Animal Services and Care Center provides pet food pantry

Citrus County Animal Services and Care Center believes the human-animal bond should not be broken due to financial hardships; therefore, we offer assistance through our Pet Food Pantry to help pet owners continue to care of their furry family members.

The Care Center relies on donations of unopened bags of pet food, treats and canned food to be able to provide this service to the residents of Citrus County. Through these donations, we also provide pet food to programs such as Meals On Wheels and Community Food Bank – Citrus County.

If you are in need of assistance, please call the shelter at 352-746-8400 to set an appointment for pet food pick up.

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Bay scallop season to close Sept. 25 in several areas

Don't eat the shellsRecreational bay scallop season harvest will close Sept. 25 in Gulf County through northwest Taylor County, and in Levy through Hernando counties.

The last day harvest will be open is Sept. 24.

Once these areas close, scallop harvest will not reopen until the 2021 season, the dates of which are noted below.

For information on bay scallop regulations, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Bay Scallops” under the “Crabs, Lobster and other Shellfish” tab.

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County Extension offers online seminar on Themed Gardens

UF/IFAS Extension Gardening Seminars are now available online.  The September seminar topic will be “Themed Gardens”.

The sky is the limit with planning & planting a garden – only your imagination limits you.

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Register for ‘Golf for Kids’ with Inverness Sertoma

Saturday, November 21, 2020 is the date set for the annual Inverness Sertoma Golf Tournament “Golf for Kids” at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, the Oaks Course. Mark your calendar for a day of golf and giving back to your community.

Sponsorships and foursomes are available on a first come first served basis. Registration forms are available from any club meber.

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Citrus County Animal Shelter Community Cat Program adjusted schedule

Citrus County Animal Services will not be accepting cats for the Community Cat Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate Return (TNVR) program, beginning Saturday, September 5, through Friday, September 11, 2020.

The TNVR program will resume on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 9am to Noon.

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Help sea turtles survive: FWC has hatchling tips

Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission logoSea turtle hatchlings are beginning to appear on beaches throughout the Sunshine State, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking the public to help ensure these tiny turtles reach the ocean by following a few simple guidelines.

During sea turtle nesting season (March 1 – Oct. 31), it is important to keep your distance from these protected marine reptiles and their nests. You should allow hatchlings to crawl toward the ocean on their own. Any interference or disturbance, including getting too close, can cause hatchlings to become confused and lose their way.

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Assistance with utility bill payments available

PHOTO: Courtesy of Duke Energy

Citrus County Housing Services continues to assist low-income residents with their utility bill payments.

Through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income families with home heating and cooling costs.

LIHEAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, and has been established to help qualifying low-income homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs.

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CCSO well represented at public manager course

Five Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) leaders, alongside 145 employees from many other government agencies in the region, were graduated today from Florida State University’s Certified Public Manager (CPM) program.

According to the Florida Center for Public Management, the CPM program is a nationally-recognized leadership development program for public managers and supervisors. It is currently offered in 38 states and by the federal government.

The program is described by the Florida Center for Public Management to consist of 32 days of classroom instruction, supplemented by homework assignments and open-book exams.

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2 of 3 burglary suspects wanted in crime spree now jailed

Two of three suspects were arrested after detectives solved a rash of burglaries that were committed on Aug. 8 in the area of Woodland Estates in Crystal River.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) detectives have already identified and arrested two out of the three culprits.

“This case is not fully closed, but I am extremely proud of our deputies, detectives, and intelligence analyst for the work they have done so far. Despite the diligent efforts of our case detectives, the third suspect has not yet been identified. If anyone has information regarding these crimes, or believes to know the identity of the third suspect, please call our office at 352-726-1121,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast. ”

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