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Today's News

  • Let's go to band camp!

    As the first day of school approaches, local high school band students are enduring the grueling heat and long hours of the annual intense training known as band camp.

    From incoming freshmen to veteran juniors and seniors, the common denominator is learning to play an instrument while marching in formation and doing some fancy footwork while not crashing into the people next to you.

  • Teen drowns while dive-fishing with friends

    A Hernando teen and 2014 Citrus High School graduate is believed to have drowned Tuesday afternoon following an apparent spear-fishing diving accident.

    According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Cody Bilbrey-Nickless, 17, of East Olive Lane, went diving with friends approximately 17 miles off the coast of Hernando County.

    Bilbrey-Nickless reportedly dove into the gulf waters, but failed to resurface. 

  • Stay safe on the water

    With the scallop season in full swing and summer recreational boating at its peak, Citrus County boaters are being cautioned about how to make their experiences safe and injury free.

    On July 14 alone, two boating mishaps occurred within hours of each other in county waterways.

    At 1:08 p.m. that day, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene of a boating accident at Shell Island in Crystal River, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report.

  • Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks

    PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Haris Suleman knew that flying around the world carried risks. But like adventurers before him, the 17-year-old pilot from Indiana also believed dreams aren't achieved without taking chances.

  • Surveys explore U-boat, oil spill impact

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.

  • Adams associate backs ads targeting Webb, Kenney

    Charlie Strange wants Winn Webb and John “JJ” Kenney to get out of town.

    He said so in TV and radio ads, plus mail pieces sent to Citrus County voters.

    The ads paint Webb and Kenney as darlings of development who support higher taxes and wasteful government spending.

  • Thorpe presents final budget to commission

    INVERNESS — Submitting his final county budget on Wednesday, County Administrator Brad Thorpe looked back on building teamwork and surviving last year’s budget storm. 

    “This year was a turnaround for Citrus County,” Thorpe said. “The worst is over. We now have a predictable base from which to forecast our budget.”

  • Teens top anglers

    It’s not every day that Citrus County produces world champions. This past weekend, two were crowned.

    Brandon Branch, 18, and Hunter McPherson, 17, representing the Eagle High 4-H Club, returned home with the title of 2014 High School Fishing World Finals champions. The two survived four days of bass-fishing competition against other top high school teams, ultimately coming out on top during the event, held July 16 through 19.

  • Crowding at springs still an issue

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Last December, a working group tasked to come up with solutions for the overcrowding issue at the water entrance to Three Sisters Springs presented its recommendations to the city council.

    Eight months later, only two elements of the group’s eight-point plan have been embraced.

  • Plenty of fun events to fill your weekend

    A summer splashing fun weekend and clowning around is sure to keep you in a good mood when Monday morning rolls around.

    - The 2014 Citrus County Library System will have its final celebration for summer readers from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday. Families are invited to The Franzini Family Science Circus at Curtis Peterson Auditorium, 3810 W. Educational Path, Lecanto. Admission is free.