Local News

  • Officials to pursue DEP grant for project

    With Phase IV of the city’s water/wastewater infrastructure and plant improvements complete and nearly off the books, city officials are rapidly working to get the project closed in order to apply for another grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
    Because DEP rules allow municipalities to have one project on the books before seeking additional grant money, officials are frantically working to finish the project.

  • A rainbow of hope

    “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
    — Tim Robbins in “Shawshank Redemption”

  • U.S. aerobatic team to train at aiport

    More than 60 years ago, the Dunnellon-Marion County Airport served as a key training facility for the U.S. Armed Forces as the military busily trained bomber pilots for America’s efforts in World War II.
    Come Friday, the airport will once again serve as a training ground for another American force preparing for a battle in the skies this summer at the Nyiregyhaza Airport in Hungary.

  • COLORS OF HOPE: Relay For Life kicks off Friday

    Almost nine months have passed since Lori Shettleroe died, losing her fight against lung cancer.
    The pain of her death, the memories of how her short bout with cancer took its toll on her body, is still fresh on the mind of her family.
    Keeping those emotions in check Friday might be tough, especially as dozens will gather at Dunnellon High School for the annual Dunnellon Relay For Life. The event, which starts at 6 p.m. Friday and wraps up Saturday morning, is dedicated in her honor.

  • Agency seeks $1M grant

    The Annie W. Johnson Family and Senior Center needs the communities help, and a lot of it as the nonprofit agency begins pursuit of a $1 million grant starting Monday.
    Walmart is sponsoring the nationwide contest, which is a part of their “Fighting Hunger Together” campaign. The Arkansas-based big box retailer will award $2 million in funding to nonprofit agencies such as the Annie W. Johnson Center, which provides food and meals to those in need.

  • History dismantled

    For slightly more than three-quarters of a century, the Dunnellon Water Tower stood as a beacon in the center of town.
    The tower served as an iconic landmark for many who have lived here, but for others an eyesore that had the potential to be a disaster waiting to happen.

  • Police to conduct saturation patrols

    The Dunnellon Police Department joins DUI Mobilization, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, to crack down on DUI violations during the week of St. Patrick’s Day.

    Dunnellon Police Department will join law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across the state for the 2012 DUI traffic safety mobilization, through Saturday, March 17..

    During the mobilization, officers will be cracking down on motorists who are driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

  • Bryant to host public meeting

    Marion County Commissioner Kathy Bryant will host a community meeting at 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, at the Dunnellon Public Library at 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon, to discuss utility concerns. Limited seating (approximately 100 seats) is available. For more information, please contact the Marion County Commission Office at 352-438-2300.

  • City will not require annual well inspections

    City Manager Lisa Algiere, seeking to clarify the recent concerns about well inspections, told the City Council on Monday night, the need for permits and backflow preventers for those now being service by the city’s utility service only apply to those residents installing new irrigation wells.

  • Council defends surcharge

    The chorus of boos echoed throughout the parking lot Monday morning at City Hall as elected officials made their way inside for a joint City-County meeting.
    As the 200-plus Rainbow Springs residents gathered they also let officials know of their opinion about the 25 percent surcharge tacked onto the water bills, chanting “surcharge unfair, surcharge unfair.”