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Crafty donations gifted to newborn babies

Crafty donations gifted to newborn babies

Crystal River, Florida -- Angels Crafting for Charity is a group of women who use their love of crafts to help those in need. The Women's and Family Center at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center was the most recent facility to receive a generous donation from the group, when a large delivery of handmade items was given to the hospital to be distributed to mothers of newborn children.

Debra Cable, RN, manager of the Women’s & Family Center, was on hand to accept the hand-crafted blankets, hats and sweaters from Linda-Lee Forgione of the charity, which were gifted in hopes of keeping babies warm through the winter. Mary Clark, a patient care assistant at the hospital, joined them to accept the delivery.

First 2011 babies in Citrus County

First 2011 babies in Citrus County

Crystal River, FL - Claudette Razhiel Crowe has the honor of being the first baby born in Citrus County in 2011, after being born at 6:09 p.m. Saturday at Citrus Memorial Health System. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Claudette’s parents, Scott and Razhiel Crowe, told the Citrus County Chronicle that she came a bit early, since her due date wasn't predicted to be until Jan. 11.

Citrus County teachers awarded grants

Citrus County teachers awarded grants

CITRUS COUNTY, Florida -- Ten Citrus County teachers were among the 206 educators across the District's 16-county region awarded Splash! school grants this year through the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

The goal of the Splash! school grant program is to provide hands-on learning opportunities that teach students about their local watersheds and the freshwater resources within them. Splash! school grants provide up to $5,000 per school on a reimbursement basis only and are available to public, private and homeschool teachers.

Mary Margaret Hull, lead communications coordinator, attributed the effectiveness of the grant program in Citrus County to the strong partnership with Citrus County Schools, which helped get the word out to teachers. Mark Klauder, the director of secondary education for Citrus County Schools, serves as the District’s liaison to teachers.

Police search for man involved in Inverness home invasion

Police search for man involved in Inverness home invasion

Inverness, FL -- The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is looking for three men who broke into a home around 5 p.m. on Wednesday in Inverness and stabbed a man.

Alex Merrick, 18, of 4238 S. Ember Trail, told CCSO deputies he heard a knock on his back door and when he opened it he was jumped by three Hispanic males wearing dark clothing and looking unkempt. Merrick was home alone at the time. He suffered a cut just below his left eye, plus multiple puncture wounds to his right arm, back and legs. None appeared to be life-threatening, according to the CCSO.

FWS public meeting on Three Sister Springs crowding

FWS public meeting on Three Sister Springs crowding

Lecanto, FL -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff wants to know what you think should be done about overcrowding at Three Sister Springs.

A public meeting on Jan. 4 will give citizens the opportunity to present ideas and management plans for the springs. It will be the first step in figuring out how to deal with boat and human traffic during the winter months when manatees are seeking refuge.

According to the Citrus Chronicle, the FWS is trying to limit the number of kayakers and snorkelers using the springs at one time and is considering regulations to control it.

The meeting will take place on Jan. 4 at the College of Central Florida Citrus Conference Center in Lecanto from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more on this meeting visit, The Citrus Chronicle.

 

Freeze Warnings for the Bay area tonight

Freeze Warnings for the Bay area tonight

The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for our entire viewing area, except for Pinellas County, from late tonight through Tuesday morning.  Pinellas County will not be as cold, but temperatures there will approach the freezing level as well, so a Freeze Warning is in effect.

Temperatures in Pinellas County are expected to drop to near 35 at the beach and 30 north of Safety Harbor.  All other counties will likely see temperatures in the 27-31 degree range, except northern Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties where temperatures will run a little cooler ranging from 19-26 degrees.

A Hard Freeze Warning means temperatures are expected to fall below the freezing mark for several hours possibly killing unprotected crops and cold sensitive vegetation.  Area residents should take precautions to protect their sensitive plants.  Remember your pets and check on those without adequate heating systems.

Citrus County gets smoky

Citrus County gets smoky

Crystal River, FL -- Winds bringing smoke from a brush fire in Alachua County is creating a problem in Cirtus County.

According to the Chronicle Online, Ludie Bond, a spokeswoman for the Florida Division of Forestry, said officials closed U.S. 301 overnight Wednesday because of smoke on the road.

The 1,300 acre fire started Tuesday near Cross Creek and Island Grove, according to Bond. So far there have been no evacuations but there is a danger that the fire could hit structures in the area.

St. John's River Water Management District, Alachua County Fire and Rescue, and crews from the DOF are working to control the fire.