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Today's News

  • Adams to Kenney: I'll block your job

    INVERNESS — County Commissioner Scott Adams is overheard in a recorded conversation saying he would “talk to the senator” to block a potential job for Commissioner John “JJ” Kenney.

    The conversation between Adams and Kenney occurred just prior to Thursday morning’s Port Authority meeting at the county courthouse. The county commission sits as the port authority.

  • Full speed ahead for Port Authority

    INVERNESS — The Citrus County Port Authority went ahead Thursday and picked a new interim port director and a matchmaker to arrange to bring potential private operators and capital to a proposed boat ramp and marina at the Cross Florida Barge Canal.

    Meanwhile, a surprise visitor to the authority’s meeting offered to lend a hand to the board amid strong opposition from County Commissioner Scott Adams, who pressed on to have the port authority disbanded. County commissioners serve as the port authority.

  • Her tunes on iTunes

    CRYSTAL RIVER — At only 27 years old, she is singing her way to stardom — all for the glory of God.

    “The heart behind what I sing is for me to please the Lord in everything I do,” said Megan Vino. “Through the songs I hope that they get to know him better.”

    After a two-and-a-half-year process, the 2005 Lecanto High School graduate’s dreams came true Tuesday — her birthday — with the release of her new music video and debut extended play (EP) album on iTunes.

  • Mother breaks into daughter’s house

    BEVERLY HILLS — A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputy responded to a burglary call last Friday night from a Beverly Hills woman who just returned from visiting her sick newborn in a Tampa hospital.

    Since early last week until the report was lodged last Friday, the mother of the critically ill infant had been away at the Tampa hospital while, at some point, her house in Beverly Hills was burglarized, allegedly by her own mother.

  • Law enforcement busts another grow house

    CITRUS SPRINGS — Officials from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) secured a search warrant for a Citrus Springs house Thursday morning, revealing a two-room marijuana grow operation.

    Authorities arrived to an unanswered door on North Maltese Drive at approximately 10 a.m. to find a back room containing mature cannabis plants and a separate building with younger, smaller plants, according to Sgt. Ed Blair, who led the CCSO Tactical Impact Unit.

  • City brainstorms solutions to overcrowding on the water

    CRYSTAL RIVER — On Wednesday evening, the topic for Crystal River City Council members was tourism and its impacts on residents, parks, boat ramps and parking lots.

    “These are very important topics,” Vice Mayor Ken Brown said about tourist overcrowding.

    The discussion began with possible solutions to ease congestion at boat ramps and kayak/canoe launches, particularly at Hunter Springs Park, King’s Bay Park and Three Sisters Springs.

  • Charity lights up troops’ lives

    HOMOSASSA — Thousands of donated cigars from across the nation and beyond are on the table of the Allan family each day, ready to be packed and addressed to servicemen and -women overseas.

    Since the start of the charitable initiative in 2012, U.S. Army veteran Robert Allan and his family have volunteered with the organization Operation: Cigars for Warriors, mailing more than 180,000 cigars to troops in the Middle East, to Navy warships and long-term engagement warzones from their home.

  • Winds of change howling

    Hit the road, medical corridor.

    You’re sunk, Port Citrus.

    Those and other projects on the county commission’s “A” list may be headed for an early retirement following Tuesday’s primary, where Scott Carnahan was elected in one race and Ron Kitchen won the Republican primary in another.

  • Tri-city fire plan discussed

    INVERNESS — With the clock ticking on the city of Inverness deciding on a fire services plan, City Manager Frank DiGiovanni told the Chronicle editorial board Wednesday about a tri-city approach, partnering with the cities of Crystal River and Dunnellon.

  • Orioles beat Rays 5-4 to stretch lead in AL East

    BALTIMORE — J.J. Hardy singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Thursday night to lengthen their lead in the AL East.

    Steve Pearce homered for the Orioles, who took three of four from the sinking Rays. The victory, combined with the Yankees’ loss to Detroit, put Baltimore seven games ahead of New York with 30 games remaining.