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Water district issues water shortage order for surrounding counties

In Marion County, the order is limited to the city of Dunnellon and the area encompassed by The Villages ...

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted today to declare a Phase I Water Shortage effective March 10 for portions of Lak

Veterans Treatment Court seeks volunteer male mentors

Being a Veterans Treatment Court Mentor doesn’t take a lot of time… and it may change the life of a fellow vet. 
 
The unique piece about Veterans Treatment Court is the presence of volunteer veteran mentors for the participants. 
 
Male veterans are matched with male mentors and female veterans are matched with female mentors.

TOP VIDEO: Inverness-Fire Services pact

The Citrus County Commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner Ron Kitchen voting no, to OK a deal between the county's fire services division and the city of Inverness to enter into an "Automatic and Mutual Aid Agreement." 
 
County commission Chairman Scott Carnahan said the principle of the agreement had already been vetted by the city, sheriff and Fire Services Chief Jim

FWC encouraged by 2017 manatee survey

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported a preliminary count of 6,620 manatees in Florida waters. 
 
A team of 15 observers from 10 organizations counted 3,488 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 3,132 on the west coast of the state.

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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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.
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BOCC honors outgoing TDC member

The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with Frank Peters
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday presented a certificate of appreciation to Frank Peters, outgoing member of the Tourist Development Council, during the regular meeting of the commission.
 
Peters was honored for his service to the county during his tenure on the Tourist Development Council and for his many years of generous contributions to both Floral City and Citrus County. (February 14, 2017)
 
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Citrus Memorial Hospital invests in Inverness

Check Presentation at Inverness City Council Meeting on Feb. 6, 2017. FROM LEFT: Liz Fernley, City Events; George Mavros, CMH COO; Katie Myers, CMH Director of Marketing and Public Relations Glen Romig, CMH CFO.

Inverness --The Inverness Event & Visitor Bureau on Feb. 8 welcomes Citrus Memorial Hospital (CMH) as a partner and supporter of the city’s quality of life events with a $7,500 investment.

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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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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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