Today's News

  • High winds cause flooding

    Pedestrians in Crystal River carefully waded through some ankle- to shin-deep water Wednesday as wind and high tides combined to bring flooding to some areas of town.

    The tip of a major cold front with rain driven by 20- to 30-knot southwesterly winds rolled through the west coast of the state, sparking weather alarms and sporadic flooding in coastal communities.

  • POSTSCRIPT: Steve Ekeli: Coach and family man

    If Steve Ekeli was your coach, you could count on him to, as he put it, “ride you like a mechanical pony out in front of Kmart.”

    You could count on him to threaten you with 10,000 burpees if you were late to practice or make you run until HE got tired.

    If you littered, he might say he would make you chew a big wad of bubble gum, stick it on your nose, then get on your hands and knees to pick up crumbs.

  • Citrus High grad’s career soars in Air Force


    Gwen Bittner

    Staff writer

    The last time April Brittian walked the halls of Citrus High School she was a graduating senior. Now she is a chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force helping launch rockets into space. 

    Class of 1994 alumna Brittian and her comrade Sgt. Eric Kensel visited freshmen and sophomore JROTC students at Citrus High on Tuesday to talk about everyday life in the Air Force. 

  • Proudly waving again
  • Crystal River graduation postponed to Friday

    Crystal River High School’s graduation, set for Wednesday evening, was postponed until 7 p.m. Friday. The Citrus County School Board received a weather advisory from the Emergency Operations Center, prompting the decision to postpone the commencement ceremony. 

    “We just received notification that floodwaters are approaching U.S. 19,” Superintendent of Schools Sandra “Sam” Himmel advised Wednesday afternoon.

  • Rock the Park event set for Friday

    The city of Inverness and the Department of Health’s Tobacco Prevention Program, in partnership with Citrus County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), will present the School’s Out Rock the Park event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 26, at Liberty Park, 286 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness.

  • County briefs 5/25/17

    Seventh clue in scavenger hunt

    The seventh clue for the Old Homosassa Heritage Council Scavenger Hunt fundraiser is: “To Crystal River you go, there’s no need to sprint. Find where the news continues to print.”

    Participants need to solve each clue to obtain 10 numbered clues before the June 11 finale. The first three to solve the puzzle on June 11 will win cash prizes.

  • For the record 05/25/2017

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

    Domestic battery arrests

    * Joseph Evans, 22, of Lecanto, at 2:20 p.m. May 23 on a felony charge of domestic battery by strangulation.

    * Anthony Towery, 30, of Lecanto, at 3:34 p.m. May 23 on a misdemeanor charge of violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence.

    Other Arrests

  • Scott vetoes bill to tear down ‘liquor wall’

    Jim Turner

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — Pointing to concerns about preserving small-business jobs, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed a heavily debated and lobbied measure that supporters said would repeal a relic of the nation’s emergence from Prohibition.

  • USF wants to add 300 faculty, boost standing

    Lloyd Dunkelberger

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — With the goal of becoming one of the top public-research institutions in the country, the University of South Florida is being guided by a plan to hire 300 new faculty members over the next five years.