Today's News

  • Transportation crossroads

    Once again, Crystal River is looking to become a golf cart city.

    Over the last several years, officials have been mulling whether or not the city could become a community for golf carts.

    In its most recent attempt, the city hired consultant Kimley-Horn to take a look at local streets to see if they could safely support a place for the buggies to travel.

  • While board meets, Mr. Smith goes to Washington

    When Citrus County commissioners gather Thursday for a special meeting to allocate office space for other elected officials, they’ll be doing so without one of their own.

    Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith is foregoing the board meeting for a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with Billy Kirkland, deputy director of intergovernmental affairs at the White House.

  • Board has full plate this week

    It’s a great week for county commission junkies.

    The board has five meetings scheduled over three days, including the regular meeting Tuesday afternoon.

    Board members will discuss the landfill, budgets and office space. They’ll set the tentative tax rate and give an indication whether to initiate universal garbage pickup — and how to pay for that.

    The meetings are:

  • Rocking the county

    Inverness and Crystal River rock, so does Dunnellon.

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office rocks, too.

    It seems lots of people and places are rocking, the newest craze since Pokemon Go.

    As self-described newbie rocker Mary Alice Hogan explained, people everywhere are leaving painted rocks, hidden in plain sight, in public places for other people to find.

  • Crystal River performers take top honors

    Reilly Cash

    Chronicle Intern

    Beth Bedee loves sharing her passion for the performing arts with children. 

    Unfortunately, she said, kids in the community have limited opportunities to pursue artistic interests; locally, there aren’t a lot of public outlets for young performers to hone their skills.

  • News Briefs 7/24/17

    AES still taking applications

    The Academy of Environmental Science is still accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year. Ninth- through 12th-grade students with a strong interest in science are encouraged to apply.

    The academy offers a unique hands-on learning opportunity for students. Students explore Citrus County estuaries and rivers by kayak and canoe under the guidance of teachers during outdoor lessons designed to ensure real-world connections.

  • Jordan’s wild journey

    SOUTHPORT, England — During one of Jordan Spieth’s many low points Sunday in the British Open, his caddie reminded him of a photo from a Mexico beach holiday two weeks ago that showed him in All-Star company that included Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan.

    The message: “You belong in that group.”

    Spieth left little doubt with a closing performance that ranks among the greatest finishes in major championship history.

  • Odor homers twice, Rangers sweep Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Texas Rangers were floundering with a five-game losing streak when they arrived Friday in Florida.

    The Rangers left the Sunshine State after a weekend stay surging.

    Rougned Odor homered twice, including back-to-back drives with Carlos Gomez in the eighth inning, and the Rangers rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Sunday and complete a three-game sweep.

  • Froome wins 4th Tour de France title

    PARIS — After the champagne bubbles fade and Chris Froome drifts away from his Sunday night celebrations to reflect on a fourth Tour de France win, he may do so with greater fondness than the others.

    The first, in 2013, brought the bursting pride of a first success. But he won by more than four minutes, as he did last year. Although Nairo Quintana finished a little over one minute behind him in 2015, this year’s victory — by just 54 seconds — over another Colombian, Rigoberto Uran, tastes sweeter.

  • Save a life: Donate blood this week


    LifeSouth faces emergency need for blood donors.


    Donate now.


    It seems pretty easy to get worked up over the wide disagreements we face today in our nation. We try to present our position, but the other side doesn’t listen and we seemingly have no power to make change.