Yates resigns as sheriff’s Community Relations director

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office employee Heather Yates has resigned from her post as the agency’s community relations director.

Heather Yates

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office employee Heather Yates has resigned from her post as the agency’s community relations director.

Yates, a 11-year employee of the CCSO, said in a letter that her last day at the agency will be April 13.

In her resignation letter, Yates said she was thankful for working alongside employee of the department, and that she was leaving to “pursue other interests.

Yates headed the Community Relations and Records Office, which is responsible for all written and electronic communications for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, which includes our Records Department and Transcription.

This Community Relatons Office has offices in Inverness and Crystal River. The office educates the public having to do with all Sheriff’s Office programs and services; communicates details referencing crimes and other incidents; handles all media inquiries; releases public records in compliance with the Florida Public Records Law; coordinates community events for the agency; assigns speakers for community presentations; schedules and conducts news conferences; coordinates the agency’s emergency communications; and handles other special projects as directed by the Sheriff or his command staff.

The office utilizes a variety of methods to communicate with the public, including social media.

 

What’s new at Citrus County Community Centers

The Senior Community Centers in Citrus County provide meeting places throughout the County for Citrus County residents of all ages.

The Senior Community Centers in Citrus County provide meeting places throughout the County for Citrus County residents of all ages.

Centers offer people a place to go for nutritious meals, social activities and an array of programs such as health screenings, health and consumer education, creative arts, computer classes, dancing, exercises and more!

The centers provide a friendly atmosphere bringing fun, laughter and companionship into the lives of our senior citizens. The centers also offer volunteer opportunities where people can contribute their experience and skills in meaningful ways.

Here are just a few of the exciting programs being offered at area Centers in 2018:

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Zumba Gold at East Citrus Community Center

Moving, Grooving, and Smiling.  Classes can be done sitting or standing.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

Cost $5.00 per 1-hour session.

East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Inverness, FL

For more information, contact Crystal at (352)344-9666

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Art Classes with Lucy at Central Citrus Community Center

Learn how to sketch and paint.  All materials provided.

Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.

Cost $20.00 a month.

Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL

For more information, contact Kriss at (3520 527-5993.

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Hawaiian Dance with Carolyn Derrico – Learn authentic Hawaiian Dances! (three locations)

Mondays at 9:30 a.m.  Cost $5.00

East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Inverness, FL

For more information, contact Crystal at (352)344-9666

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Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.

Cost $5.00

West Citrus Community Center – 8940 W. Veterans Dr., Homosassa, FL

For more information, contact John at (352) 795-3931

Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. 

Cost $5.00

Central Citrus Community Center – 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL

For more information, contact Kriss at (352) 527-5993

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Belly Dance Lessons with Carolyn Derrico (two locations)

Tuesdays at 11:15 p.m. 

Cost $5.00

West Citrus Community Center – 8940 W. Veterans Dr., Homosassa, FL

For more information, contact John at (352) 795-3931

Thursdays at 2:15 p.m. 

Cost $5.00

Central Citrus Community Center – 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL

For more information, contact Kriss at (352) 527-5993.

 

A Home For The Holidays

FROM LEFT: ammy Harris, Housing Services Director; Cheryl Lambert, Broker Owner Only Way Realty/AHAC Member; Tinker Brown, Key Training Center Retail Operations Director; Barbara Wheeler, Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition Director/AHAC Member; Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith; Hershel Hensley, Brannen Bank/AHAC Member; Teresa Bradley, homeowner; Melissa Walker, Key Training Center Executive Director/AHAC Member;  Commissioner Brian Coleman; Tobey Phillips, Community Services Director; Valerie DeBay, Occupancy Specialist; Michelle DiRubba-Alford, Housing Coordinator; Genesis Chagnon, Senior Program Assistant; Don Hanchar, Donle Enterprises Inc.; John Edstrom; Rehab Specialist.

 

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Christmas just got a little merrier in Hernando for Teresa Bradley and her family.

Teresa cut the ribbon and walked through the door of her new home on Dec. 20, 2017, thanks to Citrus County Housing Services, State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) funds and many community partner organizations.

Joining Teresa, her family, friends, pastor, supporters and county staff, were Commissioner Brian Coleman, who presented the keys to the home, and Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, who presented the certificate of occupancy.

Teresa had first contacted housing services three years ago when her mobile home became unlivable and she had to move herself and belongings into a tent on the property she owned. This year, Citrus County Housing Services had enough funds in the State Housing Initiatives Partnership or SHIP program to get Teresa the new nine hundred square foot home she needed.

Local non-profits also donated furniture, a washer and dryer, refrigerator full of food, landscaping and everything Teresa needs to make the house her home, including a Christmas tree and a welcome mat at the front door.

Just in time for the holidays, Teresa said, “I am grateful to everyone that made this home possible and I plan on giving back to the community in the future”.

 

Extension Service recognizes volunteer milestones

Volunteers smile when honored
Volunteers, from left to right, include: Tania Frey, Ron Lewis, Elaine Lewis, Jaret Lubowiecki, Steve Evans, Darlene Krushansky and Al Slaska. For more information on the Extension and the programs it provides visit: http://www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/extension/extension-services.htm .

 

In November 2017, the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County recognized seven volunteers for reaching volunteer milestones.

These volunteers have donated a cumulative 120 years of service.

Five volunteers were recognized for 15 years of service, one for 20 years of service, and another for 25 years of service to the citizens of Citrus County through the Extension office. In all, these volunteers have donated more than 15,000 hours in just the past five years.

These Master Gardener volunteers assist citizens in identifying and remediating garden problems, choosing plants for local setting and educating you in smart gardening practices.

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CAPTION: Volunteers, from left to right, include: Tania Frey, Ron Lewis, Elaine Lewis, Jaret Lubowiecki, Steve Evans, Darlene Krushansky and Al Slaska. For more information on the Extension and the programs it provides visit: http://www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/extension/extension-services.htm .