Local News

  • Boomtown Days this weekend

    With Boomtown Days this weekend, the mayor’s race is coming down to the wire as the two candidates collect last minute votes.

    Viola Soffe, owner of Stitch Niche, was the first to sign up for the annual race for the coveted title. About a week before the votes were to be counted, Soffe had raised about $75 by putting boxes out at various businesses, asking customers in her store and soliciting votes at the Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Each vote costs $1.

  • Public mum on traffic cameras

    The possibility of putting red light cameras at some city intersections has not stirred much public interest.

    City Hall was practically empty for a workshop on the issue last week. The red light camera ordinance now heads to a final reading at Monday night’s city council meeting.

    The cameras will be able to take photos and videos of vehicles running red lights. Violators will be identified by license plates and sent city citations that will carry a $150 fine, but no points on their license.

  • Stimulus $$ could buy city new blacktop

    Dunnellon could get some road improvement work out of the federal stimulus plan.

    Greg Slay, director of the Transportation Planning Organization, said the county was expecting to get approximately $9 million from the president’s stimulus plan, but the exact dollar amount has yet to be determined.

    Two lists of proposed road projects totaling approximately $42 million were submitted to the county board for review.

  • New teachers on notice; no immediate layoffs


    Marion County School District has notified 522 teachers that they will not have jobs next school year, but no immediate job cuts are planned

    The district sent the notifications letters out, to all first and second year teachers, in the face of a budget crisis.

    It is a topic that Superintendent of Schools Jim Yancey will address personally this Thursday night in Dunnellon.

  • Board sets hearing on nuclear reactor application

    An Atomic Safety and Licensing Board panel will hear oral argument on a request for a hearing in the Levy County Combined License (COL) proceeding on Monday, April 20, and Tuesday, April 21, in Bronson. The board is the NRC’s quasi-judicial arm dealing with licensing matters.


  • Dunnellon cracks down on drivers

    According to the Dunnellon Police Department, one of the least understood traffic laws in Florida is the “Move Over” law. This law requires drivers to “move over” or “slow down” when approaching an authorized emergency vehicle that is stopped on a highway in Florida.

    The specific statute is outlined below:

  • St. Patrick's Day DUI crackdown in Dunnellon


  • Shuttle launch scrubbed after slight gas leak

    NASA officials scrubbed Wednesday’s attempt at 2:37 EDT to launch space shuttle Discovery after a slight leak was detected in a gaseous hydrogen (GH2) vent line. The vent line is at the intertank region of the external tank and is the overboard vent to the pad and the flare stack where the vented hydrogen is burned off. The launch team is resetting to preserve the option of attempting a Thursday night liftoff at 8:54 p.m. EDT depending on what repairs are needed and what managers decide. The Mission Management Team is meeting at 5 p.m.

  • 2nd annual Community Fun Day on Saturday

    On March 14, Superior Bank will host its 2nd annual Community Fun Day. At the pirate themed family day, parents and children can take part in a variety of different activities.


  • City wants public say on red light cameras

    The city council wants more information before considering a camera system that would monitor Dunnellon’s traffic lights.

    Police Chief Roger Free, who introduced the concept at a recent city workshop, said it would be installed and operated by Traffipax; a Maryland based firm specializing in automated enforcement.

    The company works on commission getting about one-third of each fine collected.