Local News

  • Home sweat home

    Diane Dobry: For the Chronicle

    Since the Habitat for Humanity office in Citrus County opened in 1993, homes have been built and bought by 142 families, and 32 more are approved and working toward their homes. This year, the organization expects to serve 20 families. 

  • Business owner charged in roofing case

    The owner of a Polk County company blamed for cheating insurance companies out of thousands of dollars in deposits for new roofs in Sugarmill Woods was arrested Friday on fraud charges.

    Duane M. Cottier, 46, who also went by Michael Cottier, is being held in the Polk County jail on $1 million bond, charged on a warrant with organized fraud over $50,000, according to Polk County records.

  • Board expected to vote on fertilizer restrictions

    Citrus County commissioners are receiving pushback for a proposed fertilizer ordinance they are expected to vote on today.

    The proposed ordinance would ban the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen on lawns from February through July and during times of heavy rain, or tropical weather.

    Commissioners wanted to approve the ordinance before the new board takes office. Three new commissioners will be voted in on Nov. 8, replacing outgoing Commissioners Scott Adams, Dennis Damato and Joe Meek.

  • School board to meet today

    By Gwen Bittner, For the Chronicle

  • Alleged kidnapper opts for trial, faces life

    An Inverness man accused of abducting a young girl from her bedroom will face a jury, and potentially life in prison.

    Appearing in court Monday, 21-year-old Jeffrey Dale Story told Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard he wants to go to trial, which starts Thursday.

    Attorneys selected Story’s eight jurors — two men and six women — on Monday.

  • Traffic stop leads to trafficking arrest

    A Homosassa man stands accused of trafficking in methamphetamine and possessing a gun as a convicted felon after being pulled over for driving through a stop sign early Monday morning.

    A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped 29-year-old Markus Allen Knierim for the alleged traffic violation at the intersection of South Ohio Avenue and West Homosassa Trail at approximately 12:07 a.m., according to Knierim’s arrest report.

  • Church packed for The Path
  • Council hears springs ideas, makes change to trolley deal

    The Crystal River City Council got guidance Monday night on directing the future of development at Three Sisters Springs and made a last-minute change to its plan for trolley service to and from the site.

    The Three Sisters Springs Community Working Group, comprised of citizens and other interested parties, has met monthly since June to draft a list of suggestions for development of the popular tourist destination based on requirements from the Florida Communities Trust, which assisted with the purchase of the property.

  • County briefs 10/25/16

    New Church Without Walls raising funds

    Since 2001, the New Church Without Walls has been a place to feed the entire community, body and soul.

  • Kitchen says he’s enjoyed role as BOCC peacekeeper

    When Ron Kitchen Jr. abruptly adjourned the Citrus County Commission meeting on Feb. 23, he was sending a message.

    Kitchen, the board chairman, had just battled with Commissioner Scott Adams over what Kitchen believed was Adams making unfounded allegations against the county staff. Repeatedly, Kitchen asked Adams to stop. Adams would not, and the county commission adjourned the meeting early.

    It was an unprecedented action, and Kitchen didn’t want a repeat.