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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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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.

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