Local News

  • Legacy marches on

    A cold, crisp winter morning did nothing to chill the spirits of those who gathered Monday morning to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most influential persons of the 20th century.
    Members of area churches in the community, city dignitaries, as well as many others made the trek from McDonald’s, south along U.S. 41 to Ernie Mills Park on Bostick Street.
    Once there, the celebration of the efforts made famous by Dr. King throughout the 1960s came to life.

  • Greenlight testing at ‘friendlies’

    Greenlight Dunnellon Communications is up and running, for the most part.
    City Manager Lisa Algiere announced Monday that Greenlight is now testing at friendly locations in areas such as Sateki Village, Blue Cove and River Retreat. Among those testing the system in Blue Cove include Mayor Fred Ward and Councilwoman Penny Fleeger.

  • Police: Man found passed out in bathroom

    A 53-year-old Morriston man discovered passed out, straddling a toilet with his head resting on the wall of a bathroom Jan. 2 at the Murphy gas station was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, police reports stated.

  • Hometown hero

    He championed the Dunnellon Police Department’s inaugural efforts in the Special Olympics Polar Plunge.
    He organizes the agency’s annual bicycle rodeo.
    His arrest rate increased in the past year, including solving a case in which a person was stabbed at Crock’s Pub in June 2011. The defendant, Joshua Dale Larkin, was charged with aggravated battery using a deadly weapon. Miley also solved a robbery at Circle K in which three people were apprehended and charged with robbery and petit theft.

  • Police: Vehicle burglaries reported

    Several vehicle burglaries have been reported in different locations within the city of Dunnellon during the past weekend, the Dunnellon Police Department reported. All of the incidents were in open view and items taken were limited to purses, medications and money.
    “We are asking that the public be sure and secure their vehicles and place all items of value and medications in the trunk or in a very secure and non-visible location,” Police Chief Joanne Black said.

  • City step closer to changing ordinance

    Non-resident property owners and non-resident business owners, both with three years as owners, are now one step closer to having a say in some form at City Hall.
    The Dunnellon City Council on Monday approved the first reading to change the rules permitting non-resident property owners and non-resident business owners to serve on the city’s Planning Commission Board.

  • Residents push for boycott of Greenlight

    Residents of Rainbow Springs, angered by the decision of the City Council to tack on an additional 25 percent surcharge to their utility bills, won’t likely put any extra money into the city coffers, not if they follow through with their threat to boycott Greenlight Dunnellon Communications.


    Five years ago, Julian Abrams was driving throughout the region pondering his future.
    A lover of the outdoors, the 2003 Crystal River High School graduate was driving along County Road 327 near the Forestry Station. He stopped to inquire about employment, more specifically of becoming a firefighter to help protect one of the many areas of nature he loves.
    No, was the response, as they cited his lack of experience.
    “They suggested I try some of the area fire stations and inquire about volunteering,” he recalled.

  • City’s rate surcharge angers residents

    Despite pleas from a multitude of Rainbow Springs’ residents about an increase in fees, the Dunnellon City Council not only approved the purchase of Rainbow Springs Utilities for $5.95 million, but the Council OK’d securing $6.5 million in bonds, as well as approving a 25 percent surcharge for the 1,500 customers on water and sewer.
    With more than 120 people in attendance at the Wednesday, Dec. 28, meeting, not everyone present could make their way through the doors at City Hall. Several people were forced to wait outside.

  • Council OKs purchase of utility systems

    The Dunnellon City Council voted 4-0 to approve the purchases of the Rainbow Springs and Juliette Falls' utility systems as well as secure $6.5 milion in bonds to cover the purchase price of the Rainbow Springs system. More than 100 people attended the meeting with many unable to hear the meeting from outside.

    For more about this, read next week's Riverland News or visit www.riverlandnews.com.