Local News

  • Dunnellon improves in 74-58 loss

    The 74-58 score was just a bit misleading.

    The Gainesville Eastside High boys basketball team downed Dunnellon High by that score Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the Dunnellon High gym.

    Eastside (3-0) jumped out to a 19-8 first quarter lead. Eastside’s Benji Bell scored 11 points and Dunnellon’s Marlon Palacio and Daniel Falconer both scored four points in the period. Dunnellon made six turnovers in those eight minutes.

  • Man drowns in river near city beach

    After a day searching, divers recovered the body of an Ocala man late Friday afternoon who had apparently drowned Thursday evening off Dunnellon City Beach.

    Florida Fish and Wildlife officers are still investigating the boating mishap that occurred early Thursday evening, Oct 1 in the Withlacoochee River and led to his death

  • Special NRC inspection at Crystal River Nuclear Plant

  • Police/Sheriff Report - Dec. 3, 2009

    Police arrested a man for counterfeit bills and possession of marijuana. On Nov. 23, Austin Ramsey, 21, was reported to have handed a clerk in a local store two counterfeit $50 bills. He was subsequently arrested at a nearby business and charged with uttering forged bills and possession of marijuana under 20 grams

    A woman was arrested on Nov. 22 for resisting without violence after a traffic stop. Police reported that Cheyenne Bragg, 48, was arrested after she became verbally abusive and refused to obey an officer’s command.

  • Busy season started

    Last weekend’s Victorian Holiday Festival kicked off the Christmas Season in Dunnellon.

    Holiday shoppers can take advantage of the final ‘First Saturday’ market of 2009 on Dec. 5 in the historic district and next week brings the city parade and other seasonal events.

    Dunnellon’s Depot will be decorated for the holidays. There will be live holiday music and desserts for sale from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11. Tickets will be available for the next murder mystery event.

  • Tigers lose opener to Lecanto

    The Lecanto boys basketball team won its first regular season game against Dunnellon, 77-65 on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

    It was Dunnellon’s first regular season game. The Tigers played Forest at home on Dec. 1 and face North Marion at home on Thursday, Dec. 3 and Eastside at home on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Games start at 7:30 p.m.

    DHS boys basketball schedule

    Dec. 3 — North Marion — Home — 7:30

    Dec. 8 — Eastside — Home — 7:30

    Dec. 11 — Vanguard — Away — 7:30

  • Lady Tigers take on North Marion

    With the holiday tournament behind them, the Lady Tigers face North Marion in an away game on Friday, Dec. 4.

    Last Saturday night, the Tigers lost to Lecanto, 33-27, in game Panther coach Jack Hall described as flat, lackluster and uninspired.

    “That’s the ugliest 32 minutes of basketball I’ve seen us play in a very long time. They flat outplayed us in that first half,” Hall admitted. “It was a horrible display out there tonight. I guess we just weren’t mentally prepared to play.”

  • Jackson remembered

    “He had a big heart.” That was one of the tributes to former Police Chief Bob Jackson as news of his death spread through Dunnellon.

    Jackson, 60, had been in failing health since retiring from the Dunnellon Police Department in early 2008. He died Sunday, Nov. 29 at his home.

    He had served with the department for 20 years, 10 of those as chief. At one time or another he had held nearly every position in the department. He was also active in the various professional law enforcement organizations.

  • Boys and Girls Club ready to bus

    The Boys and Girls Club of Dunnellon now has a bus of its own, which will enable the organization to provide low cost transportation to participating children.

    According to Charlene Williams who serves on the club’s advisory council, the bus came about through the efforts of several community volunteers and a generous resident of Ocala.

    Finding transportation — especially after school — has long been an issue for the organization as it provides year-round services. The club has faced other challenges including funding and location.

  • Tori Williams will take softball skills to FGCU

    Whether she’s dropping a bunt, slapping a single, racing down to first or throwing out a runner, Tori Williams brings an inner and outer joy to the game of softball.

    While playing the 17-year-old Dunnellon High senior, is often very intense until she allows herself some emotion. That’s when she breaks out a 10,000-watt mega smile.