http://www.riverlandnews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Couple escapes house fire http://www.riverlandnews.com/content/couple-escapes-house-fire <img src="http://www.riverlandnews.com/sites/www.riverlandnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/20-fire1.jpg" alt="Dunnellon Fire Rescue Chief Troy Slattery speaks with a counterpart from Marion County Fire Rescue on Tuesday at the scene of a house fire at 20880 W. Pennsylvania Ave." title="Dunnellon Fire Rescue Chief Troy Slattery speaks with a counterpart from Marion County Fire Rescue on Tuesday at the scene of a house fire at 20880 W. Pennsylvania Ave." align="left" hspace="6" width="110" height="85" /><p> 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.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> Emergency personnel tended to Michael Wayne before fire crews began their attack on the &ldquo;room-and-contents&rdquo; blaze.</p> Blast into the past http://www.riverlandnews.com/content/blast-past <img src="http://www.riverlandnews.com/sites/www.riverlandnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/20-boomtown.jpg" alt="From Six-Gun Territory to fun and games for youths, to shotgun weddings and a classic car show, there’s a little of something for everyone at Boomtown Days Dunnellon. The annual event will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Historic District." title="From Six-Gun Territory to fun and games for youths, to shotgun weddings and a classic car show, there’s a little of something for everyone at Boomtown Days Dunnellon. The annual event will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Historic District." align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s time for a little dust up, as Boomtown Days Dunnellon takes over the Historic District.</p> <p> The long-running festival celebrates the city&rsquo;s population &ldquo;boom&rdquo; 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.</p> <p> 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).</p> Royalty pageants get own spotlight http://www.riverlandnews.com/content/royalty-pageants-get-own-spotlight <img src="http://www.riverlandnews.com/sites/www.riverlandnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/20-rainbow_pageant.jpg" alt="Hannah Warren will relinquish her title of Queen of the Rainbow on Sunday. For pictures of the 2017 Queen of the Rainbow candidates, pick up a copy of the Riverland News at area stores." title="Hannah Warren will relinquish her title of Queen of the Rainbow on Sunday. For pictures of the 2017 Queen of the Rainbow candidates, pick up a copy of the Riverland News at area stores." align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> Prepare for a Royal Rumble of sorts Sunday in the Historic District.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> More than 50 local youths, ranging in ages from 1 to 18, will participate in this year&rsquo;s Baby, Little Mister and Miss, Junior Prince and Junior Princess, Prince and Princess and King and Queen of the Rainbow categories.</p> Man, 48, allegedly threatened self, charged with DUI http://www.riverlandnews.com/content/man-48-allegedly-threatened-self-charged-dui-0 <p> 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.</p> SPACE SETTLER http://www.riverlandnews.com/content/space-settler <img src="http://www.riverlandnews.com/sites/www.riverlandnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/13-joeacaba1.jpg" alt="Astronaut Joseph Acaba, STS-119 mission specialist, attired in his Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit, waves as he prepares to leave the Quest Airlock of the International Space Station to begin the mission’s second session of extravehicular activity (EVA). The former Dunnellon Middle School teacher will return to the International Space Station in September for up to six months." title="Astronaut Joseph Acaba, STS-119 mission specialist, attired in his Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit, waves as he prepares to leave the Quest Airlock of the International Space Station to begin the mission’s second session of extravehicular activity (EVA). The former Dunnellon Middle School teacher will return to the International Space Station in September for up to six months." align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> 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.</p> <p> And for the former Dunnellon Middle School science teacher, Acaba finds himself in the role of student once again.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s because, as Acaba explained, one of the biggest differences for normal training flow is about two years; and in his case, it&rsquo;s going to be about 6 months.</p> Wild West flair, antics add ‘shot’ to festival http://www.riverlandnews.com/content/wild-west-flair-antics-add-%E2%80%98shot%E2%80%99-festival <img src="http://www.riverlandnews.com/sites/www.riverlandnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/13-boomtown_six-gun_territory1.jpg" alt="Corky Hoff will be one of several cowboys, gunslingers and outlaws at Boomtown Days Dunnellon, which will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the Historic District." title="Corky Hoff will be one of several cowboys, gunslingers and outlaws at Boomtown Days Dunnellon, which will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the Historic District." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <span style="font-size: 12px;">After a successful return debut at Boomtown Days Dunnellon 2016, a group of rootin&rsquo;, tootin&rsquo; gunslingers and ornery outlaws are making a return for Boomtown Days Dunnellon 2017.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;We love Dunnellon, we had a great time last year and we&rsquo;re bringing a few added things this year,&rdquo; Jim Pierce said. &ldquo;We hope to have a great day.&rdquo;</p> <p> Among one of the added items will be the Cracker Cowboys, who will set up a fast draw shooting display gallery, which is a &ldquo;little more interactive.&rdquo;</p> Man hits 2 cars, flees after dragging person http://www.riverlandnews.com/content/man-hits-2-cars-flees-after-dragging-person <img src="http://www.riverlandnews.com/sites/www.riverlandnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/13-arrest.jpg" alt="Jeffrey R. Travis." title="Jeffrey R. Travis." align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> It was a day unlike any other for Richard Smith and Sandra Bencini at Rainbow River&rsquo;s Club.</p> <p> 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&rsquo;s head was lolling back and he was waving/shaking his arms.</p> STATE BUYS MORE RIVER PROPERTY http://www.riverlandnews.com/content/state-buys-more-river-property <img src="http://www.riverlandnews.com/sites/www.riverlandnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/30-rainbow_river_ranch_property1.jpg" alt="After selling 115 acres and more than 2,400 feet of shoreline Tuesday to the state of Florida, Jerry Dodd will still own between 500 and 600 feet of shoreline as well as 11 acres of waterfront property. Dodd had once planned a high-end subdivision on the property. However, less than a year ago, he sold 58 acres of the land to Jim Gissy, vice president of West Gate Resorts." title="After selling 115 acres and more than 2,400 feet of shoreline Tuesday to the state of Florida, Jerry Dodd will still own between 500 and 600 feet of shoreline as well as 11 acres of waterfront property. Dodd had once planned a high-end subdivision on the property. However, less than a year ago, he sold 58 acres of the land to Jim Gissy, vice president of West Gate Resorts." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> 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.</p> <p> His development proposal triggered a years&rsquo; long legal battle with Rainbow River Conservation and a number of individual interveners who fought to preserve the property.</p>