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Citizens Academy now open for enrollment

Citrus County, FL -- Want to know more about how your county works? Join the Citizens Academy for this fall session.

The academy is a free course designed to educate citizens about the departments that make up county commission government and implement the policies set by the commission.

It gives residents a hands-on, inside look at what, how and why the county's departments do what they do, from budget to parks and road maintenance to community services.

Homeless children to receive backpacks and more

Homeless children to receive backpacks and more

Inverness, FL Feed The Children will deliver a shipment of backpacks and supplies to Florida Homeless Children's Initiative Coordinators on March 28. 

The delivery to Citrus County School Board Warehouse at 1007 W. Main St. will be made at 10 a.m.

The backpacks will be distributed at a later date to Florida students experiencing homelessness.

The distribution includes 1920 backpacks filled with:

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.

Citrus County band invited to perform at inauguration

Citrus County band invited to perform at inauguration

Tallahassee, FL - The Citrus High School Marching Band will receive quite an honor this year, as the student musicians are the only Bay area band to be invited to take part in Governor-elect Rick Scott’s inaugural parade next month. The "Marching 'Canes" traditionally perform at all Varsity football games, several marching contests per season, and special events like the upcoming inauguration.

The new governor’s inauguration committee announced that more than 70 participants will be in the procession down Monroe Street on Jan. 4. It will be less than a mile long and last about two hours, starting at 2:15 p.m., shortly after conclusion of the 11 a.m. swearing-in ceremonies.

Subway spokesman Jared helps honor Inverness teacher

Subway spokesman Jared helps honor Inverness teacher

Inverness, FL - Subway's well-known spokesman, Jared Fogle, made an appearance in Inverness this week to present a plaque and trophy to physical education teacher Brenda Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick was honored by the American Heart Association for raising $10,800 in the school's Hoops for Heart fundraiser she organized, which was the most of any participating school in Citrus county and the third largest amount in Florida.

Fogle, who famously lost over 200 pounds with daily Subway sandwiches, was on hand to congratulate the students of Inverness Middle on the accomplishment and to reinforce the importance of exercise and a healthy diet.