Today's News

  • For safety, risk pays off

    On the same week Terrence Brooks hoped to go pro, he was expecting his firstborn.

    Although the NFL was within reach, it wasn’t his only concern. The 2014 draft only added to the amount of stress Brooks was feeling at the time.

    During the second day of draft day, he went to lie down to rest, to shut out the noise. He grew exhausted hearing other names called and didn’t want to watch the draft.

  • Pump prices head down for holiday

    The cost of gasoline will gobble up fewer dollars this Thanksgiving weekend, and lower pump prices are expected to outlast turkey-day leftovers.

    Motorists may even find lighter traffic on Thursday, as lower gas prices are expected to entice more holiday travelers to hit the highway a day or two earlier.

    Tuesday, around Citrus County, regular gas was available at some locations for less than $2 a gallon, with even cheaper prices reported in Dunnellon.

  • After near-death rescue, bystanders decorated

    INVERNESS — The only thing Diana Martin remembers about the day she died is two angels in bright pink T-shirts, one with a shiny gold cross around her neck, standing over her, tears in their eyes, holding her hand.

    Martin collapsed Oct. 29 from cardiac arrest in Joyce’s Courtside Pub in downtown Inverness, and within minutes she died and was resuscitated thanks to three bystanders who were in the right place at the right time.

  • Retreat from retail?

    It used to be that the day after Thanksgiving kicked off the annual holiday shopping season, but this year, consumers will be able to head out for the sales pretty much after they finish Thanksgiving dinner.

    Retail shopping patterns have changed and Black Friday, while still a tradition among shopping purists, is being redefined. And with the continuing increase in online shopping, traffic at brick-and-mortar stores is not as brisk as it once was.

  • Hospice woes tied to long-term patients

    Having come through a roughly two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Florida Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and an Assistant United States Attorney, Hospice of Citrus Country is facing a challenging future.

  • Accused burglar foiled by GPS tracker

    Burglary seems to be Redford Mounce’s Achilles’ heel.

    Mounce, 36, of Homosassa, was arrested Monday and charged with burglarizing a home while wearing a GPS tracking device, which Mounce was ordered to wear as a condition of probation for previous convictions.

  • Accused burglar says he was just dropping off puppy

    An accused home invader and his accomplice were arrested Monday after being connected to a burglary earlier that morning at an occupied home near Inverness.

    At around 3:10 a.m., a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a home off East Jupiter Street, where a 70-year-old man said that at around 3 a.m. he was lying in bed when he heard someone banging on the door.

  • County briefs 11/25/15

    Open on Thanksgiving? Let us know

    The Chronicle is compiling a list of restaurants that will be open Thanksgiving Day. 

    The following restaurants are open:

    •  Dillon’s Cinnamon Sticks, 727 U.S. 41, Inverness. Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations suggested. 352-419-7914.
  • Editorial board shares reflections

    THE ISSUE: Thanksgiving Day.

    OUR OPINION: A day to give thanks.


    On this uniquely American holiday, the Chronicle editorial board takes a break from its usual collective voice to offer individual reflections on this Thanksgiving Day.

    Gerry Mulligan, publisher

  • Like looking into a mirror

    TALLAHASSEE — As Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher prepares for Saturday’s game against No. 12 Florida, he sees a mirror image of his own squad.

    “It’s funny how that evolves. That wasn’t planned, I promise you, by either one of us,” Fisher said on Monday. “One of the key roles as a coach is identifying who you are and what each team is. And (Florida coach Jim McElwain has) done a great job of that.