June 2016

Workforce development board names new chairman

Michael Biskie, chairman of CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion’s regional board of directors.

OCALA, Fla. (June 30, 2016) – Michael Biskie, a human resources consultantwho resides in Ocala, is the new chairman of CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion’s regional board of directors. His two-year term begins July 1.

Armstrong appointed head of SWFWMD

Brian Armstrong, Executive Director, Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board appointed Brian Armstrong as executive director at today’s monthly Board meeting.

Robert Beltran, who announced his resignation earlier this month, will stay on temporarily to assist in the transition.

Beltran was appointed to serve as the District’s executive director in September 2013, and is returning to the private sector.

Sunday storm fells trees in Floral City

A summer storm blew up across Citrus County on Sunday. Floral City was one of those areas hit by the storm, where five trees caused damage to a car and a home.

A large storm passed through Floral City on Sunday, taking down several trees there.

The Citrus County Sheriff's reported that there were five trees down -- one fell on a vehicle and two other trees fell into an apartment halfway down Moonrise Lane.

Top Video: Marketing Citrus County

Citrus County Commissioner Scott Adams

A $4,000 ad inviting the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) community to visit Citrus County drew fire from Citrus County Commissioner Scott Adams.

Adams said he had hundreds of supporters wanting the county to stop advertising to specific groups.

Floral City Trailhead parking lot construction begins

The Citrus County BOCC has continued to add to the amenities for the Withlacoochee State Bicycle Trail. Citrus County Public Works has completed design and has commenced construction on the Floral City Trailhead Parking Lot project.

CCSO practices 'active shooter' drill

A "victim" in the "Active Shooter" drill is transported through the halls of Lecanto High School.

"Interoperability" and "communications" were two of the goals the Citrus County Sheriff's Office was aiming to exercise on Thursday at the Lecanto school complex..

Members of the agency's law enforcement, fire rescue and medical divisions came together to put on a mock drill primarily at Lecanto High School during this summer break.

Scams making rounds in county

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office has been receiving calls from residents about scams making their way around the county.

Nuclear asset-recovery bonds issued for Duke Energy Florida LLC

TALLAHASSEE — Citing the lowest rate ever on rate reduction bonds, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) on June 16 authorized the issuance of $1.294 billion in nuclear asset-recovery bonds to cover the retirement costs of  Duke Energy Florida, LLC’s (DEF) Crystal River III (CR3) nuclear power plant.

More focus on terrorism, less squabbling

U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, 11th Congressonal DistrictA week ago, our neighbors to the east suffered a homegrown terrorist attack.  The shooter was an American citizen.  His father (from Afghanistan) is an open and vocal supporter of the Taliban.

County passes anti-fracking ordinance

The Citrus County Commission votes 5-0 to ban fracking anywhere in the county (June 14, 2016)

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday unanimously passed its anti-fracking ordinance.

Up to this point, 11 Florida counties have passed anti-fracking ordinances. A large political block, "Floridians Against Fracking" has been a major contributor to the movement to ban all fracking in the state.

There is a larger movement, "Americans Against Fracking," whose aim it is to prevent fracking anywhere in the U.S. But finding out who is behind the anti-fracking movement groups, who started them and who funds them is a challenge, even with Google searches.

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