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Fish kill reported on Withlacoochee River

A fish kill and possible sheen on the water were reported being seen on the Withlacoochee River near the end of Turner Camp Road. (Photo provided by Citrus County Sheriff's Office)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Monday was made aware of a fish kill and possible sheen on the water on the Withlacoochee River near the end of Turner Camp Road.

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Halls River Bridge project update set for Sept. 26

FDOT sealThe Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) was scheduled to have an update from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on the Halls River Bridge project at the regular BOCC meeting on Sept. 19.

However, the FDOT cannot be in attendance and the update has been rescheduled for the regular BOCC meeting on Sept. 26.

Meetings are held at the County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Avenue, Inverness, FL, and the public is invited to attend.

Who to call when dealing with trees, limbs and powerlines

A little close for comfort to powerlines.

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has no regulatory authority over power companies providing services in Citrus County.

The Florida Public Services Commission (PSC) regulates power companies in Florida. 

Trees and limbs in proximity to power lines are the jurisdiction of the power company, and the power company makes decisions regarding the cutting/trimming of trees and limbs. Questions on tree cutting and trimming should be addressed to your power provider.

The contact numbers for power providers in Citrus County are as follows:

Springs activist Mercer honored at SWFWMD meeting

Phillis Rosetti-Mercer was presented with the Springs Community Partner award in memory of the late springs activist, Bob Mercer of Crystal River (SWFWMD photo on August 29, 2017).

The Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District today recognized Bob Mercer, who passed away in January, for his passion and dedication to improving the Crystal River/Kings Bay spring system.

Duke Energy Florida files higher 2018 rates

Duke Energy LogoST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Duke Energy Florida (DEF) on Thursday filed its annual request to set electric rates for 2018 with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC).

Progressive Amateur Golf Tour forming

Golf BallCrystal River -- The Citrus County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) announces the first Progressive Amateur Golf Tour, a professi

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'Save Ozello' effort targets rezoning push

No Rezoning sign for The Village at Pirate’s Cove in Ozello

Ozello, FLA. -– "Yard Sign Army" donated 50 “No Re-zoning” yard signs to the "Committee to Save Ozello."

The signs went quickly at the Committee’s June 17 meeting.

The yard signs are intended to amplify residents’ objections to a Tennessee developer’s application to rezone property from residential to commercial in order to build a multiuse complex.

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Team effort secures grant for Sugarmill Woods landscape project

Sugarmill Woods logo

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Citrus County Administrator Randy Oliver was notified by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on July 18 that Citrus County’s requested funding of the State Road 700 (U.S. Hwy 98/West Ponce De Leon Boulevard) landscape project was approved for $395,000. 

'Blessings' and 'Feed The Kids' programs supported by United Way

Pictured are, from left, United Way’s CEO, Amy Meek and COO, and Meghan Pitzer. Amy and Meghan are shown packing Blessings’ bags. (July 2017)

Inverness, FL (7/17/2017) –- Citrus County Harvest has been awarded $40,000 by United Way of Citrus County. It is the largest grant to be received by Harvest since the creation of their Blessings program in 2009.

“The United Way grant will help fund two programs in the 2017-2018 academic year,” said Grace Hengesbach, Harvest’s Executive Director.  

Former Presbyterian worship leader arrested on sex charges

Chad Robison, 36, of Hernando
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office announced today the arrest of a former worship director on several sex charges, including video voyeurism, and lewd and lascivious exhibition.
 
Arrested was Chad Robison, 36, of Hernando, who was worship director at Seven Rivers Presbyterian from 2011 to 2017.
 
At a media news conference in Lecanto today, Sherif Mike Prendergast said that Citrus County detectives started this case back in May when a coworker discovered "inappropriate videos" on Robison’s laptop that he had left at work.

Altrusa celebrates centennial

Citrus County's chapter of Altrusa International is celebrating Altrusa Centennial Month. (July 11, 2017)
Citrus County's chapter of Altrusa International is celebrating Altrusa Centennial Month.
 
Altrusa International of Citrus county, Inc. was chartered in 1985 to improve the quality of life in the community through service projects, to show positive membership growth, and to increase public awareness of Altrusa in Citrus County.
 
Citrus County Altrusa members have provided thousands of service hours to the community, while Altrusa International volunteers have provided more than a million house of service to other communities around the world.
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Halls River Bridge keeps name, but also honors environmental activist

The late Jim Bitter of Homosassa

Homosassa's Hall's River Bridge will still be called that, but there will be a second sign that honors longtime environmental activist Jim Bitter.

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Water district acquires Rainbow River Ranch property

Rainbow River

Purchase made in partnership with Nature Conservancy

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) has closed on the purchase of the environmentally important Rainbow River Ranch.

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County seeks donations for animal shelter

Donate food to me now !Due to an unexpected influx of animals, the Citrus County Animal Shelter is asking the community for help by donating gently used towels, flat sheets and bath mats.

These donations will be used to keep the cats and dogs in a clean and comfortable environment.

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Students find leaky toilets

Sarah Cunningham’s 5th grade class of Hernando Elementary
In celebration of the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative, Citrus County Utilities challenged 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms to test home toilets for leaks in the third annual Classroom Leak Detection Challenge.
 
Twenty-nine classes from six schools tested 593 toilets using dye tablets provided by the utility. 
 
 “The students were surprised to learn that toilet leaks occur within the tank and bowl, not necessarily outside the toilet (leaking water on the floor),” said Forest Ridge Elementary 5th grade science teacher Kathy Kopp.
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Woman's Club celebrates 100-year anniversary

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from the GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald on May 9, 2017)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed May 9, 2017 as the 100-year anniversary of the General Federation of Woman’s Club of Inverness (GFWC).

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness has been working for the betterment of Citrus County since 1917 and has been responsible for many educational firsts in Citrus County including the establishment of the first library and Parent Teacher Association (PTA). 

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BOCC proclaims May as Older Americans Month in Citrus County

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from the Citrus County Senior Programs and local community centers. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald on May 9, 2017)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on May 9 proclaimed the month of May as Older Americans Month in Citrus County.

Older Americans richly contribute to our community. What it means “to age” has changed – for the better. Citrus County is committed to supporting older adults as they take charge of their health, explore new opportunities and activities, and focus on independence.

Telephone Reassurance volunteers wanted

The Nature Coast Volunteer Center is looking for volunteers to join the Telephone Reassurance Program team. Do you like talking on the phone? Would you like to volunteer from home?

2 teens dead, 1 injured in Friday car crash

Two teenageers have died and a third hospitalized following an accident on Friday evening near Champion Point.
 
The FHP said Saige Summer Fields, 18, was driving north on U.S.

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