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Inverness Farmers Market this weekend

Inverness Farmers Market this weekend

Inverness, FL -- Crafty farmers will again converge in downtown Inverness this Saturday, Jan. 15.  

The Inverness Farmer's Market is genuine and boasts locally grown and harvested produce, fruits, homemade crafts and wares, and prepared food goods. 

This is a great opportunity to mingle with neighbors, make new friends, listen to live folk/bluegrass music and support a healthy lifestyle. 

The Farmer's Market runs from 8:00 a.m. – noon at the Inverness Government Center.

The market is every month on the third Saturday outside City Hall, 212 W. Main St.

Fire Department hosts open houses to recruit new firefighters

Fire Department hosts open houses to recruit new firefighters

Crystal River, Florida -- In order to inspire potential volunteer firefighters, the Citrus County Fire Service will host a number of open houses around the county this month to explain what it means and what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter.

According to the Board of County Commissioners website, the stations where the open houses will be held are in the areas of the county where the Fire Service most needs volunteers.

The open houses will be Saturday, January 15. They will run simultaneously at each station from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be four, and the locations are:

Angler reels in record yellow bullhead catfish

Homosassa, Florida -- An angler fishing with minnows at a boat ramp hooked the largest yellow bullhead on record in Florida, the state said today.

Tom Flynn of Homosassa reeled in the catfish weighing 5 pounds, .75-ounces on Dec. 17th while fishing in the Crystal River.  It was 20 inches long.

The previous record was a 2.91-pounder caught by Michael Price in the Withlacoochee River in Levy County in March of 2007.

A freshwater fish biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Ocala verified the record catch.

"Actually, I was fishing for mangrove snapper," Flynn said. "However, I started catching catfish and decided to keep them. I caught seven and took them home."

Flynn said he tried to assure his wife they were good eating.

County's water and sewer system gets upgraded ranking

County's water and sewer system gets upgraded ranking

Crystal River, Florida -- According to the Board of County Commissioners, the water and sewer system revenue bonds of Citrus County have been upgraded to a 'AA' rating, up from the previous 'A+' ranking.

A national bond rating service, Fitch Ratings, announced their decision to upgrade the status yesterday, after considering the county system's consistently strong financial performance over the years, strong debt service coverage and liquidity position, and manageable near-term capital needs, which will preserve financial margins.

Fire Chief talks about need for volunteers

Fire Chief talks about need for volunteers

Citrus County, FL -- Citrus County Fire Chief Larry Morabito talks about the critical need for volunteer firefighters in some farther out areas of the county, the new station at Kensington and future fire service needs.

Video available at the Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County website.

Local church introduces new thrift store location

Local church introduces new thrift store location

Inverness, FL - Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church regularly expands its ministry through the operation of a non-profit community thrift store called Helping Hands of Our Lady of Fatima. Until this week, the store has been operating out of a rented building approximately three miles south of the church itself, at the Heath Mini Storage Units on S. Florida Ave.

The church has long been looking to relocate closer to their primary property, however, and are now one step closer.

Finally, the Inverness City Council approved their purchase of the building right next door to the main worship building, located at 620 Hwy. 41 South - a decision which became official this Monday, Jan. 3. The current tenant, a collection agency, will begin moving out on Tuesday, Jan. 11, opening up the space for Helping Hands to move in.

County's Evironmental Health department moves to new building

County's Evironmental Health department moves to new building

Lecanto, FL - In order to increase efficiency of resources and space, the Citrus County Environmental Health department has moved into the Lecanto Government Building, according to the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners.

The announcement goes on to explain the logic behind the move: 

The Environmental Health Office, a branch of the state Health Department, was up and running in its new home as of Monday, Jan. 3. The new location, in the county commission’s administrative staff office building, is a good one, as Environmental Health is now literally across the hall from the county building department (click here for the website).