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 All crews were withdrawn from the house due to imminent collapse, and a defensive attack was continued.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.

Smoke detector saves sleeping Hernando residents

A working smoke detector is credited with preventing injury early Saturday morning to sleeping occupants of a Hernando home.

No injuries were reported from the blaze at 3352 North Cannes Point from a fire in the master bedroom.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue responded at 4:20 a.m. to the home, where firefighters found that everyone inside the home had gotten out. Heavy smoke was seen inside the residence.


Suncoast Credit Union Foundation pledges $250k for Citrus YMCA

Suncoast Credit Union Foundation announces a $250,000 capital campaign pledge to support the first-ever permanent facility of the YMCA of the Suncoast, Citrus County Branch.

The gift will be used to establish the Youth and Teen Center, a 1,000-square-foot, after-school center for middle and high school students.

Students will have the opportunity to cultivate values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

County recognizes Eagle Scout

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday recognized Jonathan Chadwell for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Chadwell is a member of Troop 457 of the Boy Scouts of America.

Eagle Scout is the highest honor in scouting and is awarded only to that select group of young men who exhibit singular qualities of leadership, loyalty, dedication and diligence.


IPS student awarded college scholarship

This week, Inverness Primary School fifth-grade student Helen Fuerte received some unexpected news -- she earned her first college scholarship.

Citrus Memorial Health System’s Chief Nursing Officer, Linda McCarthy, made the announcement during the school’s fifth grade graduation ceremony.

McCarthy spoke to the class about the importance of education and the valuable asset that exists in Citrus County with the College of Central Florida and the criteria students must meet to receive a STEPS scholarship.


CCHB votes to OK transaction modifications for CMH lease to HCA

The Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees on Wednesday night unanimously voted to approve the modified terms of the transaction to lease Citrus Memorial Hospital to Hospital Corporation of America.

The action, which approved a modified purchase price of $127.5 million, clears the way for intensive negotiations on the master settlement and the lease agreements. 


April unemployment rate drops for Citrus County

Citrus County's unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 percent dung March to 6.9 during April.

Those figures were released on May 16 by the state's Department of Economic Opportunity.

The DEO also shows unemployment dropped in Hernando County from 8.5 percent during March to 7.6 during April. In Levy County, the unemployment rate dropped from 7.2 percent during March to 6.4 percent during April. And in Marion County, the unemployment rate dropped from7.4 percent during March to 6.6 percent during April.

CCSO announces speakers bureau

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The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office offers a Speaker’s Bureau full of knowledgeable professionals who can help.

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CHS student awarded FPRA scholarship

INVERNESS - The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Nature Coast Chapter recently awarded the first of its three college scholarships to Kelly Abramowich of Citrus High School.

The scholarships are awarded to deserving Citrus County high school seniors who have an interest in pursuing a college education in public relations, communications or a related field such as advertising, journalism, radio/television, graphic arts or visual communication.

CMH receives medical accreditation

Citrus Memorial Health System has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

The accreditation award recognizes Citrus Memorial’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.


Seven Rivers Regional names Employee of Year

Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center has named Susan Brooks, LPN, as 2013 Employee of the Year.

This award is the highest honor bestowed on a hospital employee each year. Susan was chosen from among 460 employees for the honor.

Elderly Crystal River couple escapes from fire

An elderly couple escaped injury late Saturday night when their home at 1156 N Lyle Ave. in Crystal River caught fire.

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue units arrived on scene at 11:49 p.m. to find the couple's single-family block home about 75 percent involved with Fire.

Fire crews attacked the fire from both outside and interior of the home to bring the fire under control and co control its spread. The fire report indicates the fire did not spread after firefighters began their fire battle plan.


Vietnam: America's missing parade

There were no ticker-tape parades. There was no nationally famous photo taken of the Vietnam-era sailor on the dock kissing his girl when his war ended and he came home.

Nor was there any newspaper or magazine photographer to memorialize the coming home on film for these Vietnam veterans. There would be little recognition at all for them.

But now, there's a plan to host a parade to officially welcome Vietnam Veterans home.


March 2014 unemployment a 'mixed bag'

Citrus County's unemployment during March 2014 improved by 0.1 percent over February's numbers, according to figures released on Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

Statewide, the picture is pretty much described as what has been described as "a mixed bag."

Rebecca Rust, DEO’s chief economist, also said that during the year. 63 counties had drops in unemployment rates, three increased and one remained the same. During the month of March, she said, unemployment rates were falling in 38 counties, rising in nine and unchanged in 20.


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