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Dedication ceremony to honor fallen trooper

Dedication ceremony to honor fallen trooper

Crystal River, FL -- On Tuesday, July 19, The National Association of Retired Law Enforcement Officers-Citrus County Chapter #1 (NARLEO) invites the public to the formal dedication of Trooper Ronald Gordon Smith Bridge.

The twin span structure of Route #19 crosses the Florida Bridge Canal north of Crystal River, and is named after the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper who gave his life just south of the bridge during a gunfight with two escaped felons from Oklahoma on Dec. 23, 1973.

In October 2010, NARLEO membership and the local community dedicated a monument to Trooper Smith at the actual site of the tragic event, where Basswood Drive intersects Route #19 (Suncoast Highway). 

Crystal River nuclear plant hires new inspector

Crystal River nuclear plant hires new inspector

Crystal River, FL -- Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials recently selected Natasha Childs as the resident inspector for Progress Energy’s Crystal River nuclear power plant.

Childs joined the NRC in October 2008 as a Project Engineer in the Resident Inspector Development Program in the NRC’s Region II office in Atlanta.  She successfully completed the Resident Inspector Qualification Program last year.  

Prior to joining the NRC, Childs spent eight years working as a Design Engineer and System Engineer at the Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan and the Watts Bar nuclear plant in Tennessee.

Governor Scott appoints 21 to Regional Planning Councils

Governor Scott appoints 21 to Regional Planning Councils

On Tuesday, June 21, Governor Rick Scott announced 19 reappointments and two appointments to eight regoinal planning councils throughout the state.

For the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council, Region 5 area, Scott appointed/reappointed the following members:

  • Avis M. Craig, 60, of Crystal River, is the director of public affairs for the Citrus County Property Appraiser’s Office. She is reappointed for a term beginning June 21, 2011, and ending October 1, 2012.
  • Edward “Bill” Murray, 70, of Lecanto, is a member of the Citrus County School Board. He is reappointed for a term beginning June 21, 2011, and ending October 1, 2012.

Commissioners back Thorpe's decision

Commissioners back Thorpe's decision

Inverness, FL -- Despite the fact that Citrus County commissioners have no idea why County Administrator Brad Thorpe pushed his top assistant into retirement, they are backing him.

Deputy Administrator Eber Brown, who was hired in 2008, leaves behind a $106,000 a year job and neither Brown nor Thorpe are talking about the details of the decision.

Read the full article at Citrus County Chronicle Online.

Accident in Inverness critically injures motorcyclist

Accident in Inverness critically injures motorcyclist

Inverness, FL -- An Inverness man was critically injured after being hit on his motorcycle while traveling east on State Road 44 on Monday, May 30.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, around 12:09 p.m., 77-year-old Ronald Hannon, of Inverness, was heading east on SR 44 in the left turn lane attempting to turn onto Croft Avenue.

Hannon turned left and into the path of 47-year-old Melvin Lowe's 2009 Honda motorcycle. Lowe's motorcycle hit the right rear of Hannon's 2005 Chevy sedan.

Senior Health and Safety Summit

Senior Health and Safety Summit

Citrus County, FL -- In honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, The Senior Health and Safety Summit is being held.

Presentations and resources to assist in the prevention of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation will be held. Several exciting speakers, businesses, and organizations will provide safety services, products, and education.

Judith Stauffer, from the Department of Children and Families, and Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy will be talking to attendees.