County briefs 8/19/14

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By The Staff

Crystal River

Data breach doesn’t impact Seven Rivers 

Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyber attack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.

Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center near Crystal River was “not impacted by the data breach” according to its spokesperson.

The Franklin, Tennessee, company said Monday that no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June. But Community Health Systems reported that the attack did bypass its security systems to take patient names, addresses, birthdates, and phone and Social Security numbers.

The hospital operator said it believes the attack came from a group in China that used sophisticated malware and technology to get the information. Community Health has since removed the malware from its system and finalized “other remediation efforts” to prevent future attacks. 



Panera Bread opens today

Fans of Panera Bread’s soup in sourdough bread bowls, fresh bagels and pastries, salads and sandwiches: The wait is over. The bakery-café located in front of the new Publix on Main Street in Inverness opens at 6 a.m. today.

The 4,081-square-foot bakery-café seats 91 inside and an additional 16 on the patio. It also has a drive-through service window.


Inverness Council meeting moves

Today’s Inverness City Council meeting is being relocated from the Inverness Government Center (IGC) to the second-floor courtroom of the Old Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, due to early voting taking place in the IGC. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. 


Beverly Hills

Ridge Republicans meet Thursday

The Citrus Ridge Republican Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Beverly Hills Community Center, 1 Civic Circle (the end of Beverly Hills Boulevard, where the circle begins) for its regular meeting. 

The guest speaker will be Joel Jacobson, director of Citrus County Mosquito Control, who will discuss a new mosquito-borne disease that is a threat to Florida. 

Current issues of specific interest in Citrus County also will be discussed.



Semi catches fire on U.S. 19

The brakes of a tractor-trailer caught fire Friday morning while it was traveling southbound on U.S. 19 near Inglis, according to a Levy County Department of Public Safety news release.

Crews from the Yankeetown Department of Public Safety Medic 3 and Sta­tion 5, along with the Inglis Fire Department, Levy County Sheriff’s Office, and Florida Highway Patrol responded to the 7:14 a.m. call. 

According to the report, the fire spread to the back tires, but crews were able to contain the blaze before it reached the trailer’s cab or cargo hold transporting corn mash.

No injuries were reported in the incident.