Today's News

  • King’s Bay plan optimistic

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Water quality is the main issue behind the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for King’s Bay and its associated springs. 

    And with low numeric goals to achieve toward reducing pollution, improvements could come quickly.

    Florida Department of Environment Protection (DEP) and Southwest Florida Water Management District representatives held a public meeting Tuesday to introduce the BMAP process.

  • Casual chat, or handshake deal?

    INVERNESS — They were in the same coffee shop having the same conversation about Whispering Pines Park funding.

    Apparently, however, county commission Chairman John “JJ” Kenney and Inverness Mayor Bob Plaisted weren’t on the same page.

    Kenney announced at the end of Tuesday’s county commission meeting that he met with Plaisted and the two came to a tentative agreement on county funding of city “cultural and recreational programs.”

  • Board considers outsourcing for school

    The future of at-risk students in Citrus County is being considered, as educational leaders explore outsourcing the school district’s current program that caters to those with alternative needs.

  • School district honored for patriotism

    INVERNESS — Citrus County School District is famous for its academic competitiveness statewide and now is acknowledged patriotically nationwide.

    On Tuesday, Citrus County School Board members approved the Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Department of Florida Military Order of the Purple Heart’s invitation to become the first Purple Heart School District in the nation.

  • For the record 4/24/2014

    DUI arrest

    * Michael Pierce Sr., 50, of East Arbor Street, Inverness, at 1:04 a.m. April 23 on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. According to his arrest affidavit, Pierce was pulled over for failing to maintain a single lane of traffic and running a stop sign. He was asked to perform field sobriety tests and did poorly. Pierce refused breath testing to measure his blood alcohol level. Bond $500.

    Domestic battery arrests

  • Fishing report: Tarpon time getting near

    Capt. Rick Burns

    Our resident year-round trout and reds will still be obliging barring poor weather. I and other guides had several trips during April, getting our limits of the fine-eating saltwater speckled sea trout.

  • NFL releases 2014 schedules

    NEW YORK — Mike McCarthy promises there won’t be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle.

    The last time Green Bay visited CenturyLink Field was in Week 3 of the 2012 season, a 14-12 Seahawks victory clinched on what now is often dubbed the “Fail Mary.” Russell Wilson’s desperation pass on the final play was called a touchdown reception for Golden Tate by the replacement officials.

  • Citrus rallies past host Dunnellon for 8-3 victory

    Steve McGunnigle

    DUNNELLON — The Citrus baseball team defeated Dunnellon for a third and final time this year, as the top-seeded Hurricanes beat the District 5A-6 tournament host Tigers 8-3 Wednesday night from Mike Payne Field.

    Nursing an early 2-0 lead, Citrus (14-11, 6-1), watched No. 4 seed Dunnellon take advantage of Hurricane errors in a three-run fifth inning to claim a 3-2 edge.

  • Lecanto pulls away late to send CR home

    DUNNELLON — In stark contrast to Lecanto’s regular-season loss to Crystal River, which found the Panthers bringing home two of its 15 base runners, the LHS baseball club used its opportunities to the fullest in Wednesday’s district tournament opener at Mike Payne Field in Dunnellon. The No. 3 seed Panthers converted nine base runners — and just five hits — into six runs to best the second-seeded Pirates 6-2, and advance to Friday’s 5A-6 district championship game to face No. 1 Citrus.

  • When it comes to reds, don't be yellow

    Today we finish our grape overview and glance at some of the important red wines on shelves. But first, a question: How does red wine gets its color if the crushed juice of every red grape is neutral?* 

    Red wine is all about skin: Show a lot of skin during fermentation and you get red wine, a little bit of skin and you produce rosé; no skin results in white. In fact, most golden-colored Champagne is made from red grapes.