Today's News


    TAMPA — The Dunnellon High School football team made history last Friday with its most one-sided playoff victory in a 49-7 win over Trenton. Two days later, it was a homecoming of sorts for a former Tiger star.

    As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted the New York Jets at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, fourth-year safety Terrence Brooks made a return to the state where he made a name for himself.

    Now he has a message for Dunnellon as the Tigers head into their Region 2 final at Bradford.

  • Art Festival aims to brighten Historic District

    Now that it has home within the cozy confines of the city limits, the Rainbow Springs Fine Art Association is bringing its Rainbow Springs Art Festival into the heart of the Historic District.

    The third annual event, co-sponsored by the Friends of Dunnellon, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, along West Pennsylvania Avenue and Cedar Street. Those roads will be closed off to thru-traffic beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday and should be re-open by early evening, according to Donna Sanders, president of the Rainbow Springs Fine Art Association.


    Years ago, Ron Cannon found himself in a familiar quagmire, one in which he, his family and thousands of others in the agriculture industry have been in countless times before.

    Opposed to the “wing-and-a-prayer approach,” the fifth-generation farmer opted to combine his knowledge of welding and agricultural equipment to develop a solution to a decades-long issue: how to get the most out of a hay spear without additional equipment or putting costly tractors or, more important, others in harm’s way.

  • Robbery suspect turns self in

    Halloween night proved to no trick or treat for a 24-year-old Dunnellon man who has had several brushes with law enforcement authorities in both Marion and Citrus counties the past few years.

    Now Lindon Chance Owens faces multiple charges, including armed robbery, after a Halloween night incident in the Winn-Dixie parking lot at 10051 S. U.S. 41.

  • Family matriarch, Holman, dies at 91

    When the Holman’s boys start talking about their mother, those stories give a glimpse of a much smaller, less busy Dunnellon.

    Long-time Dunnellon resident Lounell “Nell” Holman, 91, died early Saturday morning at the Timberridge Health and Rehab Center.

    Mrs. Holman moved to Dunnellon in 1956 with her late husband, Donald “Pappy” Holman, his parents and her son, Wayne. They came from Miami with the thought of buying a fish camp.


    Six months ago, the Florida Department of Transportation indicated the proposed project to widen more than 3.5 miles of U.S. 41 was on target.

    That was May, but this is now.

    The plan to widen 3.585 miles of U.S. 41 from two to four lanes from 111th Place Lane to Southwest 61st Street, which has been in the works for about 10 years and was scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2018, won’t happen for at least another four years, according to a spokeswoman with FDOT.

  • Construction on Publix to begin soon

    Within the coming week, Morguard Corporation should have its permits, allowing it to move forward with a $7 million redevelopment plan for Rainbow Square Shopping Plaza.

    At this point, Morguard has submitted for building permits with the city of Dunnellon, according to Joshua Nolan, regional director for asset management with Morguard. Upon issuance in early November, we expect to start site work by the end of 2017 and projected completion of the redevelopment late 2018.

  • Resort mogul buys inn

    It wasn’t that Jim Gissy was looking to add to his extensive real estate portfolio, but as the owner of Gissy Rainbow River Ranch explained, his latest acquisition in Dunnellon came about quite simply.

    “I thought the price was a fair price and based on business, it should pay for itself and give me a return for money,” the vice president of West Gate Resorts said about his Sept. 1 purchase of Two Rivers Inn. “That’s kind of the way I look at it.”

  • Sweet deals

    Prepare for the onslaught of super heroes, princesses and the like; and no, it’s not the newest video game set for release.

    It’s Halloween, time for tricks or treats.

    But in Dunnellon, there’ll be plenty of the latter for youths as there is a bevy of Halloween-related events on tap for children.

    And while the popular holiday falls on a Tuesday, festivities begin Saturday.

    Neighborhood Block Party


    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    It’s time to jam, as Jazz Up Dunnellon kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday, marking the 22nd anniversary of an event which has evolved greatly throughout its conception.

    And the 22nd incarnation of Jazz Up Dunnellon, an all-encompassing music festival featuring a variety of genres, will be back on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue for the first time in three years.