Today's News

  • 'Walk by faith'

    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    For one group of women, Isiah 40:30 has given them new inspiration in not just their daily walks, but their fellowship with each other and with God.

    A year ago, several women set a goal to walk 360 miles in six months. They exceeded their expectations and are still going strong.

    The women made it official June 1, 2016, by purchasing bright, hot pink T-shirts with the words “360 Club at Dunnellon Trailhead” on the front, a Bible passage printed on the back and they started walking.

  • Tigers’ tale ends up in heartbreak

    In a span of three days, it went from comeback to heartbreak for the Dunnellon 50/70 Intermediate All-Stars at the Florida State Little League Tournament at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale.

    After mounting an epic comeback against North Springs, 10-9, in their opener Friday, the Tigers clawed their way into the title game Sunday against North Palm Beach. Dunnellon fell behind, 6-1, and sought its second come-from-behind victory of the three-day tournament.

  • City given state funds

    When Gov. Rick Scott slashed more than $400 million in local projects throughout Florida, local officials collectively held their breath. When all was said and done, they collectively breathed a sigh of relief.

  • Peach of a woman

    Maybe it’s Bulldog tenacity. Maybe it’s the joyous and positive outlook on life.

    Whatever it might be, for Lounell “Sally” (Morris) Waugh it’s worked throughout her life and for the Waugh family matriarch today marks a special occasion; not just for Waugh, but the family and the community in which she’s called home for the past 65 years.

    You see, for those who’ve known Waugh, affectionately called “Mimi” by many, today marks her 100th birthday.

  • Invitation-only event cost more than $4,000

    The final costs of the “invitation-only” event honoring the promotions of Dawn Bowne and Mandy Roberts and hosted by the City Council on June 29 at the Rainbow Rivers Club cost more than $4,000, with the final amount not yet specified.

    That’s according to Councilman Chuck Dillon and documents obtained by the Riverland News in a public records request.

    Rainbow Rivers Club has yet to submit an invoice for use of its facility, which was initially secured for free in an email City Administrator Dawn Bowne told the city council.

  • Bowne to councilman: Don’t create records using city email

    In the days and weeks leading up to a city council-backed “invitation only” celebration to honor the newly appointed city administrator and city clerk, Councilman Chuck Dillon was continually seeking invoices and information about the costs of the June 29 party at Rainbow Rivers Club.

    But on June 29, City Administrator Dawn Bowne wrote to Dillon using their personal email accounts, doing so at the advice of City Attorney Andrew Hand, according to information acquired via a public records request.


    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    The owners of the Rainbow Springs Golf and Country Club (RSGCC) have not managed or maintained the golf course since they locked the doors and left the property on Jan. 1, 2015, leaving the land to revert back to the condition it was before the course was built in 1979.

  • School grades improve


    The Florida Department of Education released its grades for school districts statewide as well as individual schools last week, and Marion County showed solid improvement from a year ago on the Florida State Assessments (FSA).

  • Holiday ‘Blast’ fizzles out

    The fuse on Boomtown Blast was cut, forcing the Dunnellon Chamber & Business Association (DCBA) to scrap Fourth of July festivities a week before the annual show at Dunnellon High School.

    “This was definitely unexpected,” said Julie Mancini, executive director.


    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    The Dunnellon Public Library has just started a new program designed to feed the tummies of the local children, while they are also feeding their minds.

    Nancy Pettus, Dunnellon Library Branch Supervisor, has partnered with the Rev. John Delcamp of the Shores Assembly of God Church in Ocala to provide hot meals to children during the summer. This will be accomplished through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Break Feeding Program.