County knits EMS into fire rescue division

BOCC SealThe Board of County Commissioners affirmed yesterday that providing timely, dependable and fiscally responsible Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was paramount to the citizens of Citrus County.

The Board, as a result, voted to end their partnership with Nature Coast EMS and transition these responsibilities to Citrus County Fire Rescue.

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Alexander Real Estate donates to Citrus County Animal Services

Animal shelter donation
Joe Alexander, Alexander Real Estate owner, presents check to CCFAP volunteers

In July, local business Alexander Real Estate announced that they would sponsor a number of adoption fees for animals housed at Citrus County Animal Services (CCAS).

Owner Joe Alexander presented the check to Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection (CCFAP) volunteers at a recent adoption event held at Rural King in Crystal River.

CCFAP has an established “Sponsor Me Home” program, which includes a fund where community members can pre-pay adoption fees for pets at CCAS. Alexander Real Estate’s donation will pay to sponsor the fees of 21 pets.

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Purple Heart Day set for Aug. 7 in Citrus County

Leading in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday thought so highly of veterans that the opening pledge of alliegance at the BOCC was led by a Vietnam-era Purple Heart recipient.

This was the first way commissioners honored Purple Heart recipents. The second way was to proclaim Aug. 7, 2021 as Purple Heart Day in Citrus County.

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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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