CF Early Childhood Conference set for March 30

OCALA, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2019) — The College of Central Florida will host the 31st Annual Early Childhood Conference in partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County Saturday, March 30, at its Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

The conference will be held from 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ewers Century Center. Registration is $40 before Feb. 25, then $60 after.

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Pasco County homicide suspect found hiding in trunk during Citrus traffic stop

TAYLOR JACE CONTINO (Pasco County booking photo)



Citrus County deputies on Friday got a surprise when they opened the trunk of a car during a traffic stop.

Hiding in the trunk was a suspect wanted in connection with a Pasco County homicide.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) stopped the car at about 3 p.m. after receiving a call from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) about the suspect that was headed into Citrus County on U.S. 19.

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U.S. Department of Labor investigation results in Florida roofing contractor paying $70,068 in back wages for overtime violations

BONITA SPRINGS, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) into rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Kelly Roofing LLC – based in Bonita Springs – paid $70,068 in back wages to 155 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

WHD investigators found the roofing contractor paid employees a piece rate, without regard to the number of hours they actually worked.
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CCSO continues gambling den push; more arrests

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s (CCSO) “Operation Go Fish” is a countywide clean-up operation of illegal gambling storefronts.

On Feb. 11, the CCSO continued the second phase of this operation.

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FWC invites the public to attend draft black crappie management plan public meetings

Kimme Leroux with a black crappie. Photo courtesy of FWC.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites the public to attend statewide public meetings to give input on the draft Black Crappie Management Plan.

This plan was constructed utilizing stakeholder input and will be used as a guide for black crappie management in Florida.

FWC staff will present the plan’s background and objectives and are seeking input from the public on these components. All meeting locations are accessible and each meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dates and locations are listed below.

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Community Centers Friends plan indoor yard sale

The Friends of the Community Centers are having their Third Annual Indoor Yard Sale beginning Monday, Feb. 25, to Friday, March 1.

The hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the Central Citrus Community Center, located in the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto.

There will be a huge assortment of quality items for sale. Donations for the yard sale are greatly appreciated, and they can be dropped off at Central Citrus Community Center between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All the proceeds will benefit the Senior Centers/Community Centers in Citrus County.

For more information, call (352) 527-5993.