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Salvation Army Cold Weather Shelter to Open

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

The National Weather Service, Tampa Bay, Ruskin Office, has forecasted a low overnight of 34 degrees for Citrus County.  Wind chill values as low as 29 early Thursday morning. The Salvation Army will have their Cold Weather Shelter open this evening, Wednesday, December 5, 2018.  The shelter is open 7pm to 7am and is located at The Salvation Army, 712 S. School Avenue, Lecanto, FL 34461. 

Remember, someone seeking cold weather shelter can go to any Citrus County Bus Stop at the last pickup time, and the driver will drop off the person at The Salvation Army at no cost. The person will be picked up at The Salvation Army the following morning and taken back to the same area.

If you have any questions, please contact The Salvation Army directly at 352-513-4960.

Prizes for Water Conservation Posters

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Citrus County Utilities is seeking student participation in the 2019 Drop Savers poster contest.  Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to create a poster depicting a water-saving idea, in slogan form, drawing form, or both.  Posters must focus on how to use less water and encourage water-conservation behaviors. 

A twenty-five-dollar cash prize will be awarded to the county-wide first place winners in each of the five divisions.  Posters will be judged by grade level as follows: Division 1- kindergarten and first grades; Division 2 - second and third grades; Division 3 - fourth and fifth grades; Division 4 - sixth, seventh and eighth grades; Division 5 - ninth through twelfth grades.  A fifty-dollar cash prize will be awarded to each division winner’s school to be used for art supplies, as well as a plaque displaying the winning artwork.

Applications and posters must be received by 5 p.m. on February 22, 2019.  Mail or deliver submissions to 3600 W Sovereign Path, Suite 202, Lecanto, FL 34461.  For an application and contest guidelines call (352) 527-7684 or visit:  

The Citrus County Utilities poster contest is part of the Keep Citrus County Beautiful annual Save Our Waters Week campaign and the Florida Section of American Water Works Association statewide Drop Savers poster contest.  

The BOCC proclaims Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018


The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured recognizing Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on December 4, 2018, proclaiming December 7, 2018 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Citrus County and marking the seventy-seventh anniversary of that historic event.

On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy and Air Force attacked units of the armed forces of the United States, stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than two thousand citizens of the United States were killed and more than one thousand citizens of the United States were wounded in the attack on Pearl Harbor which precipitated the entry of the United States into World War II.

The veterans of World War II and all other citizens of Citrus County commemorate December 7th in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor, instilling in all people a greater understanding and appreciation of the selfless sacrifice of the individuals who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor and those who served at Pearl Harbor and continued to distinguish themselves in the armed force of the United State during World War II.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County proclaims December 7, 2018 as “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day” in Citrus County, Florida and calls these observances to the attention of all our citizens.

Nature Coast Volunteer Center, hosting Healthy Food Drive in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Our local food pantries often find their stock of non-perishable food items depleted after the holidays. The Nature Coast Volunteer Center and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is holding a food drive in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., who once asked “What are you doing for others?” Our goal is to help our local food pantries serve the citizens of Citrus County by providing nutritional food for their families.

Non-perishable food donations will be collected December 22, 2018 through January 19, 2019. Collection boxes will be set up around the county, including: Citrus County Resource Center in Lecanto, all Citrus County Libraries, and four Community Centers. For a complete list of collection locations, please call (352) 527-5959.

Martin Luther King devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, and opportunity for all and voiced that everyone has a role to play making America what it ought to be. By serving on this day and throughout the year we honor Dr. King and help realize his dream of equality and opportunity for all. We are encouraging residents to gather friends, neighbors, church groups, clubs and civic organizations to join us in supporting these projects by registering to volunteer.

The public is welcome to join us 10:00 – noon on Tuesday, January 22, 2018 at the Central Ridge Community Center to sort, count and pack the non-perishables that will go out to our local pantries. There will be light refreshments at the event, and you are encouraged to register ahead of time. Organizers of this special Day of Service are the Nature Coast Volunteer Center, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, and the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners.

For more information or to register for the event, please contact the Nature Coast Volunteer Center at (352)527-5959 or via e-mail at


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