Today's News

  • On target

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Duke Energy will mark its one-year anniversary Thursday of the groundbreaking on its $1.5 billion combined-cycle natural gas plant at its Crystal River complex.

    So far, there have been no glitches or delays and it’s full steam ahead for a 2018 debut.

    “The project is tracking on schedule,” said Thom Neal, Duke’s senior project manager. “We’re right at 30 percent complete.”

  • Commission turns down salary study

    INVERNESS — County commissioners on Tuesday said no to spending more than $38,000 on a wage and salary study, saying county managers should be able to recommend adjustments as needed.

    County Administrator Randy Oliver said the $38,500 study was part of a proposed union contract settlement with Teamsters, Chauffeurs and Helpers Local 79. He said union workers agreed to forego a pay reopener in next year’s contract in lieu of the study, which would be completed by September and implemented by March 2018.

  • Security a big priority at gas plant

    While the pipeline project continues to meet resistance from protesters, the gas plant has not had any incidents. 

    Last week, Marion County sheriff’s deputies had to forcibly extract a man and woman who had lodged themselves inside one of the pipes on a construction site parallel to State Road 200 as a show of protest. They were arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail.

  • Former CUB director fearless up to the end

    If you had to describe Jenna Campbell in just three words, her friends and family would unanimously agree she was funny, faithful and fearless.

    “There are so many good memories of her,” said daughter Ali Morrison. “She was the funniest person ever. She would love to embarrass us. She’d pull up at our school, driving a silver convertible, singing.”

    “She was the best mom,” added daughter Olivia Morrison.

  • Academy to get new student plan

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    The Citrus County School Board took to the district dais Tuesday morning to hash out future term allowances and classes offered at the Academy of Environmental Science (AES).

    Board members favored the second of two options presented by Director of Area Schools and Secondary Education David Roland, which will allow for a flexible transition year to ease into new pupil progression plan rules. 

  • It's all about the berries

    With the arrival of March, it’s time to think of juicy red berries celebrated annually at the Floral City Strawberry Festival.

    On Saturday and Sunday, the Floral City Strawberry Festival will host thousands of visitors and sell hundreds of flats of strawberries.

    A variety of foods, live music, arts and crafts and fun will be available at the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event.

  • Crystal River Council agrees to look at new city hall

    The Crystal River City Council took its first step toward getting a new city hall on Monday.

    In a 3-0 vote during the council’s regular meeting, Mayor Jim Farley and council members Mike Gudis and Robert Holmes approved a motion to allow a firm to come up with conceptual designs for city government’s new headquarters.

    Council members Ken Brown and Pat Fitzpatrick were not present.

  • Local sports briefs

    Pirates pick up first district victory

    The Crystal River baseball team traveled south on Tuesday and came home with an 8-5 victory against Weeki Wachee.

  • Pirates top ’Canes in opener, 13-5

    C.J. Risak


  • Expecting big things

    C.J. Risak


    Expect a lot.

    Excitement, competitiveness, close games, and above all, championship- level play.