Today's News


    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    February is American Heart Month and one man is celebrating this month by trying to break an outstanding record.

    Steve Northsea has survived with a heart transplant for 23 years which he received Feb. 19, 1995 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

    “The doctors told me I could expect another 8 or

    10 years,” Steve said with a smile. “It’s been 23 years and I think I beat the odds.”


    Business owners feel like they’re being dumped on again, because the cost of taking out the trash has increased.

    The city of Dunnellon struck a new deal with Waste Management, but as part of the agreement, the city established a 15 percent franchise fee for commercial accounts.


    Julie Mancini

    Riverland News

    When Ron Tyrie was a little boy, growing up in Indiana, he first became fascinated with antique engines.

    “The seeds were planted as a child when I would visit county fairs,” said Tyrie, who lives in Homosassa. “There’d be an old guy who would ask, ‘Hey, you want to see how this works?’”


    Two years ago, the findings of a Community Health Assessment triggered a cause for concern in the greater Dunnellon area.

    Dunnellon was recognized as a “food desert,” the study, conducted by Marion Senior Services, recognized, stated. In addition to the increasing requests for additional services – nutrition and transit –through existing clients and those searching for alternative options, Marion Senior Services began a long process to implement those services.

  • School district seeks tax referendum

    Nearly four years ago, the Marion County School Board sought public support for an additional 1-mill referendum to balance class sizes while bolstering its vocational, art, music and physical education programs.

    Board member Bobby James has seen firsthand how vital the additional revenue has been; he was also a proponent of the tax referendum four years ago. The former Dunnellon High School principal is a staunch advocate for it again, where it’ll appear on the ballot in the August Primary.


    Fifteen months have passed since Morguard Corporation unveiled its plans for its major redevelopment of the Rainbow Square Shopping Plaza, paving the way for Publix to call home.

    Now, the $6-plus million redevelopment work has begun.

    “It’s been a long process, but we’ve got a great construction group,” said Joshua Nolan, regional director of retail leasing for Morguard Corporation. “We’re excited to bring this project to the people of Dunnellon; they’ve been itching for a Publix for quite some time now.”

  • Moving forward

    Sean Arnold

    For the Riverland News

    The plan for a whitewater kayak venue in Inglis was first proposed around 2000, with an eye toward possibly serving the 2012 Summer Olympics, if they were to be held in Tampa.

    Though those plans were washed away, the project never quite died.

    Now the town is moving forward with a feasibility study this April, which could attract a concessionaire that could finally bring the venue to fruition.


    Less than three months shy of the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., more than four dozen church and civic leaders as well as community members came together Monday, not to mourn the one-time Nobel Prize Winner, but to honor the legacy he left behind.

    On what would have been his 89th birthday, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Ceremony began in the Rainbow Plaza parking lot, where folks shared warm smiles and handshakes on a brisk January morning.


    Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to start your engines.

    FAST (Fun Autocross Society of Tampa) is preparing for a series of autocross events at the Dunnellon-Marion County Airport, beginning Saturday, Jan. 27. FAST, an autocross club based in the Tampa area that started in 2007, and has roots with another club dating back to about 1998, according to Loren Williams, the director of the organization, made its debut at the decades-old facility last summer and hosted a second event in the fall.

    Now, FAST is ready to rev its engines for at least five more events in 2018.

  • Chamber plans awards banquet, seeks nominations