Today's News

  • Homosassa awash with sweet songs



    * WHAT: Come hear mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, ukulele, penny whistle and Native American flute from the Manatee Orchestra, made up of students and instructors from this weekend’s Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat.

    * WHEN: 7 p.m. today.

  • Hunter Springs Park kayak-friendly again


    * Hunter Springs Park, 104 NE First Ave., Crystal River.

    * Open from 8 a.m. to sunset.

    * Fee required to park.


    Hunter Springs Park and its kayak launch are ready for the summer.

    When Crystal River opened its park’s recently repaired launch on Wednesday, after it was closed for several months, paddlecraft enthusiasts and businesses were quick to flock to it.

  • Bed tax hike to kick in

    In four days, it will cost more for people to stay at hotels, motels, campgrounds, RV parks and short-term rentals in Citrus County.

    That’s when Citrus County’s increased tourist tax kicks in, jumping from the current 3 percent to 5 percent. The tax will mostly be borne by tourists and have no impact on residents. 

    Here’s how the Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) will spend the extra revenue generated by the 2 percent hike:

  • Weekly roundup: They’ll be back

    Brandon Larrabee

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — It’s time for denizens of Tallahassee to get their last week of rest and recreation — or at least sanity — before the whirlwind of activity begins. In the words of a House video from this week: “Session Is Coming.”

  • For the record 02/25/2017

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

    Domestic battery arrest

    * Jordan Jimenez, 19, of Inverness, at 9:09 a.m. Feb. 23 on felony charges of domestic battery by strangulation and criminal mischief. He was also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear.

    Other Arrests

  • Search of home ends in four arrests

    A “problem” house in Beverly Hills was the target of the Citrus County sheriff’s narcotics unit on Thursday.

    Members of the Tactical Impact Unit executed a search warrant at 34 S. Jeffery St., a home that’s been the source of numerous neighbor reports of thefts and drug activity, according to the sheriff’s office.

    Kimberly Anne Blom, 25, of Beverly Hills, reportedly would not comply with commands to let authorities in the house, and was detained.

  • Y fundraiser a success
  • Snook season to reopen in Gulf waters

    The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopens March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30.

  • Singh gets it done on the mound and at the plate for Lecanto

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — It wasn’t enough that Troy Singh pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief when his Lecanto team faced county and 6A-6 rival Crystal River.

  • ‘Region of Doom’ delivers

    BRANDON — The "Region of Doom" is once again living up to its name.

    Always one of the toughest postseason wrestling tournaments in Florida, the Class 2A-Region II meet on Friday did its share of damage to wrestlers from Citrus County.

    Of the nine Citrus Hurricanes who made the trip, four are still alive after the first day and return to Brandon High School this morning to attempt to finish in the top four and reach the state finals next week.