Today's News

  • Love, loss, learning


    Andrew Caplan

    Staff writer

    Marlise Bushman spent the majority of her life in school. It was her safe haven.

    But in 2013, she decided it was time to retire and walk away as the principal of Inverness Primary School.

  • Man, 52, accused of molesting preteen

    A 52-year-old man from Floral City is facing a slew of charges after accusations of sexual abuse were made by the 11-year-old he is alleged to have victimized.

    Those accusations against Richard Edward Bridges were brought to the attention of Citrus County Sheriff’s Office investigators on Aug. 29, when the youth told authorities Bridges had exposed himself two days prior, according to Bridges’ arrest report.

  • Twelve more years

    It was always in Scotty Roush’s mind that he’d be back from retirement to serve Citrus County again in a profession he’s loved for 30 years.

    “I just wasn’t ready to quit, to stop,” Roush said. “This is my love and I enjoy it to this day.”

  • 21-year-old accused of raping teen

    A 21-year-old man was arrested Thursday on a charge of sexual battery against a helpless person after being accused of raping a 16-year-old.

    John Waylon Holdren II, of Lecanto, was arrested after the victim and the victim’s family members met with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office investigators on Thursday and accused him of the crime, Holdren’s arrest report states.

  • Board backs helicopter landing in Homosassa

    LECANTO — Diane Toto walked right up to John “Hi” Sierra and offered congratulations.

    “He won this round,” she later said.

    Sierra, a Tampa developer, received a 5-1 vote Thursday from the Citrus County Planning and Development Commission to use his Mason Creek property for helicopter landings and take-offs.

  • CMH cutting services

    INVERNESS — Citrus Memorial Hospital will close its four-bed pediatric unit and will discontinue other services throughout Citrus County starting Sept. 30, CMH Chief 

    Executive Officer Ralph Aleman announced Thursday.

    Aleman said there will no longer be diagnostic imaging services in Lecanto and Homosassa. The rehabilitation services in Beverly Hills and Citrus Springs will also close. 

  • CCSO assists in Sumter County raid

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted in a major drug bust by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday near the county line which resulted in the arrest of two people on numerous drug and firearm charges.

  • No-wake zones expanded in Withlacoochee

    Another no-wake zone was posted Thursday morning for another portion of the Withlacoochee River due to high water levels.

    This portion is from mile marker 24 to mile marker 30, near the Camp Izzard Boat Ramp, which covers 6 miles of the river, according to a county news release.

    The no-wake zone will be in effect until water levels drop below 6 feet.

  • For the record 09/04/2015

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

    DUI arrest

  • County briefs 9/4/15

    Mattress Firm heads to Crystal River

    A Mattress Firm store is being constructed in a Crystal River shopping plaza off of the U.S. 19.