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Citrus County September unemployment rate inches forward

Citrus County's unemployment rate continues to inch forward, growing better by only 0.1 percent during September 2016.

The county's rate was 6.7 percent, compared to 6.8 percent during August. Looking at the longer view, Citrus County's rate was 7.0 percent during September 2015. In comparison with the rest of the state, Citrus County is tied at sixth place with Indian River County for the sixth highest unemployment rate among the state's 67 counties.

'No Bullying' month observed in October

Community leaders, students, teachers, School Resource Officers, Explorers and more came together for Unity Day 2016. They all wore orange to fight against bullying. (CCSO PHOTO on Oct. 19, 2016)

An estimated 200 people on Wednesday gathered together at the Historic Courthouse in Inverness to show their unity against bullying.

And before that, on Oct. 11, the Citrus County Commission signed a proclamation making October National Bullying Prevention Month in Citrus County.

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Washer sentenced to 50 years

Wayne Washer

Wayne Washer, 49, of Crystal River, was sentenced to 50 years Department of Corrections collectively, with a 20-year minimum following guilty verdicts from a Sept. 16 jury trial.

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Dunnellon man sentenced in Gorney murder trial

Bryan Robinson, left, and Tyzick Wall.Tyzick Wall, 18, of Dunnellon was sentenced to 40 years for the 2015 murder of Stephen Gorney, 54, of Crystal

Citrus County receives SUN Trail funding

Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced on October 11 that Citrus County’s Dunnellon Trail Gap Connector has been selected as one of the first year projects under the Shared Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail program for $280,000 for Design and permitting this year.

The request to the state was for a bike trail and bridge over US 41 in the Northeast part of Citrus County.

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Suspect captured after alleged attempted murder

Michael Todd Marcum

Citrus County Sheriff's Office detectives have captured Michael Todd Marcum, 36, of Crystal River, regarding an incident that occurred Sunday morning around 9 a.m. at the B&B RV Park at 5096 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy in Lecanto.

CCSO: Beware of fraud, scams, price gouging

State and federal recovery officials encourage Florida residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals who may try to prey on survivors vulnerable due to the recent hurricanes.

Deputies make 3 Beverly Hills drug arrests

FROM LEFT: Christina Dalton, Terry Gaitor (background) and Faith Mcrae

Three people were arrested on Thursday during a search warrant served at a Beverly Hills home.

The Sheriff's Office SWAT team served the warrant at 9 S. Desoto St. after an investigation into narcotic sales allegedly occurring at the residence.

The search yielded several types of narcotics packaged for sale, along with a loaded .410-gauge shotgun. The main suspect of the investigation was Terry Gaitor, 45, who is a convicted felon with more than 60 prior arrests.

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Hurricane Hermine disaster recovery centers open

Disaster Recovery Centers have opened in Citrus, Dixie, Levy and Leon counties to help survivors affected by Hurricane Hermine’s severe storms and flooding that severely impacted the state between Aug. 31 and Sept. 11, 2016.

Citrus County
West Citrus Center
1540 N. Meadowcrest Blvd. Crystal River, FL 34429
Open Monday – Saturday

Deputies looking for Citrus Springs home invasion suspect

Citrus Springs home invasion suspect

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is looking for a suspect in a Monday home invasion in Citrus Springs.

The CCSO was called out to the residence at about 9 p.m., and the femal victim told deputies that a male suspect forced his way into the home and robbed her.

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Citrus County Utilities wins EPA award

Deb Burden, Citrus County BOCC Water Conservation manager and Department of Water Resources employees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Citrus County Utilities with a 2016 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award as a leader in saving water for future generations.

Citrus County Utilities was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference on October 6, 2016, for promoting water efficiency and WaterSense in 2015.

Goodbye Matthew: Local weather warnings canceled

Citrus County is no longer under a tropical storm warning. 

Hurricane Matthew continues to track north, away from Citrus County. 

While the county will still continue to get rain and some wind from Matthew's rain band, the impact to Citrus County will continue to get lower and lower as the day progresses.

With that, this is the last update for Hurricane Matthew.  The Citrus County Emergency Operations Center will be going back to a Level 3 Monitoring Status. 

All shelters have been closed, and citizens Information Lines are now closed.

Obama declares Florida emergency

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of Florida to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Matthew beginning on October 3, 2016, and continuing.

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One dead in mobile home fire

One person died in this Dunnellon mobile home on River Bend Road. (Oct. 5, 2016. PHOTO: Sheriff's Office)

One person is dead following a mobile home fire in Dunnellon.

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the structure fire with a victim trapped inside a residence off of River Bend Road, and firefighters found the home there 75 percent involved in flames.

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Disaster preparedness plans should include pets

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

There are many ways that you can be prepared to keep your pet safe during an emergency.

Governor advises residents to prepare for Hurricane Matthew

Florida Governor Rick Scott advises state residents to prepare for Hurricane Matthew's path (Oct. 4, 2016)

Governor Rick Scott today visited the City of Hialeah Emergency Operations Center to meet with emergency management officials as the state prepares for Hurricane Matthew, a life-threatening category four storm.

Governor Scott also signed Executive Order 16-230 declaring a state of emergency for every Florida county due to the severity and magnitude of Hurricane Matthew.

Stone crab claw season opens Oct. 15 in state, federal waters

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters. To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws and follow all protective management guidelines for stone crab harvest.

County names new Animal Services Director

Citrus County Department of Community Services has named Morgan Woodard as the new Animal Services Director. Woodard will start in his new position on Monday, Oct. 17.
 
Woodward is coming from Hillsborough County as the Pet Services Manager for Hillsborough County Pet Resources, where his responsibilities included front desk operations, volunteers and events management.

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Fort Island Gulf Beach Park reopens Oct. 1

Citrus County Road and Grounds Maintenance crews have been working diligently to complete some additional details such as signage, placing trash cans, sanitizing restrooms, raking of the beach, and building the wall around the septic station to get the Fort Island Gulf Beach Park operational. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald. Sept. 30, 2016)

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

The Division of Parks and Recreation is prepared to reopen the Fort Island Gulf Beach on Saturday, Oct. 1.  

The park received extensive damage due to Hurricane Hermine the first weekend of September and has been closed to the public since then.

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Residents, businesses: Register for disaster assistance

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco and Pinellas counties who were affected by Hurricane Hermine are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as they may be eligible for disaster assistance.

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