Today's News http://www.chronicleonline.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Season for spooky fun http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/season-spooky-fun <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1024_halloween.jpg" alt="Betsy Dearth makes some minor adjustments on the teacher witch at witch school Thursday morning in preparation for Friday and Saturday when the Homosassa Wildlife Park Visitor Center will host a haunted house. Halloween tram rides will also be available. The event opens at 6 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. both days. http://www.spiphotos.smugmug.com/" title="Betsy Dearth makes some minor adjustments on the teacher witch at witch school Thursday morning in preparation for Friday and Saturday when the Homosassa Wildlife Park Visitor Center will host a haunted house. Halloween tram rides will also be available. The event opens at 6 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. both days. http://www.spiphotos.smugmug.com/" align="left" hspace="6" width="95" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">What&rsquo;s Halloween without ghouls and free-roaming zombies, a boogeymen under the bed, killers with chainsaws and a cannibal or two?</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> This weekend and continuing through Oct. 31, there are plenty of opportunities to be scared out of your socks.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Authorities bust pot smuggling operation http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/authorities-bust-pot-smuggling-operation <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1024_bree_ann_benson.jpg" alt="Bree Ann Benson" title="Bree Ann Benson" align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">A Citrus County resident was arrested Wednesday following the conclusion of three search warrants executed by county, state and federal authorities attempting to end an illegal marijuana mailing service from California to Florida.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Bree Ann Benson, 20, of Dunnellon, was taken into federal custody Wednesday on criminal complaint charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, and structuring conspiracy.</div> Business finds new home http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/business-finds-new-home <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nz_1024_3a_country_at_home.jpg" alt="Betsy Moody, owner of Country at Home, recently moved her longtime Inverness business from Main Street to the plaza on Tompkins Street behind the Inverness Government Center. " title="Betsy Moody, owner of Country at Home, recently moved her longtime Inverness business from Main Street to the plaza on Tompkins Street behind the Inverness Government Center. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">INVERNESS &mdash; Country at Home has left the building, but not the city.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The longtime country gift store owned by Betsy Moody recently moved from its Main Street location into a storefront next to the Hen House on Tompkins Street in the plaza behind the Inverness Government Center.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Chronicle political forum video coverage http://www.chronicleonline.com/chronicleforumvideocoverage <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lyn_denise_dymond_lyn_2014_0_0.jpg" alt="Denise Dymond Lyn" title="Denise Dymond Lyn" align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><div> <img alt="Debate" src="/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/uploaded/images/DebateHeadingC1411_M_150_C_R.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 192px;" /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> GOP endorses candidate in nonpartisan race http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/gop-endorses-candidate-nonpartisan-race <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/milan_bob_2014.jpg" alt="Robert Milan" title="Robert Milan" align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">A mail piece from the Citrus County Republican Party shows support for two Republicans in local races.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Nothing unusual about that &mdash; except one of the candidates, Robert Milan, is in the nonpartisan mosquito control board race and two of his three opponents are also Republican.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Cooter Fest is back http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/cooter-fest-back <div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">INVERNESS &mdash; What started as a small-town festival celebrating the humble river turtle has turned into a full-on, multi-day, multi-event extravaganza.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The 11th annual Great American Cooter Fest&rsquo;s main events begin today in downtown Inverness and continue through Sunday.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> COURT DIGEST: Murder suspect makes court appearance http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/court-digest-murder-suspect-makes-court-appearance <div id="cke_pastebin"> Crystal Ann Austin, who is charged with attempted first-degree murder with a deadly weapon, made a brief court appearance Thursday.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Austin, 37, was arrested in June after allegedly stabbing a Sugarmill Woods man in the back with a large kitchen knife, According to the Citrus County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office, the stabbing occurred during an argument. The victim then barricaded himself in a bathroom and waited for help to arrived. However, Austin reportedly continued to stab at the bathroom door, threatening the victim.</div> Man charged with possessing weapons as a convicted felon http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/man-charged-possessing-weapons-convicted-felon <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/michael_paul_watkins_0.jpg" alt="Michael Watkins - remains in custody" title="Michael Watkins - remains in custody" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Preliminary and detention hearings were held Thursday afternoon in federal court for Michael Paul Watkins after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) collected and processed all illegally obtained weaponry and explosives found in Watkins&rsquo; Citrus Springs&rsquo; residence.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The court found after the preliminary hearing through testimony of ATF Special Agent Yannick Deslauriers that there was enough probable cause to believe Watkins committed the two allegations made against him.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">