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  • Feel the beat

    Ready for some smooth sounders, perhaps maybe a little rock ‘n roll or maybe some good old-fashioned country music, a few eats or treats and a cold beverage?
    If so, organizers of the 13th annual Jazz Up Dunnellon, a Mardi Gras-style festival, say the place to be Saturday is Downtown Dunnellon. Actually, event chairwoman Martha Vaughn says Dunnellon is the place to be Saturday, period.

  • Fiber shipment on its way from S. Korea

    The much-need fiber to launch Greenlight Dunnellon Communications Inc. is on its way.
    Eddie Esch, the city’s director of public services and utilities, informed the City Council at its Oct. 5 workshop that the shipment of 132 miles of fiber was set to leave a South Korean port last week and should arrive in Dunnellon by the last week of October or the first week of November at the latest.

  • Plans for DRA irk officials

    Marion County pitched its plan to construct a Drainage Retention Area (DRA) on East Pennsylvania Avenue, west of the Rainbow River, Monday as part of the Blue Run Park of Dunnellon project, much to the dismay of the Dunnellon City Council.
    Part of the project calls for removing as many as 60 trees on three parcels of property the county purchased for $100 each in October 2009 to complete the project.

  • DHS grad battling aggressive form of breast cancer

    It was four days before Valentine’s Day 2011.
    Mackenzie Fosselman-Baughn was looking forward to spending the weekend with her husband of three years.
    However, the routine examination she has been regularly giving herself the past six years was anything but normal.
    She knew full well what the lump in her left breast meant; she didn’t need a doctor to tell her. “I knew it was cancer, it was on my left side.”
    “My husband actually wanted to take me to emergency room; it was such a boy response,” she jokingly said.

  • Vision now a reality

    Sure Danielle Prinz is the reigning Queen of the Rainbow.
    However, her passion is really that for the youth in the community, more specifically children at Dunnellon Elementary School where she’s been a volunteer for the past five years.
    During that time, the Dunnellon High junior has been formulating a plan to start a mentoring program, allowing Dunnellon High students to partner with pupils at Dunnellon Elementary.

  • Ripe for the pickin'

    “On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises from his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with his bag of toys to all the children.”
    — Linus Van Pelt from
    “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

  • Council approves final budget

    A proposed budget, chalked full of reallocation of funds throughout the varying taxing districts in the city of Dunnellon, was given its final approval Monday by the Dunnellon City Council.
    Despite diminishing revenues and a dwindling population, officials noted during its first workshop Aug. 22 it was able to avoid cutting positions, laying off employees or cutting salaries through its reallocation of funds, which became an area of concern for officials at its second and last budget workshop Sept. 18.

  • Organizers fine tuning plans for Jazz Up

    Jazz Up Dunnellon organizers are feeling the beat — of the clock, as they countdown the days until the 13th annual event.
    With the success of last year’s Mardi Gras-style festival fresh on their minds, organizers are expanding the hours of the Kids Zone at Ernie Mills Park on Bostick Street and adding a Poker Crawl, a combination of a Poker Run and Pub Crawl to draw attention to the businesses “not directly on the main drag” of Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • Keeping it moving

    It never seems to be easy for the Dunnellon High School football team.
    That’s especially true for this week when the Tigers line up against perennial state power South Sumter. And though the Raiders have been down the past few seasons, they’re certainly making their traditional mark in the central Florida prep circles.

  • Harriers run at Mountain Dew Invite

    * Story by Chris Smith *