Today's News

  • ‘A good problem’

    CRYSTAL RIVER - As the Gulf of Mexico gets colder during the winter months, manatees and humans alike migrate to one of Crystal River’s most sought-after waterways: Three Sisters Springs.

    Opening day for public access into the springs was Nov. 15, but visitations from people are still climbing to a peak.

  • No happy trails for bicyclists

    INVERNESS — Four days a week, Harry and Mary van den Berg take their tandem recumbent bike out on the Withlacoochee State Trail for 40 miles of leisurely riding.

    The van den Bergs, who moved to Floral City because of its access to the state trail, enjoy the pure simplicity of the trail. Miles of straight ride, with no inconveniences other than stopping for vehicle traffic at intersections.

    That was until the North Independence Highway project came along.

  • Crystal Automotive shows support for Citrus County YMCA

    The Crystal Automotive Group has become one of the largest supporters of the capital campaign to build a YMCA in Citrus County. The owners of the company have pledged $750,000 toward the construction of a new Y.

    The facility will be built on County Road 486 in Lecanto. Steve and Jewel Lamb, the owners of Crystal, have been supporters of the Citrus County Y effort from its inception. 

  • Publix supports YMCA
  • City, water district work with U.S. Fish and Wildlife

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River might own 70 percent of the 57-acre refuge that is Three Sisters, according to the Three Sisters land-management agreement.

    However, the city and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) defer to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) expertise when it comes to actually managing the refuge and the waters within.

  • Three Sisters land access off to roaring start

    More than 1,100 tourists have been shuttled to and from Three Sisters Springs’ boardwalk since Nov. 15, when manatee-peeping season began, according to officials.

    And, according to Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Manager Andrew Gude, an old adage applies to the maiden season of land access by the public at the popular destination for viewing or swimming with the manatees.

  • Fire Services wants help keeping wreath green

    Christmas wreaths have a whole new meaning this holiday season.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue division personnel hung wreaths at fire stations in Beverly Hills, Crystal River, Inverness and Homosassa — each with 24 green bulbs.

  • New child restraint law begins Jan. 1

    Beginning Jan. 1, every motor vehicle operator in Florida will be required to use a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint for children until age 6, but the right seat for each child really depends on height, weight and correct fit.

  • For the Record 12/21/14

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office


    * A burglary to a structure was reported at 12:19 p.m. Dec. 17 in the 4000 block of S. Brian Point, Homosassa.

    * A vehicle burglary was reported at 9:03 p.m. Dec. 17 in the 6800 block of S. Threshold Point, Homosassa.

    * A vehicle burglary was reported at 1:48 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, in the 8100 block of E. Gobbler Court, Floral City.

  • Rescued cats may be adoptable

    What once was thought a dire fate for more than 100 cats rescued from a house in Floral City has taken a turn for the better for many.

    The county believes at least 20 of the cats that have been housed at the Citrus County Animal Shelter since mid-November may be adoptable soon.

    The Humanitarians of Florida received 15 of the cats from the shelter, adopted two and has another 13 available for adoption.