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  • Water, sewer rate hike?

    Some bills will go up and some bills will go down if Dunnellon City Council adopts a suggested five-year plan developed from a study of water and sewer rates.
    Those that could see a reduction on their monthly water and sewer bills would be water users consuming less than 3,000 gallons of water monthly.
    Those seeing the increase on their bills — pending the approval of Dunnellon City Council following a public hearing during the 2012 budget process — are residential and commercial accounts using higher volumes of water.

  • Longer yellow light coming

    For those who believe every second counts, a few more milli-seconds have come your way.
    Motorists traveling through the intersection of U.S. 41 at Walmart now have 4.3 seconds to scoot through the intersection on a yellow light.
    Prior to the resetting of the timing on that yellow light last week, motorists had only 3.6 seconds to get through the intersection.
    The 3.6 seconds was based on a speed limit of 35 miles an hour.

  • Lady Tigers earn all-star nods

    For Sami Fagan and Caylee Underwood, their regular season might have come to a close a few weeks ago.
    However, that doesn’t mean they’ve had to put their equipment away.
    The senior standouts for the Lady Tigers’ softball team will get a chance to shine on the diamond as the duo were selected for the annual FACA All-Star Game on Friday and Saturday at Forest High School.
    They’ve been steadily keeping their skills sharp as they prep for the games, as well as travel ball throughout the summer months.

  • Football will use spring game as measuring stick

    For one more Friday night, the lights on the gridiron will shine brightly.
    Dunnellon High School will play 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Lake City for its annual spring game.
    However, for the Tigers, it will be up to them to gauge how well spring practices have been and see what work will need to be accomplished through the summer as they open their season Aug. 26 against Lecanto in a preseason scrimmage.
    Dunnellon, coming off its second straight district championship, will have plenty of holes to fill.

  • Sure Fire signature

    Melissa Mosby recalls the year Showra Jackson, the sister of former Dunnellon High School standout Stanley Jackson, arrived on campus at the high school.
    The Lady Tigers’ basketball coach had heard plenty of positive things about Showra’s athletic prowess.
    However, when she pressed Showra about playing basketball at Dunnellon, she was taken back by what Showra really wanted to do.
    “She told me she wanted to be a cheerleader,” Mosby explained.

  • Businessman faces DUI, drug charges

    Jesse Mangold, 34, owner of Mangold Plumbing, was charged with driving under the influence and possession of a controlled medication without a prescription.
    His passenger in the vehicle, Andrew Biros Jr., was charged with possession of marijuana, less than 20 grams, and resisting an officer without violence.

  • Red-light camera meeting heats up

    Tensions outside of City Hall on Wednesday, May 11, were heating up, as more than 20 people were told to wait outside as preparations were still being made for the City Council’s Special Workshop about the city’s use of red-light cameras.
    Those who had to wait did so in blistering conditions with the temperatures in the 90s.
    “Maybe we should have brought out pitch forks and torches,” one woman quipped. “Perhaps they would’ve let us in then.”


    Six years ago, Dunnellon High School had a need for a softball coach.
    Six years ago, Kevin Fagan sought the position.
    Neither the school, nor the Lady Tigers softball program has been the same sense.
    Part of it is about to change.
    Fagan recently announced his resignation as the skipper of a program he helped lead from obscurity to national prominence in six years. The former defensive lineman, who won two Super Bowl Championships with the San Francisco 49ers, said he reached the decision midway through this, what turned out to be, his final campaign.

  • Tiger trifecta

    Poised at the edge of the dugout, or clinging to the fence, coaches and members of the Dunnellon High School team watched as Gavin McArdle delivered the pitch.
    In an instant, a strike was called, the final out in the books.
    And the Tigers celebrated: for good reason, too.

  • Levy jury awards boy, 12, $26M in sex case

    BRONSON — Two children who accused their uncle of sexually abusing them have taken a long and winding road to obtain justice and they are still unrequited.
    This is not a case that will put someone in prison.
    The man accused of abusing his niece and nephew committed suicide the day Levy County sheriff’s deputies came to arrest him on charges of sexual activity with a child under the age of 12.