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.


Fire destroys Dunnellon home

Out-of-state homeowners were likely shocked when they found that their Dunnellon home at 6347 North Algiers Court had burned up completely.

A 911 caller told Citrus County Fire Rescue at 6:29 p.m. on Wednesday that the home had apparently been burning for some time.


Duke sues DOE over spent nuclear fuel

MIAMI - Two Duke Energy Inc. units on Thursday sued the U.S. Department of Energy claiming the government breached a contract to collect spent nuclear fuel and waste between 2011 and 2013 from four power plants in the Carolinas and Florida.

The suit is the third filed by Duke Energy Progress Inc., formerly known as Carolina Power & Light Co., and Duke Energy Florida Inc., formerly Florida Power Corp., over alleged breaches in a standard 1983 contract with the government for spent nuclear fuel and waste from the Harris, Brunswick, Robinson and Crystal River power plants.


Two die in wrong-way crash in Homosassa area

The Florida Highway Patrol says that two women died on Monday night north of Stonebrook Drive in the Homosassa area when they were struck head-on by wrong-way driver on U.S. 19.

Tourist Tax public workshop canceled

The public workshop hosted by the Tourist Development Council originally scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5 has been canceled.

Citizens are encouraged to attend the workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Central Ridge Library, located at 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd. in Beverly Hills.


Citrus Chapter of Rolling Thunder, Fla. presents POW/MIA chair

Members of Chapter 7, Rolling Thunder Florida (Citrus County) present the National Chair of Honor to the Citrus County Commission in honor of POW's and MIA's.

The local chapter of Rolling Thunder, Inc., Florida on Tuesday presented a POW/MIA remembrance chair to the Citrus County Commission.

The chair, also known as the "National Chair of Honor" is now displayed in front of the elevated dais on which commissioners conduct commission business.

PSC Ok's Hines Chillers, Crystal River projects

Artist's rendering of the approximately 400-acre combined-cycle natural gas plant, planned to be built adjacent to the current Duke Energy Complex in Crystal River. (Drawing Courtesy: Duke Energy Florida)TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved the need for Duke Energy Florida’s (DEF) proposed Citrus County combined cycle power plant and its Hines Chillers Power Uprate Project (Hines Project).


FEMA finalizes Citrus County flood maps

Citrus County residents on Sept. 26, 2013 study flood maps that will affect future insurance ratesFEMA has finalized, and sent to Citrus County, official maps of the local areas designated as subject to flooding.


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