Trump announces U.S., Canada closing border to ‘non-essential traffic’ amid coronavirus fears

President Trump on Wednesday announced that the U.S. and Canada are temporarily closing their shared border to non-essential traffic as part of the effort to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

“We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic,” Trump tweeted. “Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!”

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Sheriff’s Office makes largest fetanyl, meth bust in county history

On Jan. 20, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) added another accomplishment into the history books by seizing 1.6 pounds of methamphetamine and 1.8 ounces of powdered fentanyl.

“This is the largest seizure of fentanyl and methamphetamine in Citrus County’s history. The amount of fentanyl seized could have killed hundreds of people,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

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County names new engineering director

Mark A. Young, Citrus County Director of
Engineering.

Citrus County Department of Public Works has named Mark A. Young as the new Director of Engineering. Young officially started his new position on Monday, October 28, 2019.

With more than 20 years of experience in engineering, Young was a Professor at the University of Miami in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering for a period of 13 years during his career.

Immediately before coming to Citrus County, Young worked for the City of Raleigh, North Carolina as Engineering Supervisor in Engineering Services – Roadway Design and Construction. Prior to that position, he was City Engineer for the City of Morganton, N.C.

Young is a graduate of the University of Miami with Bachelor of Science degrees in Architectural and Civil Engineering, while also completing course work toward a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering specific to Biomechanics and Human Factors.

Young and his wife live in Inverness and have three successful adult sons

County votes down taking out NY Times digital subscription with 3-2 vote

It was a full house as the Citrus County recosidered its decision to pay for the county library subscription to the New York Times (PHOTO: Robby Douglas on November 19, 2019)

In Citrus County, Florida, county commissioners have voted 3-2 to not take out a digital subscription for the New York Times, but to keep the printed version of the paper instead.

County officials’ during the board’s Oct. 24 meeting drew fire when the paper was alleged to have said the  the paper has been writing “fake news.”

The commissioners were widely criticized by Democrats, Social, local and National Media and County residents .

Below is the video excerpt of the commission’s discussion about the Times.