Duke Energy Florida to auction tools , equipment from CR3 nuke plant

Duke Energy Florida announced today it will sell at auction a wide variety of new and used tools and equipment, ranging from cranes to hand tools, from its retired Crystal River Nuclear Plant.

The proceeds from the sale of the assets directly benefit customers by reducing future billing associated with the nuclear plant.

Fogarty graduated with honors from Navy basic training

FHTNC -- Navy Seaman Apprentice Christian M. Fogarty, son of Bryan K. and Brandy L. Fluegel of Inverness, was recently promoted to his current rank and graduated with honors from U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Fogarty received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle.

Prescription drug savings available for residents

The NACo Prescription (Free) Discount Card is provided to residents in a joint effort between Citrus County and the National Association of Counties (NACo). County residents without prescription coverage can use this program.

Even if an individual has prescription insurance coverage, they may still benefit from the discount card since it may save money on prescriptions that your existing plan does not cover.

Just remember to present the card when you pick up your prescription to get the best possible price available.

CF Citrus Campus offers digital scholarships

LECANTO - Students are encouraged to apply now for one of six $5,000 scholarships in the College of Central Florida’s new Digital Media program at the Citrus Campus, thanks to $30,000 in support from AT&T.

“We applaud AT&T’s commitment to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives,” said Dr. Vernon Lawter, vice president of the CF Citrus Campus. “We are excited to share this opportunity with our students.”


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Veterans Services to change schedule

The Citrus County Veterans Service Department has announced that, effective Aug. 1, there will be no Case Manager available on Wednesdays at Lakes Region Library, Homosassa Library and Coastal Regional Library.

The department said this will be the case "until further notice".

For assistance, call 352-527-5915 to schedule an appointment at the Veterans Services Officer's office in Lecanto.

Region's unemployment rate up 0.1%

OCALA - CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion’s regional jobless rate was 7.2 percent in June 2014, up 0.1 percent from May.

There were 14,594 unemployed out of a labor force of 201,415. That rate is down 1.6 percentage points over the year and 3.0 percentage points lower than June 2012.

BOCC OK's private road maintenance program

The county commission on July 8 approved an administrative regulation that provides for a maintenance program for private roads was approved.

The administrative regulation describes the program by which citizens that reside on a private road may petition the County to provide improvements and/or maintenance to their road, funded through a special assessment.

Use summer savvy on the water

By Katie Mehl,
Citrus Memorial Health System

Citrus County natives and visitors are celebrating summer with the highly anticipated scallop season now in full swing.


Missing Inverness woman located


The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said on Saturday that missing Inverness resident Bethany Joy Eberhardt, 46, returned safely to her home overnight.

She is with her family and being evaluated and interviewed, the CCSO said, and seems to be in good health.

The CCSO thanks the members of the Citrus County community for their support.

More information is expected as it becomes available.

County commission approves vacation of Sugarmill stub-out

The Citrus County Commission on Thursday voted 3-0 to approve vacating a stub-out in a section of the Oak Village portion of Sugarmill Woods.

Commissioners Rebecca Bays and Joe Meek both said they were advised by the Florida Ethics Commission to recuse themselves from the meeting.

Bays recused herself, she said, because she provides insurance to Hernando County developer Nachum Kalka. Meek said he was recusing himself because his father had built "spec" homes for Kalka.

Tuesday afternoon fire damages Inverness home

No injuries are reported in a Tuesday afternoon fire at 29 N Bradshaw Terrace in Inverness.

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the fire at 5:40 p.m. and found the single-family block home about 25 percent involved in flames, the fire report said.

Fire was coming from the roof, and was contained by firefighters from the inside of the home. The flames were brought under control after the fire had consumed about 35 percent of the home.


Hospital attorneys hurry to get county onboard with HCA matter

Attorneys representing the governing boards of community's Citrus Memorial Hospital on Tuesday rushed to the Citrus County Commission to ask the county for help with their efforts in seeking an opinion from the Florida Attorney General.


Fire destroys Citrus Springs home

A fire on Wednesday night destroyed a home at 7495 N. Fuller Terrace in Citrus Springs, and claimed the lives of three small animals.

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue units arrived on scene at 6:02 p.m. to find the approximately 5,000-square-foot block home with fire going through the roof.

The initial Engine crew made entry into the home to try to extinguish the flames. All crews were withdrawn from the house due to imminent collapse, and a defensive attack was continued.


Citrus County May unemployment rises to 7.4 %

Citrus County's unemployment number for May 2014 sat at 7.4 percent, according to the jobs report released on Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

The county's unemployment rate for April was said to have been 6.9 percent. And in May 2013, the county's unemployment rate was sitting at 8.5 percent.

In nearby counties, and across Florida, the story was pretty much the same.

Clerk of Court warns of jury scammers

Angela Vick, the Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, says there is a nationwide identity theft scam involving callers identifying themselves as “jury personnel.”

The aim of the scam, Vick says, is for the “jury” callers to get victims’ personal and financial information.

Kitchen fire smokes up Dunnellon home

No one was injured on Wednesday night when a kitchen fire created heavy smoke in a Dunnellon home.

Fire crews from the Citrus County Sherif’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue were dispatched at 7:23 p.m. to 3134 West Randolph Lane, where firefighters found the two-story home with smoke showing on the first floor.

The residents had already evacuated the home when firefighters on Engine 201 arrived.

TPO recognizes committee chairs

The Citrus County Transportation Planning Organization (CCTPO) Board on June 12 presented Certificates of Appreciation to committee chairpersons.

They were Cynthia Jones, I.E, chair of the CCTPO Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Beverly Clemo, chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).

Clemo was elected chair on Feb. 9, 2012 at the inaugural meeting of the CAC. Jones was appointed to the TAC by County Administrator Brad Thorpe on Feb. 24, 2011.

This was the last official meeting of the Citrus County TPO (CCTPO) Board.

Lightning blamed for Lecanto blaze

A lightning strike is blamed for a fire on Monday afternoon that destroyed a Lecanto home and claimed the lives of two of the occupant's pets.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue was dispatched at 5:44 p.m. to the structure fire at 134 N. Craus Point in Lecanto.

Engine 71 from Connell Heights arrived on-scene at 5:55 p.m. to find a 3,100-square-foot single-story home heavily involved in fire. Engine 71 crew entered the structure in an effort to rescue family pets and successfully recovered one cat.


Duke Energy slates open house for gas plant plans

Duke Energy Florida has scheduled an open house on the proposed combined-cycle natural gas plant in Citrus County.

It will be held Thursday, July 10, 2014, between 3 and 7 p.m. in the Magnolia room at the Plantation on Crystal River, 9301 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River.

The purpose the event is to provide information about the project, including the combined-cycle natural gas technology, project schedule, approval and permitting process and environmental protection aspects, among other things.


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