USDA wants more stuff in your fuel

Washington, D.C., May 15, 2020 – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched an online portal to begin accepting applications for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) grants.

USDA plans to make available up to $100 million in competitive grants for activities designed to expand the sale and availability of ethanol and biodiesel fuels.

“As the coronavirus response continues, America’s energy independence has proven critical to our economic security now more than ever,” Deputy Secretary Censky said.

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Fort Island Gulf Beach continues to test safe

Fort Island Gulf Beach waters continue to test safe for recreational activities.

Weekly water quality samples were taken Monday, May 11, by the Florida Department of Environmental Health to monitor any changes that would impact the health and safety of beachgoers.

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Citrus County Transit expands door-to-door service

Citrus County Transit is offering citizens expanded door-to-door transportation from 6:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, with fares waived during the county state of emergency.

Trips are available for work, shopping, doctor’s appointments, and other essential needs.

Door-to-door service is offered at this time for the general public, as well as residents with mobility needs.

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Crystal River human remains identified

The skeletal human remains recovered on April 26, 2020 by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, have been identified as 42-year-old, Marion County resident, Kevin Buonocore. An autopsy showed no signs of trauma, and the cause of death is undetermined.

Buonocore’s last known contact was in 2017, and he was not reported as missing to law enforcement.

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Drug investigation leads to weekend arrest

Brandy Nicole Risner

Over the weekend, detectives from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) served a search warrant at the  residence of Brandy Nicole Risner located at 2691 West Arbutus Drive in Citrus Springs.

While searching the residence, detectives located methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. This one bust alone takes approximately 250 doses of heroin off the streets and out of our community.

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Time to end state of emergency in county

Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, District 3

State of Emergencies are for emergencies, not convenience.

Recently President Trump made a passing statement about the possibility of using disinfectants and his comments sounded like he suggested that we ingest them.

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