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Today's News

  • Home free

    Amber Sigman: For the Chronicle

    On a recent morning, two orphaned river otters got a taste of the wild.

    The subjects of a May article in the Chronicle, the otters were separated from their mothers at about a month of age in the Tampa Bay area. They were relocated to Nature World Wildlife Rescue in Homosassa so they could be rehabilitated and, eventually, released.

  • Primary could draw record vote

    For some, it started a year ago.

    For others, just a few months.

    But they all come down to today,  hoping to move past this critical primary for a shot at elected office in November.

    Or, in one race, the potential exists for an outright winner if the math holds up.

  • Residents, officials warily eye storm, take precautions

    With a major storm potentially on the way, Citrus County is not wasting any time.

    Sandbag locations are open today and Wednesday in Crystal River and Homosassa for residents taking action ahead of Tropical Depression 9’s expected landfall on Thursday.

    “We’re taking a very proactive approach,” said county Emergency Management Director Capt. Dave DeCarlo.

  • Man could face life for attack on deputies

    A Hernando man will stand trial today for his attempted murder of a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy and his K-9 partner. 

    Steven Edward Degenarro, 45, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, and resisting an officer with violence. 

  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Limited harvest of snook starts Thursday

    The recreational harvest season for snook starts Sept. 1 statewide. Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is a popular fishing destination.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to continue to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home. 

  • County briefs 8/30/16

    Labor Day trips drive gas prices

    Gas prices are on the rise as Americans prepare for Labor Day road trips.

    The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is 14 cents more expensive than is was last week in Florida, according to auto club AAA. Motorists going to the pump will find the highest prices in more than 50 days. 

  • For the record 8-29

    DUI arrests

    • Roy Brown, 39, of North Allwood Terrace, Citrus Springs, at 2:07 a.m. Aug. 26 on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. According to his arrest affidavit, Brown was involved in a car accident on County Road 491. He was asked to complete field sobriety tasks and did poorly. Tests of his blood alcohol level registered 0.246 percent and 0.244 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent. His bond was set at $1,000.
  • Attentive motorists best safety measure

    THE ISSUE: County’s upward vehicular accident trend. 

    OUR OPINION: Driver error appears to be the root cause. 

    Although Citrus County’s population has remained relatively stable this decade, the total number of vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities has steadily increased each year since 2013.

  • Unexpected union

    Claire Phillips Laxton

    Correspondent

    Both Joann Colaci, 67, and Donald “Don” MacTavish, 70, lost their longtime loving spouses years ago after being happily married. And neither had any intention of ever getting married again; that is, until they met at Crystal River Health and Rehabilitation in Crystal River.