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Martha Hirth, Key Training Center (KTC) Resident Manager

State association recognizes Key Center staff

Martha Hirth, Key Training Center (KTC) Resident Manager, was recently recognized by the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities and Florida Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (DSP) as one of the 30 DSPs across the State of Florida who is making a meaningful difference in the lives of the people they serve. DSPs are the backbone...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Building a better community with youth safety

By Marnie Ward, Ph.D. Long shadows were forming under the live oak trees at Florida Best Blueberry Farm, as families and volunteers gathered for the first Citrus County 4-H Progressive Agriculture Safety event. Each year, Progressive Agriculture Safety Days© reach tens of thousands of kids across the United States and Canada with potential life-saving education....