‘She loves out loud’ day observed Feb. 15

The Citrus County Commission has declared that Feb. 15, 2020 is “She Loves Out Loud Day” in Citrus County.

The event is celebrated throughout the state as a time of prayer seeking God’s favor in the lives of everyone; in particular, lives of women and children. (February 13, 2020)

Rodriguez tapped to head Citrus County Community Services

Mariselle Rodriguez is the new Citrus County Community Services. She was formally introduced to the Board of Citrus County Commissioners at the BOCC’s regular meeting on Jan. 21 (January 21, 2020)

Mariselle Rodriguez has taken over as the Citrus County Community Services director.

She came to the job from Cleveland, Ohio.

Rodriguez was formally introduced to the Board of Citrus County Commissioners at the BOCC’s regular meeting on Jan. 21.

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County calls for public to be aware of human trafficking

Representatives from social agencies and law enforcement are presented with a proclamation declaring January 2020 as Human Traffic Awareness Month in Citrus County (January 21, 2020)

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday proclaimed the month of January as a time to be aware of the issue of human trafficking.

Commissioners presented the proclamation to a group of law enforcement and social agencies in a special ceremony.

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Citrus County EMS response times questioned

A group of Ozello  residents have complained that EMS response times are far higher than what they believe they should be.

They told Citrus County Commissioners that, for them, the longest wait time for paramedic service by Naturecoast EMS was 80 minutes. (December 16, 2019).

Citrus joins other like-minded counties on 2nd Amendment

The Citrus County Commission voted on Dec. 3, 2019 to become another of many “Second Amendment Sanctuary” counties in Florida as public discussion has left many citizens in doubt about the future of their guns (December 3, 2019)

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County recognizes landfill employee for first-place showing at International Workshop Competition

Citrus County Solid Waste employee; Carl Ballard, Heavy Equipment Operator displaying his first place award. (Courtesy photo)

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday recognized one of the county’s own by presenting him with a certificate of recognition of his first-place showing at an international “Road-E-O” competition in Phonenix, Ariz.

Carl Ballard, Heavy Equipment Operator for Citrus County’s Solid Waste Division, competed at the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) International Road-E-O Workshop, Oct. 24-25 at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Ariz.

During the conference, Ballard competed in the Compactor Division, and received first place in his field. Carl was invited by SWANA, all-expenses, paid to participate in the International competition after taking first place at the state level SWANA Road-E-O this past March in the Heavy Equipment Division.

More than 100 front-line participants showed off their on-the-job skills operating machinery, driving trucks and repairing equipment at the 2019 International Road-E-O. SThis was the 35th anniversary of the Road-E-O, and it had more participants and spectators than in years past.

The International Road E O promotes skill and safety. The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private-sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research.

The Road-E-O is a multi-day event that includes general sessions on the latest safety practices in the industry, networking events, the Road-E-O competition, awards banquet and more. The event promotes professionalism on the part of drivers, equipment operators and mechanics in the field of Solid Waste Management, and is sponsored by SWANA.  Additionally, the event promotes a spirit of competition and goodwill throughout participating organizations (municipalities, counties and private haulers).

For more than 50 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses. For more information, visit SWANA.org.

Congratulation to Carl for representing Citrus County at the international level, his first place award, and applying himself to the training provided at this year’s workshop.