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    With thunderstorms looming in the horizon, the Dunnellon High School Class of 2017 was also looking to it, not because of the threat of inclement weather, but as the next chapter of their lives are set to unfold: a chapter of newfound freedom, challenges and obstacles.

    But for the 200-plus members of the Class of 2017, they were reminded of the past four years: the newfound freedom, challenges and obstacles, which awaited them as they entered Dunnellon High School.

  • Valor a family trademark

    As the nation prepares to honor those who sacrificed their lives on Memorial Day, perhaps no one understands just how costly that sacrifice can be other than Judy McCarty Anderson and her family.


    Megan Howard and Robert Reed often found themselves leaning on each other as they traversed the academic challenges Dunnellon High School had to offer through its Advance Placement Studies and Dual Enrollment programs.

    Now the pair who pushed, encouraged and supported each other in their academic efforts will share the spotlight together as Dunnellon High School honors the Class of 2017 at 7 p.m. Friday at Ned Love Field.

    The soon-to-be University of Florida enrollees were dubbed class co-valedictorians.

  • City still mired in debt

    While the city’s latest financial audit shows officials trending in a positive direction in terms of cash flow and reserves, one figure remains hard to ignore. According to the Fiscal Year 2016 Audit, the city’s debt service remains at $16 million-plus.

    The report, prepared by Powell & Jones, showed the city’s general fund debt as $3.2 million with its water/sewer enterprise operations debt at $12.85 million.

    The staggering sum isn’t lost on officials, especially Councilman Larry Winkler.

  • Officer involved in fender bender

    Tom Golden

    Riverland News

    Welcome to Spring Football in Tiger Town!

    It’s been six months to the day since we last witnessed the varsity Tigers suit up and play a game. It’s with great anticipation around DHS and throughout the community that the Tigers will be back on the grid iron in just a few short hours from now.

    The annual spring jamboree will begin at 6 p.m. today and will be at Richard Kennedy Stadium.

  • Road widening project on target, FDOT says

    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    More than 100 residents attended the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) workshop last Thursday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church to view the recently completed Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study for the widening of U.S. 41.

    The plan to widen 3.585 miles of U.S. 41 from two to four lanes from 111th Place Lane to Southwest 61st Street has been in the works for about 10 years, according to Kathleen Enot, FDOT project manager.

  • Fleeger, former councilwoman, dies at 75

    Penny Fleeger, a long-time resident who advocated for the city’s history to be preserved, died last Thursday at the age of 75 at the Hospice House in Lecanto.

    Her death came several days after she was diagnosed with cancer, according to her cousin, John Scales. Fleeger was born in Miami and raised in Coral Gables, but moved to Dunnellon more than 30 years ago, he added.

    Besides her efforts to preserve the city’s history and several buildings, Fleeger also served on the city’s planning commission as well as nearly two terms on the City Council.

  • Tea time

    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    Walking through the door of Sweeties Cafe and Bakery in Dunnellon is like traveling back in time to England during the 1800s to dress in Victorian era clothes and enjoy a delicious High Tea.

  • Victim advocates protecting home, self

    Less than two weeks ago, if you had recommended gun ownership to Connie Bryant, she would have scoffed at the notion.

    “I didn’t care who you were, I was never going to have a gun, I just don’t like them,” she said. “I grew up around them, but when I had my children, I would never allow them to touch a gun or own one. They weren’t allowed in my house, I wouldn’t tolerate it.”