Today's News

  • On the hunt for a deal

    Andrew Caplan

    Staff writer

    Twenty dollars can go a long way at a flea market.

    With it, a shopper can buy new jeans, toys for their child, chairs for their kitchen table, fresh fruit and even a husband.

    A spouse, however, may be more of an investment than a bargain, depending on who you ask. But for Dolores Foster, it was a deal worth a lifetime.

  • Weather, health scare slows scallop season for some

    This month, state health officials confirmed two cases of people infected with the potentially dangerous vibrio vulnificus bacterium in Citrus County, one of which resulted in death.

    Mara Burger, press secretary for the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), said in both cases, the victims were exposed to saltwater. But that is all Burger is saying. 

    Citing state confidentiality laws, Burger would not release names, places, dates or specifics. 

  • Welcome to the Welcome Center

    The Thursday grand opening celebration of the Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau’s new 9,000-square-foot Welcome Center on U.S. 19 in Crystal River was well attended, drawing well over 100 people. The Welcome Center is the new home of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, the Tourist Development Council and the Economic Development Authority, in addition to serving as a gathering place for visitors to the county.

  • CRMS offers Summer Fitness Program
  • Missing man found safe in Marion County

    Daryl Christopher Cihlar, the endangered man reported missing Tuesday, was found safe on Friday.

    Detective Charlie Beetow with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said a hot, hungry and a somewhat dehydrated Cihlar was found a little after noon walking down West Dunnellon Road in Marion County.

    “He was fine,” Beetow said about the 28-year-old’s condition, before saying he would be reunited with his family in Inverness.

  • Solar energy comments under review

    A request from the Public Service Commission staff for comments on solar energy in Florida attracted 145 responses, including comments from residents, environmental groups, counties, cities, political groups, utilities and a state agency.

    Participants were asked to address a series of questions on specific aspects of solar energy and suggest policies or programs that could promote the development and deployment of solar energy systems in Florida.

  • Points matter this week at Speedway

    Non-winged Sprints and Open Wheel Modifieds return to the Citrus County Speedway tonight, headlining a racing card that includes Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pro Hornets, and the vintage racers of the Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association (DAARA).

    The races, which begin with heat events at 6 p.m., will count toward the track’s point season standings.

  • Dewees, Humphreys have impact

    Donnie Dewees notched a two-run home run in the third inning and drove in another run with a double in the seventh to help lift his Eugene Emeralds to a 6-4 victory over the Spokane Indians on Thursday. Dewees, a 2012 Crystal River High School graduate who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the second round in this year’s MLB draft, recorded multiple extra-base hits in a game for the first time since joining the minor league ranks, while also adding a pair of runs scored.

  • Sox edge Rays

    BOSTON — The Red Sox held onto Mike Napoli at the trading deadline, and he responded a few hours later with a two-run homer off the top of the Green Monster that led Boston over the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 on Friday night.

  • Split over fire services bodes ill for future

    THE ISSUE: County and city fire agreement.

    OUR OPINION: No simple solution available.

    The tussle between county officials and Inverness over fire tax dollars and an interlocal agreement is akin to a bad divorce — no one will walk away feeling good about the split.