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County honors Citrus High School drafting teacher


The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday proclaimed March 25 as “Eugene Lindsey Day” in Citrus County.

Lindsey teaches a mechanical drafting program at Citrus High School that is certified by the American Design and Drafting Association (ADDA).

Lindsey has more than 35 years of experience in engineering, facility management and information management, and holds multiple and advanced degrees from North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina and the University of Wisconsin, to name a few.

Home Depot donates 108 smoke alarms


Home Depot, Crystal River, generously donated 108 smoke alarms to Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue for families in Citrus County.

The alarms will be distributed to families in our community who currently don’t have them in their home, and do not have the financial means to purchase them.

Those who qualify may call the Fire Marshal’s Office at (352) 794-5505.  If no answer at that phone number, just leave a message - with your name, physical address and telephone number.

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Ressler, Joseph reappointed to hospital board


INVERNESS – The Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees (CCHB) today announced that Governor Rick Scott has reappointed Chairwoman Debbie Ressler, BSN, and Trustee Krista Joseph to the Board for an additional four-year term.

“I thank the Governor for reappointing me to the Board and entrusting me to continue to lead this group of dedicated and experienced individuals,” said Ressler, chairwoman of the CCHB.

Fire damages Dunnellon's El Diablo Golf Course Pro Shop


A fire on Monday afternoon caused extensive damage to Dunnellon's El Diablo Golf Course Pro Shop and dining area at 10405 North Sherman Drive.

No Injuries were reported in the blaze, which caused an estimated $100,000 damage to the structure.

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State releases jobs benchmark report


The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 7.4 percent in January, up 0.4 percentage points over the month, and 2.2 percent lower than the same time last year.

Out of a labor force of 203,106, there were 15,082 unemployed, an increase of 1,068 over the month and 4,604 fewer than January 2013.

This weekend, change the face of time itself


With the time change this weekend - it's always a good idea to change your smoke alarm batteries, as well.

Remember to either set your clocks forward one hour as you go to bed on Saturday night, or you can stay up and change them on Sunday at 2 a.m. Either method that you choose to change your clocks, it will be your chance to "change the face of time itself," so to speak.

Meanwhile, consider changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms keeping in mind the tips below, which are provided by Citrus County Fire Services.

Water Authority honors Damato for service


Citrus County Commissioner Dennis Damato on Feb. 19 was honored by the board of the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority for his service while he was chairman of that body.

The Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority (WRWSA) represents Citrus, Hernando, Marion and Sumter counties.
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Troy Samuel Cumming Nature Preserve dedicated in Homosassa


In 1998, Homosassa resident Roger Adams bought a piece of property on West Yulee Drive from his long-time friend, Troy Samuel Cumming, with the promise of keeping the land pristine.

On Wednesday, after years of searching for the right people to donate the land to, Adams and his wife, Sally Smith Adams, officially donated the property to the Tampa Bay Conservancy.

The occasion was marked with the dedication of the property as the Troy Samuel Cumming Nature Preserve, and has the blessing of the Southwest Florida Water Management Water District (SWFWMD).

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Two injured in Friday fire in Inverness


Two minor injuries were reported on Friday following a fire in a small, multifamily apartment complex at 306 Lake Street North in Inverness.

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue, along with deputies and EMS, responded, and firefighters were dispatched at 10:59 a.m. to battle the blaze.

Citrus County fire units arrived on scene at 11:05 a.m., and found smoke and flames billowing from the bottom floor of one of the apartments in the duplex.

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County names new Extension Service director


Citrus County Community Services has named BobbiJo “BJ” Jarvis as the new Extension Services Director.

The position has been vacant since the retirement of Dr. Joan Bradshaw in October 2013.

Jarvis will start in her new position on Monday.

BOCC proclaims Feb. 6-23 as 'Olympic Pride Days'


The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting proclaiming Feb. 6-23 as “Olympic Pride Days” in Citrus County.

The Olympic Games are considered the world’s foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating.

Saturday fire destroys Dunnellon home


No injuries were reported when a 3,000-square-foot home was destroyed by fire on Saturday at 11504 N. Wahoo Trail in Dunnellon.

Citrus County firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 7:05 p.m., and were on scene at 7:21 p.m.

Engine 71 from Connell Heights arrived to find the single-family dwelling approximately 75 percent involved in fire. No one was inside the home when firefighters arrived, the fire report said, which was confirmed by a search. However, the search did find that a dog had died from smoke inhalation.
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Traveling? Need a U.S. passport? There's a local solution.

By Angela Vick,
Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller

Are you taking a vacation this year? Will you need a U.S. Passport for your travels?

The Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller can help you cross that item off the list. As a U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility, the Clerk accepts applications for new Passports and can also take the required photo.

Plantation Inn now official IGFA fish weigh station


The Plantation on Crystal River is now home to the only official International Game Fish Association (IGFA) weigh station for more than 400 miles to the north or south on Florida’s West Coast.

Good for far more than bragging rights, the weigh station gives local anglers and guests a chance to have their catch considered for one of IGFA’s nearly 7,000 world records.

Boys & Girls Clubs chooses fresh face as Executive Director


Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County in welcoming Cindi Fein as the Executive Director/Chief Professional Officer.

Anne Pope, Vice President of Operations for the clubs says, “Cindi brings excitement to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County. Her enthusiasm has already been felt by our team! We know 2014 will be a great year for our operation!”

Home energy assistance available


Citrus County Housing Services has Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds available to assist low-income families with home heating and cooling costs.


Eligibility for participation in LIHEAP is established according to the federal income guidelines and must be at or below 150% of poverty level. Maximum annual income for a household of 1 is $17,235, 2 is $23,635, 3 is $29,295 and 4 is $35,325. (Add $6,030 for each additional person in the household.)

Housing committe installs new officers


The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) had a new officer installation on Jan. 21 during their regularly scheduled meeting.

Citrus County Commissioner John "JJ" Kenney performed the installation ceremony.

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CCHB enters into due diligence phase with HCA


INVERNESS - The Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees (CCHB) today announced that it has entered into the due diligence phase with the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) to lease the Citrus Memorial Hospital.

“HCA’s due diligence commenced in earnest today, marking the start of HCA’s evaluation of the hospital’s operations,” said Trey Crabb, Ziegler Managing Director and transaction consultant.  “We are looking forward to working closely with HCA, the Foundation and the hospital as we move into this critical phase of the transaction.”

CCHB announces entry into due diligence phase with HCA


INVERNESS - The Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees (CCHB) today announced that it has entered into the due diligence phase with the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) to lease the Citrus Memorial Hospital.

“HCA’s due diligence commenced in earnest today, marking the start of HCA’s evaluation of the hospital’s operations,” said Trey Crabb, Ziegler Managing Director and transaction consultant.  “We are looking forward to working closely with HCA, the Foundation and the hospital as we move into this critical phase of the transaction.”
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