Today's News

  • Clinton: 'Deal me in'

    PHILADELPHIA — Promising Americans a steady hand, Hillary Clinton cast herself Thursday night as a unifier for divided times, steeled for a volatile world by decades in politics that have left some Americans skeptical of her character.

  • Ellie the manatee found dead at 39

    Elisha Neubauer

    For the Chronicle

    Ellie the manatee first came onto scientists’ radars on Dec. 18, 1979. 

    She was first spotted in Three Sisters Springs, and due to her distinctive tail wounds, was easy to recognize each winter as she returned to King’s Bay.

    In 2009, Ellie made national headlines, reshaping the established scientific understanding of manatee behavior. 

  • Citrus club seeking Caribbean culture

    The Latinos Club of Citrus Hills is heading south to Cuba on a seven-night cruise in 2017, and wants to give members of the community a chance to jump aboard before the ship leaves port.

    As of January, new regulations allow United States residents to visit Cuba. The club is working with nonprofit organization InsightCuba, which provides people-to-people tours of the island and has an extensive history of organizing legal travel there.

  • Police: Man threatened death ‘in the name of Lucifer’

    A Homosassa man was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault and battery after being accused of choking a woman unconscious during an argument.

    On Saturday, Christopher George Hadley’s alleged victim told Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies the 45-year-old man attacked her while she was getting her belongings from inside Hadley’s home off West Oak Street, Hadley’s arrest report states.

  • Citrus dispatchers named best in state

    “Fortitude” probably isn’t in a 911 dispatcher’s job description, but it’s undeniably a requirement.

    Stationed at the Emergency Operations Center in Lecanto, the men and women who fill the role at the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office take call after call from citizens experiencing some of the worst moments of their lives, working to keep callers calm and safe until help can arrive.

  • Aedes aegypti spotted in Citrus County

    For the first time in six years, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have been sighted in Citrus County.

    The species is one of two that can carry the Zika virus, in addition to a number of other diseases. Patrick Boyd, spokesman for the Citrus County Health Department, said the mosquitoes were found in a county trap and the Citrus Mosquito Control District is testing them to see if they are infected with the virus. The results of those tests could come today or this weekend, he said.

  • COURT DIGEST: Trial date set for alleged armed burglar

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    A trial date has been set for a Crystal River man accused of burglarizing a Lecanto neighborhood.

  • For the Record 7/29/2016


    * Richard Chester Jr., 55, of North Florida Avenue, Hernando, at 1:50 p.m. July 27 on an active state of Florida warrant for violation of parole stemming from an original charge of retail grand theft as a habitual offender.

  • Sapp bitten by shark

    MARATHON, Fla. — Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp is OK after being bitten on the arm by a shark while catching lobster off the Florida Keys.

    A photo posted by a fishing charter boat’s account on Instagram Wednesday appears to show Sapp’s arm with a deep gash.

    Charter captain Jack Carlson told The Tampa Bay Times Sapp was bit while reaching for a lobster the shark was also going after. He said Sapp is OK, but might need stitches. 

  • Jimmy Walker opens with 65 at stifling PGA; Johnson stumbles

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — A stale year for Jimmy Walker came to life Thursday in the PGA Championship when he saw putts drop and wound up leading a major for the first time in his career.

    A great year might get even better for Henrik Stenson.

    Walker took advantage of smoother greens in the morning Thursday at Baltusrol by rolling in six birdies for a 5-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead after the opening round of the final major that delivered its share of surprises.