Today's News

  • Cowboy comes home to Citrus

    Dakota Shipp knows his geography. As a professional team roper, the Texas cowboy competes in 125 to 150 rodeos a year, all over the United States and Canada.

    But one event is special to him — the Citrus Stampede Rodeo.

    Shipp is from Citrus County and learned to ride in Hernando, where he belonged to 4-H.

    He has four sisters, 13 nieces and nephews, his grandmother, an uncle and an aunt living in the area, along with a lot of old-time friends.

  • High-profile murder cases to resume in new year

    Defendants in three of the murder cases moving through the county legal system were represented in court Thursday.

    * Benjamin Robert Dick, 24, facing first-degree murder charges in the strangulation death of his mother, Jennifer Brooks, 42, was in court via video hookup. He was informed prosecution will be taking dental impressions, a noninvasive procedure, which will be filmed by his defense.

  • A year of hell in Auschwitz

    INVERNESS — It’s one thing to learn about history in a book. It’s another to listen to a first-hand account.

    On Thursday, the eighth-grade students of teachers Steffanie Grotz and Lauren Fenech at Inverness Middle School listened to Holocaust survivor Gene Klein, a Hungarian Jew, tell his story of surviving slave labor in Nazi concentration camps when he was a teenage boy. 

  • Story of Thanksgiving, kindergarten style
  • Educators cringe over new state tests

    Current school testing standards have educators and parents longing for the FCAT days.

    And they hated the FCAT days.

    Citrus County and school districts across the state have passed resolutions calling for the governor, the Department of Education and the Legislature to put a halt to this year’s round of standardized tests.

  • New BOCC chairman wants to raise staff productivity

    Newly minted chairman of the county commission Scott Adams shared some of his philosophies about governance and what he expects to accomplish during his tenure at the helm.

    First, he wants to get word out there that he expects 

    productivity, lots of it. And, he is focused on reorganizing some elements of the government such as the legal department to get what he calls more bang for the buck for the taxpayers.

  • Jobless rate declines

    The Citrus-Levy-Marion regional jobless rate in October dropped to 6.9 percent, down 0.2 of a percentage point over the month and down 0.8 percent compared to October 2013. The unemployment rate, released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, is the lowest for the region since May 2008 when it was 6.7 percent. 

    There were 13,991 unemployed in the region, 509 fewer than 201,953 in September, out of a labor force of 203,147, according to CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion.

  • County briefs 11/22/14

    Two sites for food giveaways

    The annual Thanksgiving Feeding Alliance holiday food giveaway will offer two distribution sites today, but only one is available for those who haven’t preregistered.

  • For the record 11/22/2014

    Domestic battery arrest

    * Charlie Jones Jr., 20, of Hernando, at 1:01 p.m. Nov. 17 on an active warrant for felony domestic battery by strangulation. He was also charged with felony violation of probation.


  • Sikorski's Attic 11/23/14: Clock may be worth its weight in bronze, or not

    Dear John: Can you check to see the age and value of this clock made by C. Valton? I would like to sell it if it is worth anything.

    Enclosed are pictures of the clock. The plaque on the front says “Chiens St Hubert.” On the back is a round circle saying “Made in Paris.”