Today's News

  • Monday Conversation: Susan Gill

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

    For Susan Gill it is, anyway.

    Yes, school is starting soon and Christmas is a scant five months away, but that’s not what makes Gill giddy.

    Gill, the Citrus County supervisor of elections, is gearing up for the Aug. 26 primary and Nov. 4 general election.

  • Flocking together

    INVERNESS — Peyton Shaffer, 12, has learned the hard way how protective mother bluebirds are of their nests.

    When there are babies in the nest, like the babies in one of the nesting boxes at her grandfather’s house, the adult bluebird will dive bomb your head if you get too close.

    “Bluebirds — all birds — are awesome,” she said. “I love their wings and how they fly.”

  • Pregnant woman shot dead

    BROOKSVILLE — A five-months pregnant woman died after she was shot in the head Saturday in what Hernando County authorities say was an accidental shooting. 

    According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Katherine Lynn Hoover, 25, of Inverness, was shot Saturday evening while visiting friends. 

  • Board to extend water line in arsenic well area

    INVERNESS — The county will start taking residents off wells in the arsenic-contaminated northwest quadrant, beginning the first phase of running a water line in about two years with a currently anticipated assessment of about $1,500.

    The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted unanimously last week to start the project affecting about 200 households in an area east of Crystal River Mall in residential roads off North Citrus Avenue from the Crystal River city limit to North Sierra Vista Drive. 

  • Fletcher: Citrus County education is who she is

    Donna Fletcher is proud to call Citrus County home and wants to give her educational experience back to the children of Citrus County School District.

    “Citrus County is in my blood,” she said. “My parents worked with the district the majority of my life. It has been a part of my life since I was a young child. I remember dinner conversations geared to school board issues. It is something that I want to get involved in.”

  • Powers has goals to complete before retiring

    Incumbent Linda Powers has served 10 years on the Citrus County School Board and says she is not retiring until her to-do list is checked off.

    “When I first ran I had several goals I wanted to accomplish,” Powers said. “Really, most of them have been accomplished with the help of teamwork. There are a few left. I am a person who has to complete tasks.”

  • County briefs 7/28/14

    ­State Rep. Smith’s office moving

    Effective Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith’s district office will be moving to the Inverness Government Center. The new location will be open for business effective Monday, Aug. 4. The address is 212 W. Main St., Suite 208 A, Inverness. 

    Contact numbers are 325-560-6020 and fax 352-560-6022.


    Democratic clubs unite on Aug. 2

  • Kempgens lives up to nickname at speedway

    INVERNESS — He’s known as “The Smooth Operator” in Sprint Car racing, and for the fifth leg of the Safety-Kleen TBARA Winged Sprint Series, Mickey Kempgens showed why. The Tampa driver made it look easy as he dispatched the field in both his heat and the
    30-lap event to notch his second feature win this month at the Citrus County Speedway on Saturday.

  • The Big Hurt and Joe Torre headline HOF class

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy.

    Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even on the greats.

    Thomas, pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Torre and La Russa were inducted into the baseball shrine Sunday, and all paid special tribute to their families before an adoring crowd of nearly 50,000.

  • Richardson wins pair of triathlons in one day

    Larry Bugg

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Jeremy Richardson is in a class by himself.

    The 25-year-old Palm Harbor resident won the Top Gun Triathlon Saturday morning in St. Petersburg Beach and later that day won the Twilight Triathlon at Fort Island Gulf Beach.

    He took the Citrus County event with a time of 47:28. He said he felt the strain on the first mile of the run.