Education foundation names teacher, employee of year

The Citrus County Education Foundation on Thursday named its choices for Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year.

Honored as Teacher of the Year for 2011 was Beverly Howard, and chosen as School-Related Employee of the Year for 2010 was Luz Rivera.

County looking for dog that bit Floral City man

A Floral City man was bitten by a dog on Jan. 25, and now Citrus County animal control officers are looking for that dog.

The bite occurred on Longear Court.

The dog is described as a pit bull mix, tawny grey with black spots and is large with a stocky build. It has been seen running loose in the area with a friendly brown dog.


Chief clarifies fundraising by volunteer fire associations

To clear up confusion about donations to volunteer fire departments, Citrus County Fire Chief Larry Morabito said Wednesday that the Citrus County Fire Service does not solicit for donations to the Fire Service or any of the county fire department’s facilities located around the county.

Responding to questions from the public about solicitations for fundraising involving volunteer firefighter associations, Morabito said that those are civic and social associations and separate from county government and the Fire Service.

County turns down cell tower application for Citrus Springs


The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday told a cell phone company its request for a cell tower doesn't fit in with the nature of the neighborhood.


Brassboys Enterprises Inc. had sought a land-use change that would allow the company to site a cell tower in a maintenance area at the back of the Citrus Springs Golf Course.

County turns down cell tower application for Citrus Springs

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday told a cell phone company its request for a cell tower doesn't fit in with the nature of the neighborhood.

Brassboys Enterprises Inc. had sought a land-use change that would allow the company to site a cell tower in a maintenance area at the back of the Citrus Springs Golf Course.

Crews, equipment working on Croft for next two weeks

On Monday, the Citrus County Road Maintenance Division will begin vegetation maintenance on Croft Avenue, and it is asking the motoring public to exercise caution when driving on the road.

The work is part of the continuing efforts to meet the recommendations of a state Road Safety Audit.


Dunnellon park to receive infusion of funding

Dunnellon's Eugene Martin Park is finally getting its due.

Years ago, the county promised to give the park a facelift, but the money never came.

Now, that's changing. The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday voted to allow funding for the long-awaited park improvements. "We have struggled over the years trying to fit that into the CIP (Capital Improvement Program)," said County Administrator Brad Thorpe.

County commission responds to 4-H, belly dancer issue

One of the more colorful stories making the rounds in the county is the one about a 4-H Club being booted out of the Lecanto Canning Center by a county-led class of belly dancers.

Today, that issue was brought to the county commission's table by a young 4-H girl, Katie Mattingly.


Citrus County wants to do something about its homeless

Citrus County government wants to do something about the homeless within its borders.

At the urging of County Commission Chairman Gary Bartell, the county plans to find out what services are available for the homeless and how the county can help.

"I just want us to get ahead of this issue before it comes before the board," Bartell said. "We don't want to wait and become reactive."

Inverness man faces child abuse charge

An Inverness man is in jail following an investigation into an alleged child abuse case.

Arrested was Olley Franklin Ramsey, 44, of 7640 E. Log Lane.


County opts not to build offices in Lecanto

Despite a 2008 voter referendum to allow consideration of Lecanto as a possible building site for future county buildings, the Citrus County Commission today opted to pursue a plan to build any new county office building in Inverness.

The "space needs" plan presented by County Commissioner Dennis Damato today did not include any mention of Lecanto, nor did any of the commissioners or members of the public bring up building in Lecanto as a county alternative.


County, Sugarmill Woods partner to solve water use problem

The Citrus County Water Resources Department has announced a partnership with the Sugarmill Woods Civic Association to address the excessive water use in the community.
The amount of water pumped from the wells serving the community exceeds the permit granted by the regional water district, and the county faces a significant fine for the violation.

County gets more federally funded repaving projects

Two more road repaving projects have been tentatively approved by the state’s Department of Transportation, which oversees the federal economic stimulus grants.
The two roads are Independence Highway in Inverness from State Road 44 to U.S. 41, which was estimated at $547,000, and Homosassa Trail (County Road 490), which was estimated at $1.46 million.

County honors employees for service

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday recognized county employees for their length of service.

In the photo at right are, front row from left: 10-year employee Veterans Service Officer John "J.J." Kenney, and five-year employees with five years service: Light Equipment Operator Donald Buddock, Medium Equipment Operator Bryon Bitters, Medium Equipment Operator Richard Wilkinson, Senior Planner Kandi Harper and Extension Services FCS Agent Monica Bonsett.


CCSO Emergency Management section offers CERT training

LECANTO - Does the idea of teaming up with others to meet immediate lifesaving needs in the wake of a major disaster appeal to you?

If you answered “yes,” then as concerned citizens, you might want to consider enrolling in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training offered by the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Section.

The program is presented in cooperation with Citrus County’s Health Department and Fire Rescue, Nature Coast Emergency Medical Services, Progress Energy and the National Weather Service.


Millions of gallons missing from Sugarmill Woods water system

Citrus County water managers are at a loss to explain millions of gallons of water that can't be accounted for in the Sugarmill Woods water system.

Jim Morgan, Contract Compliance Manager in the county's Department of Water Resources, briefed the county commission on Tuesday, telling them that in April 2008, there were 116 million gallons of unaccounted for water, but that between December 2008 and November 2009, that figure had grown to just under 134 million gallons.


Cold temps, sleet fail to keep 'em away from Manatee Festival

The 23rd Annual Manatee Festival in Crystal River blew into town today, along with temperatures in the 30's, light snowflakes and sleet pellets.

Even so, all that couldn't stop Citrus County residents, as they literally braved the elements and attended the festival on Citrus Avenue anyway.


Stove fire brings out county firefighters

A fire that began with a burning pot on a stove is blamed for a Saturday fire at an Inverness home.

Firefighters were called out to extinguish the stove fire at 10:22 a.m. at 817 S. Apopka Ave.

Responding units found smoke coming from the home as they arrived, and were able to extinguish the fire within two minutes, the fire report says. Homeowner Nancy Padilla and her son told firefighters they noticed the fire in a pot on the stove. Considering the severity of the fire, they left the residence while calling 9-1-1.


Property appraiser's office reminds residents deadlines near

The 2010 deadline for filing of homestead and all other specific exemptions and classifications with the Citrus County Property Appraiser’s Office is March 1.

The public is encouraged to contact us early, and not wait for the deadline.

This date applies to all new and changes which require new filings for the following applications:

Stimulus money pays for Turner Camp Road improvements

Stimulus road projects continue to start up around Citrus County.

Early on, the Citrus County Commission formed a strike force to go after federal stimulus road repaving projects when they were made available, and it paid off with the county winning about three times the funds as initially expected.

In the photo at right, pleased county commissioners pose at one of the four projects currently underway, this one on Stagecoach Trail (County Road 480) from County Road 491 to C.R. 581. In addition to being repaved, the narrow road is being widened by four feet.


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