Citrus County Meals on Wheels looking to partner with local restaurants

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs has recently entered into a partnership with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association to Support Meals to the Elderly.

With this partnership in place Governor Ron DeSantis has recently announced restaurants and food establishments can become emergency meal vendors and provide meals to seniors who are homebound or are self-isolating for protection.

“Restaurants are the very fabric of communities across Florida,” said Carol Dover, President & CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.

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Human remains found on April 4 in Crystal River now identified

The skeletal human remains recovered on April 4, 2020 by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, have been identified as those of 29-year-old, Kyle Clifford Corriveau.

This investigation is ongoing, and there is no suspected foul play or any threat to public safety.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 352-726-1121, or contact the Citrus County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY-TIPS to remain anonymous.

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Petco Foundation Invests in Lifesaving Work of Citrus County Animal Services

Grant of $12,500 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in Citrus County

Citrus County, FL (April 21, 2020) – Citrus County Animal Services announced it has been awarded a $12,500 grant from the Petco Foundation to acquire additional lifesaving and pet retention equipment and supplies and increase community engagement.

The Petco Foundation investment will allow Citrus County Animal Services to help keep pets happier and healthier by remaining in foster or adoptive homes.

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Should we create a taskforce to forge a path forward?

Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, District 3

The role of government is never really as clear as people think, the proof is in the various ways governments have dealt with the Covid-19 virus internationally, in the US, in each state and even at the local levels.

Some countries have locked their people indoors, literally welding the doors shut, like they did in China.

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Region’s jobless rate climbs to 5.5%

Impact of COVID-19 just beginning

OCALA, Fla. (April 17, 2020) – The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 5.5 percent in March, up 1.6 percent over the month and 1.3 percent higher than the region’s rate a year ago. There were 11,208 unemployed, an increase of 3,252 jobless since February.

The labor force was 203,214, up 1,943 over the year, largely fueled by a spike in unemployment. There were 192,006 employed, a decrease of 857 compared to March 2019 when the region’s unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, and a drop of 3,597 over the month.

The Ocala/Marion County metropolitan statistical area posted the fastest annual job growth rate in manufacturing, at 4.4 percent, compared to all metro areas in the state.

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Missing Homosassa woman, 75, found by Walmart employees

Diane Mcinnis now found

After over a week of exhaustive searches, including the use of K9s, air support, and volunteer search parties, Diane Mcinnis was found alive in the early morning hours of April 16th, 2020.

While performing a routine traffic stop in front of the Homosassa Walmart, Sergeant Callahan was approached by two Walmart employees who described hearing strange noises coming from the wooded area behind the store.

After clearing his stop, Sergeant Callahan began inspecting the area when he heard the faint sounds of a woman’s voice. Callahan found Diane Mcinnis in a five foot ravine, and immediately came to her aid while calling for emergency medical services. EMS evaluated Ms. Mcinnis on scene, and she was later transported to a local medical facility.

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County staff, volunteers rally to deliver 400 meals

Kathy Turner, Historic Resources Management, gets a load of food (April 14, 2020)

With the onset of the COVID-19 and Governor Ron DeSantis “Safer at Home” executive order, and a local focus on protecting at-risk senior population, the Citrus County Meals on Wheels program has kicked into high gear when the need for additional meals became apparent due in part to the temporary closing of the senior dining sites.

With increased demand during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the county added an additional vendor to help provide for the increase in meals.

The normal delivery of meals occurs on Mondays and the new additional vendor would arrive Tuesday, April 14, which gave Meals on Wheels staff less than 24 hours to round up the additional staff from other departments and community volunteers needed.

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Satellite recycling drop-off locations to close and consolidate at Central Landfill

Citrus County is removing the recycling containers from all Single Stream Recycling Drop-off sites located within the county.

This is effective immediately, following a Board of County Commissioners directive at their regular meeting Monday, April 13, 2020.

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25th Annual Family Fishing Tournament rescheduled

The 25th Annual CCBA Family Fishing Tournament, presented by Apopka Marine, is alive and well and rescheduled for June 20-21, 2020.

With its original April date being vacated due to Governor’s order for shut down, rescheduling also means a new venue for this year’s tournament, which will now be based at MacRae’s of Homosassa.

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