Local News

  • CR council to tackle unfinished business

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The city council will meet Wednesday evening to finalize the Aug. 11 discussions on improving or adding water access points into King’s Bay. 

    The proposed water access improvements will attempt to ease the climbing usage of current docks and boat ramps by boaters and paddle-sport enthusiasts.

  • ‘Just one voice’

    He is only 17 years old, but Citrus High School senior Noah MacGinnis is an aspiring politician with a sense of what current candidates are enduring today.

    During the summer, MacGinnis was one of 545 upcoming Florida senior boys who traveled to Tallahassee for a weeklong American Legion-sponsored Florida Boys State program at the Capitol.

  • Hearings begin on natural gas plant

    The Florida Public Service Commission begins hearings today on whether Duke Energy can build its proposed natural gas power plant in Citrus County.

    Duke filed its petition in May for the combined cycle power plant, having determined the $1.5 billion project is the most cost-effective option. After a request for proposals, the company decided to self-build the plant

  • Discuss Three Sisters access

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge officials and the Crystal River City Council will have a public meeting about limited land-based public access to the Three Sisters Springs property at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

    Refuge officials will present a notice of intent seeking a single-entity concessionaire for a one-season deal beginning on Nov. 15 and ending on March 31, 2015.

  • Monday Conversation: Heather Nieb

    LECANTO - She lives and breathes helping students who are looking for a direction in life.

    Changing their negative behavior has been her priority and, for the past four years, her last thought before she closes her eyes at night.

    Every day, Principal Heather Nieb strives to ensure that she is making a difference in each and every student’s life at the Renaissance Center in Lecanto.

  • Rediscovering life after (almost) death

    Editor’s note: This is a continuation of a story about Steve Saint, a missionary who gained global fame as the son of jungle pilot Nate Saint, one of five missionaries who were killed by Waodani tribesmen in Ecuador in 1956. Steve lived among the very people who killed his father. He tells his story in the 2005 book, “End of the Spear,” and the movie of the same title. He also did all the stunt flying in the movie.

  • Call to all dispatchers

    The following conversation is a redacted 911 call courtesy of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office:

    Dispatcher: Citrus 911. What’s the address of the emergency?

    Caller: Hello?

    Dispatcher: Yes, hello?

    Caller: Hello, yes, I need an ambulance.

  • County briefs 8/25/14

    ­Port Authority meets Thursday

    The Citrus County Port Authority will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in Room 100 of the Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness. 

    The agenda will be available the week of the meeting. For those interested in reviewing the agenda, visit the Clerk of the Courts website: http://citruscountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx.


    Tuesday has universal primary

  • Working water

    BEVERLY HILLS - It’s as simple as just adding water. Sort of. Hydroponics, Latin for “working water,” is the art or practice of growing plants without soil. 

    For DuWayne Sipper, executive director of The Path rescue mission in Beverly Hills, it’s another way to grow nutritious food to feed hungry people.

  • Sertoma builds ramp for injured Crystal River man

    CRYSTAL RIVER — A local resident has experienced kind services from the Citrus County Sertoma Club, and he wants to say thank you.

    On Jan. 28, John “Jim” Bard was in the Dominican Republic on vacation when he slipped and broke his left hip.

    “It was dark at night and drizzling rain,” Bard said. “I somehow missed the bottom step going down the steps. I still haven’t figured out how I did it.”