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Today's News

  • Crystal River grads move on

    CRYSTAL RIVER — After waiting two extra days, more than 300 Crystal River High School Pirates took their maiden voyage into the unknown — adulthood.

    Family and friends gathered under a powder blue sky Friday evening to watch members of the Class of 2017 walk up to receive their diplomas — marking the 47th commencement ceremony for the school.

  • Cops confiscate pounds of pot

    An Inverness man was swept up in a drug bust early Thursday morning, accused of harboring several pounds of high-grade marijuana.

    Members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit raided the home at 7158 E. Anella Court, where they detained resident, 21-year-old Kolyn Preston Moss, according to Moss’ arrest report.

  • Woman charged with animal cruelty

    An Inverness woman was accused Thursday of neglecting her dog, which police found covered in feces and and malnourished.

    A Citrus County sheriff’s deputy and animal control officer responded to the home of 45-year-old Valerie Lyn Camasi, where they found a dog on the porch, lying in excrement, with no access to food or water, according to Camasi’s arrest report.

  • Rock the Park
  • TaxWatch slaps ‘turkey’ label on Homosassa park funding

    Roger Cullen had never heard of Florida TaxWatch until Friday and now he wishes it didn’t exist at all.

    Money in the state budget to buy property for a waterfront park and museum in Old Homosassa is included on the TaxWatch Budget Turkey Watch Report that was released Friday.

    The organization identified as budget turkeys 111 projects totaling $177.8 million. Included in that list is $850,000 for the Homosassa River Heritage 

    Park land acquisition.

  • Weekly roundup: Ripple effect

    Brandon Larrabee

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — The end of the legislative session each spring is rarely the end of the story. The ripples from the fall of the final gavel keep traveling for weeks, either in the form of bills that make their way to the governor’s desk, or things left undone.

  • Lack of rain reason for elevated restrictions

    Despite the coastal areas’ recent brush with some flooding, drought conditions continue to persist.

    This news also means that the tighter water restrictions imposed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) will perhaps stay in place for the forseable future.

    On Tuesday, the SWFWMD governing board voted to increase water restrictions throughout the district’s 16-county region. 

  • Local briefs for 5/27/17

    Wallis replaces Ressler 

    on board

    Dr. Jeff Wallis will replace Debbie Ressler as the Citrus County Hospital Board’s representative on the Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation board.

    Wallis, who begins his new assignment June 1, has been a member of the CCCCF board since its beginning and has served as the representative from the Citrus County Medical Society. That society will select another person to represent it on the CCCCF.

  • For the record 05/27/2017

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

    DUI arrest

  • Wreath-laying ceremony honors two Fallen Heroes

    Right after 9/11, the now-late civic activist Pete DeRosa had a vision to create a monument that would honor the fallen 

    heroes from Citrus County who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States.

    In 2003, the Citrus County Fallen Heroes Monument was built and dedicated at Bicentennial Park in Crystal River, a monolith of black granite inscribed with the names of deceased veterans, dating back to the Civil War.