Progressive Amateur Golf Tour forming

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


'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.


'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.  

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.

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). 


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.

Homosassa game and fish club supports cf student scholarships

FROM LEFT: CF Vice President of Regional Campuses Dr. Vernon Lawter, Cathy Holiday, CF Foundation Development Director Traci Mason, Connie Vazquez and Bobby Denton.

(OCALA, Fla.) Feb. 20, 2017 — The Homosassa Game and Fish Club presented a check for $2,356 to the CF Foundation to increase student scholarships.

The club partnered with the CF Foundation in 2005 to establish an endowed scholarship for CF students from Homosassa and Citrus County.


YMCA Youth in Government Week in Citrus County

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Citrus County YMCA Youth in Government program. (February 14, 2017)
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners have proclaimed the week of Feb. 20-24 as YMCA Youth in Government Week.
Citrus County YMCA stands firmly committed to promoting and inspiring the next generation of citizen servant leaders through experiential learning with the YMCA’s Youth in Government program. 
The Youth in Government delegates learn the inner workings of state and local government, which helps to guide and inspire them in their future goals and career paths.

CHS student awarded FPRA scholarship

INVERNESS - The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Nature Coast Chapter recently awarded the first of its three college scholarships to Kelly Abramowich of Citrus High School.

The scholarships are awarded to deserving Citrus County high school seniors who have an interest in pursuing a college education in public relations, communications or a related field such as advertising, journalism, radio/television, graphic arts or visual communication.

Crystal River Eagle Riders donate gifts

On March 22, 2014 the Eagle Riders from Crystal River Eagles 4272 held their 3rd Annual Memorial Poker Run for Al Mortz.

They donated the proceeds from that bike run to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County.

Also that evening, the Eagle Riders presented Gail Faria, Boys & Girls Clubs office manager, with a variety of new sports equipment for the Robert Halleen Club in Homosassa.

In the photo at right are, from left: Gail Faria, Boys & Girls Clubs; Steve McColgan, President of the Crystal River Aerie 4272 and  Ellen Dunn, Eagle Riders President.


All three B&GC neighborhood clubs open for summer camps

By Cindi Fein,

Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County

Great things happen at the Boys and Girls Clubs, and summer is no exception.

Outdoor  activities,  arts and crafts, cooking,  and science and robotics sessions  will focus on a different theme each week, including Beach Party, Time Warp, Movie Week and more.

Plantation Inn now official IGFA fish weigh station

The Plantation on Crystal River is now home to the only official International Game Fish Association (IGFA) weigh station for more than 400 miles to the north or south on Florida’s West Coast.

Good for far more than bragging rights, the weigh station gives local anglers and guests a chance to have their catch considered for one of IGFA’s nearly 7,000 world records.

Boys & Girls Clubs chooses fresh face as Executive Director

Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County in welcoming Cindi Fein as the Executive Director/Chief Professional Officer.

Anne Pope, Vice President of Operations for the clubs says, “Cindi brings excitement to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County. Her enthusiasm has already been felt by our team! We know 2014 will be a great year for our operation!”

Nature Coast EMS team member receives Rotary 'Service Above Self Award'

By Katie Lucas

Nature Coast EMS

In the business of emergency medical services, Nature Coast EMS provides continuous training of all EMTs and paramedics.

We want them to be prepared for any situation they may face. We also provide them with the latest tools and technology. We want them and need them to be mindful and respectful of all patients in providing the best possible care in the field.

Leadership Citrus aids local restoration efforts

Each Leadership Citrus class votes on a community project and this year, after an overwhelming vote, the class chose to give their time and energy to the restoration efforts started by H.D Bassett and Frank Peters of the Duval House Trust.

The house was built by John Paul Formy-Duval in 1866.

Two additions were made to the structure in later years. The Duval House Trust plans to remove the two additions and restore the structure as accurately to its original condition as possible.


Black named 2013 public relations pro of year

The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association recognized member Anne Black as its first Public Relations Professional of the Year at its 5th Annual Roast ‘n Toast Event in March.

The PR Professional of the Year award will be given annually to an FPRA Nature Coast member for demonstrating excellence in leadership, management and communication skills.


Sponsor donations tallied for Boys & Girls Clubs

CRYSTAL RIVER, Nov. 13, 2012 — Twenty-six sponsors made a $7,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County possible on Nov. 3 at the 5th annual Kings Bay 5K.

The sunrise race, hosted by Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, brought more than 200 athletes to the beautiful shores of Crystal River.

“We love that Kings Bay 5K offers residents a safe and fun way to exercise, said Amy Kingery, event coordinator. “At the same time, the race benefits local non-profit agencies that protect the wellbeing of our community.”


Two Homosassa groups at odds over old fire house

Two Homosassa-based groups are at odds over who will get to lease an old, unused fire house in that city.

The Homosassa Civic Club and the "We Care Food Pantry" were at the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday to lodge their complaints.

Old Homosassa resident and civic club president Jim Bitter told commissioners that he had been called by someone with the "We Care" group saying that investigators said he had incited neighbors near the old fire house to oppose the use of the facility to feed homeless people.

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