Today's News

  • New shelter director takes the reins



    * To view photos of pets available for adoption at the Citrus County Animal Shelter, go to www.citruscritters.com.


  • DiGiovanni contract on agenda

    INVERNESS — Last September, Inverness City Manager Frank DiGiovanni retired, sort of. 

    After having reached the Florida Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) mandatory retirement date, DiGiovanni and the city 

    contracted with SS Solutions, a staff leasing company based in St. Augustine, so DiGiovanni could continue in his role as city manager.

  • The Centers appoints new CEO

    LECANTO — The Centers’ Board of Directors had to look no further than their own campus to find the most qualified person to fill the vacant chief executive officer position.

    After an extensive nationwide search for the next CEO of the organization, the board of directors announced on Aug. 25 the selection of their Interim CEO Tim Cowart to fill the position.

  • A building of their own

    INVERNESS — It was April 5, 1917, the eve of America’s entry into World War I, when the Inverness Woman’s Club was founded. 

    In 1937, for the club’s 20th anniversary, town poet laureate Phebe Kendrick Thompson wrote:

    “Just 20 years ago, dear friends, some of us met and planned

    To sit no longer by the stream, nor longer idly stand,

  • Governor's race heats up on Labor Day

    PLANT CITY — Florida’s two main rivals for governor kicked their campaigns into gear on Monday as both Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist lashed out at each other in an effort to ramp up enthusiasm among core voters.

    Scott, the Republican incumbent seeking a second term, started a two-week bus tour at stops in eastern Hillsborough County and Bradenton, where he derided Crist as a “slick politician” and “smooth talker.”

  • Prescription cards available from county

    A free NACo Prescription Discount Card is available to residents in a joint effort between Citrus County and the National Association of Counties (NACo), according to Citrus County government. 

  • For the record 9/02/2014

    Domestic battery arrest

    * Jade Wenner, 30, of Floral City, at 9:5 4p.m. Aug. 30 on a felony charge of domestic battery by strangulation.

    Other arrests

    * Mathew Hobbs, 38, of Homosassa, at 11:46 a.m. Aug. 29 on a misdemeanor charge of retail petit theft.

  • Florida still working on suspended game

    GAINESVILLE — Florida expects to know what will happen with its postponed season opener in the next two days.

    The Gators don’t need nearly as much time to decide what to do about the suspensions of receiver Demarcus Robinson and defensive tackles Darious Cummings and Jay-nard Bostwick.

    Florida coach Will Muschamp reinstated Robinson, Cummings and Bostwick on Monday, saying they would play Saturday against Eastern Michigan (1-0). So their punishment essentially lasted 10 seconds.

  • Joyce’s RBI single in 10th lifts Rays past Red Sox

    ST. PETERBURG — Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday.

    Ryan Hanigan opened the 10th with a double off Burke Badenhop (0-3), which withstood a replay review. Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked before Ben Zobrist had a sacrifice bunt. After Wil Myers was given an intentional walk, pinch-runner Sean Rodriquez, who ran for Hanigan, scored on Joyce’s hit to left.

  • Volleyball Notebook: Area squads start seasons

    C.J. Risak

    After just one week in the volleyball season, one fact is readily evident: This county has four pretty good teams.

    Of course, the obvious question is, how good each will be at season’s end? Growth, development and improvement will answer that query. Each team has shown the potential to go beyond being just pretty good, advancing into a higher realm, one that only teams with both ability and focus can attain.

    And that translates into a long run in the state tournament.