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  • Business leaders criticize city policies

    Representatives of Dunnellon business community are not happy with the city’s direction on growth and annexation.

    About a dozen local business people took advantage of an opportunity last week to meet with city manager Lisa Algiere to talk about business growth and economic development.

    “We don’t have a plan,” she said, the reason behind a fact-finding committee to determine what the city can do to spur economic growth. Algiere hopes to identify barriers to such growth in the Dunnellon.

  • Queen of the Rainbow pageant open for entries

    The 2010 Queen of the Rainbow pageant applications are now available. Young women ages 15-20 are encouraged to participate in this Boomtown Days tradition. The pageant will take place Sunday, April 18 as Dunnellon hosts the 54th year of Boomtown Days. According to Heidi Schwier, Queen of the Rainbow pageant director who was the 2006 Rainbow Queen, the newly crowned queen can receive prizes including a large crown, extra large trophy, $500, a sash, a cape, an extra large flower bouquet, a one-hour massage, a tanning membership and more to be determined.

  • Surf's up on East Pennsylvania Avenue
  • DHS boys win at track meet

    The Dunnellon High track team triumphed in the final event of a track meet.

    The Dunnellon boys’ 4x400 took first in the Spruce Creek Invitational Saturday, March 13 at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange.

    They ran a 3:27.03, probably one of the best times in the state, according to track head coach Bessie Criscione.

    Angelo Cabrera anchored the relay. Kelvin Smith was leadoff, followed by Jacob Gonzalez, and Chris Jackson, a freshman.

  • Petition drive started against proposed gun range

    Concerned about the possible noise from a proposed gun range near the Dunnellon Airport, Rolling Hills resident Carol Harper has started a petition drive.

    The matter, a zoning use for a special use permit, goes before the Marion County Commission on March 16 at 2 p.m.

    In her letter to neighbors Harper acknowledges the buffers proposed by the sheriff’s office to reduce the noise but suggests that noise would still be a problem.

  • Baseball season starts at DHS

    Schedule in this week's newspaper.

  • Progress Energy sued over nuke plant fees

    A group of concerned citizens, including Dunnellon resident Elvere S. Thompson has filed a lawsuit in Sumter County against Progress Energy claiming laws were passed that violate the state constitution so the utility can collect money to pay for a proposed nuclear power plant.

    Coleman attorney Frank B. Arenas and Alberto E. Lugo-Janer, of Windermere, filed the lawsuit on Monday, Feb. 8, on behalf of Citizens for Ratepayers Rights, a nonprofit group.

  • Students to meet Supreme Court justice

    A group of high school students is about to find out first hand, just how far a woman of humble origins can make it in America?

    In April they will travel to Washington, D.C. to meet United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer.

    These are students for the most part; whose own American experience is a challenge.

    They are learning high school curriculum while learning to speak English.

  • Tigers win with Wentz

    Connor Wentz proved that he knows how to impress The Boss.

    Wentz, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound freshman pitcher, allowed just one run, two hits, three walks and struck out two in winning his first game in a Tiger uniform.

    Wentz also blasted a three-run double in the first inning and was two-for-two with two runs scored for the game as Dunnellon High’s baseball team (2-0) downed Brooksville Central 11-1 in a “mercy rule” five inning game Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Mike Payne Field.

  • Voters may hold fate of Inglis

    Efforts to dissolve the town of Inglis are moving forward.

    Inglis Mayor Bill Lake told Levy County commissioners last week that the supervisor of elections had certified the minimum number of signatures — 84 of the town’s 843 voters — necessary to have a referendum to dissolve the town. Organizers had turned in 106 petitions.

    Lake also warned commissioners they will be on the hook to operate the town’s infrastructure and provide services if the referendum passes.