Local News

  • Monday Conversation: Matt Brannen

    Certain names in Citrus County carry historic significance: Rooks, Croft, VanNess — and Brannen.

    In 1926, George H. Brannen Sr. established the first Brannen Bank in Homosassa (the Bank of Homosassa), and then moved it — actually put the building on a trailer and moved it to Inverness in 1929. Renamed the Bank of Inverness, it was the only bank in Citrus County to survive the economic crash of 1929 and the Great Depression.  

  • Music at the mall
  • State renews license for builder who left customers in ruin

    Duane Ready wonders whether his nightmare with Gold Crest Homes will ever end.

    Already out at least $40,000 in double payments on the Crystal River home that Gold Crest was building for his wife and him, Ready thought he was doing the right thing by sending in a formal complaint to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which oversees contractors in Florida.

  • Stake a claim

    The tan serpentine fencing that hugs the contours of a stretch of County Road 486 near the entrances to the community of Pine Ridge is coming down.

    County officials acknowledge they received word from the Pine Ridge Property Owners Association to remove the fencing.

    “We are looking at various ways to use the material after it is removed,” said Larry Brock, the county’s interim public works director, noting just when it will be removed is yet to be determined.

  • Company utilizes traffic trackers

    TAMPA — Unsuspecting motorists are gathering information to aid decisions for future road planning.

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS), in-car mobile services and mobile phone apps provide data about traffic conditions and travel time. A global mapper of traffic, a company called INRIX, analyzes this data to help transportation agencies find solutions for such problems as roads that are congested or bottlenecked, in addition to road planning. 

  • Cross carving will make church complete

    FLORAL CITY — You can’t miss Bernie Schank’s house on Duval Island in Floral City.

    A big grizzly bear greets you at the corner of his street and an alligator or two, a totem pole and assorted wooden fish and wildlife carved from local trees welcome you into Schank’s home/workshop.

  • CCHB: No taxes now or ever

    * The final CCHB budget public hearing is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Citrus County Courthouse.

    INVERNESS — The Citrus County Hospital Board is in agreement that the transaction with Hospital Corporation of America will be smooth and without additional costs.

  • County commissioners set tentative budget, millage rate

    INVERNESS — The Board of County Commissioners has set the tentative budget and millage rates for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

    And, in what appears to be a sign of belt-tightening, officials were able to shave off about $700,000 — or 0.0885 of a mill — from the original proposed budget and millage rates.

  • Judge sends drug dealer to prison

    Dwann McCray, described as the No. 2 dealer in the local cocaine trade, was sentenced to prison Friday.

    During a lengthy hearing, Judge Richard Howard heard from witnesses including law enforcement officers and McCray’s girlfriend, in court with their infant.

    McCray also made a statement on his own behalf.

  • County briefs 9/13/14

    ­Lyngbya cleanup scheduled Sept. 20

    The Rotary Club of Homosassa Springs is looking for volunteers for its next Lyngbya cleanup at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Fishbowl Drive entrance, from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept 20. 

    For more information, call Tom Feeney at 352-201-2520. Volunteers only need to bring water shoes, as everything else will be supplied.