Gov. Scott declares pre-Irma State of Emergency

Hurricane Irma on Sept. 4, 2017

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in the state as rapidly growing Hurricane Irma, now a Category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall later this week.

The state of emergency has been issued for all of Florida’s 67 counties. Scott said that the state would “prepare for the worst and hope for the best” as Irma is expected to hit the state around Friday.

The governor tweeted Monday that he urges “all Floridians to remain vigilant and stay alert to local weather and news and visit today to get prepared.”

4-H shooting team wins honors in state event

FROM LEFT: Jackson Jones, Brandon Smoczynski, Randal Smoczynski and Amanda Schnettler (COURTESY PHOTO)

Members of the Citrus County Shooting Sports 4-H Team competed at the State Air Rifle Match on March 4 in Hernando County.

The team took away some awards, as well.

* Jackson Jones, Intermediate Individual 4th place Overall.
* Brandon Smoczynski, Intermediate Individual 1st place Overall.
* Randal Smoczynski, Intermediate Individual 3rd place Overall.
* Amanda Schnettler, Senior Individual 4th place Overall and she has earned a spot at the * National Competition, June 2017 in Nebraska.

Elderly motorist dies on SR 44

The Florida Highway Patrol said that an elderly Inverness motorist died in a crash on Thursday morning on State Road 44.

The man has been identified by the FHP as Oscar S. Jarrell.

County begins access to Suncoast Parkway 2 interchanges

The Suncoast Parkway 2, which the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced will begin construction this summer, will have interchange access ramps at both Cardinal Street and State Road 44.

State grant to fund wastewater pipe from landfill to Meadowcrest

Citrus County Division of Solid Waste Management announced today that it has been awarded a hazard mitigation grant in the amount of $956,779 to fund the installation of a 4-mile-long, 8-inch force main to transport landfill wastewater to the county’s Meadowcrest Wastewater Treatment Plant in Crystal River.

Following Tropical Storms Beryl and Debbie in 2012, which caused flooding of a portion of the Central Landfill, Solid Waste staff applied for a hazard mitigation grant to forestall future threats to the underlying aquifer.

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