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  • Dunnellon man, 19, involved in robbery

    OCALA — A customer at Palms Internet Café at 8444 S.W. State Road 200 thwarted a robbery attempt by two 19-year-old men Friday night at the Internet Café in Ocala.
    According to police reports, Davis G. Dawkins of Dunnellon and Duwayne B. Henderson of Ocala entered the businesses shortly before 10 p.m. The report stated the two entered wearing masks while one of them, later identified as Dawkins, was in possession of a baseball bat, and the other, Henderson, was brandishing a black firearm.

  • Man bites ear off of another in fight

    A 46-year-old man, involved in a stabbing at Crock’s Pub in December 2011, once again found himself in trouble with law enforcement officials Sunday after biting a man in the cheek and biting part of his ear off.
    According to reports, Walter Bieber of Dunnellon was charged Sunday with aggravated battery after he become involved in a verbal altercation with another person. The report stated Bieber intentionally or knowing caused great bodily harm or permanent disfigurement while committing battery upon Charles Olson.

  • Stark: ‘A family man’

    OCALA — Frederick “Fred” C. “Starkey” Stark was known for his passion about firefighting and the industry itself.
    It was more widely known his “burning” passion was for his family, especially for his wife, Juliette, whom he had been married to for 58 years.
    Stark died July 2 at Timberridege Medical Center after his wife found him outside their Vogt Springs home.

  • Request bogs down in red tape

    The city of Dunnellon late Tuesday provided the registered number of customers with Greenlight Dunnellon Communications, its fiber to the home program.
    The request was filled two days after a lawyer with the Florida First Amendment Foundation contacted Marsha Segal-George, the assistant city attorney, to notify the city they were in breach of the state’s public records law. Johnathan D. Kaney Jr., an attorney with the Florida First Amendment Foundation wrote in a letter to Segal-George.

  • Congressman addresses Rainbow Springs residents

    Amanda Barney - For the Riverland News

  • Gearing up for the Games

    If you call Rebecca Smoley’s cell phone and she doesn’t answer, you’ll hear her favorite phrase: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
    “I know it’s a little cheesy and cliché, but I just believe you can do anything if you really set your mind to it, but it’s true,” the 2009 Dunnellon High School graduate said.

  • Council tasked with filling void

    It’ll be back to business next Wednesday for the Dunnellon City Council, but it won’t be the same with the recent death of Vice Mayor Fred Stark.
    The first task at hand for the Council will be finding a replacement for the 75-year-old Stark, who died in an accident outside his house in Vogt Springs.
    The City Charter allows for the Council to appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the next election, which is scheduled for November.

  • Vice Mayor Stark dies at 73

    Vice Mayor Frederick C. Stark died Monday at the age of 73. The retired New York firefighter was a three-term councilman for Dunnellon, first elected in 2006. He has served as vice mayor since 2008. Funeral services are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the Wounded Warrior Foundation or Dunnellon Fire Rescue.

  • Congressman visits with business owners, officials

    Congressman Cliff Stearns made the rounds through his newest district, meeting with business owners, local officials and constituents.
    Despite the “new” boundary in his district, the longtime Republican U.S.  representative has plenty of familiarity with Dunnellon.
    Once part is his district during the years of his political career, his district boundary changed. But once again, he will represent Dunnellon on the largest stage in the political realm.

  • Missions founder paralyzed in mishap

    Story by Amanda Barney -- Riverland News