Local News

  • Council gives approval to Riverwalk concept

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River got one step closer to having a Riverwalk on Monday when officials gave consensus approval to the design framework of a decades-long dream.

  • Commission to set wastewater, landfill rates

    Citrus County commissioners have a full day of business today, beginning with a budget workshop in the morning followed by a lengthy regular agenda in the afternoon.

    The budget workshop begins at 9 a.m. and will cover administration, offices and various other budgets. Commissioners are also scheduled to discuss the budgets of constitutional officers at 5:15 p.m.

    The regular meeting begins at 1 p.m. Agenda items include:

  • Sweltering heat to let up soon

    The temperature in Crystal River today is forecast to hit 93, but the heat index will top out at 105.

    Heading east won’t cool you off much. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Ruskin said Inverness will get up to 94 degrees, though the heat index will be a tad lower at just 103.

    With those kinds of toasty temps, it is no wonder weather and health officials are cautioning people to take care outdoors and practice safe summer skills.

  • Citing complexity of case, judge delays murder trial

    The scheduled murder trial for three defendants charged with the July 2012 shooting death of Jamie Seeger has been postponed, as the attorneys successfully argued they need more time to prepare.

    Defendants Lawrence James Vickers, 48, Crystal River, Marrio Demetric Williams, 30, Dunnellon, and Curtis Wilson, 32, St. Petersburg, were in court Monday for a pretrial hearing.

  • Wrench and willpower pay off

    INVERNESS — When you’re 15 and you don’t like school, you don’t think about being 40 with a wife and a houseful of kids to take care of.

    All you know is that you don’t want to do homework and listen to teachers’ boring lessons, so quitting sounds like a good idea — at least, it did for Roy Kelly.

  • Teacher hanging up her suit

    FLORAL CITY — In the past 45 years as a swimming instructor, Mary Ann Fulkerson has probably gone through about 200 bathing suits — at one time she had 17 bathing suits in her drawer. 

    She’s taught more kids than she can count — plus their kids.

    She has loved every minute of it, knowing that she has given kids the life-saving skills they need to prevent drowning. 

  • Wrench and willpower pay off
  • Man charged with sexually abusing teen

    A 46-year-old Floral City man was arrested Friday on numerous charges after allegations of sexual battery on a teenage girl surfaced.

    A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detective began investigating the allegations against Paul David Steed when it was reported on May 20 that Steed was abusing a 14-year-old girl, Steed’s arrest report states.

  • City to look at Riverwalk

    Crystal River officials might give a nod of approval to a proposed Riverwalk route during Monday’s government meetings.

    Board members of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, who also serve as the city council, have been deliberating since July 2015 on a number of Riverwalk routes drawn up by a design team. 

  • Monday Conversation: Andrew Gude