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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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Commissioner Smith speaks at Upward Bound student event

Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith was invited guest speaker at the Rotary Clubs of Citrus County’s Upward Bound program (March 23, 2017)

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith was invited guest speaker on Thursday at the Rotary Clubs of Citrus County’s Upward Bound program on Thursday. Upward Bound is a partnership between the Rotary Clubs of Citrus County and Citrus County School District.

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.

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Voters speak minds at 2016 Primary polling places

The final unofficial results have been posted in Citrus County's 2016 primary races.

Depending on your political viewpoint, there were a couple of surprises.

Beginning with the U.S. Senator races, in which 21,832 total votes were cast, Marco Rubio outdistanced his rivals with 63.78 percent of the votes (13,924). Carlos Beruff was second, with 24.45 percent (5,339). Dwight Young took 8.20 percent (1,790 votes), and Ernie Rivera took in 3.57 percent of the vote (779 votes).

LHS student, 15, shoots himself in front of classmates

A 15-year-old Lecanto High School 9th-grader shot himself in front of classmates. He was transported to a Tampa hospital for treatment.At approximately 10:30 this morning, Citrus County deputies responded to Lecanto High School after receiving reports of shots being fired from within the school.

The CCSO said that it was an isolated incident. That 15-year-old student was airlifted to a Tampa hospital, the CCSO said, and deputies quickly secured the weapon and the school.

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Kenney ousted, Webb defeated in commission races


The Citrus County Commission race on Tuesday saw Commissioner John "JJ" Kenney unseated by former Crystal River Mayor Ron Kitchen in the District 2 race.

And in the District 4 race, former Commissioner Winn Webb, who had stepped down earlier in a bid for the Citrus County Sheriff's job, was also a primary election victim, as county voters showed they preferred his opponent Scott Carnahan.

In November, Kitchen will face Michael “Joey” White, who has no party affiliation.

Fogarty graduated with honors from Navy basic training


FHTNC -- Navy Seaman Apprentice Christian M. Fogarty, son of Bryan K. and Brandy L. Fluegel of Inverness, was recently promoted to his current rank and graduated with honors from U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Fogarty received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle.

CF Citrus Campus offers digital scholarships


LECANTO - Students are encouraged to apply now for one of six $5,000 scholarships in the College of Central Florida’s new Digital Media program at the Citrus Campus, thanks to $30,000 in support from AT&T.

“We applaud AT&T’s commitment to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives,” said Dr. Vernon Lawter, vice president of the CF Citrus Campus. “We are excited to share this opportunity with our students.”

IPS student awarded college scholarship


This week, Inverness Primary School fifth-grade student Helen Fuerte received some unexpected news -- she earned her first college scholarship.

Citrus Memorial Health System’s Chief Nursing Officer, Linda McCarthy, made the announcement during the school’s fifth grade graduation ceremony.

McCarthy spoke to the class about the importance of education and the valuable asset that exists in Citrus County with the College of Central Florida and the criteria students must meet to receive a STEPS scholarship.

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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.

YMCA wins bid for daycare


The Citrus County School Board on Tuesday awarded the bid for before- and after-school care to YMCA of the Suncoast.

The arrangement will begin at the start of the new school year for elementary school students.

The other organization competing for the contract was Alpha Best Education Inc., which scored slightly lower in the rated area of proposed services in the school board's scoring system. The YMCA of the Suncoast scored 100 out of 100 possible points, and Alpha Best Education scored a total of 93 points out of 100 points.

County honors Citrus High School drafting teacher


The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday proclaimed March 25 as “Eugene Lindsey Day” in Citrus County.

Lindsey teaches a mechanical drafting program at Citrus High School that is certified by the American Design and Drafting Association (ADDA).

Lindsey has more than 35 years of experience in engineering, facility management and information management, and holds multiple and advanced degrees from North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina and the University of Wisconsin, to name a few.

Homosassa student attends Aviation Challenge Mach II Program


Amy Kingery,
Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center 

HOMOSASSA – Austin North of Homosassa recently attended Aviation Challenge at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home of Space Camp and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center Visitor Information Center.

The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and decision-making. 

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Duke Energy supports first-ever youth orchestra program in Citrus County


Music is filling classrooms in Citrus County with the support of Duke Energy.

In the past two-and-a-half years, Duke Energy has contributed $5,000 to the Citrus Youth Educational Symphonic Orchestra (CYSEO), which teaches classical and symphonic music to children who otherwise may not have the opportunity.

Workforce Connection offering scholarships for area high school grads


OCALA - Workforce Connection will award up to $105,000 in scholarships to regional high school graduates who plan to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or technical occupations that supports the local economy.

The scholarship program provides two scholarships up to $3,500 each for students in each of the public high schools in Workforce Connection’s region of Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. These scholarships can be used for training in two-year community college or technical school programs.

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Workforce Connection offering scholarships for area high school grads

OCALA - Workforce Connection will award up to $105,000 in scholarships to regional high school graduates who plan to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or technical occupations that supports the local economy.

The scholarship program provides two scholarships up to $3,500 each for students in each of the public high schools in Workforce Connection’s region of Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. These scholarships can be used for training in two-year community college or technical school programs.

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Students collect supplies for animal shelter

As part of an ongoing effort of the International Baccalaureate Program at Lecanto High School, 11thgrade students collected pet supplies for the Citrus County Animal Shelter.

The International Baccalaureate Program is dedicated to student creativity, action, and service.

Supplies will be delivered in three different installments throughout the month of March.  Thank you to all the students who donated and helped collect all the pet supplies to deliver to the Animal Shelter.

 

Progress Energy fails to pay full tax bill, county in emergency mode

Newly elected Citrus County Commission Chairman Joe Meek has asked for an emergency meeting of the board to discuss the consequences of the failure of Progress/Duke Energy to pay in full its tax bill.

The company’s tax assessment is approximately $35 million, which is 26 percent of the County’s tax base.

Two county schools to get solar, battery backup power from Progress Energy

Two Citrus County schools, that also serve as emergency shelters, will get free solar installations and battery backup systems, thanks to a grant from Progress Energy, Florida.

Citrus High School in Inverness and Citrus Springs Middle School are among a handful of the state's public schools to participate in the utility's SunSense Schools program. Progress is a subsidiary of Duke Energy.

Elementary school student awarded scholarship

Investing in our community’s future leaders one STEP at a time.

That’s what the STEPS program at Central Florida (CF) is all about.

STEPS (Scholarships Taking Elementary Promising Students) was established in 2005 with one elementary school in Citrus, Marion and Levy counties and has grown significantly to more than 61 scholarships awarded at 42 elementary schools within these three counties.

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