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.

Sen. Dean asks PSC to consider Duke Energy meter policy

Sen. Charlie Dean on Tuesday expressed his concern with the Duke Energy meter rerouting program in Central and Western Florida.

Sen. Dean sent a letter to Public Service Commission Chairman Art Graham on Tuesday outlining his concerns.

“As I have read news article after article where consumers are having to pay an exorbitant additional charge through no fault of their own, due to a decision made by Duke Energy which has extended the billing cycle for some customers by over a week,” Dean wrote.

HCA deal approved by hospital board

INVERNESS -- The Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees (CCHB) today announced that the long-time hospital transaction is closer to coming to closure, to the benefit of the community and taxpayers.  

The CCHB on Friday voted to execute the master agreement and lease agreement to transfer operations of the Citrus Memorial Hospital to the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).  

Citrus County July 2014 unemployment rate at 8.0 percent

After months of steady improvement, Citrus County's unemployment rate for July 2014 rose to 8.0 percent.

The unemployment figures throughout the state were released today by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

According to those figures, the county's unemployment rate for June 2014 stood at 7.5 percent, and at 8.9 percent in July 2013. In neighboring Hernando County, the unemployment rate was 8.4 percent for July 2014, up from June 2014, when the rate was 7.4 percent. But those numbers beat Hernando County's July 2013's rate of 9.4 percent.

Animal activists protest state of county animal shelter

The Citrus County Commission meeting chambers were clogged on Tuesday with a number of animal activists protesting the lack of a full-time veterinarian and what they said were deplorable conditions at the shelter.

All had prepare statements they read before county commissioners outlining their complaints.

New doctor joins SRRMC staff

CRYSTAL RIVER -- On June 15, Michele-Trang Thi Ho, MD, was appointed to the medical staff at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Ho specializes in internal medicine.

Dr. Ho is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She completed her internal medicine residency at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Ho is board eligible in internal medicine.

For more information about the hospital and its medical staff, visit

County names new Animal Services director

Citrus County Community Services will be welcoming Kevin Mallory as the new Director of Animal Services on Monday, Aug. 11.

He comes from Pasco County where he served as Animal Services Supervisor for 14 years. Kevin’s experience includes management of shelter and field staff, budget oversight, organization of adoption events, as well as seven months as interim manager.

He also assisted with writing and updating the policy and procedure manual in Pasco County, as well as their 2012-13 Business Plan.

Sheriff's Office affiliated with Military Order of the Purple Heart

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office today became the first law enforcement in the state and nation to become an official Purple Heart Law Enforcement Agency.

Ceremonies were observed today at the CCSO's Emergency Operations Center in Lecanto by Sheriff Jeff Dawsy and members of Citrus County's Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and special guests.


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