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Inverness updates City Capital Projects

The Inverness Depot District graphics by Bruce Day

Inverness Infantry Memorial is a special project to the community that will find its new home outside the west wing of City Hall at 212 W. Main St., Inverness.

The lifelike bronze soldier statutes will be placed upon a double-tiered granite pedestal that will be surrounded by a granite wall and benches.

Lighting, landscaping and flag mounts will round out an impactful display. The anticipated ribbon cutting will occur in January or February of 2018.

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.

TOP VIDEO: Universal Garbology 3 (Open To The Public)

The Citrus County Commission seems to have taken a softer stand on the issue of mandatory garbage collection.

In advance of the formal commission discussion, a couple of members of the public shared their thoughts (August 22, 2017)

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Crystal River woman charged with animal cruelty

Joi-Marie Richheimer, 45, of Crystal River is facing two counts of animal cruelty. (PHOTOS: Citrus County Sheriff's Office on August 17, 2017)

A Crystal River woman was arrested Monday night and charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty.

Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Joi-Marie Richheimer, 45, of 8465 W. Gen Chennault Lane.

Animal Control Officers (ACO's) seized three dogs this past Sunday evening, two of which were in "very, very horrific condition," the Sheriff's Office said. A 9-pound Shih Tzu was found in the road wandering around the neighborhood. A good Samaritan held the dog to keep it safe, and waited for ACO's to arrive.

Duke Energy Florida eel grass giveaway

A young girl learns how to care for eelgrass from a Duke Energy Florida volunteer. (PHOTO: Heather Danenhower, Duke Energy Florida)

As part as Duke Energy’s commitment to the environment and community, the company’s Crystal River Mariculture Center will be giving away free eelgrass to local residents while supplies last.

Duke Energy, in partnership with Save Crystal River, will be teach Citrus County coastal residents how to harvest, grow and plant eelgrass.

Residents will receive both pots and bare root plants, along with supplies and instructions for planting and growing.

County breaks ground for CR 491 project

More than 30 people attended the County Road 491 widening project groundbreaking ceremony, including Commissioners Brian Coleman, Jeff Kinnard, Ron Kitchen and Jimmie T. Smith. Also attending were County Administrator Randy Oliver, County staff, community members and representatives from project partners, Pegasus Engineering and Commercial Industrial Corporation. (Aug. 2, 2017)

The Citrus County Commission on Wednesday broke ground for Phase 1 of the Roadway and Regional Stormwater and Utility Improvements Project for County Road 491.

Master of ceremonies was Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan, who officiated over ceremonies at the corner of CR491 and State Road 44.

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