Local News

  • City manager resigns

    Dunnellon City Manager Lisa Algiere turned in her resignation Wednesday night at the City Council workshop, citing personal reasons for ending her almost four-year tenure in the city’s top-paid position.

    Algiere gave the City Council her two-month notice as stipulated in her contract; however, she requested she be allowed to serve her remaining two months as a consultant and be paid the same salary and benefits as stipulated in her contract along with 100 percent of her accrued time.

  • ‘Do no harm,’ say city officials

    Officials continue to motor along as a July 1 deadline looms to strike an interlocal agreement regarding shared gas tax revenues.
    As it stands now, a 30-year-old interlocal deal expires June 30, and if Marion County Commissioners and officials from five municipalities cannot reach an accord, county policymakers have told their counterparts they will use the state’s default formula. Using that formula, town officials said, would be devastating to the future of their communities.

  • DHS grad charged in kidnapping plot

    The Hakkken family saga currently garnering attention nationwide is drawing plenty of interest from those who grew up in Dunnellon or still live here.
    Joshua Hakken, a 35-year-old father of two boys, ages 4 and 2, is being charged with kidnapping, authorities said. He graduated from Dunnellon High School in 1996.
    Former classmates and teachers speak highly of Hakken, who they describe as a “smart, normal kid” — a far cry from what authorities are saying about him now.

  • Local musician tunes up for Boomtown debut

    Story by Augie Salzer -- For the Riverland News

  • Queen of the Rainbow canceled

    The Queen of the Rainbow’s long reign is on hold, for at least another year, officials said.
    The longtime pageant, which dates back to the 1950s and has been a staple of Boomtown Days Dunnellon since the festival’s inception, was postponed this year after one teenage girl — Ashlyn Whelchel, a 16-year-old junior at Dunnellon High — registered to compete.

  • Set to ‘boom’ again

    “Here Comes the Boom.”
    No, we aren’t talking about the 2012 box office flop starring Kevin James as a teacher turned MMA fighter in hopes of saving his school’s music program.
    No, the boom in this case is the annual Dunnellon Boomtown Days, a two-day festival in the heart of the Downtown Historic District.
    The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and

  • Police seek clues in theft

    The Dunnellon Police Department is seeking a suspect in a weekend burglary at Angler’s Resort, according to a report issued by the agency.
    The report stated gas and fuel tanks valued at more than $1,000 were taken from the bait and tackle store early Saturday morning. Police released surveillance images and hope someone in the community can help identify the suspect and the vehicle used in the theft.

  • Golden opportunity

    When it comes to teaching and connecting with students, Bob Ayton has it down to a science.
    Dunnellon High School’s Science Department chairman recently was named one of five finalists for the Marion County Public School systems Golden Apple nominees, an honor bestowed upon the district’s top teacher of the year.
    Being a finalist is great, Ayton said. But winning is nowhere as important as making an impact in a young persons life, whether it is in the classroom or everyday living.

  • Hitching Post pulls up stakes; Lombardo’s set to re-open

    Augie Salzer -- For the Riverland News

  • Man, 53, charged with DUI

    A 53-year-old Dunnellon resident was charged with driving under the influence Jan. 17, a Dunnellon Police Department arrest report stated.
    According to the report, Troy A. Bell was traveling north on U.S. 41 driving a black Nissan SUV with no headlights. Cpl. Bruce Arnold and Officer Scott Houts initiated a traffic stop in the 11400 block of U.S. 41.