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  • Streetscaping squabble

    Gwen Bittner: For the Chronicle

    Merchants in downtown Inverness got a rude awakening Monday after they woke up to find the streets outside their businesses torn up and fencing blocking access to the shops and parking spaces.

  • Slain SEAL honored with Navy Cross

    Bravery, valor and gallantry were in Charles Keating IV’s job description.

    And on Friday, the late Navy SEAL’s valor was recognized yet again.

    During a ceremony Friday at Virginia Beach, Virginia, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus posthumously awarded the Navy Cross to Chief Petty Officer Keating.

    Keating’s mother, Krista Joseph, attended the ceremony along with other family members.

  • Spurrier to speak before Black Diamond tournament

    Black Diamond is once again opening its gates to help raise funds for local causes.

    The Black Diamond Foundation, the exclusive community’s charitable arm, will hosting the 14th annual Black Diamond Pro-Am golf tournament Monday in support of organizations like the Citrus Abuse Shelter Association and Family Resource Center. Registration is ongoing.

  • Man charged with robbing store at knifepoint

    A Crystal River man was jailed for armed robbery Friday after being accused of robbing a Crystal River convenience store at knifepoint.

    According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, 911 callers reported that a man — later identified as 36-year-old Michael Robert Scully — enter the Sunoco gas station store at 6971 State Road 44, brandished a knife and demanded the money from the cash register.

  • Pokemon hunt this weekend at springs

    Manatees aren’t the only unusual creatures you’ll find at Three Sisters Springs this weekend.

    The city of Crystal River will be hosting a Pokemon Go gathering at the popular destination from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday — and this isn’t any normal hunt. 

    While the Springs are reportedly already a good spot to find water-type Pokemon, organizers are hoping to round attendees up at noon and reap the benefits of having a big crowd.

  • Row, Row, Row your boat
  • MLK Day unity
  • New Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches thrift store benefits youth program

    SO YOU KNOW

    WHAT: New Florida Sheriffs Ranches thrift store.

    WHERE: Inside shopping plaza at 3802 U.S. 19, Homosassa Springs.

    HOURS: Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; closed Sunday. To make a donation or schedule a pickup, call 352-503-9826.

  • Community raises money for local pastor
  • Power of the Purse returns

    Because the needs in Citrus County haven’t stopped, neither have the staff and volunteers at Citrus United Way.

    “We have three exciting things coming up,” Citrus United Way Executive Director Amy Meek told the Chronicle editorial board recently.

    First up: At 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, the Power of the Purse event returns to Black Diamond.