Local News

  • 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.” 

  • Homosassa Springs Rotarians have mucky morning in Homosassa River

    HOMOSASSA — While many people were still sleeping Saturday morning, over 50 volunteers were wading in the waters of the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

    They weren’t taking in some morning sunshine, but instead scooping muck from the bottom of the river — Lyngbya, a nuisance algae often associated with polluted waters. 

  • ‘Following God’s trail’

    DUNNELLON — At age 5, Steve Saint would watch for his father’s yellow Piper Cruiser airplane, waiting for his safe return.

    Nate Saint was a missionary pilot who flew into areas where indigenous, primitive people lived, such as the jungles of Ecuador.

    In 1956, Nate and four other missionaries — Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming and Roger Youderian — made friendly contact with a particularly reclusive people, the Waodani, by exchanging gifts with them.

  • Business offers tools for native peoples

    “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” — Proverb

    DUNNELLON — For the most part, well-meaning missionaries and charitable organizations have it all wrong, said Steve Saint, I-TEC (Indigenous Peoples’ Technology and Education Center) founder, in a video presentation. I-TEC is a nonprofit Christian missions organization based at the Dunnellon airport.

  • It’s a flying car!

    DUNNELLON — It’s a car. And it can fly.

    Called the Maverick LSA (Light Sport Aircraft), the souped-up dune buggy with a giant propeller on the back is the brainchild of missionary and pilot Steve Saint.