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  • Pregnant woman charged with strangling husband

    On Dec. 7, a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the 18000 block of S.W. 49th Place in reference to a battery. Upon arrival, a man was found with “extreme” scratches on his sides and neck, according to a sheriff’s report.

    He reported his wife, who is five months pregnant, took several Xanax pills on the evening of Dec. 6. The next day, the couple began to argue after the woman began to smoke marijuana, according to a sheriff’s report.

  • Progress drops Rainbow Springs railroad plan

    The brakes were put on a proposal to run a railroad spur through Rainbow Springs.

    Progress Energy announced last week it had dropped plans to build a 13-mile rail line to transport construction materials to the site of its proposed Levy County nuclear plant.

    There was nothing popular about the proposal and plenty of opposition. The proposed plant has also angered many Progress Energy customers who will forced to pay for the facility in advance with rates hikes starting next month.

  • Tree sale is Tiger team tradition

    It has become a tradition.

    As it has for about the last decade, the Dunnellon High School baseball team is having its annual Christmas tree sale fundraiser.

    Shane Bailey, an assistant DHS baseball coach, said each year the baseball team orders the Frazier Fir Christmas trees from a farm in North Carolina. The fundraiser began during Bailey’s sophomore year by former school baseball coach Mike Payne.

  • Churches, schools help out for Thanksgiving

    While many families have already made their Thanksgiving Day plans, others are worried about what they will eat today. With the economy in a downward spiral, the need for a helping hand this holiday season is greater than ever.

    To help families in need of a Thanksgiving Day meal, churches and schools are coming together..

  • Community remembers 'Ironman' Fitzgerald

    A dedicated Dunnellon triathlete, husband and father died last week following a lengthy struggle for his life.Dwight Fitzgerald, 48, passed away on Nov. 4. He was injured during an auto accident Oct.

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  • Recession hits Main Street Dunnellon

    The fallout from the nation’s economic downturn is not only affecting big businesses, but has trickled down to the smaller ones too. And local business owners are no exception.

    Jan’s Nursery, which has been in business since 1976, is feeling the pinch of the slumping economy. Jan DeWitt, who owns the business with her husband, Leo, said the landscaping portion of her business has dropped about 65 percent, because new construction is down.

  • Suspicious letters force evacuations

    Several locations in Dunnellon were among the addresses targeted by suspicious letters.

    On Nov. 3, Officer Carolina Rolfes, of the Dunnellon Police Department, responded to the Dunnellon Public Library at 12:19 p.m., after a suspicious envelope containing a white powdery substance was opened.

    The building was evacuated.

    At around 1:30 p.m. the same day, the Dunnellon City Hall had opened a letter with a white powdery substance inside. That building was also evacuated.

  • Grammy nominees on the river

    With a new album on the charts and new guy in the lineup, the Grascals are back on the Withlacoochee this weekend.

    They are also in the hunt for Grammy award after being nominated, but not winning for their first two LPs.

    The Grascals are just part of a talent packed show set to take the stage at the Withlacoochee River Bluegrass Jamboree on Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2.

  • It's scrap pile for old water tower

    Dunnellon’s old water town may soon be scrap.

    The city has a plan to get rid of the rusting landmark and eventually erect a replacement.

    The deteriorating tower with the faded city logo dates back to the mid 1930s, and depending on various points of view, is either “historic” or an “eyesore.”

    Lately, the old tower has only played a backup role in the city’s water system and came close to being replaced last year. However, state funds for the project were cut, but it’s still coming down.