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Transit Orange Line interconnects with trolly hub

Citrus County Transit Service would like to remind everyone that the Orange Line picks up and drops off multiple times during daytime hours, Monday through Friday at Crystal River City Hall on Route 19, which is the 2017 designated Trolley Hub.
 
The Crystal River Orange Line has multiple scheduled stops that would be of interest to visitors and residents including the Crystal River Mall/Movie
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TOP VIDEO: Chassahowitzka Camping

The Citrus County Commission has stopped the Request for Proposal for the administration of the Chassahowitzka Campground and decided to extend the current contract for an additional five years.

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Region’s jobless rate dips to 5.9%

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2017) – The jobless rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion area was 5.9 percent in December 2016, down 0.2 percent over the month and the same as the region’s rate a year ago.

Transit offers new program for senior residents

The Citrus County Transit’s Transportation Disadvantaged Advisory Board has approved a new option for residents 60 years of age and older.
 
The new program invites any resident that is age 60 and older to get a free pass to ride the Deviated Fixed Route, and have a discount on the Para Transit service.

Fire damages Inverness home

A fire just before 7 a.m. on Monday damaged the home of William and Rhonda Scheiterle, owners of the Misty Meadows Blueberry Farm.

No injuries were reported.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue responded at 6:54 a.m. to the structure fire at 8795 E. Grey Lane. Firefighters found a single-story home with moderate black smoke coming from all of the eaves. Firefighters confirmed all occupants were out of the home, and also disconnected the power and gas.

Citrus County legislative delegation hears public input

Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan, foreground, right, speaks to state Rep. Ralph Massullo, background left, and state Sen. Wilton Simpson.
Citrus County's Legislative delegation convened on Friday in the County Commission's chambers to hear suggestions about how they can help county groups and individuals during their terms in the state Legislature.
 
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TOP VIDEO: Prendergast sworn in

Mike Prendergast has been sworn in as the new Citrus County Sheriff. He takes over from Jeff Dawsy, who served the county from 1997 to 2017.

A capacity crowd showed up at the Old Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness, Florida, to witness the swearing-in ceremony and to hear the sheriff's thoughts on the Sheriff's Office. (January 3, 2017)

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Prendergast sworn in as new Citrus Co. sheriff

Judge Patricia Thomas (foreground) swears in Mike Prendergast as the newest Citrus County Sheriff as his wife, Naomi, looks on. Prendergast replaces 20-year veteran Jeff Dawsy as sheriff.
Swearing in a new sheriff is like opening a new book, according to incoming Citrus County Sheriff Mike Pendergast.
 
Referring to the service given to the county's residents for 20 years by outgoing Sheriff Jeff DawsyPendergast said, "As we close the book on a career of service, selflessness and significant sacrifice, I'm excited to begin a new book with new chapters filled in by this team (Citrus
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Email scam alert issued

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has put out a warning to consumers regarding a company posing as the DHSMV and demanding payment

City firefighter earns state distinction

FROM LEFT: Fire Chief Joe Campfield, Gronn Morgan, Inverness Firefighter, Mike Tucker, Director of BFST and Charlie Frank, Coordinator with BFST. (December 20, 2016)
Inverness, Fla.
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Water disctrict updating water control in Citrus

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is planning to perform maintenance on the S-353 water control structure locate

Library system director shines in Tallahassee

Citrus County Library System Director Eric Head is pictured with Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee.

Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

On November 29, 2016, by invitation from Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott, Citrus County Library System Director Eric Head attended a Community Leadership Dinner at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee.

Homosassa garage fire causes moderate damage

A fire in a garage around noon on Monday at 5365 W. Minuteman St. in Homosassa caused moderate damage to the home there.

There were no injuries reported.

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue units arrived on scene to find the single-family block-construction home with fire and smoke coming from the home's attached garage, and 60 percent involved.

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Saturday mobile home fire hospitalizes occupant

A singlewide mobile home was destroyed early Saturday morning by fire at 6590 W. Arter St.
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BOCC: Farm-City Week Nov. 16-23

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Hernando-Citrus County Farm Bureau. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald, BOCC Public Information Officer on Nov. 15, 2016)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Nov. 15 presented a Proclamation proclaiming Nov. 16-23, 2016 as National Farm-City Week in Citrus County. 

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County's unemployment rate treads water in October

Citrus County's unemployment rate for October 2016 is unchanged at 6.8 percent from September's number, according to job numbers released on Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

At that level, the county occupies the fifth-highest spot in terms of unemployment ranking among the state's 67 counties.

Nov. 15 is recycling day

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of Keep Citrus County Beautiful. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald on Nov. 1, 2016)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed Nov. 15 as Citrus County Recycles Day.

The Nov. 1 BOCC proclamation reads, "The citizens of Citrus County treasure the God-given natural resources of our waters, earth and air, that are interconnected essential elements of our physical situation which we share with wildlife and the beauty of our abundant plant life.

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FEMA extends filing deadline for Hermine claims

The state Office of Insurance Regulation announced this week that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended a 60-day filing deadline to 90 days for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders making claims from the early September storm, (commencing on Aug. 31, 2016 through Sept. 9),  that swept through northern Florida.

County Ok's fertilizer ordinance

Laurie E. Trenholm, Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted to accept a fertilizer ordinance that will restrict the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers throughout the county.

Commercial fertilizer applicators are excluded under the ordinance. To address homeowners, the commission will amend the ordinance to allow residents to take classes to learn proper fertilizer application and thus comply with appropriate environmental laws. The amendment is expected to be presented at the commission's Nov. 1 meeting in Inverness.

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Homosassa home heavily damaged by fire

A Homosassa home on Thursday suffered extensive damage from a fire that appears to have started in the attic.

There were no injuries reported.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue responded at 10:31 a.m. to the structure fire at 6154 W. Monticello St. in Homosassa.

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