HSUS, traveled to Citrus County over the Thanksgiving holiday with family to help remove vulnerable tortoises from being harmed or killed during construction of the Stonebridge housing community.

  • Black Friday shoppers go local, support Hermine-damaged stores


    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Some local businesses took a significant hit from Hurricane Hermine in early September but bounced back in time for the biggest shopping day of the year. After hard work and tremendous effort, all stores returned to their pre-storm glory in just a couple months. 

  • Guardian Ad Litem seeks volunteers

    Most Americans are enjoying the holiday, exchanging stories, watching football, laughing and enjoying the presence of those they seldom see.

    But for children who are involved with the dependency court and child welfare systems, the intent and purpose of this tradition is all but lost on them. From their point of view, the occasion is a painful reminder of the fact that instead of sitting next to Mom and Dad, they’re sitting at a table occupied by complete strangers or at best, willing relatives.

  • Santa’s Helpers

    This time of year only Santa’s elves at the North Pole are busier than Ginger West and her crew of volunteers at the Family Resource Center.

    By Christmas Eve, the Hernando-based agency will have received, sorted, wrapped and distributed thousands of toys, clothing and blankets and miscellaneous items for about 2,000 kids in need of a Merry Christmas across Citrus County. 

  • Postscript: Peggy Hartman, compassionate and caring

    One night, Larry Hartman and his teenage buddies went to the race track in Inverness, back when it was just a clay track.

    When they got there, the bleachers were packed, so Hartman climbed up over the back to get a seat — next to a girl with beautiful red hair.

    Her name back then was Peggy Carroll, and she lived in Floral City.

    Hartman lived all the way in Hernando.

  • Massullo sworn in to office
  • Hometown pride

    By Gwen Bittner, For the Chronicle

  • EPA recognizes county utilities conservation program

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently honored Citrus County Utilities’ water conservation program with its Promotional Partner of the Year award.

    Citrus County Utilities received the EPA’s 2016 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award as a leader in saving water for future generations. Citrus County Utilities was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference on Oct. 6, for promoting water efficiency and WaterSense in 2015.