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Tourism on Track to top 2012's numbers, maybe highest in last 4 years

Tourism on Track to top 2012's numbers, maybe highest in last 4 years

Citrus County, Florida-- Citrus County’s tourist tax collections for FY 12-13 are on track to surpass last year’s collections and could be the highest seen in the last four years, the Board of County Commissioners announced Tuesday.

According to the Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Tourist Development Tax, which is a 3 percent tax on all transient accommodations in Citrus County, has collected over $575,000 as of August 2013 – the most recent month available. That is nearly 13 percent higher than August 2012 collections.

Hillsborough school to be honored for green initiatives

Tallahassee, Florida -- A Hillsborough County school will be honored as a finalist for excelling in green school initiatives at the 5th Annual Florida Green School Awards Ceremony and Banquet in Orlando on Oct. 29.

Lawton Chiles Elementary was named one of three finalists in the state for its contributions in saving and conserving energy and water and reducing waste. The other two schools it's up against are Audubon Elementary in Duval County and Eagles Landing Outdoor Learning Center in Palm Beach County.

Other Bay area finalists who will also be honored at the event are:

Citrus County deputy found dead

INVERNESS, Florida (AP) - The Citrus County Sheriff's Office says a judicial deputy was found dead during a well-being check after he didn't show up for work.

Officials said Tuesday that foul play isn't suspected in the death of 56-year-old Brian Hurn of Lecanto. Detectives are investigating the cause of death.

Hurn joined the sheriff's office in March 2010 following a 25-year career as a paramedic and rescue diver at the Chicago Fire Department.

Florida Fly Fishing Expo

Florida Fly Fishing Expo

Inverness, Florida -- The Florida Fly Fishing Expo is taking place at the Plantation on Crystal River from October 18-19, 2013. 

The two-day show will include fly tying demonstrations by some of the best in the southeast, casting clinics by FFF Certified Casting Instructors, many programs and workshops on fly fishing and related topics, vendors displaying the latest in fly fishing equipment, an auction and raffles, a banquet and several days of visiting about fly fishing and more.

For more information call 850-942-9776 or cell 850-212-5396.

Music at the Museum

Music at the Museum

Inverness, Florida -- Music at the Museum is taking place Thursday, October 17 a the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. 

Leading off the series is Johnny Carlsson and Group with a Salute to Benny Goodman, the King of Swing. Jazz Concerts are $25 per person and include appetizers and a cash bar. Acoustic Concerts are $10 per person and include coffee and desserts.

Doors open at 6:15 and music begins at 7:00 pm. for more information on these concerts and to receive a series brochure, call (352) 341-6427 or email at csociety@tampabay.rr.com.

Man to be executed for woman's Citrus Co. murder

STARKE, Florida (AP/WTSP) - A man convicted of killing a 21-year-old woman in the last miles of her long Memorial Day weekend drive across Florida in 1986 is set to face execution.

William Happ is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Florida State Prison for the death of Angie Crowley.

Crowley was slain shortly after moving to Florida from Illinois. She was driving from the Fort Lauderdale area to Yankeetown to visit a friend when she was abducted, beaten, raped and strangled.

Meth operation busted; said to be largest to date

Reports of a stolen car lead Citrus County deputies to discover what they're calling the largest meth operation the sheriff's office has seen to date.

According to officials, the operation involved, "a whopping 24 one-pot methamphetamine labs at a nearby double-wide mobile home in Lecanto."

Theodore Gene Benfield, 37, and Lesle Evon Benfield, 35, were arrested Friday for the massive meth operation. In addition to possession and manufacturing charges, the Benfields were charged for having at least three children under the age of 16 on the same property as the labs.