Today's News

  • Seem dry lately? It is

    As of today, Citrus County is not experiencing a drought, even though this past November was the third driest since 1948 for the Inverness area.

    But many more months like last, when only 0.1 inches of rain fell, and the county could indeed be officially facing drought conditions before winter’s end, said Tyler Fleming, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

  • Man gets probation in sex-battery case

    A Hernando man was sentenced to serve a decade of probation Monday after he pleaded to a sexual battery charge.

    Edward Abeddon Fonseca, 42, pleaded no contest to a charge of sexual battery of a child between the ages of 12 and 18 years old by a person in custodial authority.

    Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard adjudicated Fonseca guilty and sentenced him to 10 years of sex-offender probation as part of the deal, which offered a downward departure from the recommended sentence.

  • Traffic stop nets half-pound of pot

    A Crystal River teen was jailed Friday after being accused of having more than half a pound of marijuana in his car.

    A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled 18-year-old Tyler Samuel Billups over off West Crystal Street after spotting Billups traveling 39 mph in a 20-mph school zone, according to Billups’ arrest report.

    The deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from Billups’ truck, which led to a search of the vehicle.

  • County briefs 12/6/16

    Food giveaway today in Hernando

    A truck will arrive at 10 a.m. today at the New Church Without Walls, 2577 N. Florida Ave., Hernando, with a delivery of eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, plantains and milk. FoodShare trucks will also be making a stop at noon on Wednesday and Thursday. Check the Chronicle Facebook page for updates. 

    First come, first served. No registration or identification is required. Bring your own containers. No early birds.


  • Register now for new emergency notification system

    THE ISSUE: New system coming to replace Code Red. 

    OUR OPINION: Everyone with a phone or email should register ASAP.

    It’s not easy “getting the word out” — just ask anyone who has tried. Generally, it’s a matter of letting folks know about an activity, a program or a product. But for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), it could be a major public safety issue, a matter of life and death.

  • Dinner with Santa

    Rochelle Kaiser

    For the Chronicle

    Homosassa Elementary School held its annual Dinner with Santa with great success. This popular school event opens its doors to students, siblings and other family members for grilled hot dogs, baked beans and plenty of sweet treats for everyone. The steady Santa line kept the man of the hour busy listening to all of the children’s wishes while others dined and enjoyed the holiday carols sung by students.

  • ‘See the USA in my Chevrolet, a little at a time’

    Story and photos by Peter Graulich 

  • Volunteering for service

    Editor’s note: This article is an installment in an occasional series featuring veteran-based organizations in the Citrus County area. Unlike certain other organizations, it’s not required to be a military veteran to belong to the Coast Guard Auxiliary, although many members are veterans.

  • Di Giuseppe gets first goal in OT, Canes beat Lightning

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Cam Ward was perfect in goal for over 61 minutes on Sunday night, and then he got some help from a guy who rarely plays in overtime.

    Phillip Di Giuseppe scored his first goal of the season 1:26 into the extra period, giving the Carolina Hurricanes a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Viktor Stalberg assisted on Di Giuseppe's wrist shot from the right circle, which ended a three-game skid for the Canes.

  • Alabama-Washington and OSU-Clemson

    In the end, true chaos never came to college football this season. Four teams that started near the top of the College Football Playoff rankings will play for the national championship.

    Alabama will face Washington in one semifinal and Clemson meets Ohio State in the other. None of them were ranked any lower than sixth since the selection committee started ranking teams in early November.

    Even after a wild finish to championship Saturday, selection Sunday went pretty much as expected.