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  • INVERNESS — Under cloudy skies and humid conditions, the Dunnellon High School cross country teams fled to the trails in Whispering Pines Park for the annual Whispering Pines Park Invitational.

    With a loaded field including powerhouses such as Tavares, Belleview, Lecanto, Crystal River and Citrus, the Tiger boys team finished 14th in the 16-team field. Tavares finished first with a team score of 70.

  • Tom Golden

    Riverland News

    That’s what defense does, as Crystal River learned last Friday at Ned Love Field at Richard Kennedy Stadium.

    The Pirates journeyed up the coast and over the Rainbow River, where they sailed deep into the jungle. But the Tigers didn’t let them escape unscathed, posting a resounding and convincing 40-0 victory on a gorgeous evening with the promise of clear skies as the dark clouds dissipated near game time. Fourth-ranked Dunnellon’s victory marked its 16th straight win in the series.

  • Even with improved play, there are two areas of concern for Dunnellon coach Price Harris’ charges when it comes to the fourth-ranked Tigers clash against Citrus on Friday at Richard Kennedy Stadium.

    “They’re big and strong,” said Harris, whose unit throttled Crystal River, 40-0, in its season-opener last Friday at Ned Love Field.

  • Carolyn

    Ten Broeck

    For the Riverland News

    BRONSON — Five years ago, Tim Hamilton wasn’t sure whether he would live or die.

    Fighting two horrendous infections, he woke up in a hospital bed at Shands to discover he was now minus a leg. An amputation — at the hip — was necessary to save his life.

    In the weeks, months and years that followed, Hamilton slowly recovered and learned to adapt to life minus a limb.

    His life as he knew it: contractor, fisherman and hunter, was over.

    Or was it?

  • In just a little more than two quarters of action, Dunnellon High School amassed a whopping 350 yards of offense a week ago against Williston in the Tigers’ Fall Kick-Off Classic.

    The problem for their offense was twofold against the Red Devils: Dunnellon tallied just 14 points and committed five turnovers, including three inside the red zone.

  • Students at Romeo Elementary School didn’t slip through the cracks, but one of their aides did.

    And administrators are more than alright with it, though they’ll admit, they were a tad envious of “Flat Stanley.” That’s because he did more traveling this past summer, than they did.

    The “Flat Stanley” Summer Slide program was designed to motivate students to read over the summer, said Kim White, assistant principal at Romeo, noting the school had similar programs in the past.

  • As the regular season for the 2017 prep calendar looms in the coming week, Dunnellon High School might not just have a new mantra, but a new team mascot.

    Both could serve the Tigers well as they replace numerous starters on both the offensive and defensive sides, while navigating a new playoff system as Dunnellon seeks a third consecutive playoff berth under fourth-year coach Price Harris.

  • When the pitch to return to the mound came at Emily Bowne two years ago, she didn’t balk at the notion.

    But the then-sophomore at West Port High School knew she had her work cut out for her, especially considering she hadn’t thrown a pitch since traversing the fields at the Dunnellon Little League Complex.

    The return to the pitcher’s circle more than paid off almost two weeks ago, when Bowne inked her national letter of intent to play at Thomas University in Thomasville, Ga.

  • With a few days of spare time before a photo assignment in Buffalo, N.Y., Bradley Easom and his wife, Rebecca, didn’t hesitate to make a side trip to nearby Cuyahoga National Park.

    In almost three years of marriage, the Easom’s have made it a habit of making long treks to visit a bevy of U.S. National Parks. They’ve visited 12 thus far with plans underway for a visit in May to Joshua Tree National Park in California.

  • Diesel was the rather appropriate name for T.J. Peterson’s swine entry into the 2017 Southeastern Youth Fair, which concluded Saturday at the Marion County Livestock Pavilion.

    In his fourth year raising a pig, Peterson not only captured the title he wanted in the Intermediate Swine Showmanship after finishing runner-up a year ago, the 11-year-old’s Diesel was chosen as the grand champion.

