February 2017

Facing budget pressures, county weighs employee pay options

On the eve of March, Citrus County has begun formulating the Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget, which begins on Oct. 1.
 
As its constitutional officers begin to mark up their own budgets to go inside the overall county budget, the county also has to consider the cost of the pay scales of its own employees, and a whole host of other costs associated with running the county.
 

Suspect identified in Sunday's chase, shooting

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Monday identified the man who was said to have shot at the Sabal Trail pipeline, then fled and was later killed by deputies in Citrus County.
 
The man has been identified as Leroy Marker, 66, of 150 Smallwood Dr., Chokoloskee, Fla.
 
Marker died of his injuries after engaging law enforcement officers and was shot and killed.
 

Shots fired at Sabal pipeline pipes leads to chase, suspect's death

Citrus County deputies, Marion county deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol was led on a wild chase from Marion to Citrus County after a man shot at a pipe in the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline. The man was stopped near Floral City, and when he engage deputies, he was killed in the process. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office on February 26, 2017).
Protests against the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline went to another level on Sunday when a man began shooting at the pipes in Marion County, and fled to Citrus County, where he died after being shot.
 
The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
 

Congressman Webster visits Citrus veterans center

FROM LEFT: Ken Wells, Veterans Services Officer; Joanne Granger, Director of Support Services; Ellen Davis, Veterans Services Officer; U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster; Janet Gramann, Veterans Services Secretary and Kimberly Menster, Veterans Services Officer.

U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster on Tuesday paid Citrus County Veterans Services and Veteran Outpatient Clinic in Lecanto.

FROM LEFT: Ken Wells, Veterans Services Officer; Joanne Granger, Director of Support Services; Ellen Davis, Veterans Services Officer; U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster; Janet Gramann, Veterans Services Secretary and Kimberly Menster, Veterans Services Officer.

Four arrested in Beverly Hills on drug charges

TOP ROW: Patricia Blum and Marc Hunt. BOTTOW ROW: Michael Blom and Kimberly Blom.

Four people were arrested on Thursday morning in Beverly Hills on drug charges.

They were Kimberly Blom, 25; Michael Blom, 31; Patricia Blom, 52, and Marc Hunt, 34.

Tthe Citrus County Sheriff's Office conducted a search warrant at 34 South Jeffery St. in Beverly Hills after detectives received multiple complaints of drug activity at the house. The CCSO said the residence has been a problem in the neighborhood for some time, and has become a constant thorn in the side of the community.

Fire claims Lecanto mobile home

 
A Lecanto mobile home was lost on Tuesday during a fire at about 3:02 p.m. at 7281 S. Dayton Point.
 
There were no injuries in the blaze.
 
Firefighters from the CCSO Division of Fire Rescue found the approximately 1,500-square-foot fully involved in fire with additional vehicles and equipment surrounding the home in immediate danger
 

TOP VIDEO: The ICE Men Cometh?

It might sound strange to some now, but the Citrus County jail could theoretically become a temporary home for up to 200 ICE prisoners. 
 
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement service (ICE) has been with working with the U.S. Marshals Service and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to house any possible immigration prisoners. 
 
The Citrus County Commission has been asked if it would be willing to house the ICE prisoners in the county jail. 
 

MPO public workshop slated

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) Consultant, Kimley-Horn will conduct a Public Workshop for the Crystal River Congestion Management Study on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., at the Crystal River City Hall Council Chambers, 123 US19, Crystal River, FL 34428.
 

Date: 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 4:30pm

UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 4-H holds County Events Day

This year over 100 youth participated at 4-H County Events Day held at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness.

Each year, Citrus County 4-H members compete at the county and district level to demonstrate what they have learned through their 4-H work.

Through this demonstration of knowledge and skills, 4-H youth reflect mastery – one of the essential elements of 4-H youth development.

TOP VIDEO: Inverness-Fire Services pact

The Citrus County Commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner Ron Kitchen voting no, to OK a deal between the county's fire services division and the city of Inverness to enter into an "Automatic and Mutual Aid Agreement." 
 

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