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Kitchen elected VP of Tampa regional council

Cynthia Oswald,
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Citrus County Commissioner Ron Kitchen

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Marion County loses bid for veterans nursing home


Florida’s seventh nursing home for military veterans will be built in western Port St. Lucie.

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve $17 million in funding for the 120-bed facility, which will cost an additional $27 to $37 million in federal funds to construct, according to the St. Lucie County government website.

The 28.5-acre site was donated by the Tradition Land Company, and is expected to employ about 190 people.

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Local youth drowns in waters off Hernando County

A 17-year-old Citrus County teen drowned on Tuesday while diving with friends in waters off Hernando County.

The youth was identified as Cody Bilbery-Nickless, 17, of Hernando.

Search for missing pilot grows into Hernando County


The search for missing pilot Theodore Weiss will resume on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. in Hernando County.

A new Command Post will be set up at the Little Rock Cannery, located at 15487 Citrus Way, Brooksville, on Saturday morning.

It has been six days since Weiss went missing on April 5 after he took off from the Dunnellon Airport in his experimental plane.

Some people reported that they had seen the plane near State Forest Trail No. 10 in the Withlacoochee Forest.

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Recusals temporarily leave commission without quorum


In what is likely a first, the Citrus County commission temporarily lost its quorum on Tuesday when three commissioners recused themselves from a matter brought before the commission by Commissioner Scott Adams.
In fairness to the commissioners, Adams used his "commissioner's time" to bring to the commission several people at loggerheads with a Hernando County developer who, many Sugarmill residents claim, wants to increase his property holdings into Sugarmill Woods which will tax their water and increase traffic.

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