Today's News

  • Cables tie up roadwork

    A collection of cable pipes is the culprit behind the delay of a road project at a busy Inverness intersection.

    Contracted by the Florida Department of Transportation, Pave-Rite Inc. has worked since September 2015 to put in new stormwater drainage pipes along the north side of State Road 44 between Apopka Avenue and Grace Street.

    Pave-Rite, a Lecanto-based company, will also repave S.R. 44 from Cherry Avenue to Highland Boulevard.

  • Carnahan: Ease up on pot possession

    A Citrus County commissioner is recommending an ordinance that would reduce the severity of possessing small quantities of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a civil citation similar to a traffic ticket.

    Commissioner Scott Carnahan’s idea for an ordinance would leave it up to the arresting deputy whether to charge someone with a misdemeanor, punishable by a jail sentence, or a citation that generally garners only a fine.

  • Progress continues
  • Meek accepted to leadership program

    United Way of Citrus County Executive Director Amy Meek is one of 15 United Way leaders to be accepted into the 2016 Executive Leadership Development Program.

  • Candidates gear up for New Hampshire primary

    SALEM, N.H. — Eyeing their first wins in a capricious campaign, Republican Donald Trump lashed out at his opponents Monday while Democrat Bernie Sanders sought to play it safe on the eve of the nation’s initial primary. GOP contenders vying for second and third saw fresh hopes for survival after New Hampshire as both parties settled in for a drawn-out slog to the nomination.

  • Police searching for missing woman

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for help finding a missing woman.

    Alicia Markee, 31, was reported missing on Jan. 14, according to the sheriff’s office.

    Markee is described as a white woman, 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds. She has blonde hair, blue eyes, tattoos of stars on her feet and other tattoos on her chest and wrist.

  • Police seeking missing man

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for help finding a missing man.

    Christopher George Davis, 39, last spoke to his family in September, but was not reported missing until Monday, according to the sheriff’s office.

    Davis is described as a white man, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. 

  • Super Bowl excitement
  • New career for longtime sheriff’s captain: Retirement

    Joe Eckstein got his first taste of retirement when he looked at his cellphone a few nights ago.

    There wasn’t hundreds of text messages, calls, emails, weather and hurricane alerts — notifications he typically received while serving as Citrus County’s Emergency Management director.

  • Final showdown

    C.J. Risak


    When preparing for an opponent, particularly in the state tournament when the stakes are so high, one gathers as much information as possible to properly plan a course of action, then includes potential alternative strategies in case they’re needed.

    Very little of that will be of use Tuesday night, however — for the simple reason the opponents know each other far too well.