Local News

  • Man charged with sex crime

    An 18-year-old Dunnellon man was charged Thursday, June 16, with lewd and lascivious battery on a child younger than 16, but older than 12 years old Thursday, June 16, when Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies served a warrant issued by the Dunnellon Police Department.
    According to the arrest report, Cody Alan Cooke said he met the victim through Facebook a year and half ago.

  • Rising in rank

    For Jacob Gonzalez, his career with the Dunnellon Police Department has witnessed a steady rise through the ranks and well-deserved accolades and recognition from peers and the community.
    He can add two more to his list of achievements.
    Gonzalez, a Dunnellon High graduate, recently passed both his written and oral boards, earning the promotion to sergeant.

  • Best in state

    Accolades are nice, but when it comes to softball, Sami Fagan prefers to allow her performance on the field to speak for her skills.
    Certainly, her senior season campaign was one for the books, not to mention her career at Dunnellon High School. Those numbers obviously didn’t go unnoticed by those selecting the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year.

  • Dunnellon Major Girls clinch Top Team title

    A true Hurricane went through the District 15 Top Team Tournament last week.
    The Dunnellon Major Girls top team representatives, the Dunnellon Hurricanes, represented well, just as they have throughout the season.
    The last game of their season was a classic, as Dunnellon squared off versus Crystal River in a rivalry game. The two major Little League powerhouses have a lot of history against each other.
    Dunnellon blew Crystal River away in this contest as they dropped them, 6-3. It was the second straight Top Team

  • Tigers roar

    As Dunnellon High School seniors stepped onto the stage to accept their diploma from Principal Michelle Lewis on Thursday night at Tiger Stadium, several of the soon-to-be graduates slipped her a photo to remember them by.
    As the stack of pictures piled up, Lewis realized where each one had been taken.
    And with that, the 250-plus graduates from Dunnellon High had left their mark and one final impression upon Lewis as their annual Senior Prank left her “almost speechless.”

  • Greenlight launch date iffy

    Since launching Greenlight Dunnellon Communications, the city has committed to spending more than $4 million of the $7.3 million bond funding it obtained in November 2010 through Regions Bank of Orlando.
    So far, the city has paid out a total of $1,195,087.94 of the funds available.
    Yet, the Fiber to the Home program has yet to officially sign up customers for services and isn’t scheduled to “light up” its system and begin providing services until July.

  • Levy Co. deputy out of hospital

    A Levy County deputy injured in a wreck May 26 while on duty has been released from Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
    Levy County Sheriff’s deputy Brian Marra was discharged Monday night, having spent the past 17 days in the hospital, recovering from injuries sustained in the late-night wreck in which his patrol car was totaled after struck a concrete pole on U.S. 27A in Bronson, bursting into flames shortly afterward.


    Hair was flying and falling fast Friday afternoon as the clippers in Norm’s Barbershop were buzzing with activity.
    All for a good reason, too, as officers with the Dunnellon Police Department as well as two bankers from Superior Bank and Greg Spafford from Greenlight Communications let their locks fall in support of Lori Shettleroe.
    Norm Gazaille, owner of the shop, was more than happy to open the doors for the fundraiser. Those who voluntarily lost their hair, donated the cost of the would-be hair cut to Shettleroe.

  • Boys & Girls Club to host inaugural fish fry

    Story by Bette Nagele

    The Dunnellon Boys & Girls Club will host its first-ever fish fry Friday, June 17, at Ernie Mills Park on Bostick Street. Call to arrange delivery for five or more meals. What a great way to treat the staff at your business.

  • Springs group funds nixed

    Budget cuts have forced the Florida Department of Environmental Protections to abandon the Spring Working Groups, which includes Rainbow Springs as well as Ichetucknee, Silver, and Wakulla Springs this upcoming year.
    Due to reductions in the state budget brought on by hard economic times, Springs Initiative funding was not allocated by the legislature, a letter from FDEP stated.