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.

Sen. Dean to file bills related to Duke, PSC

State Sen. Charlie Dean (R) InvernessState Senator Charlie Dean (R-Inverness) today announced his intention to file two bills related to Duke Energy and the Public Service Commission for the 2015 Legislative Session.

County posts sales tax page online

"Cent for Citrus"The “Cent for Citrus” referendum was approved by the Board of County Commissioners and will be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Citrus County Fair Assn asks county for boost

The Citrus County Fair Association went before the county commission and asked the county for a boost.

The fairgrounds buildings are deteriorating, and the association, a not-for-profit organization is seeking a Florida Department of Agriculture grant to do something about that.


Donation aids Sheriff's Office's K9 officers

FROM LEFT: Sgt. Ryan Glaze, Marion Hancock, Dr. Bob Wickes, Sheriff Jeff Dawsy, Deputy Chris Dearden, and K9 Tyson. The money will be used for protective K9 vests. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office).Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy, along with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office K9s and their handlers, would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Bob Wickes for his generous donation of $2,000 to the CCSO K9 Unit.

The money will be used to purchase ballistic vests for the K9 dogs in order to better protect them while they serve and protect Citrus County.

Citrus County August 2014 unemployment rate holding steady

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity on Friday released its jobs report, and the DEO said that Citrus County's unemployment rate of 8.1 percent is holding steady, when compared to July's numbers.

The DEO also showed that Citrus County's number for August 2013 was at 8.5 percent.

Fire burns Inverness mobile home

No injuries were reported in a Saturday afternoon fire that broke out in an Inverness mobile home.

The Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue responded at 1:10 p.m. to the structure fire at 6777 W. Chablis Lane in Inverness.

Engine 2 from Inverness arrived on-scene at 1:14 p.m. to find the 1,000-square-foot, single wide mobile home fully involved in fire. Engine 2 confirmed all occupants were out of the home and initiated an aggressive attack on the fire.

Fire crews were able to quickly control the fire prevent any further damage to adjacent structures.

Bluebird Springs to become home to county dog park

The Board of County Commissioners invites the public and dogs to attend the grand opening of the County’s first Dog Park at Bluebird Springs Park in Homosassa.

This event will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 at the park, located at 8950 W. Bluebird Springs Lane in Homosassa.


CCHB signs HCA hospital transaction

INVERNESS -- In the presence of the public and Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) President of West Florida Division Peter Marmerstein, the Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees (CCHB) today signed the master agreement and lease agreement to transfer operations of the Citrus Memorial Hospital to the HCA.

Health Dept. Dental Clinic relocating to Inverness

The Citrus County Health Department announced today the Dental Clinic is relocating from Lecanto to the Inverness Clinic, 120 N. Montgomery Ave. in Inverness, in an effort to provide more accessible service for citizens, the agency said.

Dental Patients will be seen at this site starting on Sept. 16.

To make an appointment or for questions, please or 352-527-0068, press Option 1, enter Ext. 249. The Health Department staff has said it appreciates county residents' patience as they strive to serve Citrus County more efficiently.


Animal shelter limits intake of animals

Citrus County Animal Services continues to be over capacity and will only accept owner surrendered animals when space is available.

Residents are asked to call 746-8400 during normal business hours prior to bringing your pet to the shelter to inquire about surrendering your pet.

Pet owners are encouraged, and should, ask friends and family for help in finding caring homes for their pets they no longer wish to keep or care for, county officials have said.

Top Video: CMH lease overview, Part 1

Debbie Ressler, Citrus County Hospital Board Chairwoman, and CCHB Attorney Bill Grant explain the details of a lease of Citrus Memorial Hospital to Hospital Corporation of America.

The CCHB, Citrus Memorial Health Foundation, HCA and the county commission are also asking the state Attorney General for legal rulings regarding the sale of hospital real  (personal) property to HCA - such as medicine, bandages and furniture.

County votes 4-1 to join in seeking A/G opinion

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday voted 4-1 to join in seeking an Attorney General's Opinion regarding the lease of the Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness.

Commissioner Rebecca Bays voted against joining in the request for the opinion, in which the Citrus County Hospital Board, Citrus Memorial Health Foundation and HCA are already on board.

Par 4 Golf Tourney set for Oct. 4

Citrus County Parks & Recreation Department present the 2nd annual “Par 4 Programs’ Fall Golf Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club, with shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.


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