Today's News

  • Motive for shootings unclear

    BELL — An ex-convict who killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself had been in and out of jail and spent time in prison for accidentally shooting his son to death during a hunting trip, according to authorities and records. 

  • Woman accused of $32,000 CMH theft

    A former Citrus Memorial hospital accounting clerk, fired in June after admitting to stealing money to pay her mortgage, was arrested Thursday on charges that she pocketed more than $32,000 in the last year.

    Elizabeth Everts, 51, of Wauchula, turned herself in to Citrus County jail authorities to face a felony charge of scheming to defraud. She was released after posting $5,000 bond.

  • Report: Jail worker had sex with inmate

    A Corrections Corporation of America food-service worker was arrested Thursday on charges of having sex with an inmate at the Citrus County jail.

    Kimberly Vernon, 42, of West Edison Place, Citrus Springs, was jailed on $5,000 bond on a charge of sexual misconduct by detention facility employee and inmate.

    CCA fired Vernon after she admitted to having sex with an inmate on at least three occasions.

  • Food for thoughts

    CRYSTAL RIVER - No kid should start the school day without fuel.   That was the guiding truth behind this past week’s Roll Out the Red Carpet for School Breakfast Week in Florida.

  • Scott to family: ‘I’m going to pray for you’


    Mark Scohier

    Chiefland Citizen

    The governor made a brief stop in the small Gilchrist County community of Bell on Friday to speak to residents and news agency representatives about the tragic events of Thursday that claimed eight lives.

  • Commissioner won’t participate in harassment probe

    Commissioner Scott Adams is refusing to meet with an attorney the county hired to investigate allegations of possible workforce harassment lodged by former county administrator Brad Thorpe.

    Instead, Adams on Friday sent a letter to Orlando attorney Dorothy Green in which he dismissed the harassment charges as nothing more than political payback on Thorpe’s part.

  • Jobless rate stable

    The Citrus-Levy-Marion County regional jobless rate was nearly unchanged in August, at 7.9 percent up 0.1 percent from July. There were 15,989 unemployed out of an expanded labor force of 203,572. That rate is down 0.5 percent over the year and 2.3 percentage points lower than two years ago.

  • Manager signs new contract with Inverness

    INVERNESS — Beginning Oct. 1, Frank DiGiovanni is back on the city payroll as city manager.

    At a special Inverness City Council meeting Thursday, the council voted to issue DiGiovanni a one-year, renewable contract that totals $131,298.

    His contract with SS Solutions, a staff leasing company based in St. Augustine, expires Sept. 30. Council members considered renewing with SS Solutions or issuing DiGiovanni a new contract and voted to put him on the city payroll.

  • Inverness city budget approved for 2014-15

    On Thursday, the Inverness City Council passed the final budget for fiscal year 2014-15, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. This budget sets the property tax rate at 6.9949 mills, a 7.7 percent increase over last year’s rate of 6.4955.

    Property with a taxable value of $100,000 after exemptions would be billed $699 in city taxes, $49 more than last year. 

  • Event promotes career success

    LECANTO — Cars filled the parking lot at the Salvation Army center in Lecanto on Friday morning as soon as the Community Resource and Career Fair opened.

    “I’m expecting a hundred people to come through,” said John Young with the Last Call 4 HELP organization — one of 30 employment and resource services at the fair.

    The Citrus County Re-entry Council hosted the event to enable anyone interested to apply for a job, driver’s license, seek education or counseling.