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Today's News

  • Eight dead in Gilchrist County murder-suicide

    BELL, Fla. — A man called 911 at the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office in Trenton on Thursday afternoon at about 4 p.m. and indicated he was going to harm himself and others. 

    By the time the first deputy arrived at the home on Northwest 30th and N.W. 39th Terrace, seven people — the man’s daughter and six of his grandchildren, ranging in age from 3 months to 10 years old — were dead inside the home.

  • Vietnam-era chopper pilots drop in on county

    CRYSTAL RIVER — More than 40,000 helicopter pilots served in the Vietnam War, flying close to 12,000 helicopters, of which 5,086 were destroyed. 

    By the end of the war in 1975, more than 2,200 pilots and 2,700 crew members lost their lives.

    This weekend, members of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association of Florida (VHPAF) are meeting for their 22nd annual reunion, this year at the Plantation on Crystal River.

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  • Skin connects man to burglary

    A Floral City man is charged with burglary after a piece of his skin was reportedly found attached to broken glass inside a burglarized residence.

    Allegations of burglary against David Allen Nevills, 55, came after forensic investigation results connected him to the crime, according to his arrest report. 

  • Dawsy pitches fire-service compromise

    Sheriff Jeff Dawsy has made what he calls a compromise offer to the city of Inverness to resolve the impasse over fire services — a one-year stopgap contract worth $490,000 akin to the law enforcement deal the city and agency currently have.

    The offer is about $100,000 less than it would cost the city to participate in the county’s municipal services benefit unit, or MSBU.

  • Murder case ends in mistrial

    A mistrial was declared Thursday after an errant statement by a prosecution witness in the trial of Gregory “Scotty” Holub, charged with second-degree murder in the 2013 death of Deseray Lynn Bowles. 

    With the jury present, a witness under oath stated he knew Holub was a convicted felon, which had not previously come out in testimony or attorney statements.

  • MPO on the road seeking input

    INVERNESS  — Residents returning their books Thursday at Lakes Region Library were met by a lobby display of road maps and some of the people who compiled them.

    Dennis Dix said he was taking his standup act on the road.

  • Charges mounting for Emmanuel

    Another criminal charge will be brought against a fired Citrus County government worker after she turned herself in to the Sumter County Detention Center on Wednesday morning on a Citrus County warrant charge of grand theft.

  • Lifetime on stage holds memories

    INVERNESS — All her life, Gina Musick has been in the right place at the right time.

    A former stand-up comedienne who played all the big hotels in New York and Miami, the Playboy Club in Chicago, cruise ships and the Steve Allen Show, she got her start as an entertainer at 15 when she was on her way home from dancing school.

  • Steering good news our way

    By Dennis Damato

    It is always a pleasure to share my views and experiences in working to save our waters.

    In keeping with this year’s Save Our Waters Week theme of “Florida Springs: A Treasure in Jeopardy,” the opportunity to update our community about an important local springs water quality initiative — the Springs Coast Steering Committee — is very much appreciated.