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  • Investigation points to lone thief

    Investigators believe a former Citrus County Parks and Recreation supervisor suspected of stealing $250,000 from the county since 2009 acted alone and with no help from co-workers or friends.

    Instead, detectives think Constantina “Dina” Emmanuel discovered a way to deposit cash and checks from renters of county facilities into personal bank accounts without the county realizing the money was missing.

  • Crowding at springs still an issue

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Last December, a working group tasked to come up with solutions for the overcrowding issue at the water entrance to Three Sisters Springs presented its recommendations to the city council.

    Eight months later, only two elements of the group’s eight-point plan have been embraced.

  • CF program targets jobs with high demand, high wages

    Subjects like cyber security, robotics, venture finance and microcomputer applications are some of the topics in a targeted career training program from the College of Central Florida (CF).

    The college is the lead institution for a $10.1 million federal grant being administered through a consortium that includes six other Florida colleges. 

    It will get approximately $3,173,583 from the Department of Labor to support information technology careers, especially for persons from rural areas.

  • Saying goodbye to a ‘miracle’

    INVERNESS — Jennifer Forsythe believes in miracles.

    As a girl, she dreamed of raising a horse from its birth. So, when she bought her own horse farm, she was ecstatic, but not as ecstatic as when one of her mares got pregnant.

    However, her hopes were dashed when the mare gave birth prematurely to a foal that was born before the bones in its legs had formed. 

  • Waters week group seeks cleanup teams by Sept. 5

    Citrus 20/20’s Save Our Waters Week Committee in partnership with the Citrus County Aquatic Services Division invites the public to participate in the county’s 25th annual Lakes, Rivers and Coastal Cleanup, scheduled from sunrise to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

  • County briefs 7/22/14

    ­Workshop series for women set

    Citrus County Extension Services invites women to attend a five-session workshop series “Women and Money: Unique Issues” that runs from 6 to 8 p.m. starting Thursday, Sept. 4. The workshops will explore the impact of life changes on an individual’s economic status and how to plan appropriately for future financial well-being.

  • Candidates take aim at incumbent Kenney

    CITRUS HILLS — John “JJ” Kenney must feel like he’s walking around with a big bulls-eye on his back.

    As the only incumbent seeking re-election on the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, Kenney’s opponents are taking quick aim and firing one arrow after another.

    Meadowcrest!

    Port Citrus!

    Tax increases!

    Stolen money!

  • 1-cent sales tax set to go before board

    INVERNESS — The 1 percent sales tax referendum for road resurfacing will be the subject of one of several public hearings at Tuesday’s commission meeting.

    At 2:45 p.m., the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is scheduled to open discussions for an ordinance to levy the sales tax. It would be subject to the approval by a majority of the county voters at the next election.

  • Monday Conversation: Joel Jacobson

    As director of the Citrus County Mosquito Control District, Joel Jacobson is passionate about providing a service that has the potential to affect both the health and comfort of all county residents and visitors. 

    Jacobson has been with the district since 2006, having spent 21 years with Hillsborough County Mosquito Control and a couple of years off to raise his son. With a major in biology and a minor in education, he has also been a teacher.

  • County briefs 7/21/14

    ­State Rep. Smith’s office moving Aug. 1

    Effective Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith’s district office will be moving to the Inverness Government Center. The new location will be open for business effective Monday, Aug. 4. The address is 212 W. Main St., Suite 208 A, Inverness, FL 34450. 

    Contact numbers 325-560-6020; fax 352-560-6022.