Citrus County Commission lifts evacuation order, closes shelters

The mandatory evacuation order for Evacuation Zone A, which includes all low-lying areas west of U.S. Highway 19 and some areas additional areas east of U.S. Highway 19, has been lifted as of 8:00am on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Public shelters will close at 11:00am. As we continue to feel the impact of Hurricane Ian, Citrus County may experience flooding,...

Hurricane Ian now tropical storm

Hurricane Ian has been downgraded to a tropical storm. Citrus County is no longer under a storm surge warning and the areal flood watch for the county has been canceled. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center is now downgrading to a partial activation, level 2 status. From the National Weather Service briefing at 7 a.m., Tropical Storm Ian...

Museum slates fun for children during October

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in Inverness presents free events for children on the first and third Saturdays of each month. On Saturday, October 1, 2022, guests from Citrus County Extension Services will co-host the program, “Fun with Fruit.” Children will learn about the significance and history of citrus and other fruit in Citrus County, make a fruit kabob, and...

Two Florida universities rank in top 20 in new college ranking

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – Two Florida universities rank in the top 20 in U.S. News and World Report’s latest 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings, with Florida Public Universities earning top spots across multiple categories. The Best Colleges rankings ranked the University of Florida and Florida State University as the 5th and 19th best...

Four fill CF trustee chairs

OCALA, Fla. (Aug. 29, 2022) — The College of Central Florida District Board of Trustees has three new and one continuing member, appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. “We welcome our new board members and appreciate the service of our returning board member – all who have demonstrated commitment to our community,” said Dr. Jim Henningsen, CF president. “They have broad...

DeSantis suspends 4 Broward County School Board members

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday suspended via executive order four Broward County School Board members “due to their incompetence, neglect of duty, and misuse of authority.” Board members Patricia Good, Donna Korn, Ann Murray and Laurie Rich Levinson were suspended effective immediately. They were suspended after April 2021...

McMorris Rodgers calls student loan forgiveness a ‘slap in the face’ to taxpayers

By RaeLynn Ricarte | The Center Square (The Center Square) – U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, calls President Joe Biden’s decision to transfer student loan debt from borrowers to taxpayers a “dramatic overreach of his authority” and a “slap in the face to every hardworking person in Eastern Washington who will now have to foot the bill.” “While pretending...

Citrus County voters choose their favorites this primary election

Citrus County voters on Tuesday voted for their favorite candidates during the Aug. 23 primary election. According to the Citrus County Supervisor of Elections, there are 120,239 registered voters and 31.43 percent of them turned out Also, 137,789 ballots were counted. All votes have been counted in all 31 precincts, including votes by mail and early votes. Below are the...

Travelers vote Manatee Swim Tour among world’s ‘Top Bucket List’ experiences

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (Aug. 15, 2022) – Tripadvisor®, the world’s largest travel guidance platform, announced the winners of its coveted Travelers’ Choice® Best of the Best Things to Do Awards earlier this summer, with the Explorida Manatee Swim Tour in Crystal River, Florida, voted the No. 10 Top Bucket List Experience in the world. The only U.S.-based experience to make...

Avery Named Citrus Sertoma 2022 Golf 4 Kids Tournament Chair

Citrus Sertoman Mark Avery has been named Tournament Chair for the November 20, 2022 “Golf 4 Kids” Tournament at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, the Oaks Course. Mark has been with Citrus Sertoma for the past nineteen years and during his tenure has served as club president for five terms, sergeant at arms for five terms, chairman of the...