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Today's News

  • Workers prepare for strawberry fest

    It’ll be a Chamber of Commerce weekend in Floral City this weekend — literally, as the Citrus County Chamber hosts the 28th annual Floral City Strawberry Festival in Floral Park.

    The festival — featuring pageants, live entertainment, an abundance of arts and crafts, exhibits, fun for kids and a dizzying array of foods — runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • Attorney: Bar Carnahan from trash talk

    A county commissioner with ties to a garbage hauler is being asked to step aside from voting on matters that may affect his business interests.

    Scott Adams? Not this time.

    An attorney for Good Fella’s Roll Off and Disposal Inc. said he will ask the Florida Ethics Commission to ban Commissioner Scott Carnahan from participating in decisions about the future of garbage disposal because he has a business relationship with Good Fella’s competitor, FDS Disposal Inc.

  • Inverness man found guilty in shooting

    Marshall Smith Sr. was found guilty on a single felony charge for his role in a 2013 Inverness shootout that left him seriously injured.

    On Wednesday a jury found Smith Sr., 54, of Inverness, guilty of shooting at or into a dwelling. He was not found guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm.

  • Tussle with police, pot and pills land father in jail

    A Homosassa man is accused of giving a deputy a black eye, and it took five additional deputies to finally subdue the combative man.

    Besides facing charges of resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer, Christopher Porcelli, 31, also faces drug charges including possession of a controlled substance (pills). His bond is $20,000.

  • Former Chronicle editor dies in Virginia

    Although Sheila (Jones) Gregory was only a part of the Chronicle for a few years in the early 1970s, she left her mark on the paper.

    Sheila Gregory died Feb. 25 in Virginia, where she was a longtime resident.

  • Clarification

    Three front-page Citrus County Chronicle stories in 2013 and 2014 regarding the County Road 491 widening/medical corridor project may have led readers to believe that all county payments for the project were given directly to attorney Fred Busack. In fact, according to invoices provided by the Citrus County clerk of court, checks from the county were written to the law firm Pennington, Moore, Wilkenson, Bell & Dunbar or to Pennington P.A. specifically:

  • Officials give proposed U.S. 19 trail top ranking

    LECANTO — The possibility of a multi-use trail along U.S. 19 from U.S. 98 to West Cardinal Street moved closer to reality Wednesday after transportation officials ranked it No. 1 out of 41 proposed projects.

  • Ebola challenges up for discussion

    A panel discussion addressing concerns about the deadly Ebola virus is slated for 12:30 to 2 p.m., March 5, at College of Central Florida’s Ocala campus in Room 107 Ewers Century Center.

    An informal meet-and-greet will follow in Room 101 from 2  to 2:45 pm.

  • Search warrant leads to meth arrests

    A search of a house in the Homosassa area resulted in the arrest of three people on various drug charges.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team members executing a search warrant in the early morning hours on Wednesday at 4109 S. Skylark Terrace detained three people while questioning them about the warrant.

    According to the arrest reports, Bamela Roddenberry, 39, was found inside a shed next to the house with a child.

  • Inverness man charged with animal cruelty

    An Inverness man is facing a felony animal cruelty charge after reportedly admitting to beating his dog as punishment for going to the bathroom inside his house.

    Kanin Robert Grant, 28, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on cruelty charges for causing pain and suffering of an animal.