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  • Area ghouls all out

    There will plenty to do in the Dunnellon area to celebrate Halloween.

    On Friday, Oct. 30, the Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors its annual Trail of Treaters, a safe opportunity for children to trick or treat local businesses.

    The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Participants should start at the chamber of commerce office and pick up a bag and a map.

  • Tigers beat Pirates; Tavares next

    Dunnellon is on the road against Tavares this Friday. Last week’s game lived up to its billing as the most physical contest that either the Dunnellon or Crystal River football teams would play this season.

    The Tigers showed that they are much more than a one-man band on offense. Terrence Brooks, Angelo Cabrera and Bubba Black each scored on the ground and Dunnellon’s defense bent but refused on many occasions to break en route to a 21-7 victory over the Pirates.

  • Lecanto beat Dunnellon in volleyball

    The Dunnellon High volleyball team ran into a “killing” machine last Thursday night.

    Becky Smith, a 5-foot-9-1/2 senior Lecanto High middle hitter had 15 kills and two blocks as Lecanto High’s volleyball team downed Dunnellon High 25-19, 25-12, 25-13 in the Panthers gym.

    The kills helped the Panthers celebrate “Senior Night.

    Dunnellon (5-11) would have preferred that Smith left the building early in the match.

    Actually, Smith didn’t play that much of the match as the Panthers substituted liberally throughout the match.

  • Police Report - Oct. 15, 2009

    Dunnellon Police

    Police are asking anyone with information about a residential burglary that occurred on Sept 29 to contact the department. Several pieces of jewelry valued at approximately were taken including a 14 ct, 8-inch yellow gold bracelet with scalloped edges, a 14 ct gold chain bracelet with a sun medallion, an 18 ct yellow gold bangle bracelet with engraved design and an 18 ct yellow gold ring, size 4 with engraved scrolls with an overlay tanzenite stone and diamond chips.

  • Road tax case back in court

    A group of Rainbow Springs’ residents who won a court ruling against Marion County over a special assessment for road maintenance will be back in court next week.

    Though there has been some confusion over which judge would preside at the Oct. 22 hearing, attorney Richard Bennett, representing the involved residents is confident of the outcome.

    That could mean the county has to return a road assessment tax to some Rainbow Springs residents.

  • Free swine flu vaccine clinic Oct. 27

    Dunnellon Elementary School will be the site of Marion County Health Department’s first swine flu vaccine clinic.

    The “free and voluntary” clinic is part of the department’s mass vaccination campaign for target populations.

    Officially known as H1N1, "swine flu" is a new influenza virus causing illness in humans and was first detected in people in the United States during April 2009. Florida’s first case of H1N1 swine flu virus was diagnosed on May 1, 2009.

  • Tigers take 41-7 win over ‘Canes

    After beating Citrus at home, Dunnellon travels to Brooksville Nature Coast on Friday, Oct. 16.

    The Citrus Hurricanes’ trip to Tiger Stadium last Friday night was a Black and blue affair. Too much of Dunnellon’s star running back Bubba Black left the Hurricanes feeling blue as Dunnellon cruised to a 41-7 victory. Following the game Citrus head coach Randy Roland had little to say.

    “They beat us in every aspect of the game. They’re a very good football team. All we can do is show up Monday and start getting ready for Tavares.”

  • Rematch: Jackets nip Tigers in five games

    The Tuesday, Oct. 13 home volleyball match between Dunnellon High and Leesburg High was more like a reality TV show.

    Both teams gave their best shots but waited for what seemed like an eternity to find out who was voted off the island.

    In five games, Leesburg nipped Dunnellon 25-23, 16-25, 25-23, 12-25, 15-9. Leesburg had previously lost in three games to Dunnellon in the Leesburg gym.

    The game had a bipolar quality to it. There were amazing serves, hot kills and ugly serves into the net and shots that went somewhere over the rainbow but not in bounds.

  • Gainesville Eastside beats Dunnellon in three

    The Dunnellon High volleyball team had a two-game winning streak going into Thursday night’s game against Gainesville Eastside.

    Unfortunately, Eastside proved a little too powerful, downing Dunnellon 25-18, 25-12 and 25-11.

    Eastside is now 15-5 overall and 9-2 in Class 4A-District 4. Dunnellon is 6-7 overall.

  • Tigers beat Sharks, host Crystal River

    Dunnellon plays another key district game Friday, Oct 23 at 7:30 p.m. at home against Crystal River.

    Dunnellon head coach Frank Beasley took a moment after his team’s 27-23 Friday night victory at Nature Coast to contemplate what the Tigers had just accomplished.

    After suffering consecutive blowouts against the Sharks, the Tigers were the first team to defeat their district rival Nature Coast at Shark Tank Stadium since the Sharks’ regular season finale in 2007.