Today's News http://www.chronicleonline.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Rain dries up for holiday http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/rain-dries-holiday <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1127_nz_couple_on_dock.jpg" alt="Orlando residents Terry Taylor, left, and Sharon Dudley keep warm Wednesday on a blustery afternoon in Crystal River at Roger Goettelmann Memorial Pier. Windy conditions following a cold front that dragged across Florida on Tuesday and up the East Coast on Wednesday disrupted travelers during the busiest travel time of the year. Locally, post-frontal conditions dropped temperatures and pushed much of the water from local tidal rivers with a strong wind, causing numerous vessels in shallow waters to lay on their sides. " title="Orlando residents Terry Taylor, left, and Sharon Dudley keep warm Wednesday on a blustery afternoon in Crystal River at Roger Goettelmann Memorial Pier. Windy conditions following a cold front that dragged across Florida on Tuesday and up the East Coast on Wednesday disrupted travelers during the busiest travel time of the year. Locally, post-frontal conditions dropped temperatures and pushed much of the water from local tidal rivers with a strong wind, causing numerous vessels in shallow waters to lay on their sides. " align="left" hspace="6" width="54" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Morning fog on Tuesday preceded an afternoon deluge of rain, drenching Citrus County.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The Citrus County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office had reports of several flooded areas, especially in the Inverness area near Withlacoochee Technical College and West Main Street.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Areas in southwest Citrus County seemed to be hit the hardest, with close to 5 inches of rain.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Woman charged with animal cruelty http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/woman-charged-animal-cruelty <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1127_neglected_dog_mia.jpg" alt="This pit bull was removed from the home of a Hernando woman after authorities concluded the dog had been a victim of neglect." title="This pit bull was removed from the home of a Hernando woman after authorities concluded the dog had been a victim of neglect." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> A neighbor&rsquo;s concern and tip to sheriff&rsquo;s officials about a malnourished dog led to the Tuesday afternoon arrest of a Hernando woman.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Rebecca Jean Johnson, 35, was arrested on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after a Citrus County sheriff&rsquo;s deputy determined Johnson was neglecting her dog, Mia.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Thankful for donations http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/thankful-donations <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1126_food_give-a-way_2.jpg" alt="Diane Toto, left, president of the We Care Food Pantry, and Michelle Adams, manager of Regions Bank, talk while standing in front of hundreds of boxes of nonperishable food supplies donated by the Mormon Church. People who signed up for the recent Feeding Alliance Thanksgiving program received a turkey and one of these boxes of food to complete their meal. " title="Diane Toto, left, president of the We Care Food Pantry, and Michelle Adams, manager of Regions Bank, talk while standing in front of hundreds of boxes of nonperishable food supplies donated by the Mormon Church. People who signed up for the recent Feeding Alliance Thanksgiving program received a turkey and one of these boxes of food to complete their meal. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <div id="cke_pastebin"> &nbsp;</div> </div> Hernando Elementary students punting to state competition http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/hernando-elementary-students-punting-state-competition <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1127_nz_punt_pass_and_kick.jpg" alt="Luke Sadecki , left, Alana “Rosie” Garbig, Molly Bender and will compete in the punt, pass and kick competition at Raymond James Stadium before Sunday’s Bucs game." title="Luke Sadecki , left, Alana “Rosie” Garbig, Molly Bender and will compete in the punt, pass and kick competition at Raymond James Stadium before Sunday’s Bucs game." align="left" hspace="6" width="94" height="85" /><div> &nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>Laura Bittner</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>Staff Writer</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Students at Hernando Elementary School have been practicing daily to prepare for the punt, pass and kick state competition at Raymond James Stadium prior to Sunday&rsquo;s Tampa Bay Buccaneers&rsquo; game.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> EDC cuts funding ties with county http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/edc-cuts-funding-ties-county <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/taylor_don_2013_rgb.jpg" alt="Don Taylor -EDC executive director." title="Don Taylor -EDC executive director." align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> The Citrus County Economic Development Council (EDC) has followed up on a concept it has been considering for years.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> This week, EDC Executive Director Don Taylor formally notified the county that the council will be going private at the end of the year.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> In his Nov. 25 letter notifying the Board of County Commissioners, Taylor stated the council&rsquo;s intent to no longer request funding for operations as of Dec. 31.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Thanksgiving prep http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/thanksgiving-prep <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1127_nz_thanksgiving_feeding.jpg" alt="First Baptist Church of Crystal River decorating committee chairwoman Shandry Hembree pours a colorful liquid into floating-candle vessels Wednesday morning as the church prepares for today’s community Thanksgiving meal. " title="First Baptist Church of Crystal River decorating committee chairwoman Shandry Hembree pours a colorful liquid into floating-candle vessels Wednesday morning as the church prepares for today’s community Thanksgiving meal. " align="left" hspace="6" width="59" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">CRYSTAL RIVER &mdash;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">When Marylou Rusovitch and her family lived in New York, they were used to 22 people sitting around the Thanksgiving table.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> When the family of five moved to Citrus County, they missed having the hustle and bustle of lots of people to share the holiday meal with &mdash; until they learned of the community Thanksgiving dinner offered each year at First Baptist Church of Crystal River.</div> Law on the lookout for ambush suspects http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/law-lookout-ambush-suspects <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1127_keith_warren_hernandez.jpg" alt="Keith Warren Hernandez" title="Keith Warren Hernandez" align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">A woman was severely injured Tuesday night after two attackers reportedly ambushed her during a drug deal in a McDonald&rsquo;s bathroom.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Deputies are on the lookout for Emerald Marie Smith, 26, and Keith Warren Hernandez, 30, in connection with the incident.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> For the record 11/27/2014 http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/record-11272014 <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>Domestic&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">battery arrests</span></strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>* Lenard Farr</strong>, 59, of Floral City, at 10:40 a.m. Nov. 25 on an active warrant for violating an injunction against domestic violence.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">*&nbsp;</span>Robert Gardner Jr.</strong>, 48, of Lecanto, at 3:59 a.m.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Nov. 26 on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.</span></div>