Today's News

  • Piano comforts his soul

    HERNANDO — When Roland “Ronnie” Smith sits down at the piano, it is well with his soul.

     A career church musician, he now has stage 4 cancer and dementia with all the confusion and memory loss that brings.

    But when he’s at the keyboard, he’s transported. He is back in the grand cathedrals and tiny chapels, playing for Presbyterians and Anglicans, playing a grand piano, playing an even grander pipe organ.

  • Cheers for chief as Thorpe says goodbye

    LECANTO — Beach balls and breakfast adorned the long table in the upstairs board room Wednesday morning at Lecanto Government Center for staff to give the county administrator a festive send-off.

    Before reporting to their desks and meetings, employees had a last coffee and doughnut with Brad Thorpe, who retires Friday from serving the county in several positions, elected and appointed, since 1992.

  • Young minds put to ease

    Teachers return to work today in preparation for the roughly 14,000 Citrus County School District students who will be walking in for the first day of school next week.

    On Wednesday, Aug. 6, the 2014-15 school year begins and the big first-day transition for many soon-to-be freshmen can be daunting. 

    As with most typical first days of school, buses may well run late, children will show up unannounced and traffic likely will be tied up.

    But to a high school freshman, that is the least of his or her worries.

  • Four arrested at alleged drug house

    Four people were taken into custody early Wednesday morning following a raid involving multiple law enforcement agencies.

    At 5:40 a.m., authorities served a search warrant at 1093 N. Bearmount Terrace near Crystal River and 

    arrested Dwight Taylor, Robert Bryant, Adriane Wilson and Cheri Crouch.

    Taylor is charged with possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


    1974 — Brad Thorpe, who spent his childhood in St. Petersburg, graduates from Florida State University — where he had a scholarship in track and field — with a bachelor of science degree in criminology.

    1974 to 1977 — After moving to Fort Collins, Colorado, Thorpe becomes a police officer.

  • Weekends in the area are getting busier

    This Friday, Saturday and Sunday will bring a mix of free family-friendly events that welcome scallop lovers, give back to the community and provide music to the ears.

    - There will be a free street party from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the corner of Pine Avenue and Old Main Street — next to Coach’s Pub and Eatery. It’s the return of the Pine Street Jam.  Back by popular demand, it’s the music of Jimmy Buffett with the band The Caribbean Chillers. 

  • For the record 7/31/2014

    Domestic battery arrest

    * Amy Derry, 56, of Crystal River, at 9:01 p.m. July 29 on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. 

    Other arrests

  • Centenarian gets honorary high school diploma

    EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island centenarian has received something she'd wanted for more than eight decades: her high school diploma.

  • Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors

    BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles.

    The ornate design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online.

  • Chickens share backyards and pests with dogs, cats

    SUE MANNING, Associated Press