Citrus County Transit begins transitioning to normal operations

BOCC SealDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, Citrus County Transit (CCT) suspended the Orange Line (Deviated Fixed Route) and is currently operating demand response (door-to-door) service only.

Door-to-door service is available for the following trip conditions: doctor’s appointments, employment, grocery/supplies, and prescription pick-up.

As CCT begins to transition back to normal operations, capacity on these buses has been increased.

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Bay scallop season opens June 15 between the Fenholloway and Suwannee rivers

The 2021 recreational bay scallop season from the Fenholloway River through the Suwannee River opens June 15 and will remain open through Labor Day (Sept. 6, 2021).

This includes all state waters in Dixie County and a portion of Taylor County and includes the towns of Keaton Beach and Steinhatchee.

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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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