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  • County moving toward universal garbage pickup

    For the third time in nearly 30 years, Citrus County commissioners are moving toward providing universal garbage pickup service to residents.

    Citing the need to reduce illegal dumping while providing cost savings to thousands of residents at the same time, commissioners on Tuesday took the first step in a journey that they hope will lead to universal garbage and recycling residential pickup in three years.

  • Board places dispensary permits on hold

    INVERNESS — Citrus County isn’t saying no to medical-marijuana dispensaries. It’s just saying not yet.

    Citing legislation passed in the spring that likens medical-marijuana dispensaries to pharmacies, the county commission on Tuesday placed 

    a 180-day moratorium on permitting facilities.

  • School board delays decision on teacher evaluation models

    The Citrus County School Board is putting off a decision continuing to use its current teacher evaluation model until Aug. 8 board meeting.

    Amy Crowell, director of research and accountability, said now that Value Added Measure (VAM) is optional, the district has two options for models linking teacher evaluations to the Florida Standardized Assessments (FSA). 

  • Commissioners take step toward universal garbage collection

    Citing the need to reduce illegal dumping while providing cost savings to residents at the same time, county commissioners today took the first step in a journey that will lead to universal garbage and recycling residential pickup in three years.

    Commissioners will have a formal vote on the matter at their Aug. 22 meeting. Though they could not vote in today’s workshop, all five commissioners said they favored universal garbage and recycling service.

  • Turn for the better

    BEVERLY HILLS — Motorists on West Vet Lane in Beverly Hills will find it easier to turn east or west onto busy County Road 491.

    The sight lines were obstructed by several crepe myrtles shrubs and a tree. But county staff reviewed the spot after receiving a citizen complaint.

  • As school nears, give students hand up

    School is almost back in session, and many special events are coming up to help students with school supplies.

    However, the powers-to-be are asking for the communities help to get students back in class with needed supplies.

    Whether one can afford to donate $5 worth of supplies or more, every bit gets divided to go right into the Citrus County School District helping roughly 70 percent of the county’s low-income students.

    If a child needs supplies, check with their designated school.

  • County briefs 7/26/17

    FWC patrols issue numerous citations

    Florida wildlife authorities issued numerous warnings and citations to boaters during scallop season on a recent law enforcement patrol off the coast Citrus County.

  • Editorial went beyond fair play

    Yes, Crystal River Planning Director Jackie Gorman made a mistake when she gave specific names of people/companies that could help flood victims to recover.  However, I have to believe she did it without thinking beyond the need to help those in need of help.

    You printed the story once with all of her mistakes, and her reprimand there was no need to print it again.

  • Report: Man stabs stepson

    A Hernando man faces an aggravated battery charge after he was accused Saturday of stabbing a family member in the chest with a small knife.

    A detective with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office met with James Madison Jacques’ stepson at a local hospital.

    Jacques stepson said 78-year-old Jacques stabbed him at a home in Hernando with a paring knife, which the detective found on the living room floor along with blood droplets, according to Jacques’ arrest report.

  • State faces legal tab in ‘docs vs. Glocks’

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida will pay $1.1 million in legal fees to attorneys who challenged a controversial state law that sought to prevent doctors from asking patients about guns, a group representing opponents said Monday.