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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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


Need someone to speak at your next home owners association, club or business meeting?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Crystal River Eagle Riders donate gifts


On March 22, 2014 the Eagle Riders from Crystal River Eagles 4272 held their 3rd Annual Memorial Poker Run for Al Mortz.

They donated the proceeds from that bike run to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County.

Also that evening, the Eagle Riders presented Gail Faria, Boys & Girls Clubs office manager, with a variety of new sports equipment for the Robert Halleen Club in Homosassa.

In the photo at right are, from left: Gail Faria, Boys & Girls Clubs; Steve McColgan, President of the Crystal River Aerie 4272 and  Ellen Dunn, Eagle Riders President.

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All three B&GC neighborhood clubs open for summer camps


By Cindi Fein,

Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County

Great things happen at the Boys and Girls Clubs, and summer is no exception.

Outdoor  activities,  arts and crafts, cooking,  and science and robotics sessions  will focus on a different theme each week, including Beach Party, Time Warp, Movie Week and more.

YMCA wins bid for daycare


The Citrus County School Board on Tuesday awarded the bid for before- and after-school care to YMCA of the Suncoast.

The arrangement will begin at the start of the new school year for elementary school students.

The other organization competing for the contract was Alpha Best Education Inc., which scored slightly lower in the rated area of proposed services in the school board's scoring system. The YMCA of the Suncoast scored 100 out of 100 possible points, and Alpha Best Education scored a total of 93 points out of 100 points.

Navy Seaman Miller completes basic training


April 9, 2014 (FHTNC) -- Navy Seaman Eric S. Miller, son of Bradley S. and Rose A. Miller of Inverness, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Miller completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety.

Veterans could get lifetime passes to nat'l parks in new bill


A few months back, a constituent of mine named David Chilbert sent me an email explaining a few thoughts he had on our national parks.

Specifically, he said that senior citizens currently have access to a lifetime pass for our national parks, available for a fee. Active duty members of the military also enjoy free access to our parks.

So Mr. Chilbert asked, why not create a special pass for veterans, again available for a nominal fee, that would enable them to have lifetime free access? I frankly didn’t have a good answer for why not. Couldn’t think of any.

Black Diamond golf tourney nets $51K


The Pro-Am golf tournament, held each year in Lecanto, has raised $51,000 in 2014 to help residents throughout Citrus County.

This year marked the 11th year the event has been observed.

The event helps fund community grants, education initiatives, youth activities, family and veterans' assistance, disaster relief, fire and rescue services.

It also helps target efforts to fight hunger and homelessness that improve lives and create opportunities in Citrus County.

One of the sponsors of the event is Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.

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Duke Energy Florida to sell unused nuclear fuel assemblies from CR3


CRYSTAL RIVER - Duke Energy Florida announced on Wednesday it will sell 76 unused nuclear fuel assemblies from its retired Crystal River Nuclear Plant north of Tampa through a request for proposals (RFP) process.

Selling and transferring nuclear fuel assemblies is safe and heavily regulated in the U.S.

Federally licensed U.S. nuclear power plants and nuclear fuel fabricators are the only entities receiving Duke Energy Florida's RFP to buy the nuclear fuel assemblies.

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