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That phone call may be a scam

Scam Alert artThe Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Friday alerted residents that a scam that is active throughout the nation is making itself known here.

People are answering their phone because they either recognize the number on the caller ID or because it is simply a local number. Once they pick up the phone, the CCSO said, the call is either a sales call, a scam call or a simply harassing call.

Construction accident halts work on Halls River Bridge

Construction personnel deal with an accident at the site of Halls River Bridge construction. No injuries were reported. (CCSO photo on August 31, 2017)

A truck interrupted work on Thursday on the Halls River Bridge in Homosassa.

For the majority of the day, the construction-related accident made the bridge completely impassable.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office had to use other resources, such as launching boats from the fire departments, to ensure emergency services were available to those in need. Citrus County Road Maintenance and the construction company worked together to stabilize the incident and return travel to the bridge as quickly as possible.

No injuries were reported in the accident.

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.

Mercer’s wife of many years, Phillis Rosetti-Mercer, accepted the Springs Community Partner Award in her husband’s memory.

“Bob would have loved this so much,” she said during the Governing Board presentation, as she wiped away tears.

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).

Based on fuel, capacity, energy conservation and environmental costs, DEF estimates in 2018 residential customers’ rates will increase about 8.5 percent, for a total cost of $128.54 per 1,000 kWh.

TOP VIDEO: 1-Cent Sales Tax

Every Citrus County Commission meeting, the issue of a one-cent sales tax comes up like clockwork, and from a variety of angles.

Some are pushing for a one-cent sales tax to be put on the ballot, with the stipulation revenues would only be used for residential road resurfacing.

But commissioners are reluctant to allow another tax because the political winds aren't blowing that way. (August 22, 2017)

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Deputies looking for TV thief

This man is accused of having stolen two TV's from the Lecanto WalMart on August 16, 2017

Do you know this man?

He is said to have stolen two 36" TVs from the Lecanto WalMart on Aug. 16.

He is a white male, approximately 6' tall, 170 pounds and was wearing an orange and black hat, a black t-shirt with "Fast N Loud" written on the front of the shirt in orange letters, dark colored shorts and tennis shoes.

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