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Officials brief on nuclear plant decommissioning

Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant (CR3) in Crystal River, Fla.

Three Duke Energy Florida representatives on Tuesday gave an overview of the decommissioning of the nuclear power plant in Crystal River.

The presentation include Duke Energy's involvement with the community from Duke Public Relations specialist Amy Mangan, an overview of the process by Duke's Phyllis Dixon and an update by Duke representative Blair Wonderly of the decommissioning process going forward.

Commission selects Kenney as new chairman

Citrus County Commissioner John "JJ" Kenney

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday selected Citrus County Commissioner John "JJ" Kenney as its new commission chairman.

Kenney's election was unanimous. He replaces Commissioner Joe Meek, whose chairmanship expired at the end of the Nov. 5 commission meeting.

First vice-chair is Commissioner Rebecca Bays. Second vice-chair is Commissioner Dennis Damato.

Hernando home destroyed in blaze

A Sunday evening fire destroyed a 640-square-foot rental home in Hernando.

No injuries were reported.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Division of Fire Rescue, was dispatched at 8:04 p.m. to the home at 65480 N. Sourgum Terrace.

Court rules in Duke Energy vs. Citrus County

Citrus County Property Appraiser Geoff Greene

The judge in the lawsuit lodged against Citrus County by Duke Energy released a ruling today on the first of several key questions in the lawsuit.

The ruling by Circuit Court Judge T. Michael Johnson addressed the issue of pollution control devices and tax breaks granted by the state Legislature in 1967 when it crafted Florida Statute 192.621.

Anonymous caller phones in fake bomb threat

The Homosassa Walmart at U.S. 19 and Cardinal Street (file photo)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office responded today at about at 11:56 a.m. after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat to the Homosassa Walmart.

After a 45-minute evacuation of the store, no bomb was found and shoppers were allowed back into the store, which is at U.S. 19 and Cardinal Street (6885 S. Suncoast Blvd.).

CCSO spokesperson Heather Yates said the scam bomb threat caller demanded that the store load up a debit card with money.

CCSO, fire services merge into public safety union

Members of Citrus County Fire Services are sworn in on Oct. 1, 2011 to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. At far right is Fire Chief Larry Morabito. (October 4, 2011)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and Citrus County Fire Services became a single entity on Saturday during a special swearing-in ceremony at Curtis Peterson Auditorium in Lecanto.

Families and friends of firefighters were on hand for the ceremony, an historic first for Citrus County, and of note throughout the state of Florida and the nation.

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