Today's News

  • Monday Conversation: Bob Graham

    Former Florida governor and U.S. senator Bob Graham has remained a popular political fixture in state politics for nearly five decades.

    However, since retiring from the Senate in 2005, Graham has remained engaged in public service, working on national and international issues and at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida, his alma mater.

  • HCA deal means hospital name stays the same

    Hospital Corporation of America may be just two months away from taking the reins at Citrus Memorial hospital.

    Both the Citrus County Hospital Board and Citrus Memorial Health Foundation have signed off tentatively on a master agreement with HCA.

    HCA on Friday sent an application to change oversight at Citrus Memorial to the Agency for Health Care Administration. AHCA has 60 days to review the application.

  • Room to grow

    CRYSTAL RIVER - Sodium Fishing Gear, an outdoor apparel business on West Gulf-to-Lake Highway, hasn’t even been open a year but is already expanding just a block away to make room for more products.

    They began moving their surplus of gear from their original store three weeks ago.

  • Early Learning Coalition relocates

    The offices of The Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast recently relocated to new headquarters in the plaza across from the Crystal River Airport, at 382 N. Suncoast Blvd. 

    “All services are available at this new site, and we are excited to be in a new, convenient office space,” said Executive Director Sonya Bosanko. “An open house will be planned soon.”

  • Hospital checked after bomb threat

    INVERNESS — Essential personnel and visitors inside Citrus Memorial hospital were told to evacuate Sunday afternoon at approximately 4:20 p.m. when a bomb threat was called in. 

    After a full sweep of the hospital by Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies and fire rescue units, responders called in the all clear a little over an hour later.

    CCSO officials later reported that the threat was not credible, and allowed hospital staff and visitors to return back inside.

  • County briefs 9/1/14

    ­Labor Day closings announced

    The following business and government offices are closed or have changes to their schedules due to the Labor Day holiday:

    + Citrus County government offices are closed today in observance of Labor Day. 

    The county landfill is closed today and will return to normal business hours on Tuesday. 

  • 60th anniversary: The Pattons

    Jim and Marcie Patton will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 4, 2014.

    They were married in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Sept. 4, 1954. Marcie is an active volunteer with Ellie Schiller

    Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and Meals On Wheels. Jim is a retired test pilot from NASA and volunteers for Meals On Wheels and Hospice. The Pattons have lived in Citrus County for more than 25 years in The Islands subdivision.

  • Engaged: Hayes/Davis

    Megan L. Hayes and David J. Davis, both of Floral City, have announced their engagement.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Hayes of Inverness. She is a dental assistant.

    The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Davis of Floral City. He is a welder.

    The couple plan to exchange nuptial vows in spring 2015.

  • In Their Words: Blazing the trail

    C.J. Risak


    Like so many Americans, Florence McCann couldn’t wait. So she lied.

    McCann was 18 and, after graduating from South Hills High School and receiving a vocational school diploma outside of Pittsburgh, she wanted to get involved in the war effort. The year was 1943 and McCann had her sights set on becoming part of the WAVES, or Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, a newly formed division of the U.S. Navy.

  • 'Noles moving on

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Jameis Winston said No. 1 Florida State did a little celebrating in the locker room after leaving the field seemingly less than thrilled with a closer-than-expected win over Oklahoma State.

    Sure, the defending national champions didn’t look much like repeat material in the same stadium where the next title will be decided under the new playoff format. It was still a 37-31 win over a team that might be rebuilding but isn’t exactly a slouch.