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  • Swine flu: no one is immune

    So what is so different about swine flu? No one is immune to it.

    Swine flu is coming. Health officials and medical experts have moved beyond the “what if” phase and are now focusing on when, and how extensive.

    “Wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, consider having hand sanitizers available,” these are just some of the suggestions being publicized by the Florida Department of Health as the state, school districts and medical facilities prepare for a possible outbreak.

  • Annual Springs Festival had something for everyone

  • Former chief dies

    Former Dunnellon Police Chief Mike McCracken, 81, died early Tuesday morning from cancer.

    A memorial service is tentatively planned for McCracken on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Robert’s Funeral Home.

    Before coming to Dunnellon, McCracken worked for the Miami Police Department for more than 20 years, the last few years in homicide. A scrapbook of his career shows the many commendations he received while on the force.

    He was hired as chief in 1984 and retired in the early part of 1993, said City Clerk Dawn Bowne.

  • Jazz Up changing over safety concern

    Jazz Up Dunnellon, one of the city’s biggest annual events, will be a little different this year.

    And exactly how it will work is hard to explain.

    The Oct, 10 festival is sponsored by the Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce and attracts visitors from all over the region for an evening of outdoor music, food and drink-ing.

    In the past the popular festival has stretched from just west of the Rainbow River to the limits of the historic district. All types of musicians play in the yards, sidewalks and porches of participating businesses.

  • Rainbow River Ranch deal pending

    The City Council will get the details on a proposed settlement with Rainbow River Ranch at the Wednesday, March 17 workshop session.

    The council will then hold a special meeting on Friday, March 19 to make its decision. Both meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

    Last June, Dunnellon was served notice that Conservation Land Group, LLC was submitting a claim under the Bert Harris Jr. Private Property Rights Protection Act.

  • Going big with Boomtown

    Organizers are getting ready for a really big Boomtown Days.

    It’s a fundraiser for the Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce and a salute to the city’s past.

    This marks the 54th year of the annual event with most of activities taking place in Dunnellon’s Historic District. It runs April 16, 17 and 18.

    Chamber member Steve Tyree provided an update on the street festival at the March chamber breakfast.

    “There is so much happening,” he said. “It will be a lot of fun.”

  • Click It or Ticket campaign in Dunnellon

    Dunnellon Police announced this week they are joining with hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across Florida in renewing a pledge to save lives by intensifying efforts to enforce seat belt laws during the Click It or Ticket mobilization, which runs through March 15.

    And this year, Dunnellon has some extra incentive. Having his seat belt on is credited with helping Anthony Rendon survive a serious traffic accident on Dec. 31, 2009.

    His vehicle was demolished and he had to be cut out of it.

  • PSC OKs nuke charge on power bills

    Progress Energy customers will start paying for the proposed nuclear power plants in January.

    The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved cost recovery amounts for Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) and Progress Energy Florida related to construction of planned nuclear generating plants and uprates of existing generating units.

    Costs will be recovered through the capacity cost recovery charge on customer bills beginning in 2010.

  • Growth could tap Rainbow

    State water management districts and the legislature were painted as part of the problem rather than solutions to protecting the Withlacoochee and Rainbow rivers.

    A capacity crowd filled the Rainbow River Club on Monday night for a public forum on water issues sponsored by the Smart Growth Coalition of North Central Florida and Rainbow River Conservation Inc.

    Guest speakers were Charles Pattison, president of 1000 Friends of Florida, Charles Lee, director of Advocacy for the Florida Audubon and Tracy Straub, Marion County storm water engineer.

  • Jewelry story break in investigated

    Approximately $132,640 worth of jewelry was stolen from a business in Dunnellon last week.

    Dunnellon police are investigating a break-in at Rainbow Jewelers in Penn Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue that is believed to have occurred early in morning on Oct. 13.

    Police were alerted when the alarm was called in about 4 a.m. According to the report, it appears someone entered the shop through a bathroom window. However, the suspect was caught on video by the store’s security system.