Today's News

  • Couple escapes house fire

    Jerry Marie Carter got her husband, Michael Wayne, to safety Tuesday night as they escaped their home while neighbors frantically called 911, as fire and smoke poured from a bedroom window.

    Within three minutes, Dunnellon Fire Rescue was on scene of their home at 20880 W. Pennsylvania Ave., as Rainbow Springs Engine No. 22 and Rescue No. 22 arrived shortly thereafter with several additional units from Marion County Fire Rescue.

    Emergency personnel tended to Michael Wayne before fire crews began their attack on the “room-and-contents” blaze.

  • Blast into the past

    It’s time for a little dust up, as Boomtown Days Dunnellon takes over the Historic District.

    The long-running festival celebrates the city’s population “boom” at the height of the phosphate discovery in the late 1880s, which continued through the 1890s and longer. The daylong event begins at 10 a.m., with festivities wrapping up by 9 p.m. Entry is free.

    The Rainbow Royalty Pageants, featuring Little Mister and Miss Dunnellon and Queen of the Rainbow, will begin at noon Sunday at Stitch Niche on Walnut Street. (See related story).

  • Royalty pageants get own spotlight

    Prepare for a Royal Rumble of sorts Sunday in the Historic District.

    But instead of a battle of physical prowess, the Rainbow Royalty Pageant will be about grace, poise and presentation. The event will be from noon to 8 p.m. at Stitch Niche at 20782 Walnut St.

    More than 50 local youths, ranging in ages from 1 to 18, will participate in this year’s Baby, Little Mister and Miss, Junior Prince and Junior Princess, Prince and Princess and King and Queen of the Rainbow categories.

  • Man, 48, allegedly threatened self, charged with DUI

    A Citrus County man, who allegedly threatened himself last Thursday, was charged with driving under the influence, according to a Dunnellon Police Department arrest affidavit.


    Five years after returning from a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station, Joe Acaba finds himself busily preparing for a return trip aborad the ISS.

    And for the former Dunnellon Middle School science teacher, Acaba finds himself in the role of student once again.

    That’s because, as Acaba explained, one of the biggest differences for normal training flow is about two years; and in his case, it’s going to be about 6 months.

  • Wild West flair, antics add ‘shot’ to festival

    After a successful return debut at Boomtown Days Dunnellon 2016, a group of rootin’, tootin’ gunslingers and ornery outlaws are making a return for Boomtown Days Dunnellon 2017.

    “We love Dunnellon, we had a great time last year and we’re bringing a few added things this year,” Jim Pierce said. “We hope to have a great day.”

    Among one of the added items will be the Cracker Cowboys, who will set up a fast draw shooting display gallery, which is a “little more interactive.”

  • Man hits 2 cars, flees after dragging person

    It was a day unlike any other for Richard Smith and Sandra Bencini at Rainbow River’s Club.

    Smith had stepped outside of the front office on Wednesday, April 5, where he saw a gold Toyota Camry sitting in the parking lot of Dunnellon Bingo Hall. Smith told law enforcement officials the vehicle was there for approximately 45 minutes and the driver’s head was lolling back and he was waving/shaking his arms.


    For the second time in less than a year, Jerry Dodd has sold another portion of property he had proposed to develop into the Rainbow River Ranch when he acquired it in the mid-2000s.

    His development proposal triggered a years’ long legal battle with Rainbow River Conservation and a number of individual interveners who fought to preserve the property.

  • Agency adopts flow level

    Michael D. Bates

    For the Riverland News

    BROOKSVILLE — About 75 people packed the Southwest Florida Water Management District board chambers Tuesday to protest a proposal to adopt a minimum flow level for the Rainbow River that’s a 5 percent decrease over the present flow rate.

  • Officials: Fire department not closing

    Since reaching a consensus not to move forward with implementing a fire assessment fee for city property owners, the City Council has been putting out a fire of its own.

    That blaze was sparked via Social Media with a Facebook page called, “Dunnellon - Let’s save our hometown Fire Department.” Those behind the page would not identify themselves. However, the page was created several days after Kyle Robinson, a volunteer with Dunnellon Fire Rescue, used Dunnellon Fire Rescue’s official Facebook page to voice his disagreement in which Robinson wrote: