Children need your help in Guardian ad Litem outreach

Become an advocate for an abused or neglected child.

No one should simply shake their head and sadly lament the horrific story of child abuse. Instead of passive despair, let these tragic incidents serve as a galvanizing call to action for us all to commit to ending abuse and securing the safety and future of every child.

Yes, we can end child abuse. We can end it when we all become advocates for children.

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State DEO revises July, August unemployment figures

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has revised the July and August 2020 local area unemployment statistics released on September 18.

According to information provided by DEO’s Bureau of Workforce Statistics and Economic Research, the revision is “due to an agricultural employment atypical adjustment not being applied to the previously released data.”  There is no change to the statewide labor statistics.

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Merritt Island woman, 36, faces child abuse, neglect charges

Jessica Figueroa

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) today was contacted about a report of a verbal disturbance.

Upon arrival, deputies observed an infant victim with multiple bruises and swelling on their face and head.  Deputies observed the victim was breathing, but was not alert or responsive.

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Region’s economy shows strong signs of recovery in August

OCALA, Fla. (Sept.18, 2020) – The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 6.4 percent in August, 3.2 percentage point lower than in July and 2.1 percentage point higher than the region’s rate a year ago rate.

There were 13,020 unemployed in the region, 6,102 fewer than the previous month but still 4,356 more than August 2019.

The region’s labor force of 202,134, an expansion of 3,702 since July, was fueled by a strong increase in employment over the month – an increase of 9,804 to 189,114 – coupled with the sharp drop in the number of unemployed.

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Mitigation plan to aid county better prep for natural disasters

Citrus County is better prepared for disasters with the recent approval of their hazard mitigation plan by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) plan is a long-term strategy to reduce the community’s vulnerability to natural disasters.

The LMS plan approval extends to the following participating jurisdictions that provided a copy of their resolutions adopting the Citrus County, FL LMS plan:

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Woman faces charges for allegedly transmitting nude pictures to minor

Ashlee Graham

On Aug. 20, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) was contacted in reference to allegations of a 20-year-old woman transmitting nude photographs of herself via text message to a minor.

The suspect was identified as Ashlee Graham, and detectives were able to gather forensic digital evidence to support these allegations.

The evidence revealed Graham had sent three nude photos to the victim and also requested the victim to send nude photos of themselves. Detective Tiffany Barry with the CCSO Internet Crimes Against Children Unit was assigned the case and began working both the digital and forensic sides of the investigation.

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