Today's News

  • A brand new beach

    Hunter Springs Park is back in business.


    Crystal River’s park and freshwater beach will open to the public Saturday after being closed for months while it underwent significant renovation.

  • Vietnam memorial wall in Dunnellon this weekend

    Augie Salzer

    For the Riverland News

    DUNNELLON — In years past, Vietnam veterans were ignored and shown disdain for their service.

    For almost 20 years, the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces fought a battle they could not win and the public blamed them for the fiasco.

    It has taken decades, but Vietnam veterans are finally receiving the honor and respect they deserve.



    Sharon Anderson

    For the Chronicle

    “It’s all back like it was and goin’ again,” Frank Jackson said Tuesday after making the final adjustments to the clock atop the historic courthouse in downtown Inverness. “It should be in good shape for a while.”

  • Obama declares Citrus disaster area

    Help is on the way for residents in coastal Citrus County who weathered the worst flooding in 23 years in Hurricane Hermine’s Sept. 2 storm surge.

    President Barack Obama declared a federal disaster area Wednesday for Citrus and 13 other Florida counties, which will open the door for grants, low-interest loans and other relief for property owners that are still drying out.

  • Good Fella's wins appeals court decision

    A Sumter County garbage hauling company co-owned by Commissioner Scott Adams scored a major victory Thursday in its battle against Citrus County government over where it can dispose of garbage.

    The 5th District Court of Appeal ruled against the county in its attempts to force Good Fella’s Roll-Off and Waste Disposal to dispose of garbage it collects from the Citrus County School District in the Citrus landfill.

  • Prepare for FEMA aid

    Wednesday’s presidential declaration of a federal disaster area and Thursday’s declaration of a business federal disaster mean Citrus County residents and business owners may be eligible for low-interest loans, grants or other federal aid. To prepare for the assistance office opening, officials suggest owners of damaged property gather the following:

    * Important papers, such as documentation of ownership.

    * Receipts of any repairs they may have already had done.

  • Holding court
  • Today the last day to apply for Royal scholarship

    Today is the deadline to apply for the Phil Royal Law Enforcement Academy Community Service Scholarship, which seeks to offer financial assistance to outstanding cadets while perpetuating the legacy of a man who exemplified community service.

  • POSTSCRIPT: Dorothy Cole: Key’s soul dies at 73

    Although Dorothy Jean Cole was not the reason the Key Training Center was founded, she was the reason for her brother, Chet Cole, to pour his life into it.

    After a long illness, Cole’s dearest friend and sister, Dorothy Jean, 73, died Wednesday.

  • Drug bust nets veritable pharmacy

    A Dunnellon man accused Tuesday of having a stockpile of various illegal pills and other drugs in his home faces drug trafficking charges and 14 counts of possessing controlled substances.

    Members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 9909 N. Cherry Lake Drive in Citrus Springs, where they detained 32-year-old homeowner Duane Dylan Starkey and visitor Robert Crosby, 24, according to arrest reports.