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Fire extinguished at Crystal River home

Citrus County firefighters were called out to a residential fire at 9:56 a.m. today to put out a fire at a Crystal River home.

Firefighters found the 2,000-square-foot home at 11141 W Cedar Lake Drive approximately 15 percent involved in flames when they arrived. No one was home at the time of the fire.

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Water district asks homeowners to 'Skip a Week' of irrigation this winter

The Southwest Florida Water Management District recently launched a new campaign to encourage residents who irrigate their lawns to "Skip a Week" of watering during the cooler months of December, January and February.

According to research by the University of Florida, grass doesn't need to be watered as often during the cooler months. In fact, one-half to three-quarters of an inch of water every 10–14 days is sufficient.

Saturday fire destroys Floral City mobile home

Citrus County firefighters on Saturday were called to battle a blaze at a Floral City mobile home at 8205 E. Gobbler Court.

There were no injuries at the home, which is owned by Joe Seaman.

The home was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived at 9:44 p.m., where they found the roof collapsed and portions of the floor had burned though, making it difficult for interior operations. The fire was brought under control in 10 minutes, but cleanup took several hours because the home had several layers of siding, including brick facia.
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Saturday fire destroys Floral City mobile home

Citrus County firefighters on Saturday were called to battle a blaze at a Floral City mobile home at 8205 E. Gobbler Court.

There were no injuries at the home, which is owned by Joe Seaman.

The home was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived at 9:44 p.m., where they found the roof collapsed and portions of the floor had burned though, making it difficult for interior operations. The fire was brought under control in 10 minutes, but cleanup took several hours because the home had several layers of siding, including brick facia.
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Hunters advised to use extra caution this season - for good reason

The Florida Division of Forestry will be conducting timber surveys and prescribed burning operations during this year’s hunting season.

Forestry personnel will be conducting these operations in the following tracts of the Withlacoochee State Forest: Jumper Creek, Richloam, Citrus, Homosassa, Two Mile Prairie and Croom.

Hunter awareness of these activities and their extra caution will be appreciated by the Division of Forestry. If you have any questions, call 352-754-6777.
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Citrus Memorial names new board member

At the regular monthly meeting of the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation Inc., Citrus Hills resident and businessman Robert Collins was appointed as the newest member of the board of directors.

Collins will fill a position vacated by C. Phillip Kofmehl, owner of Charlie’s Fish House in Crystal River.
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262 runners participate in 2nd Annual Kings Bay 5K

CRYSTAL RIVER - On Nov. 7, 262 runners and walkers participated in Crystal River’s second annual Kings Bay 5K.

The event, hosted by Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center and coordinated by Citrus Road Runners, raised $2,175 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

“This is exciting news for the event,” said event coordinator Lisa Stearns. “We registered 82 more participants this year than we did last year and look forward to another successful race in the future.”

FWC: Make way for manatees heading for warmer water

November is Manatee Awareness Month, and for good reason, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says.

Florida manatees are on the move, seeking warm-water sites to spend the winter. That means boaters must be cautious and watch for Florida's official marine mammal and for changing speed zones on waterways.

Children anxiously await annual 'Shop With A Cop' event

HOMOSASSA/INVERNESS - Thanks to the generosity of some big-hearted Citrus County businesses, organizations and individuals, 75 youngsters (and their families) have been selected to be a part of a very festive seasonal event come December.

Alliance to provide Thanksgiving fare on Nov. 21 in Inverness

On Nov. 21, the Citrus County Thanksgiving Feeding Alliance is holding the annual “Thanksgiving Turkey and Food Give-A-Way” at the Walmart Supercenter in Inverness.

The New Church Without Walls partnered with other Citrus County churches and organizations to help more than 5,000 people last year.

Times are even tougher this year and the "Thanksgiving Feeding Alliance” was formed to meet this year's need.

The following non-perishable food items are being collected:

Homosassa Arts, Crafts & Seafood Festival set for Saturday, Sunday

Old Homosassa will come alive for the 35th Annual Homosassa Arts, Crafts & Seafood Festival.

Juried art shows, exhibits and holiday gifts. Southern delicacies, fresh seafood and arts and crafts booths.

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Holiday variety show set for Dec. 5 in Citrus Springs

The Citrus Springs Community Center will present the 1st Annual Holiday Variety Show on Saturday, Dec. 5. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the community center.

The show will include a family-friendly holiday variety show, including performances by the Crystal River High School Concert Choir and the Show Choir, in addition to holiday skits by the Drama Club.

There will be with strolling carolers, holiday refreshments and a chance to visit with Santa.

Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased in advance at the community center. For more information, call 465-7007.
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Three receive SRRMC CHOICE Award

CRYSTAL RIVER — Kevin Garside, Maureen Pittman, RN, and Debbie Ludlow each received Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center’s 3rd Quarter CHOICE Award for their outstanding commitment to making the hospital a better place for patients, employees, physicians and volunteers.

This honor is only awarded to those who best exemplify SRRMCs mission to serve the community with excellence in health care.

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Criminal 'travelers' attempt to shake down county residents

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives have received their first call from citizens asking about the legitimacy of asphalt pavers making the rounds in the region.

Criminals known as “travelers” roam the nation much of the year, posing as painters, roofers, sealers, tree trimmers and pavers.

County prescription-drug discount cards can rack up savings for residents

A national county government association announced this week that the Citrus County Commission has saved residents $541,000 on uninsured drug prescriptions in the past three years.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) sponsors a discount program that the commission has taken part in for residents since 2006.

Missing, endangered man located in Inverness

INVERNESS - Deputies located 51-year-old Kevin Worrall today, just after noon, at his father’s home in Inverness.

Worrall was found to be safe, but had been listed as missing and endangered since Sunday, Oct. 11, when he was last seen at the Crystal River Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Worrall told deputies he had left the center unexpectedly in order to move in recently with his father.

Worrall’s name and information have been removed from the national database for missing persons.

Point O’ Woods Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade underway

Upgrades to the county’s Point O’ Woods Wastewater Treatment Plant have begun -- but with a nice twist for ratepayers and the county.

CCSO sets up Nov. 7 training day for handling emergencies, disasters

On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office will host a dynamic day of community partnership training at its Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 3549 Saunders Way, in Lecanto.

From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., residents will have a unique opportunity to learn more about how to best prepare and respond to an act of terrorism, a natural disaster or a man-made emergency.

When first responders are overwhelmed by massive disasters, such as 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina, citizens may be left to cope on their own for the first few hours or perhaps even longer.

CFCC opens new facility at Citrus County campus in Lecanto

LECANTO - Central Florida Community College opened new doors for the Citrus County community today.

Nearly 200 college and community members were on hand for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Citrus Learning and Conference Center, Dorothea G. Jerome Building and Nursing Suite.

District Board of Trustees Chair Betty Strifler presented keys to Dr. Vernon Lawter Jr., Citrus Campus vice president/provost.

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