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  • King Day stresses community unity

    The theme of the day was “One community ... One Dream”

    It started with a brisk morning  march down U.S. Highway 41 as participants of all ages turned out to celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in Dunnellon.

    They wore commemorative black ribbons and some carried signs.

    They had started at McDonalds and headed to Ernie Mills Park where organizers had prepared a program that combined the historic significance of the occasion with a community gathering.

  • King holiday march Monday

    Dunnellon’s tradition of three days of events honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin on Saturday, Jan. 16.

    The annual March/Parade is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 18, the official King holiday. Line-up begins at 8 a.m. at McDonald’s with the march scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

    The march route will head south on the west sidewalk down Hwy. 41/N. Williams Street, cross at Pennsylvania Avenue and end at Ernie Mills Park on Bostick Street.

  • License to drive not so easy

    New driver’s license identification requirements could have you searching for more documents than usual when it comes time to renew.

    As of Friday, Jan. 1, anyone renewing a driver’s license must present a form of primary identification, proof of Social Security number and proof of residential address.

    The new requirements should not increase the time it takes to renew at the driver’s license office, according to Dave Westberry, communications director for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

  • Whooping cranes in Florida; 10 waiting to head toward Marion County

  • Schools chilled by power use

    Because of record demand for electricity, Progress Energy has been asking the public to reduce use of electric power temporarily.

    And the high demand for electricity earlier this week affected the power supply to some Dunnellon schools.

    Fourteen public schools in Marion County were prepared to be without power Tuesday tomorrow morning (Jan. 12) if Progress Energy interrupted electricity as part of its long-standing agreement with the school district. However, it didn’t come to that and the schools had normal power.

  • Bob Jackson benefit Saturday

    There will be a special spaghetti dinner on Saturday for the Bob Jackson Fund and everyone is invited.

    “It’s the kind of thing he would have done for anyone else,” said Dawn Bowne, one of the organizers.

    As police chief, Jackson was known for his concern for the community’s less fortunate. Now event organizers are hoping the community will turn out and help make this effort a success.

    Their goal is to raise about $10,000 to help Jackson’s family defray the former chief’s medical bills.

  • Dunnellon boys face Lake Weir at home

    The Dunnellon High boys basketball team faces Lake Weir at home on Friday, Jan. 8 and is back on the road next week.

    The team was playing even basketball with Lecanto High for one quarter Tuesday, Dec. 29 during the Lecanto Christmas Classic at the Lecanto gym.

    Unfortunately for the Tigers (1-8), Lecanto (11-1) went on a scoring spree in the second quarter and scored 20 points while Dunnellon only managed nine.

    Lecanto led 15-14 in the first quarter. At the half, the Panthers led 33-23.

  • Girls face Belleview at home

    After some holiday break tournament play, the girls basketball team begins regular season play again on Tuesday, Jan. 5 when the Tigers face Belleview at home.

    And if girls basketball games were decided by heart and hustle, the Dunnellon High girls team would have picked up a win Tuesday, Dec. 15.

    Unfortunately, the Tigers (3-6) didn’t make enough baskets. So, Leesburg (10-2) beat Dunnellon 53-38 at the Tigers gym.

    “I liked the hustle and heart,” said Dunnellon High head coach Melissa Mosby. “They played good defense.”

  • Police/sheriff Report - Dec. 31, 2009

    Dunnellon police reported that Frances M. McGlocklin, 55, was arrested Dec. 22 on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, petty theft, burglary of a conveyance and possession of paraphernalia. She was taken to the Marion County Jail.

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle burglary in the 22900 block of S.W. Marine Blvd., Rainbow Lakes Estates. The crème apparently occurred between Oct. 8 and 9.

  • Lecanto tournament kept hoopsters busy

    As far as the Angelo’s and Beef O’Brady’s Christmas Classic went for Citrus County squads on Tuesday afternoon, the teams were either blowing out or being blown out their opponents.

    The Lecanto boys and Citrus girls basketball teams each won by very large margins over Dunnellon and Pasco, respectively, while the Lecanto girls unit suffered a huge setback to state-ranked Vanguard.

    The Panthers boys were the only local team to have much of a challenge against the Tigers but still ended up with a 70-41 rout of Dunnellon.