Today's News

  • Daily ride prepped for rally

    Most 5-year-old, four-door Cadillacs with a child seat in the back do not scream high-performance rally machine. This one does.

    At a passing glance, the 2009 silver gray Cadillac CTS-V looks normal, but parked, it shows off sponsor names, high-tech wheels backed by massive disc brakes and oversized tires.

    Even though its sound at idle hardly belies its family-ride heritage, when Frank Manese stomps it, the exhaust sounds more 

  • Study: Springs sometimes ‘chaotic’

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The authors of a new study of human/manatee interactions at Three Sisters Springs said they struggled to pick the correct adjective to describe the bedlam-like conditions sometimes present there.

    Carl Wolfe, who revealed the preliminary report on Wednesday along with his partner Rae Ellen Syverson, said they settled on “chaotic.”

  • Man pleads guilty to possessing weapons as a felon

    Michael Paul Watkins, the Inverness business owner charged in October of last year with stockpiling more than a hundred weapons in his home as a convicted felon, pleaded guilty Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in Ocala.

    Watkins, 41, was indicted Nov. 19 on federal charges of possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon and possessing unregistered weapons under the National Firearms Act, according to court dockets.

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  • Baxley kicks off Senate campaign

    State Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, has kicked off his campaign for state Senate District 5 seat in 2016.

    Baxley has served separate terms in the state House. He first served from 2000 to 2007, then was elected again in 2010 and subsequently re-elected.

  • Man arrested in sex battery case

    A Beverly Hills man is facing a sexual battery charge after confessing in a recorded phone call with the woman who accused him of having non-consensual sex with her while she was asleep.

    Sheriff’s investigators on Friday recorded a phone call between the 30-year-old woman and Gregory Norton Schoonmaker, 44, known only to the woman as Felix, according to Schoonmaker’s arrest report.

  • Mother Nature can be cruel

    Weather wasn’t a friend of this week’s county and district matchup between Citrus and Lecanto. One night after Tuesday’s rainout, gusty winds helped set the conditions for a sloppy affair that left both head coaches disappointed with several run-costing errors by their respective clubs.

  • Diamond life

    Multi-sport prep athletes face a difficult decision when weighing whether or not to play two sports with overlapping seasons.

    Cory Weiand, a senior at Seven Rivers Christian School in Lecanto, had played basketball and baseball every year since seventh grade. For his final season as a Warrior, he chose to forego basketball and devote his time preparing for his senior campaign on the diamond. 

  • Panthers hammered at home

    C.J. Risak: Correrspondent

    LECANTO — This game looked just the way one would expect when the top two teams in a district collide — at least it did for three innings.

  • In many ways, public defense an injustice

    THE ISSUE: Public defenders’ caseloads.

    OUR OPINION: Current funding levels a disservice to the poor and the public.

    It’s hard to defend the current state of public defenders’ offices.