Local News

  • High scoring Lecanto defeats Dunnellon

    There was good news Thursday, Feb. 4 when Dunnellon High’s boys basketball team lost 89-73 to Lecanto at the Panthers’ gym.

    The good news is that Dunnellon shouldn’t have to face Lecanto again this season.

    The Tigers have seen enough of Lecanto this year.

    Lecanto (18-3) beat Dunnellon (3-20) 70-42 on Dec. 29 in the Christmas Tournament at Lecanto.

    Fortunately, the Tigers have come along way since then.

  • DMS students pile up video awards

    Dunnellon Middle School’s TV production students have earned more state honors.

    Five students from Dunnellon Middle School made a trip to Tallahassee for the opening ceremony of Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!

    The students produced the third place entry in this year’s Celebrate Literacy PSA contest and received their award in the rotunda of the Capitol. Bailey Vaughn and Kayla McMann produced the project and were assisted by Sydney Cohen, Amanda Hargabus, and Johnny Walker.

  • Head-on collision

    A head-on collision Monday morning in the 12500 block of West Highway 40 sent two drivers to the hospital. Seven units from Marion County Fire and Rescue, including Rainbow Springs responded along with the Shands’ helicopter. The accident occurred about 9:19 a.m. An extrication crew was needed to remove one victim described as possibly a 65-year-old male, who was airlifted to Shands. The driver from the other vehicle, described as a 25-year-old female, was taken to West Marion Hospital. No additional details were available at press time.


  • Softball team seeks second state title

    There is no question about this year’s goal for the Dunnellon High varsity softball team.

    They want to repeat by taking a second Class 4A state title. The Tigers went 32-1 and beat Lake Wales 3-1 in Plant City to win that title.

    Now, the tough part, repeating.

    Head coach Kevin Fagan said he hopes his team develops the intensity to pull off that feat.

    Fortunately, the team lost only one player and theoretically should be better.

    At least one player may have to find a new room to hold all of her trophies and honors.

  • Bikes, walkers, water may get plan

    A new word surfaced at a City Council workshop with an idea to move Dunnellon toward accommodating more nonmotorized travel.

    “We need to be more pedestrian friendly,” said City Manager Lisa Algiere. “They’re (the city’s engineering firm) recommending Dunnellon put together a greenway and blueway master plan.”

    The firm of Kimley-Horn and Associates has prepared a bicycle master plan for Inverness and provided Dunnellon with a proposal for developing its own bicycle, pedestrian and blueway master plan.

  • Community mourns death of teens

    They came to cry. They came to laugh. They came to remember young women who were taken from them in the spring of their lives.

    Tuesday night, friends, family, teachers and community members gathered at the flagpole at Williston High School to honor the lives and now memories of Tiffany Oliver and Marqui Cook, high school seniors who died following an accident Sunday morning.

  • Flyover lifts local economy

    The 10 whooping cranes flying over the Dunnellon Airport last Tuesday morning attracted a crowd of about 700 people.

    And many were from other counties.

    Jane Seatter of Fort Myers has followed the daily journal entries on the Web page of Operation Migration since November. Under the auspices of Operation Migration, four ultra-lights pilots covered and masked in white jumpsuit-like costumes, lead the newest flock of 20 whooping cranes from Wisconsin to Florida.

  • Bouton headed to St. John's River C.C.

    It wasn’t only the girls’ fast pitch softball team that made sports news last spring at Dunnellon High School.

    The Tigers baseball team won the district title and the Class 4A regional semifinal game on its way to the “Elite Eight.”

    Bishop Moore High School of Orlando ended Dunnellon’s run in the Region 4A-2 championship game.

    There were plenty of outstanding baseball players on that 2009 Tiger squad and David Bouton, one of the best hitters and fielders from that team is back as a senior.

  • There are many projects going on at the Compassion Alliance headquarters but attention right now is directed toward helping in Haiti.

    A campaign in Dunnellon is part of this effort providing residents with a local drop off site.

    The day after the earthquake hit, the nonprofit organization activated its disaster response plan. By Saturday, the group had gotten in one container, a tractor-trailer, filled with water, food and medicine into nearby Dominican Republic.

  • Jobless rates up in county and state

    New jobless data for Marion County from the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation shows increased unemployment rates in Marion County, as well as the state of Florida.

    The data also shows a lot of workers have left the state or dropped out of the system, likely making the actual jobless rates even higher.

    Citrus and Levy Counties’ unemployment rates also increased during December 2009. Marion County posted a 14 percent unemployment rate from December 2009, an increase of .1 percent.