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Two arrested in child neglect case

Robert Burdette, 25 and Casey Rocco, 24, both of Homosassa (September 29, 2017)

A Homosassa couple has been arrested and are facing charges of child neglect.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Friday said that deputies had responded to a home in Homosassa after a neighbor called in a well-being check on two small children.

All lanes now open on U.S. 19 in Homosassa

Sinkhole being repaired on U.S. 19 in Homosassa near West Green Acres Street  (September 29, 2017)

Homosassa Springs, FL (2:45 p.m.) -- With the left northbound lane just reopened, traffic has been restored to the normal configuration, and all lanes are now open in both directions of US 19 in Homosassa Springs.

Lane closures and traffic shifts had been in place since Tuesday afternoon, when a void was discovered under the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 near West Green Acres Street.

Repairs to fill the void were completed Friday morning, and road restoration was completed in the afternoon.

CCSO keeping eye on Withlacoochee River water level

The water is right at 8.7 feet on Thursday at the bridge at State Road 200 along the Withlacoochee River. PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office on September 28, 2017)
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office spent part of Thursday monitoring the water level along the Withlacoochee River in Citrus County.
Sheriff Mike Prendergast rode along with the Sheriff's Office Marine Unit along certain points of the river to get a closer look at the rising waters, and found the water has risen 9 inches at certain points along the river since last Friday.

Duke Energy Foundation increases Hurricane Irma relief contributions to $1 million

Duke Energy LogoST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- To assist its communities, customers and neighbors devastated by Hurricane Irma, Duke Energy today increased its contribution to relief agencies to $1 million.

Donations include those distributed to United Way of Citrus County.

County passes FY 2017-18 budget, 4-1

Dollar billThe Citrus County Commission on Tuesday passed the budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18 by a vote of 4-1, with Commissioner Ron Kitchen voting nay.

The new Fiscal Year begins on Oct. 1.

County Administrator Randy Oliver said the budget will be $265,468,427 million, which represents a 4.85 percent decrease from Fiscal Year 2016-17 of $279,010,261.

It's official: Non-native plant species not welcome

Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan, front row on far right, and the commissioners, back row, from left, present members of the local chapter with a proclamation that declares October 2017 as Florida Native Plant Month in Citrus County (September 26, 2017).

The Citrus County chapter of a statewide plant society was honored on Tuesday with a proclamation from the Citrus County Commission for helping keep non-native species out of Citrus County and, more generally, the state.

The Citrus County Commission has proclaimed October 2017 as Florida Native Plant Month in recognition of the efforts by the local chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society to keep foreign plant species out.


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