Today's News

  • ‘DunnellonStrong’

    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    Hurricane Irma wasn’t the first experience Kerry and Susan Gregory have dealt with when it comes to the Atlantic Hurricane season.

    The couple, who purchased a house in Lake Tropicana, lived in Southern Florida during the historic 2004 season when Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne battered the state within a six-week span.

    Still, they never lost power and their home at the time wasn’t damaged.

  • It’s Electric! ‘Power City’ lands at airport

    With the sun rising above the eastern horizon, the early-morning bustle at “Power City” is about preparing for the return of the more than 1,500 line trucks and their crews, which departed well before the sun rose.

    Linemen and support crews had already departed, beginning yet another 16-hour day in their quest to restore power to the more than 30,000 Duke Energy customers who lost power during Hurricane Irma’s destructive march across the state.


    As Hurricane Irma bore down on the state of Florida, Dunnellon was clearly in her sights Saturday.

    The early-morning forecast didn’t bode well for the city of Dunnellon or Southwestern Marion County as Emergency Operations scrambled to open a shelter at Dunnellon High School, urging residents in mobile homes or modular homes to find a safe haven to ride out what was then a powerful Category 4 Hurricane.

  • Near and far, residents flee from Irma

    With a television providing minute-by-minute updates on Hurricane Irma’s beginning assault on Florida, Ed and Lisa Stroop sat and ate their breakfast Sunday in the lobby of Comfort Inn Suites, within earshot of the news broadcast.

    “We just had a feeling it was going to go more west than what they were saying,” said Ed, noting the couple have resided in Sarasota for the past 20 years.

  • Post-hurricane safety tips

    Riverland News

    Marion County encourages residents to follow these safety reminders following Hurricane Irma’s impact in our area:

    * Traffic signals — If driving is necessary, drivers should be extra cautious, as traffic signals may not be working. Drivers should treat non-functioning traffic signals as follows:

    * Flashing red signal lights should be treated as stop signs.

    * Flashing yellow signal lights mean drivers should proceed with caution.

    * No working signal lights should be treated as a four-way stop.

  • Hotel, restaurant set for blight spot

    Mike Wright

    For the Riverland News

    As eyesores go, this one is an iconic landmark.

    Situated on North Water Way Street just west of U.S. 41 across the Withlacoochee River from Dunnellon City Hall, the two-story structure of concrete block and rebar is a testament of someone’s dreams that didn’t go as planned.

    Records show it was permitted in 1994 for a motel. Instead, the abandoned project is the first site in Citrus County someone sees crossing the river from Marion County.

  • City eyes reducing mill rate

    For Councilman Rick Hancock, he knows “keeping the taxpayer whole” in the pending fiscal year won’t happen. That was the message he was trying to deliver to his colleagues.

    “You’re looking at one year, this is not a one-year deal,” Hancock said. “I think there’s no question the first year costs us more, because of our inability to get on county rolls like everyone else. We have to work our way toward that.”


    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    It wasn’t a total eclipse of the sun Monday in Dunnellon but a rare natural phenomenon certainly captivated the eyes and inquisitive minds throughout the area.

    Several dozen people gathered Monday at the Dunnellon Public Library to catch a glimpse of the partial eclipse during a celebration of sorts to mark the first full solar eclipse since 1979.


    “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” — Joshua 24:15

    For almost the better part of a decade, the Children’s Covenant Home has sought to provide more than just a safe haven for children who have been in abusive situations, whether it be sex, drug or physical abuse.

  • Mayor to answer media via email only

    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    Despite the pleas from two colleagues, Mayor Walter Green remains steadfast in his newly implemented policy of not speaking directly with local media outlets.

    “I think it’s time to get back to where we were,” Councilman Chuck Dillon said at the Aug. 9 workshop, noting the Council’s Code of Conduct in which the mayor serves as spokesperson of the Council. “You need to figure out someway other than written response.”