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Round 1: 2nd Annual Celebrity Bartending Competition

Round 1: 2nd Annual Celebrity Bartending Competition

Inverness, FL -- The Grove Downtown, a martini bar located in downtown Inverness, will host their 2nd Annual Celebrity Bartending Competition in November.

The event will pit two local celebrities working for the charities of their choice against each other on Thursday, Nov. 3 and Thursday, Nov. 17. The top two earners will then return to battle it out for the trophy on Thursday, Dec. 1.

HealthGrades names Citrus Memorial among best in nation

HealthGrades names Citrus Memorial among best in nation

Citrus County, FL -- A report released Tuesday by HealthGrades named Citrus Memorial Health System as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation for Spine Surgery and Overall Orthopedics. The Inverness hospital is also rated among the best for Hip Fracture Treatment and Treatment of Stroke.

Industry Appreciation Month

Industry Appreciation Month

Crystal River, FL -- The County's Economic Development Commission would like to invite everyone to a night of food, live music, drinks, and fun.

They're celebrating Industry Appreciation Month.

The shindig gets underway at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22. It's being held at Holcim Rach.

AT&T invests $425M in Florida networks, upgrades cell sites in Citrus Co.

AT&T invests $425M in Florida networks, upgrades cell sites in Citrus Co.

Citrus County, Florida -- AT&T customers in the Tampa Bay area are expected to experience improved mobile broadband coverage and voice performance as a result of continued investment by AT&T announced last week, starting with the fact that AT&T has already invested more than $425 million in its Florida wireless and wireline networks in the first half of 2011.

Specifically, Citrus County has added additional mobile broadband capacity to a dozen cell sites in Homosassa, Lecanto, Beverly Hills, Crystal River, Hernando, Dunnellon, Floral City, and Inverness.

Power House Networking Breakfast

Power House Networking Breakfast

Citrus County, FL -- Join the County Commission for a trade-show style networking breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

This will be a great networking opportunity to meet fellow members and learn about their businesses.

Members may sign up to be a tabletop presenter for $75. A Continental breakfast by Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters will be served.

Chamber Luncheon

Chamber Luncheon

Crystal River, FL -- The chamber of commerce is holding their monthly general membership luncheon.

Goff Greene and Lou Gomes will be guest speaking at the event. They're both from TBARTA, and Anytime Fitness will be the sponsor.

The luncheon is this Friday, Aug. 12 at the Plantation Golf Resort and Spa.

It starts at 11:30 a.m. and will last for about an hour and a half.

It's $18 for chamber members to register, anyone who pays at the door will be charged $20.

To register call 352-795-3149 or e-mail reception@citruscountychamber.com

Non-profit files suit against new Governor Scott law

Non-profit files suit against new Governor Scott law

Citrus County, FL -- Citrus Memorial Health Foundation, Inc. believes the citizens of Citrus County deserve better and intends to fight for it.

The not-for-profit organization that leases and operates Citrus Memorial Health System, filed suit against the State of Florida and the Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees today, challenging the constitutionality of a new law passed June 24 by Governor Rick Scott.

The suit asks a Circuit Court judge to issue an injunction preventing House Bill 1043 – which completely changes the governing structure of the hospital – from taking effect July 1.  According to the suit HB 1043 violates Article 1, Section 10 of the Florida Constitution, which forbids the Legislature from enacting laws that interfere with existing contracts.

HB 1043 amends the charter of the Citrus County Hospital Board.  It allows the Trustees to take complete control of the Foundation. The Foundation provides hospital operations and has a 43-year lease and hospital care agreement with the Board.