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The Centers 'adjusts leadership' in child welfare division

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OCALA, FL (October 30, 2017) – As part of its continued efforts on accountability and to quality of services for its clients, Interim CEO, Ralph Fera-McIlwain and Interim COO, Donald Baracsk

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Citrus County lowers joblessness to 4.8 percent for September

Jobs artThe Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) reported on Friday that Citrus County's jobless number for September 2017 has been lowered from 5.9 percent in August to 4.8 percent for September.

CMH recognized as Regional Hospital of Year

Citrus Memorial HospitalCitrus Memorial Hospital was recently recognized by Mended Hearts as a Regional Hospital of the Year.

The Southern Region encompasses seven states and Puerto Rico, and serves 46 chapters of the heart disease support group.

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Withlacoochee water level continues to rise

Flooding is expected at the Withlacoochee River near Dunnellon and Floral City (Sheriff's Office photo on September 23, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office reported on Saturday that, due to rainfall and other factors caused by Hurricane Irma, the Withlacoochee River water level continues to rise. 

Fish kill reported on Withlacoochee River

A fish kill and possible sheen on the water were reported being seen on the Withlacoochee River near the end of Turner Camp Road. (Photo provided by Citrus County Sheriff's Office)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Monday was made aware of a fish kill and possible sheen on the water on the Withlacoochee River near the end of Turner Camp Road.

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Who to call when dealing with trees, limbs and powerlines

A little close for comfort to powerlines.

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has no regulatory authority over power companies providing services in Citrus County.

The Florida Public Services Commission (PSC) regulates power companies in Florida. 

Trees and limbs in proximity to power lines are the jurisdiction of the power company, and the power company makes decisions regarding the cutting/trimming of trees and limbs. Questions on tree cutting and trimming should be addressed to your power provider.

The contact numbers for power providers in Citrus County are as follows:

Springs activist Mercer honored at SWFWMD meeting

Phillis Rosetti-Mercer was presented with the Springs Community Partner award in memory of the late springs activist, Bob Mercer of Crystal River (SWFWMD photo on August 29, 2017).

The Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District today recognized Bob Mercer, who passed away in January, for his passion and dedication to improving the Crystal River/Kings Bay spring system.

Duke Energy Florida files higher 2018 rates

Duke Energy LogoST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Duke Energy Florida (DEF) on Thursday filed its annual request to set electric rates for 2018 with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC).

Progressive Amateur Golf Tour forming

Golf BallCrystal River -- The Citrus County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) announces the first Progressive Amateur Golf Tour, a professi

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'Save Ozello' effort targets rezoning push

No Rezoning sign for The Village at Pirate’s Cove in Ozello

Ozello, FLA. -– "Yard Sign Army" donated 50 “No Re-zoning” yard signs to the "Committee to Save Ozello."

The signs went quickly at the Committee’s June 17 meeting.

The yard signs are intended to amplify residents’ objections to a Tennessee developer’s application to rezone property from residential to commercial in order to build a multiuse complex.

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Team effort secures grant for Sugarmill Woods landscape project

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By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Citrus County Administrator Randy Oliver was notified by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on July 18 that Citrus County’s requested funding of the State Road 700 (U.S. Hwy 98/West Ponce De Leon Boulevard) landscape project was approved for $395,000. 

'Blessings' and 'Feed The Kids' programs supported by United Way

Pictured are, from left, United Way’s CEO, Amy Meek and COO, and Meghan Pitzer. Amy and Meghan are shown packing Blessings’ bags. (July 2017)

Inverness, FL (7/17/2017) –- Citrus County Harvest has been awarded $40,000 by United Way of Citrus County. It is the largest grant to be received by Harvest since the creation of their Blessings program in 2009.

“The United Way grant will help fund two programs in the 2017-2018 academic year,” said Grace Hengesbach, Harvest’s Executive Director.  

Former Presbyterian worship leader arrested on sex charges

Chad Robison, 36, of Hernando
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office announced today the arrest of a former worship director on several sex charges, including video voyeurism, and lewd and lascivious exhibition.
 
Arrested was Chad Robison, 36, of Hernando, who was worship director at Seven Rivers Presbyterian from 2011 to 2017.
 
At a media news conference in Lecanto today, Sherif Mike Prendergast said that Citrus County detectives started this case back in May when a coworker discovered "inappropriate videos" on Robison’s laptop that he had left at work.

Altrusa celebrates centennial

Citrus County's chapter of Altrusa International is celebrating Altrusa Centennial Month. (July 11, 2017)
Citrus County's chapter of Altrusa International is celebrating Altrusa Centennial Month.
 
Altrusa International of Citrus county, Inc. was chartered in 1985 to improve the quality of life in the community through service projects, to show positive membership growth, and to increase public awareness of Altrusa in Citrus County.
 
Citrus County Altrusa members have provided thousands of service hours to the community, while Altrusa International volunteers have provided more than a million house of service to other communities around the world.
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Halls River Bridge keeps name, but also honors environmental activist

The late Jim Bitter of Homosassa

Homosassa's Hall's River Bridge will still be called that, but there will be a second sign that honors longtime environmental activist Jim Bitter.

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Water district acquires Rainbow River Ranch property

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Purchase made in partnership with Nature Conservancy

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) has closed on the purchase of the environmentally important Rainbow River Ranch.

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County seeks donations for animal shelter

Donate food to me now !Due to an unexpected influx of animals, the Citrus County Animal Shelter is asking the community for help by donating gently used towels, flat sheets and bath mats.

These donations will be used to keep the cats and dogs in a clean and comfortable environment.

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