Local News

  • Couple faces meth-trafficking charges

    A Floral City couple was accused Tuesday evening of having a large amount of methamphetamine in their vehicle along with several pieces of equipment and chemicals to produce the narcotic.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies detained 33-year-old Timothy H. Knibbs and 44-year-old Dorothea A. Knibbs during a traffic stop inside the parking of the Brannen Bank in Floral City, according to the Knibbs’ arrest reports.

  • The last day of school
  • Cheerleaders offer camp for kids

    Elisha Neubauer 

    For the Chronicle

    Summer break is kicking off with a buzz for the Citrus High School cheerleading squad. Both junior varsity and varsity cheerleading squads will be hosting the annual CHS Kids’ Camp, which runs from May 30 to June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. The camp is open to children from ages 3-12 and will give interested participants an opportunity to learn or hone skill sets from advanced cheerleaders.  

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  • Rays win at last

    ST. PETERSBURG — Steven Souza Jr. homered twice to rally the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.

    Colby Rasmus also went deep for the Rays and Erasmo Ramirez pitched six strong innings in his third start of the season.

    Albert Pujols hit his 597th career home run, a two run shot in the first for the Angels. It was his sixth of the season.

  • Citrus High grad’s career soars in Air Force


    Gwen Bittner

    Staff writer

    The last time April Brittian walked the halls of Citrus High School she was a graduating senior. Now she is a chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force helping launch rockets into space. 

    Class of 1994 alumna Brittian and her comrade Sgt. Eric Kensel visited freshmen and sophomore JROTC students at Citrus High on Tuesday to talk about everyday life in the Air Force. 

  • POSTSCRIPT: Steve Ekeli: Coach and family man

    If Steve Ekeli was your coach, you could count on him to, as he put it, “ride you like a mechanical pony out in front of Kmart.”

    You could count on him to threaten you with 10,000 burpees if you were late to practice or make you run until HE got tired.

    If you littered, he might say he would make you chew a big wad of bubble gum, stick it on your nose, then get on your hands and knees to pick up crumbs.

  • Judge rejects challenge to Silver Springs standards

    An administrative law judge Wednesday sided with the St. Johns River Water Management District in a dispute about minimum water flows and levels for Silver Springs in Marion County. 

  • Scott gets transportation, terrorism bills

    A measure to create statewide criminal offenses for terrorism and a wide-ranging transportation bill were sent to Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday. 

    The anti-terrorism proposal (HB 457), sponsored by Rep. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice, would make it a first-degree felony to engage in terrorism or a terrorist activity that results in death or injury; prohibit “military-type training” in Florida by federally designated foreign terrorist organizations; and forbid providing support to terrorist organizations. 

  • Humane Society says shark fin law needs more teeth

    A day after Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a measure (SB 884) targeting the practice of shark “finning,” the Humane Society of the United States said Wednesday that lawmakers need to do more.