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  • Battling back

    For 6-year-old Mya Mills, her world was turned upside slightly more than a year ago.
    Shortly after receiving the second dose of the H1N1 vaccine, her hair started falling out in clumps. By December, the then 5-year-old Dunnellon Christian Academy student had lost all of her hair.
    “I was starting to freak out,” Mya recalled.
    Added her mother Christine: “She was traumatized.”
    She and her mother set out on a path to discover the answer.

  • A chilling experience

    ORLANDO — They came, they conquered, and they froze.
    Members of the Dunnellon Police Department’s “Polar Pigs” and Superior Bank’s “Piggy Bankers” made their way into a slightly chilled 60 degree wave pool at Aquatica Park in Orlando, where more than 500 people participated in the second annual Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics.

  • Keeping the dream alive

    Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of the more than 40 people who gathered Monday morning in the McDonald’s parking lot to pay homage to the late Martin Luther King Jr.
    But the inclement weather did alter the day’s festivities, as the march ended at First Bethel Missionary Baptist Church instead of Ernie Mills Park.
    “It’s good to see so many folks here,” said the Rev. Eric Cummings, pastor of First Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. “God had other plans for us today, but we are going to celebrate.”

  • Cranes finally arrive after long journey

    Shortly before 10:30 a.m. Friday, a hush came over the crowd of hundreds gathered at the Dunnellon-Marion County Airport to witness what some call a magical moment in nature.
    The quietness, however, was soon replaced by the drone of ultra-light aircraft engines flying some 500 feet overhead.

  • Call of Duty

    For as long as he can remember, Bruce “Robbie” Arnold wanted a career in law enforcement.
    After graduating from Citrus High School in 1999, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving an eight-year stint in the reserves. However, Arnold said, he spent most of his time on active duty, accepting as many training assignments as he could. During his brief time in the Marines, he did a one-year tour in Iraq.

  • Red-light cameras hot topic

    In a little more than a month, American Traffic Solution has issued more than 1,500 citations for running red lights at the four cameras installed at three different intersections inside the Dunnellon city limits. Of those tickets issued, the Dunnellon Police Department has signed off on 1,363 of them.


    Terrence Brooks knew, if given a chance, he could make an impact at Florida State University.
    So the former Dunnellon High School standout did what was necessary to break into the lineup for the Seminoles, a program making the transition into the Jimbo Fisher era with hopes of returning to national prominence.
    Brooks did what he was asked and worked hard.

  • Family, friends gather to celebrate milestone moment

    For Edna Ratliff, the celebration on Monday was wonderful.

    The food was fabulous. The company was too.

    And why not, it is the holiday season for family to gather around, share plenty of hugs, smile, laugh, eat, and even shed a few tears.

    However, Monday’s family gathering wasn’t about celebrating Christmas a few days late.

    Nor was it a holiday gathering.

    No, it was all about celebrating Ratliff’s 100th birthday.

  • Police, others taking plunge

    The Dunnellon Police Department, along with two members of Superior Bank, has decided to take the plunge.

    The Polar Plunge, that is.


    When Carolina Rolfes was preparing to graduate from Lecanto High School in 2001, she yearned for a structured environment such as the military provided.

    But she wanted to stay close to home and family.

    For the next six years, she continued to work as a waitress at Bentley’s; however, her itch to help people and work in a structured environment continued.

    So, she scratched the itch and went to the police academy at Withlacoochee Training Institute in Inverness.