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CCHB signs HCA hospital transaction

INVERNESS -- In the presence of the public and Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) President of West Florida Division Peter Marmerstein, the Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees (CCHB) today signed the master agreement and lease agreement to transfer operations of the Citrus Memorial Hospital to the HCA.

Citrus County July 2014 unemployment rate at 8.0 percent

After months of steady improvement, Citrus County's unemployment rate for July 2014 rose to 8.0 percent.

The unemployment figures throughout the state were released today by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

According to those figures, the county's unemployment rate for June 2014 stood at 7.5 percent, and at 8.9 percent in July 2013. In neighboring Hernando County, the unemployment rate was 8.4 percent for July 2014, up from June 2014, when the rate was 7.4 percent. But those numbers beat Hernando County's July 2013's rate of 9.4 percent.

Inverness home destroyed in Tuesday fire

Citrus County Fire Rescue reports that an Inverness home was destroyed on Tuesday following a fire at that residence.

The home at 3703 E. Ridgecrest Court was occupied at the time of the blaze, but there were no injuries reported.

According to the fire report, Engine 21 from Inverness arrived on-scene at 2:27 p.m. to find the 1,000 square-foot single family dwelling fully involved in flames. A defensive attack on the fire was executed because of the extent of involvement.

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