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  • Officials approve Rio Vista purchase

    The Dunnellon City Council approved an agreement Monday to purchase the Rio Vista wastewater system for $10 as the city will take ownership Friday.
    The good news for Rio Vista residents is they solved their problem with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which had placed the owners of the system under a contempt order.
    Now, the bad news: water and sewer customers will see a significant increase in their water bills now that they are under the umbrella of the city’s water and sewer systems.

  • City proposes slashing budget

    City officials unveiled their 2012 Fiscal Year budget Monday afternoon during a special workshop as the City Council learned there will be a significant drop in taxes collected this year despite a higher millage rate than a year ago.
    Despite an almost 29 percent drop in revenues, officials said lay offs will be avoided by reallocating money across the board, most notably salaries.

  • 'She was our everything'

    With more than five dozen people gathering at the Dunnellon Little League Complex on Saturday, the sobs were louder than the thunder rumbling in the distance.
    And the tears flowed steadier than recent afternoon showers as those coming together paid their respects for 50-year-old Linda Cage, who was found shot to death Aug. 3 outside her home in the Lake Tropicana area.
    The Marion County Sheriffs Office continues investigating leads and following up on tips but have yet to make an arrest in the case of the mother of three and grandmother of eight.

  • Golf team, under new coach, preparing to tee it up

    Entering his first season at the helm of the Dunnellon High School golf program, even coach Roger Sibbald isn’t sure what to expect of his squad as they prepare for the upcoming season.
    What he does know is his team has a short time to prepare for its season-opening match and that the competition his team will face throughout the course of the season will definitely prove tough, especially because his squad will face off against the likes of Crystal River, Vanguard, Forest and St. John’s.

  • New stripes

    With each passing season, Frank Beasley has learned one aspect of the Dunnellon High School football program.
    “I think every year is different,” said the now seventh-year head coach of the Tigers’ program. “Teams change so you deal with adversity. During the preseason and camps, we’ll see which kids will start to emerge as leaders.”
    Dunnellon will certainly need leaders this season.

  • Back to business

    Set the alarms, dust off the books, set out the new cool threads, Marion County schools are back in session for another year beginning Monday morning.
    Teachers reported for work this past Monday and area schools will host a series of orientation dates today and Friday. With new students and new schedules this year, parents may wish to visit their child’s school during orientation sessions, a Marion County School District news release stated.

  • Benefit dinner, fish tourney planned

    A benefit barbeque dinner to raise money for Justin Drew, a Dunnellon man seriously injured in a car wreck in 2008  , is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, in the parking lot at Local Legends along Pennsylvania Avenue. Barbecued chicken dinners will be available for $8. At 6:30, the Captains meeting and Calcutta Boat Auction will begin. 
    There will also be an auction for a Mossberg Model 835 Camo Turkey  12-Gauge Pump Shotgun. There will also be a chance drawing for a CZ-USA Redhead Deluxe 103 DE 20 Gauge 26-inch Barrel. Tickets are $20 each.

  • Rainbow Springs course for sale

    Almost three years after an exhaustive search of North and South Carolina and Florida to find the golf course of his dreams, Mark Kaprelian found it here.
    In October 2010, the Massachusetts native completed his purchase of Rainbow Springs Golf and Country Club.
    Now, he’s selling it. Price tag: $3 million, though he has not officially listed the course with a broker. Originally, he purchased it for $2.4 million.
    Kaprelian said his No. 1 reason to sell the course now, is a family reason.

  • Hearing set for Ranch lawsuit

    Judge Frances S. King will hear from attorneys involved in the lawsuit against the city involving 14 indviduals, Rainbow River Conservation Inc., as well as the state’s Department of Community Affairs’  (DCA) right to intervene regarding the city’s deal with developer Jerry Dodd in regard to the Rainbow River Ranche.
    The hearing is slated for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Marion County Courthouse. The hearing is open to the public, but citizens will not be allowed to speak.

  • Legion Post 58 plans Sept. 11 memorial

    In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attack against the Untied States on U.S. soil, the tragedy that befell so many citizens, law enforcement and firefighting personnel, the American Legion Post 58 in Dunnellon will host a Celebration of Life and Appreciation Event at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, to mark the occasion.
    The ceremony will begin with several current active military personnel giving memorial and inspirational talks. Those present at Ground Zero will also speak about their experiences there at the time of the tragedy.