Local News

  • Free resigns; Black moved up

    It will be business as usual at Dunnellon Police Department under Interim Chief Joanne Black.

    Dunnellon City Manager Lisa Algiere announced last Friday afternoon that Police Chief Roger Free had resigned and she had appointed Sgt. Joanne Black as his interim replacement.

    “I’m sure it was for personal reasons,” said Algiere, though there was no official explanation given for the resignation.

    Free had been selected for the position in March 2008, replacing Chief Robert Jackson, who had been on the force for 20 years.

  • Dunnellon police chief resigns; popular sergeant promoted

    Dunnellon City Manager Lisa Algiere announced Friday afternoon that Police Chief Roger Free had resigned and she had appointed Sgt. Joanne Black as interim chief.


  • Heat and Belleview down Dunnellon three straight

    They call the Belleview High gymnasium “the oven.”

    There’s good reason for that.

    The air conditioning obviously doesn’t work and opposing teams can expect to sweat profusely and need constant rehydration.

    As if the heat weren’t enough, visiting teams get to face three-time district champion Belleview volleyball team in its natural habitat.

    The heat is absolutely on.

  • Tigers at Eustis after loss to N. Marion

    Dunnellon begins district play Friday night at Eustis at 7:30 p.m., following last week’s loss to North Marion.

    “What a great high school football game,” Dunnellon coach Frank Beasley said, summing up last week’s defensive brawl that ended with North Marion scoring on a last-minute touchdown drive to give them a 21-14 win against Dunnellon last Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

  • Church burglary suspect caught on tape

    The Dunnellon Police Department through the Marion County Sheriff’s Office has released video of a church burglary suspect. Wednesday night, investigators were looking over evidence connected to 35 church burglaries, nine more since last week. There was at least one attempted church burglary in Williston. These burglaries are happening through seven counties and four cities in North Central Florida.

  • Power bills climbing; how much is uncertain

    Lower fuel prices, power plant efficiency, and effective fuel management will decrease the fuel portion of electricity bills next year, Progress Energy Florida announced, somewhat negating a proposed base rate hike.

  • Facts, fun, flow at Springs Festival

    Visitors to this year’s Springs Festival on Saturday will be able to walk through a sinkhole without getting a sinking feeling.

    The “sinkhole” is coming from Marion County’s storm water division and was designed to show visitors how pollution can get into our groundwater and then the aquifer, said Barbra Hernandez, public information specialist for the division.

  • Tigers beat Leesburg in volleyball

    Taylor Thalacker played a “closer” last Thursday night.

    The Dunnellon High junior hitter had three aces and a good serve as the volleyball Tigers beat Leesburg High 25-20, 25-20, 25-20 in the Yellow Jackets gym.

    Thalacker simply finished off the job, helping with the final four points in the last game. Tamika Smith had a kill on the final point.

    Dunnellon upped its record to 3-3 with the road victory.

  • City picks option in land claim

    The city has selected a course of action in response to one of its development disputes.

    In early June, Dunnellon was served notice that Conservation Land Group, LLC was submitting a claim under the Bert Harris Jr. Private Property Rights Protection Act.

  • High School Homecoming Parade Sept. 30

    The Dunnellon High School Homecoming Parade is Wednesday, Sept. 30. Participation is open to the public and welcome. If interested, please contact Joe Licht at 352-266-7249 by Monday, Sept. 28.

    The parade will line up on Ohio Street at Ned Love Street at about 4 p.m. and is schedule to start at 5 p.m. It will finish at the middle school parking lot.