Today's News

  • Officials express ‘disgust’

    INVERNESS — Outrage flowed freely from authorities Tuesday as they discussed new charges levied against a father accused of killing his 1-year-old son as well as charges against two other adults in the home for “disgusting” neglect of a 3-month-old girl.

  • Smoke, fog cloud morning drive

    Early morning fog coupled with low-hanging smoke from a prescribed burn in the Withlacoochee State Forest on Monday created dangerous driving conditions for motorists Tuesday morning on State Road 44 between Lecanto and Inverness. At one point, officials considered closing the road because of the lack of visibility, according to Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Tod Cloud. The road remained open, though, and no accidents were reported, Cloud said. 

    Cloud offered motorists some safety tips when faced with low visability. 

  • Her heart is in horseshoes

    For years, Mabel Adcox was a scorekeeper and lead supporter for her late husband Jim, a world-championship competitor in horseshoes. But Mabel, who spent years playing catcher in league softball and enjoyed bowling and volleyball, still had her athletic spirit, and at the suggestion of her husband, she began pitching horseshoes in 1991.

  • Tournament attracts top pitchers

    Pitchers from all over the state will descend on the Beverly Hills Horseshoe Club (BHHC) this week for the 54th annual Florida Championship Horseshoe Tournament. The tournament runs Wednesday through Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. each day.

    It’s the largest event sanctioned by the Florida State Horseshoe Pitchers Association, which wraps up its 2013-14 season next week after 76 scheduled tournaments during the past year.

  • Board to cancel AmeriGas lease

    INVERNESS — Citrus County will give AmeriGas Propane Inc. 120 days to vacate the land it leases from the county in Inverness, even as officials try to find a new location to keep the company in the county.

    The county commission voted 4-1 to cancel the land lease with AmeriGas, setting up a land exchange between the county and city that benefits both entities.

  • Park names panther cub ‘Yuma’

    Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park 

    has announced that “Yuma” is the name selected for the Florida panther kitten that will make its home at the park. 

    “Yuma” is Native American for “Son of the Chief.” 

  • Grass height faces chop

    INVERNESS — Allowing grass to grow to 18 inches is too high, some residents told county commissioners on Tuesday.

    “Beverly Hills has been trying to combat the problem of a blighted neighborhood now for many years,” said Commissioner Joe Meek at the meeting of the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). 

  • Residents get up-close look at recycling

    LECANTO — A well dressed guy might be wearing recycled plastic water bottles — 26 to be exact — if he takes an extra large suit jacket and trousers. 

    That and many other uses for recycled waste materials were just some of the information shared during an Earth Day tour of recycling facilities.

    Sponsored by Keep Citrus County Beautiful, the Tuesday event attracted 40 participants, from kindergarteners to senior citizens.

  • Home invasion suspect arrested

    A Beverly Hills man has been arrested on charges of home invasion and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

    According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Anthony John Selvester, 52, of South Harrison Street, was arrested Monday evening in connection with a home invasion and robbery.

  • Man accused of sex with minor

    A 20-year-old man is facing several sex-related charges stemming from an alleged relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

    Matthew R. Morrison of Yankeetown was arrested Tuesday and charged with traveling to seduce a child in a sex act; use of the Internet to lure a child, lewd and lascivious molestation of person younger than age 16 and lewd and lascivious molestation and resisting an officer without violence. His bond is $35,500.