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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.

Sen. Dean receives Bob Graham Award


State Sen. Charles Dean (R-Inverness) was honored on Wednesday with the Bob Graham Award from the Florida Lake Management Society.

The award is given to persons elected to office "who demonstrate a commitment to lake and aquatic resource conservation,” and has been presented only 10 times by the Society.

“This is a great honor,” Sen. Dean said. “I am proud of this award and the work which went into it. Our water is our most precious natural resource and we must do all we can to protect it for future generations.

Thorpe puts county on notice about workplace harassment

 Scott Adams.County Administrator Brad Thorpe has put Citrus County Commissioners on notice that there have been incidents of alleged workplace harassment of county employees by County Commissioner Scott Adams.

Thorpe was not present at the commission's meeting on Tuesday. Substituting for him was Jeff Rogers, head of the Citrus County Department of Public Works.

Inverness, county agree to work things out


The city of Inverness and county commission want to be friends again.

Representing the Inverness City Council on Tuesday before the Citrus County Commission, with members of the council also present at the same meeting, was City Manager Frank DiGovanni.

DiGiovanni spoke for about an hour during the "Open to the Public" portion of the county commission meeting, and laid out eight things the city wanted the county to help in the interest of long-range planning for both entities.

Top Video: State of the Bay, Part 2


Part 2 of 2 parts.

A report on the state of ecology of Kings Bay, a manatee haven in Crystal River in Citrus County.

Presentation by Dr. Chris J. Anastasiou, Southwest Florida Water Management District about the results of a long-term study, which was presented to the Citrus County Commission on May 27.

The report was  titled  the "State of the Bay".  (May 27,2014)

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Top Video: State of the Bay, Part 1


Part 1 of 2 parts.

A report on the state of ecology of Kings Bay, a manatee haven in Crystal River in Citrus County.

Presentation by Dr. Chris J. Anastasiou, Southwest Florida Water Management District about the results of a long-term study, which was presented to the Citrus County Commission on May 27.

The report was  titled  the "State of the Bay".  (May 27,2014)

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Property Appraiser issues June 1 taxable value estimates to taxing authorities


Citrus County Property Appraiser Les Cook today announced that the June 1 estimates of Taxable Values have been issued to all Citrus County taxing authorities.

These estimates are based upon market conditions as of January 1, 2014, required by law and provide taxing authorities with a vital element for the process of developing their budgets.

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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Top Video: Farewell to Citrus

Assistant Citrus County Administrator Cathy Pearson has taken a post as assistant administrator in Pasco County. She tells members of the Citrus County Commission goodbye (May 27, 2014)

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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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Thorpe announces intent to retire on Sept. 26


Citrus County Administrator Brad Thorpe has announced his intention to retire, as of Sept. 26.

Thorpe on Monday sent a memo to county commissioners announcing his intention.

In the memo, Thorpe said the effective date of his resignation should give the Board of County Commissioners sufficient time to select a new county administrator.

CCSO charges suspect with armed robbery in Inverness heist


Citrus County deputies have arrested a Floral City man and charged him with the armed robbery on Friday of an Inverness antiques business.

Arrested was Harley Ray Jenkins, 20, of 6230 S. Woodwind Point in Floral City.

State grant to fund wastewater pipe from landfill to Meadowcrest


Citrus County Division of Solid Waste Management announced today that it has been awarded a hazard mitigation grant in the amount of $956,779 to fund the installation of a 4-mile-long, 8-inch force main to transport landfill wastewater to the county’s Meadowcrest Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Following Tropical Storms Beryl and Debbie in 2012, which caused flooding of a portion of the Central Landfill, Solid Waste staff applied for a hazard mitigation grant to forestall future threats to the underlying aquifer.

Kenney: 'I did not have discussions with the mayor'


Citrus County Commissioner John 'JJ' Kenney on Tuesday told fellow commissioners and the few members of the public left at the end of the commission meeting that he had no negotiations with Inverness Mayor Bob Plaisted about a $335,000 grant to Inverness.

At the April 22 commission meeting, Kenney said that the county should give the City of Inverness the money and let political bygones be bygones.

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Discussion about road resurfacing morphs into tax talk


What started on Tuesday as a discussion about a voluntary county road-resurfacing plan soon turned to talk about a transportation tax surcharge, and a one-cent sales tax.

The conversation began during a Citrus County Commission public workshop about a county voluntary road-resurfacing project, in which residents along any stretch of road would have the chance to vote among themselves as to whether they wanted their road resurfaced.

BOCC employees sent to Santa Rosa County to assist with flooding


Citrus County received a Mutual Aid Request from Santa Rosa County for disaster recovery in what has been termed “Spring Time Flooding”.

The request has been routed through the State Emergency Management Division and the Citrus County Sheriff, Division of Emergency Management.

Citrus County sent one, two-person crew to assist manning flood control pumps. The assistance is expected to last until May 13, 2014. In accordance with the Mutual Aid Agreement, all costs are reimbursable and will be billed accordingly.

County launches Saturday bus service


Saturday Orange Line Service started on May 3.
 
Saturday service will have the same hours of operation as Monday-through-Friday buses, operating from 6 am to 7 pm on the same schedule.
Fare for Orange Line is $2 all day, $1 one way. Deviation requests for Saturdays will need to be called in by 3 p.m. the Friday before your Saturday request. Regular paratransit door-to-door service will not operate on Saturdays.
 

Governor OK's joint MPO for Citrus, Hernando counties


Governor Rick Scott on Wednesday approved the Joint Hernando County-Citrus County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) planning boundary and voting membership.

This follows the establishment of the Homosassa Springs-Beverly Hills-Citrus Springs Urbanized Area from the 2010 Census, and months of local and state coordination and support.

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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Top Video: Giving Inverness $335K

The Citrus County Commission wants to give the City of Inverness $335,000 and let political bygones be bygones.

Citrus County Commission Chairman John "JJ" Kenney told fellow commissioners on April 22 that it all started with a cup of coffee and a talk with Inverness Mayor Bob Plaisted.

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