Suspected human traffickers captured in Citrus County

Shortly after 1 p.m. today, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office assisted U.S. Customs & Border Protection agents in taking seven subjects into custody on possible human trafficking charges.

U.S. Border Patrol agents were attempting to pull over a van on County Road 48 just outside of Floral City when the subjects bailed out, heading westbound on foot.


County to hire 'water police' to stop overconsumption

The Citrus County Commission today voted to hire five new people to help stop over-consumption of water.

The county would use the one full-time and four part-time employees to enforce county regulations to safeguard the county's water supply.

The hiring of the "water police" is the first step the county is taking to urge conservation of water that is drawn from the aquifer and local springs. The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) has levied a $240,000 fine on the county for not being in line with SWFWMD conservation standards.

County meets with Legislative Delegation on Thursday in Inverness

 Ron Schultz, Charlie Dean, Mike Fasano.The annual pre-legislative session for the Citrus County Legislative Delegation meeting will be on Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at the county courthouse in Inverness.

The meeting, in preparation for the 2010 session of the Florida Legislature, will be hosted by the county’s three legislators in the Citrus County Commission chamber room on the first floor of the courthouse.


School bus accident sends driver, four students to hospitals

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Highway Patrol were called to an accident today involving two school buses.


Man injured when shots fired in Crystal River

Citrus County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating shots fired at 12:06 p.m. today at 2790 N. Reynolds Ave. in Crystal River.

During the incident, a 30-year-old man was struck by a bullet and was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital.

The unidentified victim, who lists his address as in Jacksonville, has been of late been staying at several locations around Citrus County.


Citrus Springs woman killed in Friday accident

The Florida Highway Payrol is still investigating the cause of a Friday morning crash in which a Citrus Springs woman was killed.

According to the FHP, the woman, Larissa McKinnon, 32, of Citrus Springs, was a passenger in a van being driven by Jerome Jackson, of Valdosta, Ga.


Four more stimulus repaving projects slated to begin

Citrus County has four stimulus paving projects in the works, and the first begins on Monday.

Preliminary work on the Ft. Island Trail federal stimulus repaving project is scheduled to begin on Monday, with the road milling and paving work currently expected to begin the week after Christmas.

Friday fire consumes Homosassa home

A Friday afternoon fire consumed a Homosassa home at 2065 S. Moonlight Point.

There were no injuries.

Firefighters were called at 3:48 p.m. to the home of Dave and Doris Prather, and it took 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

According to the fire report, the fire was located behind the walls in the attic of the 1,600-square-foot manufactured home, making it difficult for fire crews to reach.


Thrumston elected to post on TBARTA Executive Committee

John ThrumstonCitrus County Commissioner John Thrumston today was elected to a new post on the TBARTA Executive Committee.

Southbound left turn to be allowed from Croft onto Thomas

Citrus County officials said Thursday that they will try a modification to the new median barrier recently installed on Croft Avenue at the State Road 44 intersection.

Left turns from the southbound lane of Croft onto Thomas at the south end of Croft had been prohibited by the new median.

They will be allowed again as the county observes how that configuration works. Other left turns against the traffic, however, will still be prohibited and signs will be erected to indicate that.

The median had been recommended in a preliminary draft of a state Road Safety Audit.

Citrus County Mental Health Court secures $235,647 in federal grant

Helping the mentally illBy:
Jim Hunter

The jailing of the mentally ill is an old problem that hasn’t been dealt with very well historically, but that is changing in Citrus County.

Water/wastewater authority to hear price index increase cases

At today's Citrus County Water and Wastewater Authority meeting in Lecanto, the authority was to consider price index and pass-through cost filings, as well as staff recommendations on the requests, for the Dunnellon Hills and Meadow Wood water systems.

The authority will also get a follow up briefing on Rolling Oaks Utilities situation.


County employees recognized for service

The Citrus County Commission recently recognized board of county commission employees for their length of service.


Repaving of east end of Ozello Trail starts Monday

Repaving work at the east end of Ozello Trail will start on Monday morning at 8.

The repaving project will be done during the daytime, and motorists should expect to encounter a flagman and lane closures resulting in some delays on that segment of road for the four days or so it will take to mill and repave the road.

The project is one of the 10 federal stimulus road repaving projects the county commission secured under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Citrus County dodges weather bullet, but second round coming

National Weather ServiceCitrus County on Wednesday dodged a weather bullet, but the same front that tore through the county is coming back from the south on Friday.

A check with the county's emergency management office showed no significant incidents of damage or flooding reported on the county's west side on Wednesday.


HCE's 85th Anniversary honored on Tuesday

FROM LEFT: County Commissioner Joe Meek; Commissioner John Thrumston; Kathy Neumann, HCE council secretary; Mona Morris, council treasurer; Commissioner Dennis Damato; Commission Chairman Gary Bartell; Monica Bonsett, adviser and Family and Consumer Sciences agent; Commissioner Winn Webb; Barbara Varvel, council president; and Mary Brown, chairperson of pop tops and scrapbook for the Inverness Club.The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday recognized the 85th anniversary of the Florida Association for Home and Community Education (HCE).


New county Economic Development Alliance forms

Citrus County Chamber of Commerce representative Josh Wooten explains to the county commission today about the new economic development alliance.A new Citrus County Economic Development Alliance has been formed.


Saturday fire destroys Floral City mobile home

Citrus County firefighters on Saturday were called to battle a blaze at a Floral City mobile home at 8205 E. Gobbler Court.

There were no injuries at the home, which is owned by Joe Seaman.

The home was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived at 9:44 p.m., where they found the roof collapsed and portions of the floor had burned though, making it difficult for interior operations. The fire was brought under control in 10 minutes, but cleanup took several hours because the home had several layers of siding, including brick facia.

Homosassa business robbed by masked man

Pack-N-Post, Homosassa store HOMOSASSA - The Pack N Post at 5455 S. Suncoast Boulevard reported being robbed today not long after 2 p.m.

A white male, described as around 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing between 200 and 220 pounds, entered the business and approached employees wearing a black knit cap with holes cut out that was rolled down over his eyes.

He was wearing glasses under what is described as a makeshift mask.



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