Water District prohibits campfires at campgrounds

Due to extremely dry weather conditions and high wildfire danger, the Southwest Florida Water Management District is prohibiting campfires on all District campgrounds until further notice.

The National Weather Service and the Florida Forest Service (FFS) indicate the Forecast Fire Danger Indices are in the high to very high category throughout the District’s 16-county service area.

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Lecanto teacher charged with lewd offenses

Adam Joseph Joerres (CCSO photo on May 21, 2021)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on Friday was contacted in reference to a Lecanto High School teacher sending lewd text messages and images to a student.

During the investigation, Detective Mission with the CCSO Special Victims Unit obtained evidence that revealed 33-year-old Adam Joseph Joerres had been engaging in inappropriate conversations of a sexual nature with a student through text messages spanning several months.

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State parks get new reservation system May 27

Florida’s state parks are a treasure, and the state’s parks deparment said it wants to make it easy for everyone to come explore.

In a press release, the department said it wants to make visitors’ stay even better with a new reservation system, which will debut on Thursday, May 27, 2021.

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Inverness Sertoman appointed to MPO Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board

Inverness Sertoma Club is pleased to announcee that long time member Bud Osborn has been appointed by the Citrus County Board of Commissioners to serve on the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (LCB), representing veteran interests.

Walter “Bud” Osborn has been a member of the Inverness Sertoma Club for the past nineteen years and has been involved in club leadership projects along with serving on the Sertoma Regional Board and Sertoma National board of directors in Kansas City, Missouri.

He serves, or has served, on the board of Sertoma supported Camp Endeavor, a summer camp for deaf and hearing-impaired children, Sertoma Youth Ranch, and locally, the Citrus County Historic Advisory Board, the Citrus County Veterans Advisory Board and the Too Far organization, dedicated to protecting our precious natural water resources.

“As a past local business owner I believe giving back monetarily is important, but even more important is giving of your time, talents and expertise to better your community,” said Bud. “We all have skills; folks just need to get out there and find their niche.”

The primary purpose of the MPO Local Coordinating Board is to identify local service needs and provide information, advice, and direction to the Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) regarding services for the Transportation Disadvantaged population.

The Citrus County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB), chaired by Citrus County commissioner Ruthie Davis Schlabach, oversees the CTC for Citrus County which is Citrus County Transit. The Hernando/Citrus MPO has been designated as the official planning agency for the Local Coordinating Boards of Hernando County (TDLCB) and Citrus County (LCB).

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CCSO assists in arrest of Times Square shooting suspect

New York Times Square shooting suspect Farrakhan Muhammad arrested in Florida (CCSO photo on May 13, 2021)

After a nationwide, exhaustive, four-day search for Farrakhan Muhammad, members of the United States Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, including task force members from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, were able to take Muhammad into custody without incident.

“Arrests such as these are the precise reason why the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office partners with federal agencies,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

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