Local News

  • Rainbow Springs backs top rider

    Debbie Coffey has a track record that would make anyone proud.

    Actually, it’s a trail record, earned by years of fundraising for Hospice of Marion County.

    On Feb. 21, just as it has for the past nine years, the organization held its annual Horses for Hospice Trail Ride on the Central Florida Greenway.

    Riders from as far as Jacksonville and Tampa spent two to three hours on the trail, followed by lunch and entertainment. Participants raise money as individuals or groups, competing to see who can help Hospice the most.

  • Green Thumb Show ready to bloom

    The Historic District will soon be filled with everything green when the second annual Green Thumb Gardening Show plants itself on the streets of Dunnellon.

    The March 28 event, which is sponsored by the Historic Village Shops of Dunnellon, will have plants, entertainment, guest speakers and food vendors.

    Nancy Myers, owner of the Grumble’s House and organizer of the event, said she has about 15 plant vendors on her list so far, but is hoping to have a lot more.

  • Shopping centers deny foreclosure rumors

    Rumors have been swirling through the Corridor recently about the foreclosure of the Market Street at Heath Brook and Berkshire Oaks, but representatives of the properties are saying no way.


  • City will fix up parks

    The city will be investing Community Redevelopment Authority funds to improve Datesman Park and Ernie Mills Park.

    Datesman Park, which largely serves as a parking lot for city events and overflow from the boat ramp, will be landscaped and resurfaced.

    Ernie Mills Park, will be landscaped with mature trees to provide shade. The park has been mainly used by the Boys and Girls Club and occasional events.

  • Yancey details cuts; calls for action

    “Make it personal,” urged superintendent Jim Yancey, who asked residents to complain to lawmakers about education funding.

    With the legislative session opening March 2, Yancey wants state leaders to be very aware of the problems in the Marion County School District.

    He has been working to explain just how bad it is by holding meetings throughout the county. The tour was winding down last Thursday at Dunnellon Middle School and was to end this week with stops at West Port High and Horizon Academy.

  • Howard retires; Niblock takes top job

    It came as a shock to many Marion County residents when county administrator, Patrick Howard, announced his intent to resign last week and commissioners swiftly agreed to appoint Lee Niblock, community resources bureau chief, to the position.

    During a public hearing Feb.25, the Marion County Board of Commissioners accepted Howard’s letter to retire effective Feb. 27 and then approved a three-year contract to hire Niblock for the job.

  • Arrest made in Dunnellon bar death

    Dunnellon Police


    On Feb. 19, Joshua Inceichen, 25, of Ocala was arrested and charged with manslaughter and felony battery after an incident at MT Pockets in 2008.

    According to police, on Sept. 2, Inceichen and other bar patrons were throwing coasters. The victim, Scott Ridgeway, 26, of Dunnellon, hit Inceichen in the head with the coaster and later threw paper towels at him.

    Inceichen put Ridgeway in a chokehold and witnesses screamed at him to let the man go, according to a police report.

  • City may green light red light cameras

    Dunnellon may consider using cameras to monitor its five stoplights.

    “It’s a creative way of doing police work,” said Chief Roger Free, who introduced the concept as a recent city workshop.

    “It should slow down some of our speeders and there is really no cost to the city,” he said, and introduced representatives from Traffipax, a Maryland based firm specializing in automated enforcement.

  • NASA connects with middle school

    Walking in space is a full day’s work in a million dollar suit.

    Students got the inside story on space walking, space suits and astronaut life as they continue to wait for the next shuttle launch.

    Though NASA has delayed the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery Mission STS-119 to at least March 12, it remains a current topic at Dunnellon Middle School.

    Students had a chance to get some direct information on what it’s like to be astronaut, what happens on a space walk and how astronauts spend their time during a mission.

  • City sets date for finding new manager

    Dunnellon has started its search for a new city manager. It is a situation that the city has gone through before and one that council members want to improve.

    City Manager Bill Bailey will be part of the process and help transition in his replacement.

    Bailey announced his resignation to the council Jan. 26, effective March 6. He had started the job on March 7, 2007, following a period of turmoil at city hall.