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Sumterville man's traffic stop yields major drug haul

Daniel Glenn Purvis
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday stopped a Sumterville, Fla., man's vehicle just before 4 a.m. for speeding just in front of the Sheriff's Operations Center.
 
What deputies found was a major drug stash inside the vehicle, weapons and money.
 
The Sheriff's Office said the driver, Daniel Glenn Purvis, 36, was aggravated and not being very cooperative. The deputies called K9 Deputy Indorato and his K9 partner Repo to assist. K9 Repo immediately alerted to the odor of illegal narcotics.
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Weather service issues spring flood outlook

2017 Hydrologic Spring Flood Outlook (National Weather Service)
The National Weather Service on Thursday issued its hydrologic spring flood outlook for West Central and Southwest Florida.
 
Affected counties include Citrus, Levy and Hernando counties.
 
The NWS predicts a low threat for the next several months. In its outlook, the NWS said, "The Florida dry season has lived up to it`s name and then some.

Floral City Community Building changes owners

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday handed over the keys to the Floral City Community Building and the land it sits on to the Floral City Lions Foundation, Inc.
 
The Lions have leased the building from the county for about 20 years.
 
The property was given outright to the Lions "for the purpose of promoting community interest and welfare." And the vote to approve the giveaway was 5-0 in favor of the action.
 
John Wade, president of the Citrus County Council, was the only member of the public to question to the transaction,
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TOP VIDEO: Developmental Disabilities Awareness

The Citrus County commission has recognized March 2017 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Citrus County.
 
Developmental disabilities affect more than seven-million American children, adults and their families; many individuals with developmental disabilities are achieving independence, productivity and integration in their respective communities.
 
The county proclamation adds, "Individuals with developmental disabilities in conjunction with family members, advocacy groups, governmental agencies and service organizations are encouragi

Facing budget pressures, county weighs employee pay options

On the eve of March, Citrus County has begun formulating the Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget, which begins on Oct.
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Water district issues water shortage order for surrounding counties

In Marion County, the order is limited to the city of Dunnellon and the area encompassed by The Villages ...

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted today to declare a Phase I Water Shortage effective March 10 for portions of Lak

Veterans Treatment Court seeks volunteer male mentors

Being a Veterans Treatment Court Mentor doesn’t take a lot of time… and it may change the life of a fellow vet. 
 
The unique piece about Veterans Treatment Court is the presence of volunteer veteran mentors for the participants. 
 
Male veterans are matched with male mentors and female veterans are matched with female mentors.

Sabal Trail incident leads to chase, suspect's death

Citrus County deputies, Marion county deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol were led on a wild chase from Marion to Citrus County after a man shot at a pipe in the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline. The man was stopped near Floral City, and when he engage deputies, he was killed in the process. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office on February 26, 2017).
Protests against the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline went to another level on Sunday when a man began shooting at the pipes in Marion County, and fled to Citrus County, where he died after being shot.

TOP VIDEO: Inverness-Fire Services pact

The Citrus County Commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner Ron Kitchen voting no, to OK a deal between the county's fire services division and the city of Inverness to enter into an "Automatic and Mutual Aid Agreement." 
 
County commission Chairman Scott Carnahan said the principle of the agreement had already been vetted by the city, sheriff and Fire Services Chief Jim

YMCA Youth in Government Week in Citrus County

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Citrus County YMCA Youth in Government program. (February 14, 2017)
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners have proclaimed the week of Feb. 20-24 as YMCA Youth in Government Week.
 
Citrus County YMCA stands firmly committed to promoting and inspiring the next generation of citizen servant leaders through experiential learning with the YMCA’s Youth in Government program. 
 
The Youth in Government delegates learn the inner workings of state and local government, which helps to guide and inspire them in their future goals and career paths.
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BOCC honors outgoing TDC member

The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with Frank Peters
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday presented a certificate of appreciation to Frank Peters, outgoing member of the Tourist Development Council, during the regular meeting of the commission.
 
Peters was honored for his service to the county during his tenure on the Tourist Development Council and for his many years of generous contributions to both Floral City and Citrus County. (February 14, 2017)
 
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Citrus Memorial Hospital invests in Inverness

Check Presentation at Inverness City Council Meeting on Feb. 6, 2017. FROM LEFT: Liz Fernley, City Events; George Mavros, CMH COO; Katie Myers, CMH Director of Marketing and Public Relations Glen Romig, CMH CFO.

Inverness --The Inverness Event & Visitor Bureau on Feb. 8 welcomes Citrus Memorial Hospital (CMH) as a partner and supporter of the city’s quality of life events with a $7,500 investment.

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Transit Orange Line interconnects with trolly hub

Citrus County Transit Service would like to remind everyone that the Orange Line picks up and drops off multiple times during daytime hours, Monday through Friday at Crystal River City Hall on Route 19, which is the 2017 designated Trolley Hub.
 
The Crystal River Orange Line has multiple scheduled stops that would be of interest to visitors and residents including the Crystal River Mall/Movie
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TOP VIDEO: Chassahowitzka Camping

The Citrus County Commission has stopped the Request for Proposal for the administration of the Chassahowitzka Campground and decided to extend the current contract for an additional five years.

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Robbery at Sunoco gas station in Hernando

Citrus County deputies are actively looking for a man who robbed attacked a clerk at a Sunoco gas state in Hernando and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
 
The Sheriff's Office said Thursday that just before 8 p.m. deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the gas station located at 1211 N. Florida Ave. in Hernando. 
 
Detectives said a white male walked into the store and threatened the clerk for money. No firearm was brandished, the Sheriff's Office said. There was a struggle between the suspect and clerk.
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Cops looking for drive-by shooting suspect

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is looking for suspect in a drive-by shooting on Thursday in Beverly Hills.
 
The sheriff's office said that deputies responded to 407 S. Jefferson St.

Smith named chair of workforce consortium

OCALA -- Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith has been named chairman of the Citrus Levy Marion Regional Workforce Consortium.
 
Smith, of Inverness, served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2010-2016 and is a US Army veteran whose 20 years included Operation Desert Storm.
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Pursuit ends in crash, Ocala man's arrest

AT RIGHT: Patrick Vasi Jr., of Ocala. BELOW, RIGHT: Deputies stand over the wreck of a car said stolen by Patrick Vasi Jr. in Wildwood. The chase began near Independence Highway and ended at West Norvell Bryant Highway and North Forest Ridge Boulevard. (February 11, 2017) [ Click photo for larger image ]
A 27-year-old Ocala man was arrested after leading deputies on a pursuit on Saturday in the area of North Independence Highway and North Florida Boulevard in a vehicle stolen from the Wildwood area.
 
At the end of the chase and crash, Patrick Vasi, Jr. of 10850 SW 105th Ave. in Ocala, was arrested on several charges.
 
At about 5:05 p.m.

4 stabbings at Crystal River pond lead to arrest

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office (
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Fire, smoke damage Hernando mobile home

A mobile home fire on Friday night caused extensive damage to a Hernando residence.

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