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.


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.


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.


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!

YouthBuild graduates turn in hammers for diplomas

OCALA – Phoenix Rising graduates traded hardhats for mortar boards and hammers for diplomas Friday as they celebrated completion of Citrus County’s second and third YouthBuild projects and fourth home.

Tropical Storm Colin leaves watery wake

Residents are cleaning up off W Clearwater Ct. in Homosassa.By Robby Douglas,

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office reports that several areas are still dealing with the flooding effects of Tropical Storm Colin.

YMCA of the Suncoast officially opens amid fanfare

<em>Newspaper publisher Gerry Mulligan and Joanna Castle, the YMCA executive director, center, cut the ribbon for the new YMCA of the Suncoast facility in Leanto. Community members, YMCA board members, elected officials and YMCA staff also attended the ceremony. (Courtesy Photo: May 20, 2016)</em> <p></p>

By Robby Douglas,

The YMCA of the Suncoast today celebrated its official ribbon-cutting at its new facility in Lecanto.

Suncoast Credit Union, meanwhile, also announced today a $250,000 grant, which makes possible the creation of a Teen Center to support Youth In Government, Youth Leadership Citrus and other programs for pupils.


County emergency management exercise drills down to storm mode

Members of the Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Team and community leaders joined together for a drill that focused on hurricane preparedness and evacuation plans and action. (May 18 2016. PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office).

Citrus County is ready if a storm comes our way this hurricane season.

And to keep all skills sharp, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office's Emergency Management team joined with community leaders to engage in an exercise to make sure everyone is on the same page whenever a storm strikes the county.


FDS Disposal acquired by Advanced Disposal

Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, has completed the acquisition of assets of FDS Disposal, LLC based in Lecanto.

The acquisition includes a hauling facility, commercial and residential customers in Citrus County.


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.


Rare manatee twins spotted in county waters

Rare manatee twins have been spotted in the waters of Homosassa Springs. (PHOTO: U.S. Fish &amp; Wildlife Service).Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau and United States Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) officials announced today rare manatee twins have been spotted in the waters of Homosassa Springs.

Florida manatees are listed as endangered and only 2 percent of all manatee births result in twins.

Seven Rivers' CEO Brancato to retire

Joyce Brancato, chief executive officer of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.Joyce Brancato, chief executive officer of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, has announced that she will retire on Aug. 5 after 30 years at the hospital.

Brancato first joined the hospital on that date in 1985 as a night shift charge nurse in the intensive care unit. Over the succeeding years, she served in a number of roles across the organization including quality coordinator and risk manager.


Firefighters quench fire in Inverness Middle School

Citrus County firefighters break through the roof of a wing of Inverness Middle School. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office).Citrus County firefighters were called out to Inverness Middle School at about 6:45 a.m. today to put out a fire in a roof of one of the wings of the school.

Firefighters were called out to the fire at 1000 Middle School Drive after the fire alarm went off at the school. A fire was located inside the roof of one of the wings of the school.


Lecanto mobile home claimed by fire

A small mobile home was completely burned on Friday, despite the best efforts of Citrus County Fire Rescue.

No injuries were reported in the mid-morning fire in Lecanto.


Fire destroys Citrus Hills golf cart shed

A fire completely destroyed a golf cart storage shed and its contents at the Citrus Hills Golf & County Club in Hernando.A fire late Monday night completely destroyed a golf cart storage shed and its contents at the Citrus Hills Golf and County Clu


Mysterious sonic booms reported to authorities

Ear ya go.The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said on Friday that they have received a number of reports from residents of mysterious sonic booms.

The CCSO said in a statement that the source of the booms is under investigation.

Top Video: Waste now sent out of county

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday set a legal precedent by granting an exception to its landfill flow control ordinance to allow Good Fellas Roll Off Waste Disposal of Sumter County to put trash in its own Sumter County landfill rather than in Citrus County's.

Citrus County Commissioner Scott Adams is a business partner of the company's president, Charlie Dean Jr.

Adams recused himself from the out-of-county issue by not being present to discuss or vote on the issue under consideration by the commission.



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