Local News

  • Gulf to Lake Church holds group baptism
  • Playground run down

    Crystal River is looking to replace a popular city playground that’s getting close to the end of its lifespan.

    City staff has been maintaining the wooden Creative Community Playground since it was built with the help of various community organizations and others roughly 25 years. Located behind City Hall, signs of old age are showing, City Manager Dave Burnell said of the playground.

  • Elections office clarifies info request

    Editor’s note: The following is Florida’s response to the request for voter information by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, according to a news release from the Citrus County Supervisor of Elections Office.

    Special to the Chronicle

  • ‘Grant money’ scam reported

    Lee Alexander

    Seniors vs. Crime

    With the holiday and other events taking place, the past week has been extremely busy at the Seniors vs. Crime office, with everything packed into just a few days. Some interesting issues have come up that I would like to share with everyone.

  • Key Center honors Craig Stevens

    Craig Stevens runs for people like Danny.

    Danny is a client of the Key Training Center who works with Deputy Fire Chief Stevens, shredding papers and maintaining the store room.

    From watching Danny work, Stevens said he has seen how he and other developmentally disabled individuals work harder, put forth more effort and serve with more heart than many people without disabilities.

  • Lighting causes massive Floral City fire

    A lightning strike ignited a massive fire Saturday afternoon in a Floral City wetland.

    From 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., firefighters with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue and Florida Forestry Service — the lead agency — were dispatched to a swamp near East Cod Drive, located northeast of Floral City, according to forestry spokeswoman Judith Tear.

    No structures were in danger, but the fire grew to 150 acres as of Saturday evening.

  • Once-a-week water rule could become permanent

    Back in 2011, Citrus County was hit with a $239,000 fine for repeated water-consumption permit violations in Sugarmill Woods.

    Rather than collect on the fine, the Southwest Florida Water Management District allowed the county to hire a staff of people to urge water conservation, issue fines against water-use violators and educate the public on Florida-friendly landscaping.

    Six years later, the county and Sugarmill are back in the same boat.

  • Hernando man discovers game-changing Earhart photo

    Amelia Earhart had already achieved recognition as the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean when, five years later in 1937 at age 39, she and navigator Fred Noonan attempted to circumnavigate the globe in a twin-engine Lockheed Model 10-E Electra.

    On July 2, 1937, her plane went down somewhere over the Pacific, and for the past 80 years, people have been speculating about what may have happened to her.

  • Despite challenges, Key Training Center embraces its future through innovation

    On any given week day when the six residents of Setlowe Haven get home from their jobs, you can find them on the couch watching “Reba,” their favorite TV show.

    They range in age from 30 to 58.

    Jessica Hahr, 30, works at the Key Center workshop and she likes to dance.

    Alexis Councill, 31, also works in the workshop. She likes to go on dates with her boyfriend, Aaron, to dinner at Outback Steakhouse and then to see a movie.

  • Keeping the legacy alive

    The hardest day for Melissa Walker was that Monday in April, the day after Chet Cole died.