Local News

  • Police still seeking teen

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office authorities are still looking for Matisan Leagh Blevins, who has been considered missing since 

    Dec. 15.

    Blevins, 17, is white, 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighs about 120 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.

    She was last seen at her Dunnellon home, wearing blue jeans, black shoes and a shirt of unknown color. She and may be carrying a black book bag, according to the sheriff’s office.

  • Business owners prevail in fence feud

    Downtown Inverness merchants were granted relief Wednesday morning when chain-link fences blocking businesses were modified. 

    “They took those down and there are 3-foot plastic barricades now as opposed to the big chain-link fence,” Stumpknockers manager Ryan Dhondt said. “People are able to park out front now; none of the parking is blocked off.”

    “When things need to be modified, and we can, we do,” City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said. 

  • More downtown improvements planned in Inverness

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    The Inverness City Council finalized its streetscaping wishlist Tuesday night, and will soon apply for grants to fund the downtown improvements.

    “The project is going to be a five-block streetscape improvement project,” project consultant Fred Fox said.

  • Robot league

    With a whirl of its motor, Jimmy the robot ascended into the square arena.

    And with the push of a button ... Jimmy stood still.

    Jimmy, a cube-shaped collection of wires and metal, was pulled back to the pit, where his masters — team Warrior Bots of Seven Rivers Christian School (SRCS) — began problem-solving.

  • Citrus Hills gets nod from rankers

    The Villages of Citrus Hills has been honored for being, among other things, one of the happiest communities in the country.

    Each year, the online Real Estate Scorecard (RES) surveys master-planned communities in the Southeast and ranks them in 15 categories, including the satisfaction of residents, topography, golfing, amenities and proximity to shopping and urban areas.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Row, Row, Row your boat
  • 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.