Local News

  • Inspiration in a bottle

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Cubby’s Art Studio is adorned with hundreds of blue bottles, each meant to heal and ward off evil.

    According to African folklore, the bottle trees assist in capturing evil spirits. The bottle traps roaming spirits inside, and when the sun hits the bottle, the spirits are burned up. It’s widely accepted that the bottle trees originated in the Congo region as early as the 9th century.

  • CHS football coach steps down

    Citrus High School head football coach Justin Taylor has stepped down from his position on the cusp of the Hurricanes’ season opener.

    Taylor confirmed the move late Wednesday, stating it was for personal reasons. The Hurricanes will kick off at Lyman High School tonight at 7 p.m.

  • Inverness man who represented self gets life

    A Circuit Court judge assured Jeffry Roy Dickerson’s ex-wife peace when he sentenced the Inverness man to life in prison Thursday for holding the woman hostage at gunpoint in her own home.

    “This lady has waited to live the rest of her life … knowing you’re forever going to be gone,” Judge Richard “Ric” Howard told 61-year-old Dickerson at his sentencing hearing before imposing the life-without-parole sanction for the charge of armed burglary.

  • Water project: Some happy, some wary

    It all started 10 years ago with one resident who became sick. 

    Her doctor said it was arsenic poisoning.

    The resident took the doctor’s report to the Citrus County Health Department, which tested her well water.

  • Fire damages Lecanto home

    A fire caused by a lightning strike damaged a Lecanto area home’s roof Tuesday afternoon.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office fire rescue crews from stations in Sugarmill Woods and Homosassa were dispatched at 4:08 p.m. to 7121 W. Kirk Point, where they arrived at 4:20 p.m. to find light smoke coming from the roof of the manufactured home, according to a fire incident report.

  • Schools want parents to know about texting service

    The Citrus County school district is calling on parents and guardians to opt in to a text-message service which would provide immediate and direct information in the event of an emergency.

    Executive Director of School Support Services Jonny Bishop said the district already sent out an initial text asking parents to opt in, but the response was scant.

  • District, candidate dispute drug issue

    The Citrus County school district has released statistics that show a steady decline in on-campus drug and alcohol offenses over the past few years.

    District Director of Student Services Regina Allegretta said the statistics were compiled in response to Citrus County School Board candidate Sandy Counts’ endorsement rebuttal, published in the Aug. 17 Chronicle, in which Counts stated, “The drug stores on our school campuses need to be closed.”

  • The Centers angling to accept Baker Act cases

    More help for mentally ill patients in Citrus County could be on the way.

    Officials with The Centers, a nonprofit organization that provides inpatient and outpatient mental health services in Marion and Citrus counties, has applied for a $1.2 million state grant to reconfigure some of the space at its existing Lecanto facility and turn it into a central receiving facility for local Baker Act patients.

  • A snip in time

    Snippet Citrus has a license to snip.

    The local, all-volunteer nonprofit, which provides low-cost spay and neuter services, recently received a $20,000 grant from Florida Animal Friend Inc. to subsidize the snips. The money came from the proceeds of “Florida Animal Friend” license-plate sales.

  • County briefs 8/25/16

    Veterans’ golf benefit tees off Sept. 10 in Citrus Hills

    The 12th annual Citrus County Veterans Golf Tournament will be Sept. 10 at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club for the benefit of the Citrus County Veterans Foundation Inc. 

    Check-in for the four-person scramble will be at 7:30 a.m. at the tiki bar, with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Individuals and groups short of four persons will be combined to make a team. You do not need to be a veteran to participate.