Today's News

  • Keeping a tradition alive

    HOLDER — It’s been six years this month since longtime produce man Charlie Oliver died, but his dream of providing the community with fresh produce lives on.

    For 30 years, Oliver sold his fresh fruits and vegetables at the intersection of County Road 491 and U.S. 41 in Holder, first from the back of his truck, then later at his own stand.

    Born and raised in Dunnellon, Oliver grew up around farmers and fell in love with produce. 

  • Couple charged in home invasion


    Buster Thompson

    Staff writer

    HOMOSASSA — A 32-year-old Homosassa woman and her 25-year-old boyfriend were arrested early Monday morning on charges of home invasion, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

    Stephanie Lynn Davis and Adam Michael McKeown allegedly forced their way into a Homosassa residence at 10 p.m. Sunday and reportedly stole $100, a cellphone and a laptop.

  • A grand opening

    INVERNESS — For Robin Smyth, the whole wheat bagel with onion and chive cream cheese and a cup of coffee she ate at Panera Bread reminded her of Africa.

    “I used to have a bagel shop there,” she said. “This brings back memories.”

    She was one of hundreds who visited the bakery-café on its opening day Tuesday.

  • Daily grind

    INVERNESS - In the past 100 years, the brick buildings in downtown Inverness have survived storms, fire and a century of wear and tear.

    Currently, the bricks of the building that houses Country at Home, Computer Solutions and the future home of Curtiss Bryant Photography, are going through an intensive restoration procedure, partially funded by a city of Inverness grant.

  • Billionaire environmental activist targets Gov. Scott

    TALLAHASSEE — A California billionaire environmentalist is pouring millions of dollars into the Florida governor’s race to buy television ads attacking Gov. Rick Scott as a friend of polluters and utility companies, giving the campaign of Democratic front-runner Charlie Crist a boost as polls show a tightening race.

  • Forest management plan to get update

    A public hearing has been scheduled on the 10-year management plan update for the Withlacoochee State Forest.

    The plan will provide general guidance and outline the major concepts for managing the forest for the next 10 years.

    The previous plan was adopted in 2003 and is credited with numerous physical improvements, including roads, boat ramps, campsites, a new stable at Tillis Hill, hiking and biking trails and partnerships with various user groups.

  • Transportation board hunts for new chief

    BROOKSVILLE — The advertising has been posted to find a director for the new, two-county board that will steer future transportation development within the Nature Coast, members heard Tuesday.

  • Learning center aims to be a resource for the community

    Rochelle Kaiser 

    Staff writer

    Work behind the scenes of the new Homosassa Learning Center has progressed at a rapid pace, allowing the facility to open and welcome curious residents. 

  • Private school enrollment soars in Citrus County

    It is yet another record year for area private schools.

    As of Monday, all Citrus County students have returned to school — both public and private. Those attending their private schools are finding record-high attendance and a need for new buildings.

  • Seven Rivers preschool opens

    Preschool isn’t for little kids.

    In preschool, you perfect the ‘ABC’ song and know if your shirt is yellow, blue, red, green, etc…

    In preschool, you learn to tie your shoes and color with your jumbo crayons within the lines.

    And on the first day of preschool, you get to know your teacher, where the bathroom is and what cubby is yours.

    It’s a hard first day.