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  • Splash of success

    Dozens of would-be flamethrowers gave it their best shot Saturday at Dunnellon Plaza.
    Even if their aim was a bit off, it was certain someone was getting wet.
    And sure enough, the inaugural Annie W. Johnson “Dunk for Hope” created a splash of success as community and civic leaders found themselves waterlogged by the end of the event.

  • Residents injured in single-car wreck; one critically

    Two Dunnellon residents were injured, one critically, in a single-vehicle wreck Thursday night on Southwest 210th Avenue in Dunnellon, a Florida Highway Patrol report stated.
    The driver of the vehicle, Thomas Piller, 33, sustained serious injuries, while his passenger, Jessica F. Klemm, 27, was critically injured, the report stated.

  • Annie Johnson’s ‘Dunk for Hope' fundraiser set

    Loosen up those muscles and stretch out that shoulder really good.
    It’s time to get your dunk on.
    Better yet, it’s time to get someone else’s dunk on as the Annie W. Johnson Family Center will host its inaugural Annie’s Dunk for Hope from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Dunnellon Plaza.

  • Greenlight launch date uncertain

    Delayed in its launch date, city officials now say they are uncertain when Greenlight Dunnellon Communications will be up and running, because they have been unable to secure a firm delivery date for the much-needed fiber to operate the system.
    City Manager Lisa Algiere expressed frustration about not being able to obtain a specific date.

  • Dunnellon school teacher dies at 29

    Dunnellon Middle School staff is mourning the loss of one of its own.
    Shara Ponder, who taught Reading Remediation for the past four years at the school and was the Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2009-10 for the Marion County School District, died Monday at the age of 29, two months shy of her 30th birthday. The cause of death had not been released at press time.

  • Long-time city employee, Lori Shettleroe, 51, succumbs to cancer

    Loyal, dedicated, fabulous cook and a great sense of humor.
    Those were the words friends used to describe the loss of Lori Shettleroe, a 20-year employee with the City of Dunnellon and Dunnellon Police Department who lost her three-month fight with lung cancer Wednesday, July 6. Shettleroe, a mother of two and grandmother to three, was 51.
    But to those who really knew Shettleroe knew her one weakness.

  • Council ponders increase in rates

    The Dunnellon City Council is going back to the well, so to speak.
    City officials will take the first step in approving a water rate study and implementing rate increases over the next five years when the City Council meets for a special workshop at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at City Hall. It will be the first of two hearings scheduled to approve the rate increases.

  • Greenlight launch delayed again

    Greenlight Communications Inc. will test its system this week at City Hall.
    When the city will begin rolling out its product to area residents is still up in the air, as officials continue to wait on fiber to complete the much anticipated project. The key reason for the delay in receiving fiber is because of high demand for the product nationwide, which has created a back log, city officials recently told the council.
    “We still don’t have a delivery date for fiber,” she explained, adding officials hope to have an answer this week.

  • Summer adventure

    For the past week, children ages 6 to 12 years old considered Rainbow Springs State Park home for at least a part of the day.
    Don’t worry they had plenty of supervision, ranging from counselors from the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch to law enforcement personnel from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Burn ban lifted; fireworks a go for Fourth of July

    After receiving significant amounts of rainfall in Marion County, the Marion County Multi-agency Wildland Task Force lifted the mandatory burn ban at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 30.