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  • Busload of Dunnellon residents join other Floridians

    If not the whole enchilada, at least pass a springs’ protection bill equivalent to Marion County’s, was the plea of Dunnellon residents in Tallahassee last week.

    As part of the Springs Protection Rally a busload of Dunnellon residents joined forces with other Floridians urging legislators to pass a springs’ protection bill in 2010.

    They, along with about 300 other people from around state gathered in the courtyard of the capitol with signs encouraging passage of the springs’ protection bill.

  • ‘Please put down the gun’

    On Feb. 5, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 208881 S. W. Marine Boulevard in reference to a disturbance involving a firearm. Upon arrival, the responder could hear a male voice stating he was not going to put down the gun and a woman’s voice yelling “please put down the gun!”

    The deputy spotted a man standing in the front doorway with a black box in his hand, told him to put it down and he complied. The box contained a loaded revolver.

  • Tigers lose to Vanguard in playoff

    The Tigers ended their best football in years with a 37-25 playoff loss to Vanguard at home last week.

    The Knights led Dunnellon by 24 points entering the fourth quarter but the Tigers valiantly attempted to stage a comeback. Yet, it ended up being a little too late.

    “We started slow,” Dunnellon coach Frank Beasley said. “I was worried about that coming off a bye week and we just didn’t play very well in the first half.”

    Vanguard moves on to face North Marion, 34-22 winners over Nature Coast.

  • U.S. 41 crash kills two teens

    Two 17-year-old girls died in a pickup truck crash last Sunday morning near Romeo and a third teen was seriously injured.

    The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Tiffany Oliver of Williston and Marqui Cook of Morrison were killed when the truck they were riding in rolled and struck some trees in the early morning accident.

    Passenger Nicole Brown, 15, was injured.

    The crash occurred at about 2:56 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, just north of Dunnellon on U.S. 41 at Northwest 13th Street.

    The three were headed north in Oliver’s 2000 Chevy 1500 pickup.

  • WW II Vets view memorial

    Floyd Elrod still remembers Omaha Beach and other battles that followed as World War II raged across Europe.

    As a sergeant in the Army back then, he had been wounded, decorated and finally discharged after serving in five major campaigns during his three years with Uncle Sam.

    The South Carolina native went on to be an auto mechanic and service manager and at one time specialized in working on the infamous Corvairs. About nine years ago he and his wife Malovene moved to Dunnellon.

  • Tiger girls start year with wins

    So far, the Dunnellon High girls basketball team is finding that 2010 is a happy new year.

    The Tigers (6-11) won their first two games of this new decade and are 6-11 overall. They had a three-game winning streak through Jan. 5.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 5, the temperature outside was in the 30s but the Tigers were playing some hot basketball inside the Dunnellon High gym.

    The Tigers shot out to a 14-4 first quarter and then went on to a 61-23 triumph over Belleview High. Dunnellon has beaten Belleview twice this season.

  • Christmas Parade will collect food

    It’s time to start planning for the Dunnellon Christmas Parade and helping the community’s less fortunate residents.

    The Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce 2009 Christmas Parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

    It will again be on Pennsylvania Avenue, but will start at Dunnellon Middle School and head east. The parade will end at San Jose Boulevard.

    “It’s Gonna be a TIGER of a Christmas!” is this year’s parade theme and the grand marshals of the parade will the Dunnellon High School girls softball team.

  • Special Olympics Torch Run coming

    Dunnellon has landed a leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and everyone is invited to be involved.

    Word of the event came out during the recent chamber of commerce awards ceremony and this week Police Chief Joanne Black filled in the details.

    Every year, for the past 25 years, the "flame of hope" has traveled Florida in a relay of simultaneous routes through the state covering thousands of miles.

  • Red light cameras finally coming

    It’s been a quiet discussion, but red light cameras in Dunnellon are only a few months away.

    That’s the word from Dunnellon City Manager Lisa Algiere, who told the Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce last week that the cameras should be up in three to four months.

    The city has actually been pursuing the installation of traffic cameras for about a year.

  • Ineligible player negates WHS

    An academically ineligible player has caused Williston High School to forfeit its winning football and basketball seasons.

    “We simply made a mistake that left one of our students academically ineligible, who played for the football team this season and the basketball team this year, up to Friday, Jan. 29,” said Williston Principal John Lott, accepting full responsibility for the egregious error.

     “It was definitely no fault of the student involved,” Lott said.