    “I never thought I had a grand champion pig sitting there,” admitted the sixth-grade student at Dunnellon Middle School.

  • Etch it, sketch it, photograph or paint it, no matter how you choose, mark it on your calendar. The second annual Rainbow Springs Arts Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Dunnellon Plaza, 11223 N Williams St., across from McDonald’s. Peruse and purchase a one-of-a-kind piece from local talented artisans.

  • For the Michelle-O-Gram Foundation, every month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That’s largely due to the local nonprofit organization’s mission. Formed in memory of Michelle Blauser Standridge, who lost her fight to breast cancer more than seven years ago, the Michelle-O-Gram assists uninsured and underinsured women, and men, to have a mammogram.

  • Jake and Elwood Blues are back.

    A statue, featuring their likeness and had been a staple of the Dunnellon landscape, an iconic landmark, for years returned to its spot at the corner of West Pennsylvania Avenue and Cedar Street in front of Two Rivers Inn. It was six weeks ago when the iconic piece of the city landscape fell victim to vandals.

    “Thanks to all for making this possible,” said JR Lang, who first had the statue at JRs Pub home until it was moved to its new home at Two Rivers Inn. “The entire community got behind this project.”

  • Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    Trains have been a part of Dunnellon’s history since 1887 and has helped the small community to prosper and survive. The trains were mainly used to transport the hard rock phosphate from the mines to factories, which helped the area to boom and is celebrated every year as the Boomtown Days Festival.

    The original train depot was built in 1887 and was replaced in 1908, a prosperous time in the town of Dunnellon and many grand homes were built during this time.

  • It’s been a recurring theme all season, but the Dunnellon High School football team understands that’s what happens when a program is successful.

    A year ago, the Tigers were an afterthought entering District 4A-4 competition, having been chosen to finish toward the bottom of the pack. But Dunnellon shell shocked its foes, running roughshod through the competition en route to the District 4A-4 Championship.

  • Since relocating their business, Riverside Trading, Denise and Bruce Wallsten have long sought a fitting tribute to those who have taken up arms in the U.S. armed forces. They had considered a mural for a number of years, but never followed through wishes to honor U.S. servicemen and women.

  • Sami Fagan and success are synonymous.

    From her stellar prep career at Dunnellon High School, where she helped guide the Lady Tigers to back-to-back state championships while earning state player of the year honors; to her collegiate career, where she was one of the top freshman players in the nation at Florida, before she completed at the unlikeliest of places, the University of Missouri.

  • Augie Salzer

    For the Riverland News

    Off on a back road, sitting in the shadow of the First Baptist Church of Dunnellon, is a small house filled with bighearted people ready to assist some folks with very large problems.

    The Family Hope Resource and Pregnancy Center (FHRPC) is a nonprofit ministry, which helps those who are, or think they are, pregnant and others with family needs.

    Walt Hagan, executive director of FHRPC, is ready to help men and women facing an unexpected pregnancy and everyone, of any age, in need of a spiritual tune-up.

  • Augie Salzer, For the Riverland News

    For the past three years, Gov. Rick Scott has been recognizing the military veterans throughout the state for their service to our country. Gov. Scott recently came to the National Guard Armory in Crystal River and personally gave the Governor’s Veterans Service Award to about 400 men and women veterans before he ran out of medals.

  • ST. AUGUSTINE — A weekend of comeback magic and big victories came to a halt Sunday, as the Dunnellon Little League 50/70 All-Stars run at capturing the Florida Little League State Championship was thwarted on a hot, muggy late morning, early afternoon at the St. Augustine Little League Complex.

    Parkland jumped out an early 4-0 lead it would never relinquish as it knocked off the Tigers, 11-4, earning a berth in the Southeast Regional Championships. Despite the sting of Sunday’s loss, Manger Gary Leinenbach said his players had nothing to hang their heads in shame about.