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Major accident ties up traffic on U.S. Hwy. 441 in Leesburg

A major accident was tying up traffic Wednesday afternoon on U.S. Hwy. 441 in Leesburg. The accident occurred at about 2 p.m. near Cecil Clark Chevrolet in the 8800 block of U.S. Hwy. 441. A large truck towing a flatbed trailer crashed into the side of a green Jeep, leaving...
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Multiple patients injured in Leesburg crash causing delays on US 441

LEESBURG, Fla. – At least one person was transported to the hospital Wednesday afternoon following a crash on U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg, causing delays in the area, fire officials said in a Facebook post. According to police, the crash occurred in front of Cecil Clark Chevrolet and Phillips...

Woman charged with dating violence after allegedly biting boyfriend

A Leesburg woman was arrested on a warrant last week charging her with dating violence. The probable cause affidavit in support of the arrest warrant stated that 22-year-old Deja Lania Dabney on June 13 attacked a man she had been dating while the man had been a passenger in a car Dabney was driving.

We should be allowed to face our accusers

So much concern and attention is placed on a little white cross, yet there are eyesores in many neighborhoods throughout The Villages. I’m not talking about well-placed lawn ornaments neatly placed in beautifully landscaped front yards, rather the haphazardly places “disasters” found sporadically in various communities. Yes, we should all be allowed to decorate our yards in ways that make us happy, but remember this is a community and we need to consider how our adorned yards affect those around us. For example, if you were looking to purchase a home in The Villages, would you choose a home found next to a neat, moderately adorned yard, or the one that looks like an eyesore or front yard rummage sale? We all want our homes and yards to be our own, personalizing them with our special touch, just not go overboard and think of those around us. A little white cross, placed neatly in the yard hurts no one, but a yard filled with a dozen little white crosses would become redundant or even an eyesore.

Woman arrested on felony charge of driving while license suspended

A woman was arrested on a felony charge of driving while license suspended when she was caught back behind the wheel in Lady Lake. Elizabeth Jasmine Roman, 28, of Leesburg, was at the wheel of a black 2015 Chevrolet Malibu at 7:53 a.m. Monday when she was pulled over at County Road 466 and Clay Avenue, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department.

Warring Lady Lake couple jailed after laundry detergent dumping brawl

A warring Lady Lake couple was jailed after a brawl in which they allegedly dumped laundry detergent on each other. Officers were called Sunday to the couple’s home on Shenandoah Avenue. Erica Lyn Marsh, 41, told officers she had asked 49-year-old Jesse Rackow to vacate the premises but was...

Leesburg man circling historic Mote Morris House nabbed on DUI charge

A Leesburg man was arrested late Friday afternoon after circling the historic Mote Morris House located at 1195 Magnolia Street in Leesburg. A woman reported that a maroon Ram pickup truck circled the house almost hitting several parked cars and a dumpster. The woman also told the dispatcher that the truck was not stopping at stop signs.

Winter Garden woman dies in helicopter crash

A 73-year-old woman was among the six victims of a helicopter crash Wednesday, June 22, in West Virginia,. According to West Virginia's chief medical examiner, Carolyn O'Connor, of Winter Garden, died when the Bell UH-1B helicopter in which she was a passenger crashed. The other victims were John Nagle, 53,...

Fourth at the Farm Fundraising Concert

This July 4th, Whitehead Farms and Operation Heart FELT will present a grand Fourth of July Celebration to benefit children in need. The event will have nationally renowned country music artists, a fireworks show, food and fun for the entire family. The entire community is invited to enjoy the Fourth at the Farm.

You may be surprised by the cost of the new proposed fire district

Citizens of The Villages have indicated that they support the concept of a new special fire and rescue district and they will get to vote if they want it on the November ballot. This article is not about the potential benefit of having this district only about the potential cost of it. I am writing this to inform that that there has been little information to date on how to figure out what each person could pay to have that fire district. You will need three pieces of information: your home’s Market Value, Land Value, and Taxable Value. All three numbers are available from your property tax record on the county website. For illustration purposes we will use a “Designer Home” in The Villages with the following values: Market Value: $539k; Land Value: $154k and Taxable Value: $488k. It is important to note that every household pays a different rate depending on the value of their home.

Backroom Briefing: On a Road to Nowhere?

Local-government opposition continues to build against an extension of Florida’s Turnpike that state lawmakers promoted as helping with future growth and hurricane evacuations. The Citrus County Commission on Monday backed a “no-build” stance as it considered four proposed options for extending the turnpike northwest from Wildwood, where the toll...

Commission approves east Winter Garden rezoning

The Winter Garden City Commission approved several ordinances pertaining to the rezoning of east Winter Garden at its Thursday, June 23, meeting. The city was requesting to change the zoning and future land use designation on 48.07 acres located east of South West Crown Point Road, west of State Road 429, north of East Maple Street and south of East Plant Street.
Citrus County Chronicle

Inverness to host largest free concert in county history for Independence Day

This year, Inverness prepares for an exciting Independence Day celebration, as the city’s annual event will feature national country music performer Eddie Montgomery, in addition to fireworks, games and food. Steve Schurdell, managing partner of local radio stations including Citrus 95.3, Fox Classic Hits 96.7, Greatest Hits 106.3 and...

Brooksville farm owners plant seed for country music venue

BROOKSVILLE — You don’t have to drive very far east along Cortez Road to find an entrance to Whitehead Farms, where Donnie Whitehead’s family has farmed for decades. “We’ve got a 30-acre cattle farm that’s been in my family since 1958,” he said. “My grandparents built this house in 1958 and lived here until my grandmother died in 2002, and it’s been in my family the whole time.”

Ride the waves at Lake Minneola this 4th of July weekend

CLERMONT, Fla. — We are approaching the Fourth of July holiday weekend, which means tons of fun from, BBQs to fireworks. However, if you're looking for another family-friendly way to spend the long weekend and cool off from the summer heat, look no further than a local family-owned business in Clermont.
Citrus County Chronicle

Burglaries, thefts, vandalisms report: June 30, 2022

Here are the reported burglaries, thefts and vandalisms (criminal mischiefs) released Thursday, June 30, by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office:. Theft, 2:34 p.m. June 24, off of Suncoast Boulevard, Homosassa;. Theft, 4:07 p.m. June 28, off of Nesbitt Lane, Dunnellon;. Vehicle burglary, 6:14 a.m. June 29, off of Constitution...