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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,...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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Senate reaches deal on bill for veterans with toxic exposure illnesses

Senate Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement to pass legislation expanding benefits for veterans who are suffering illnesses due to toxic exposures, with a vote on the measure expected Tuesday evening. “We expect to have an agreement on the PACT Act with amendments,” Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. “I believe it will pass and...

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FWC’s School Fishing Club Program expands name to include more students

At its July meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) unanimously approved changing the name of the High School Fishing Program to the School Fishing Club Program. The program has grown in popularity in recent years and continues to support and encourage youth anglers of all ages. The new name more accurately portrays...

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CDC chief green lights COVID-19 shots for children under 5 years old

THE HILL –-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky on Saturday backed an advisory committee’s recommendation that will allow children under the age of 5 years old to receive the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, capping off the last step needed before children can start getting inoculated. Vaccinations for children aged six months...

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Florida Gov. DeSantis signs school safety bill into law

(The Center Square) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed another school safety bill into law. It expands legislative action he and the legislature have taken since 2019 “to implement the recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission, while also making record investments in mental health and school safety,” he said. It...