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  • 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.

  • School might be out for summer break, but that doesn’t mean students aren’t still learning.

    More specific, it is cadets in the Dunnellon High School Junior Air Force ROTC Program who were back on campus for intensive three-day camp last week as the command staff for the 2016-17 school year brought its charges into the mix for a series of team-building exercises, seminars and goal-setting session.

  • Ruth Edwards rarely travels outside of Dunnellon; it wasn’t until five years ago that she left for the first time. She’s never even left the state.

    That’s all about to change for the 63-year-old resident, who recently retired from the Marion County Public School System.

    Older and mature, her children told her they finally understood the sacrifices she’d made through the years she was rearing them, from the lectures to the discipline. So they pooled their money together to make sure she would enjoy one dream she’d always spoken to them about privately, but never shared publicly.

  • Augie Salzer -- For the Riverland News

    Parents are concerned about the alarming information showing alcohol and marijuana are the drugs most frequently used by students and young people in Marion County, according to the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, done yearly.

    The results of the 2014 survey showed more than 11 percent of middle school students and almost 30 percent of high school students reported they had used alcohol in the past 30 days. It has revealed more than 6 percent reported drinking and driving resulting in an increase of alcohol-related crashes.

  • The end of the school year is always the toughest.

    Thoughts about seniors graduating and moving on to their next step in life, but those thoughts don’t end with students, but teachers who’ve made an impact. Where do they go?

    Some might continue teaching, or some may retire.

    That’s certainly the case with Dunnellon High School, which will lose the services of Robert Gilliam, best known campus wide as “major.”

    The longtime Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) at Dunnellon High School is retiring for the second time in his career.

  • While results are good and well, Dunnellon coach Price Harris and his staff are eager to see where the Tigers stand, as far as areas of focus will need to be, as the Tigers prepare to enter summer training.

    Certainly, the past few weeks have allowed Harris and staff a chance to gauge where they’ve come so far this spring, tonight’s Spring Classic Jamboree will provided further input as Dunnellon prepares for the regular season, which won’t begin in earnest until August.