Today's News

  • CAIR sues gun shop owner


    Andrew Caplan

    Staff writer

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida (CAIR Florida) has filed a lawsuit against the owner of Florida Gun Supply for its “Muslim-free zone” policy.

  • Bay captured by laser lens

    A community advocacy group that is poised to launch a funded pilot project to vacuum portions of King’s Bay’s canals scored a major coup last week — an Orlando-based survey and technology company donated more than $100,000 worth of data after mapping the entire 600-acre bay.

  • Motorcyclist critical after wreck
  • Summer storms mean skeeter swarms

    Citrus County is at the peak of mosquito season, and people are urged to remove all standing water from their property and take precautions when venturing outdoors.

    “We’ve been getting a lot of rain here lately, and with that rain comes mosquito larvae,” said Steve Watkins, acting Mosquito Control director for Citrus County.

  • BOCC sets Veterans’ Village timetable

    INVERNESS — A Crystal River physician has a timeline in place to develop an assisted living facility for military veterans on county-

    owned property adjacent to the Citrus County Resource Center in Beverly Hills.

    Dr. Paresh Desai has requested to lease 8 acres for $1 a year to develop the facility, which he said is a perfect spot for veterans who also receive services from the resource center.

  • School board adopts tentative budget, millage rates

    dopted Tuesday a tentative budget and millage rates for the 2015-16 fiscal year, and the rates are showing a minor increase after years of belt-tightening.

    The millage rates were set at 4.9410, 0.7480, 1.5000 mills and are assessments for the required local levy, the discretionary fund and the capital fund, respectively. These combined rates are 1.97 percent greater than last year’s rolled-back rate.

  • Crash victim’s status upgraded

    Various hospitals released the statuses of those involved in two car accidents from earlier this week.

    From Monday afternoon’s two-car crash on West Grover Cleveland Boulevard, which has taken the lives of three people: 

  • Victims of Hernando crash identified

    The names of four of the five men who lost their lives in a two-car accident Monday morning in northern Hernando County were released Wednesday by the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Aloft system drives torrential rains

    A stubborn low-pressure trough off the coast of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties is menacing residents of the state’s Gulf Coast with torrential storms, and very little letup is expected for at least the next week.

    The storms have caused widespread flooding in the coastal portions of area counties, but the state’s inland areas have largely been spared by the effects of the low-pressure system.

  • Witnesses detail shooting and high-speed chase

    Witnesses provided details in court Wednesday about a March residential shooting incident and subsequent car chase that led to the arrest of Wayne Charles Washer, who faces nine felony counts, of which five carry potential life sentences.

    Washer, 48, of Crystal River, was in court for a bond request for a non-bondable offense, known as an Arthur hearing and conducted like a miniature trial with a higher standard of truth.