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Today's News

  • Manatee mortality a concern

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Nine manatees have perished in Citrus County since the beginning of 2014, the latest coming just two days ago — a stillborn infant found floating near Yankeetown.

    So far, sea cow mortality in the county ranks fourth statewide, outpaced only by Brevard County (30 deaths), Lee County (17) and Miami-Dade (10).

  • CR picks new manager

    CRYSTAL RIVER — City officials voted for continuity Monday by designating the city’s public works director as the next city manager.

    The city council voted unanimously to authorize retiring City Manager Andy Houston to begin contract talks with Dave Burnell, the public works director for the past three and a half years.

    Houston, who turns 63 in July, announced his retirement March 31 after eight years at the helm. His last day is July 18.

  • Hearing to decide if hospice can grow

    A state hearing will be held in July to determine if Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast (HOCC) can expand its services into Hernando County.

    The expansion would focus on pediatrics, minority populations and institutional care, according to the application. 

  • Kenney cleared to vote in stub-out issue

    County Commission Chairman John “JJ” Kenney does not have a conflict of interest and should vote in the case of a Sugarmill Woods community hoping to close the Oak Village Boulevard stub-out.

    Kenney received a letter Monday from C. Christopher Anderson III, general counsel of the Florida Commission on Ethics, saying Kenney’s vote for or against vacating the stub-out from public ownership would not provide him a “special” financial gain or loss.

  • Carrying the torch

    Runners from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, firefighters and recruits from Withlacoochee Technical Institute participate Tuesday morning in the Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics Florida.

  • Libraries expand horizons for young and old

    Editor’s note: This is National Library Week. Our local Citrus County Library System offers so much more than just books. Each day this week we are telling you about one of the many great things you can do at the library.


    No one is too young or too old to begin learning. 

    The library has something for every age and stage of life, including basic classes for adults who have never learned to read.

  • For the record 4/16/2014

    DUI arrest

    * Donald Barthelmes, 60, of West Palmetto Street, Homosassa, at 11 p.m. April 12 on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and driving an unregistered vehicle. According to his arrest affidavit, Barthelmes was involved in a crash on West Yulee Drive in Homosassa. He was asked to perform field sobriety tests and declined. Barthelmes also refused Breathalyzer testing to measure his blood alcohol level. Bond $750.

  • 292 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

    HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press
    YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press

  • Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane

    MARGIE MASON, Associated Press

  • Local tennis players receive state draws

    A trio of area high school tennis players will compete at the Class 3A State Tournament beginning Wednesday at 8 a.m. at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.

    The Lecanto doubles team of Madison Gamble and Mahima Tatam and Citrus singles player Melanie Dodd learned their draws for the tournament Tuesday evening.

    Dodd, in her second straight trip to state, faces Thandiwe Kangwa of Fort Myers in the opening round. The winner faces top seed Alexis Franco of Largo in the quarterfinals.