Local News

  • 9 Degrees of Dunnellon

    The Riverland News recently sat down with Mayoral candidate Nathan Whitt, who is seeking Council Seat No. 1 on the Dunnellon City Council in the Nov. 6 General Election. Dunnellon High School journalism teacher Julie Mancini and her journalism students also participated in the session. The Riverland News, in a separate setting, sat down with Whitt’s opponent, Mayor Fred Ward, for the same question-and-answer session.

  • Soothing sounds, suds on tap for Jazz Up

    Ready for a block party of epic proportions, with drinks, food, fun and music, plenty of music?
    If so, organizers of the 14th annual Jazz Up Dunnellon, a mardi-gras style festival, say the place to be Saturday is Downtown Dunnellon. Actually, Valerie Levy, president of the Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce and chairwoman of the event, said Dunnellon is the place to be Saturday, period.

  • Resident on road for Defeat Obama Tour

    Elizabeth Letchworth’s resume is chock full of a long list of accomplishments and accolades from her 26-career in the U.S. Senate, where she began working as a Senate page in 1975 to serving as the first woman as the United States Senate Secretary for the Majority (Republican).
    During her career, she also served in the Senate Republican Cloakroom and becoming the first female Cloakroom assistant to a position as director of the Senate Legislative Scheduling.

  • Diagnosis was ‘bomb’ going off

    For former Dunnellon resident Suzanne Moore, April will always be a month she’ll remember, perhaps not with fondness.
    It was more than two years ago when the mother of two had “a bomb” dropped on her. Moore had been told she had a breast cancer.
    “It just floored me, I didn’t know how to act,” Moore recalled. “It was like someone dropped a bomb on me.”
    It was an aggressive cancer, too, Stage 3, Invasive, said Moore, a 1981 graduate of Dunnellon High.

  • Annual 5k walk slated

    Thousands of Marion County residents, breast cancer survivors, business and community members will join together and put on their pink bras at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk to fight breast cancer and provide hope to all people facing the disease.

  • Battling back

    Three years ago, after 36-year-old Michelle Standridge died after a short battle with breast cancer, her family and friends banded together, knowing they needed to do more to promote awareness and
    help women obtain costly screenings.
    Their other reason was simple: they didn’t want other families to endure the loss of a wife, mother, sister, niece or friend.
    So the family and friends of the longtime Dunnellon resident plotted their course and created the Michelle-O-Gram Foundation, a local charity, which assists local women with mammogram testing.

  • Boys & Girls Club to break ground

    It’s been a long two years in the making for a new Boys & Girls Club facility, but within the next three weeks, dirt will begin to move, a new roadway and sewer lift station installed off U.S. 41, and the property that once was home to the old middle school will show signs of life once again.
    “I think we have finally reached the plateau where will see some movement out there soon,” said Bobby James, former Dunnellon High principal who’s lead the charge for the past several years to see a new facility constructed in Dunnellon.

  • On a high note

    Story by Amanda Barney -- For the Riverland News

  • Man, 56, faces DUI, drug charges

    A 56-year-old Dunnellon man faces four charges, including possession of cocaine, less than 28 grams, and driving under the influence, according to police reports.
    A Dunnellon Police Department report stated Dwight Maxwell was charged Friday with possession of cocaine, less than 28 grams, driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. All told, his bond was set at $11,000.

  • Water/sewer rate increases likely

    Water and sewer rates are going up, but slightly less than what officials expected a year ago, the Dunnellon City Council learned Monday at the first of two budget workshops.
    City Manager Lisa Algiere unveiled the budgets for both the city’s enterprise funds – water and sewer, as well as Greenlight Dunnellon Communications.