Local News

  • Rainbow River clean up Saturday

     The annual Rainbow River community clean up will be held on Saturday, May 16 at 9 a.m. starting at the Rio Vista Beach Park, north of Dunnellon.

    Volunteers are needed to help with this clean up and will work different sections of the river in boats, kayaks and canoes. All the debris that is collected will be brought back to the Rio Vista Park at noon for record keeping and disposal. Participants are invited to stay and enjoy a free picnic.

  • DUI dramatization precedes prom

    Before they put on their tuxedo or fancy ball gown for prom, juniors and seniors from Dunnellon High School saw firsthand the effects of drinking and driving.

    Over the last 10 years, the mock DUI crash presentation has been performed at area high schools and this year it was held at Dunnellon. Hundreds of students filed into the stands to watch the program, which was acted out by teachers and students.

    For some students, the mock crash was all too real.


    The Tigers dismantled the Harmony Longhorns, 12-0, in five innings Tuesday night, advancing to the final four of the Class 4A state softball tournament. It’s the first time a Marion County softball team has reached the Final Four.

    “It’s awesome,” said Dunnellon coach Kevin Fagan, whose team is 30-1 after winning its 17th straight game. “It’s a great feeling. We felt we had the team to do it last year, but we stubbed our toe. We’ve been working for this for a long time.”

  • Just call him Dunnellon's Mr. History

    It is not unusual for people to have shoeboxes filled with old black and white or colored pictures just collecting dust.

    But, Jack Pebbles has dusted off his old pictures and turned them into a video.

    The longtime Dunnellon resident, whose grandparents moved to the area in 1923, used his aging photos along with others he solicited from people like Lester Dinkins and the family of the late Ned Love. “They brought a laundry basket absolutely filled, plus some more,” he said of Love’s family.

  • Boomtown Days this weekend

    With Boomtown Days this weekend, the mayor’s race is coming down to the wire as the two candidates collect last minute votes.

    Viola Soffe, owner of Stitch Niche, was the first to sign up for the annual race for the coveted title. About a week before the votes were to be counted, Soffe had raised about $75 by putting boxes out at various businesses, asking customers in her store and soliciting votes at the Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Each vote costs $1.

  • Public mum on traffic cameras

    The possibility of putting red light cameras at some city intersections has not stirred much public interest.

    City Hall was practically empty for a workshop on the issue last week. The red light camera ordinance now heads to a final reading at Monday night’s city council meeting.

    The cameras will be able to take photos and videos of vehicles running red lights. Violators will be identified by license plates and sent city citations that will carry a $150 fine, but no points on their license.

  • Stimulus $$ could buy city new blacktop

    Dunnellon could get some road improvement work out of the federal stimulus plan.

    Greg Slay, director of the Transportation Planning Organization, said the county was expecting to get approximately $9 million from the president’s stimulus plan, but the exact dollar amount has yet to be determined.

    Two lists of proposed road projects totaling approximately $42 million were submitted to the county board for review.

  • New teachers on notice; no immediate layoffs


    Marion County School District has notified 522 teachers that they will not have jobs next school year, but no immediate job cuts are planned

    The district sent the notifications letters out, to all first and second year teachers, in the face of a budget crisis.

    It is a topic that Superintendent of Schools Jim Yancey will address personally this Thursday night in Dunnellon.

  • Board sets hearing on nuclear reactor application

    An Atomic Safety and Licensing Board panel will hear oral argument on a request for a hearing in the Levy County Combined License (COL) proceeding on Monday, April 20, and Tuesday, April 21, in Bronson. The board is the NRC’s quasi-judicial arm dealing with licensing matters.


  • Dunnellon cracks down on drivers

    According to the Dunnellon Police Department, one of the least understood traffic laws in Florida is the “Move Over” law. This law requires drivers to “move over” or “slow down” when approaching an authorized emergency vehicle that is stopped on a highway in Florida.

    The specific statute is outlined below: