Fourth stimulus road repaving project begins Sunday night

Road ImprovementThe county’s fourth federal stimulus road project is slated to begin Sunday night, Nov. 22, as crews begin repaving County Road 491 from State Road 44 to C. R. 486.

Work on the road will be done at night because of the amount of traffic on the road during the daytime. The $503,100 project will include a partial milling of the road and a new overlay.

Citrus County October unemployment drops slightly, to 12 percent

Citrus County's unemployment figures dropped slightly during the month of October 2009, according to the Agency for Workforce Innovation, which released the latest figures today.


Father-son argument leads to attempted murder charges

An argument between a father and son on Thursday night ended up with the son being charged with attempted murder and the father airlifted to Tampa General Hospital.

The weapon was a Phillips head screwdriver, according to an arrest report from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

Arrested was Joseph Michael Rairick, 55. The victim was his father, John, 74, both of North Brighton Road in Lecanto.


Late-night pizza delivery ends in robbery at gunpoint

Shortly before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, a Papa John’s pizza delivery man told deputies he was robbed at gunpoint while making a late-night pizza run.

Two suspects remain at large.


Long Range Transportation Plan meeting set for Dec. 1

Citrus County residents are invited to participate in a consensus-building workshop on Dec. 1 in Lecanto to guide the development of the county’s 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Realtors Association of Citrus County at 714 South Scarboro Avenue in Lecanto. That is off State Road 44 about half a mile east of the intersection with County Road 491.

Maidhof, 2 others promoted to new county positions

Ciitrus County Director of Development Service Gary Maidhof and two other county workers will move up to new positions.

The move comes in the wake of county government reorganization efforts being shepherded by County Administrator Brad Thorpe, and approved 4-1 today by the county commission.

County Commissioner John Thrumston was the only commissioner to vote against the proposal, and did not say why he was against it.


EDC role diminishes after non-agreement with Chamber

The agenda item at today's Citrus County Commission meeting read, "Status of the EDC," but after discussion among county commissioners, the Economic Development Council's role now seems to be almost a moot point.

The Chamber of Commerce and EDC were to iron out an agreement for cooperation in shaping future economic development, but the EDC board balked at restrictions imposed by the state's Sunshine Law.


Bartell takes over as county commission chairman

Citrus County Commissioner Gary Bartell today was elected the new county commission chairman by a unanimous vote of his fellow commissioners.

Bartell said he would keep it "short and sweet."

"We're going to work together as a team," Bartell said.

Outoing comissioner John Thrumston said it was an honor to serve and that after a year, Bartell would find he would be tired.

Floral City man charged with video voyeurism, having hundreds of child porn pictures

A Floral City man has been charged with video voyeurism and possesson of hundreds of photos of child pornography.

Arrested on Monday was Kevin Edward Whitty, 48, of 8595 E. Hooker Place.

According to the arrest report, the investigation began with a complaint from the mother of two underage girls who found photos on a cell phone given as a birthday present to one of her daughters by Whitty of what she said was an underage girl posing in a provocative manner, wearing bikini bathing suits or very little clothing.

Gap in Crystal River nuclear plant containment prompts NRC, PE meeting

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a public meeting for Friday, Nov. 20, with Progress Energy to discuss the recently identified gap in the concrete containment at the Crystal River nuclear power plant.

The meeting is scheduled to be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Commissioners’ Conference Room at the NRC’s headquarters office, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md.


Children anxiously await annual 'Shop With A Cop' event

HOMOSASSA/INVERNESS - Thanks to the generosity of some big-hearted Citrus County businesses, organizations and individuals, 75 youngsters (and their families) have been selected to be a part of a very festive seasonal event come December.

Fire destroys home under renovation in Inverness

A fire on Friday destroyed a home that was under renovation in Inverness.

Citrus County firefighters were called out at 4:31 p.m. to battle the fire at 12275 E Gulf to Lake Highway.

The first unit to arrive found the 1,200 square-foot block home engulfed in flames. The fire was brought under control within 23 minutes, according to the fire report.


Homosassa man faces 20 counts of sexual battery on minor

A Citrus County man is facing 20 counts of sexual battery on a minor, as well as showing pornographic materials to a young Homosassa girl.

Arrested on Friday was George Harrison Nussbaum, 38, of Homosassa.

The age of the girl is listed by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office as between 14 and 18 years.


County launches first stimulus road project

Citrus County Commissioners on Monday launched the first of a spate of federal stimulus road projects in Citrus County.

This American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project is comprised of the resurfacing for Croft Avenue from State Road 44 to just north of East Harley Street in Inverness.

The resurfacing will be done at night and will take about a week, and so motorists may want to avoid the road at night this week. The stimulus funds do not require a local match in funding. The project will include improvement of the intersection with S.R. 44.

County commission unanimously votes to adopt Port District changes

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday night approved adoption of two amendments to the county's Comprehensive Plan, which will allow the creation of a Port District, as well as provide mixed uses for that property.

County Commissioners were unanimous in their vote to approve the changes to the Comprehensive Plan.


County gives green light to RV park development plan

Theordora Rusnak, president of the Citrus County Council, reads a resolution from the CCC to county commissioners opposing the expansion of River Lodge RV ParkThe Citrus County Commission  on Tuesday night gave the green light to an amendment to the county's Comprehensive Plan that will allow the River Lodge RV Resort to expand.


Firefighters battle second blaze in 12-hour period

Citrus County firefighters on Monday battled their second mobile home blaze within a 12-hour period.

The first incident occurred at 11:30 a.m. in Heatherwood, and the most recent one was at 10:57 p.m. at 4289 S. Pencil Point, Homosassa. No one was at home in either structure when fire broke out.


Dunnellon man charged with child abuse of girl, 4

A Dunnellon man was arrested on Friday and charged with abusing a 4-year-old Dunnellon girl.

Arrested was Paul Preston Grenier Jr., 24, of 5328 W. Blade Lane.

According to the arrest report, a Citrus County detective was alerted to the case when shown photos by a Child Protective Investigator. A medical review of the child in Gainesville indicated injuries consistent with child abuse. The young girl said Grenier was the one who hit her, and told two witnesses she had been hit in the face and head.

Firefighters arrive to find mobile home burned to the ground

Citrus County firefighters on Monday were called to the scene of a fire which had already burned down a mobile home.

Firefighters were called out at 11:30 a.m. to 9701 S. Evans Ave. in Heatherwood, only to find a burned-out hulk.

No one was home at the time of the fire, the fire report says. All that is known is that it was a 1,976-square-foot mobile home, and its owners were Greg and Myra Teel. Firefighters found no one inside, and a neighbor confirmed no one was at home when the fire broke out.


Citrus County woman among 55 charged with Internet prostitution solicitation

A Citrus County woman is among 55 people charged with soliciting sex on the Internet by a multi-county task force.

Arrested was Theresa A. Kersey, 43, of 3107 N. Thornapple Terrace, Beverly Hills.

Kersey was issued a notice to appear for solicitation for prostitution.

All arrests were part of a law enforcement operation to catch prostitutes, who use popular websites to advertise services.


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