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Florida Baptists offer disaster relief

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief will be offering services throughout the week.

They will be operating out of the First Baptist Church in Crystal River off of Citrus Avenue in Crystal River.

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Storm Citizen Information Lines close

The Citrus County Citizen Information Lines are now closed. If you need further assistance, call the non-emergency line at #352-726-1121.

Fort Island Beach in Crystal River is badly damaged by Hermine, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said today.

The storm came ashore with fierce winds and heavy rain, knocking down the ramp and pier. The beach will be closed throughout the weekend. County officials will need to check the integrity of the pier to see if they can even repair it.

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County emergency agencies assessing storm damage

Crystal River City Hall

Citrus County's Emergency management agencies, county government and cities are assessing the aftermath of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Hermine.

As straggler rain bands pelt the county, the National Weather Service keeps posted a flood watch for the county until tonight, with the promise of widespread showers and thunderstorms.

County roadways were still clogged on Friday morning.

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American Legion post donates to CCSO training effort

Homosassa American Legion Arnold Vern Post 166 Commander Clay Scott, far right, accompanied by other American Legion members, stopped by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Operations Center to give Sheriff Jeff Dawsy a $1,000 check for the CCSO’s training division.

Homosassa American Legion Arnold Vern Post 166 Commander Clay Scott, far right, accompanied by other American Legion members, stopped by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Operations Center to give Sheriff Jeff Dawsy a $1,000 check for the CCSO’s training division.

In prepared remarks, Commander Scott said it’s not easy today being a police officer or sheriff’s deputy or even a member of the military.

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South Airport Road project complete

FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT: Former State Rep. Jimmie Smith, Citrus County Commission Chairman Ron Kitchen, Citrus County Commissioner Scott Carnahan, State Sen. Charlie Dean, and Inverness Mayor Bob Plaisted (Citrus Daily photo by Robby Douglas on Aug. 22, 2016). Click on image for larger photo.

A connector road from the Citrus County Animal Shelter to the Inverness Airport Industrial Park opened on Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that drew dignitaries from city, county and state governments .

The project was designed to construct a 24-foot-wide by 1,600-foot roadway (0.30 mile) connecting the southern end of South Airport Road and the northern end of South Eva Holden Point.

The roadway provides an improved access to the new Terminal Building and Hangers at the Inverness Airport, along with access to the future business park.

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Citrus dive team aids in search for missing Chiefland mayor

Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy

Over the weekend, The Citrus County Sheriff's Office helped in the search for a missing diver in the area along the Suwannee River.

The body of the diver, Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy,  42, who had been missing since Friday, was recovered Sunday morning by a joint search effort on the river.

Citrus County maintains low jobs ranking in July

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity jobs numbers on Friday showed that Citrus County is still lagging behind other counties in the state in terms of unemployment.

The DEO said that Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate (11.7 percent) in Florida in July 2016, followed by Hardee County (7.6 percent), and Citrus and Highlands counties (7.3 percent each).

Health Dept. slates Florida Healthy Babies community meetings

Special to Citrus Daily

The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County is pleased to announce it will be hosting a series of community meetings to discuss local maternal and infant health data and develop a plan to address infant mortality as part of the Florida Healthy Babies Initiative.

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Fire breaks out in strip mall; no injuries

There were no injuries reported in the blaze at 1345 S.E. U.S. 19 in Crystal River (CCSO photo on Aug. 6, 2016)

Citrus County firefighters on Saturday night battled a fire that broke out in a strip mall in Crystal River.

No injuries were reported.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue responded at 9:40 p.m. to assist Crystal River Fire Rescue at the commercial structure fire at 1345 S.E. U.S. 19 in Crystal River, also known as the Shoppes of Palm Breeze.

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Eelgrass becomes Crystal River 'Rock Star'

Lisa Moore, Save Crystal River, and Howard Miller, Gator Dredging Company and Save Crystal River volunteer, prepare eelgrass in a peat pot for use by coastal homeowners near Kings Bay. (PHOTO: Robby Douglas on Aug. 6, 2016)

You have to start somewhere. And that somewhere for Kings Bay in Crystal River began with water cleanup tools like muck and lyngbya removal, and now it's on to the eelgrass.

Volunteers sought for telephone reassurance program

Special to Citrus Daily

The Nature Coast Volunteer Center and the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) are offering the Telephone Reassurance Program to seniors or isolated individuals to create a sense of security through regular phone contact with one of our volunteers.

County mulls economic ombudsman post

Citrus County commissioners discuss the new economic ombudsman position.

The consensus among Citrus County commissioners on Wednesday was that the idea of an economic ombudsman between business and the county's various business-related departments is a good one.

Indeed, navigating the maze of county regulations and codes might be easier for a big business, but smaller businesses have not been so successful.

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Top Video: Budget Talk

Citrus County Commissioners had a chance to comment on a first review of the budget for the coming Fiscal Year (FY 2016-17). The new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.

Aug. 7: Purple Heart Day in county

Citrus County Commission Chairman Ron Kitchen, second from right, joins fellow commissioners (background) in presenting to the representatives of the local Military Order of the Purple Heart Organization a proclamation declaring Aug. 7, 2016 as Purple Heart Day in Citrus County.

Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday proclaimed Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day in Citrus County.

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Woman injured in Homosassa hit-and-run boating accident

A Fort Pierce woman was injured when she was struck by a boat Friday, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

Samantha Saunier, 27, was snorkeling in the Homosassa Bay. As she was swimming back to her vessel, she was hit by a passing boat, which didn't stop.

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Run For Money 2016 Finish

Hundreds of first responders gather to finish the Run For The Money in memory of the late Phil Royal. (CCSO Photo July 23, 2016)

Hundreds of first responders gather to watch the finish of the 2016 Run For The Money in memory of the late Phil Royal. (CCSO photo on July 23, 2016).

Free mulch available

Special to Citrus Daily

The Citrus County Division of Solid Waste Management wants to remind everyone that the county has an abundance of Coarse Mulch available for residents, free of charge.

You can obtain it anytime the Central Landfill is open for business, in amounts from the size of a tote, to a tractor-trailer load.

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CCSO employees to walk last leg of Run for the Money

The late Capt. Phil Royal is second from left in this photo.  (PHOTO COURTESY: CCSO)

Special to Citrus Daily

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and The Key Training Center have decided to finish the 2016 Run for the Money on Saturday,  in honor of retired Capt. Phil Royal.

Twelfth Annual Citrus County Veterans Benefit Golf Tournament

Cynthia Oswald,
Citrus County Public Information Officer

The Twelfth Annual Citrus County Veterans Golf Tournament will be held September 10, 2016 at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club Course for the benefit of the Citrus County Veterans Foundation, Inc. 

Summer water use doubles

By Debra Burden
Citrus County Water Conservation Manager

Summer’s rising temperatures often coincide with rising outdoor water use, primarily due to an increase in lawn and landscape watering.

In most communities, the amount of water homeowners use to keep their lawns green or gardens lush spikes in the summer—two to four times as much water than they use the rest of the year!

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