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  • Tigers trip in title tilt

    Disappointed, but not discouraged.

    It’s how the Dunnellon Minor Baseball team felt Sunday after falling short of its bid to become state champions, falling to Sarasota Nationals, 16-7, in the title tilt between the two best teams in their respective age division, according to Manager Eric Cox.

  • A slice of life

    Time, much like a slice of pizza or a steamed sub, have endured throughout the years for generations for families who have made the trek, at one point or another, to Ye Old Sub & Pizza Pub.

    “One thing we have, when kids move away and they come back,” Janice Fifield said, noting the allure of a steamed sub would bring them into the restaurant. “They’d tell me, ‘I have to have my steamed sub, I just have to get my fix before I go home.’ That’s their thing. It’s just what people like.”

  • Publix targets fall opening

    For those itching to shop where “it’s a pleasure,” the wait is nearing an end.

    The $6-plus million redevelopment work that started in late December on Rainbow Plaza is closing in on the finish line, according to Joshua Nolan, the regional director of Asset Management & Leasing for Morguard Corp., which owns the decades-old plaza.

  • Candidates qualify for ballot

    Riverland News

    We’re off to the races now as the qualifying period for Marion County School Board, County Commission and county judges races as well as multiple state Senate and House of Representatives races, werapped up Friday. The qualifying period for congressional races and circuit judge positions closed May 4.


    It was March 1977, and after two days of sunning himself poolside at a Miami-area resort, Ray Barrett wanted in.

    He had brushed off overtures from colleagues and his wife’s cousin, Mike, and his friends to learn the nuisances of golf.

    “I was playing in three softball leagues and flag football,” said Barrett, who worked as a claims adjuster for Kemper Insurance. “When I’m too old to play real sports, I’ll take you up on it.”

  • Deal done, developer moving forward

    With the approval of Rainbow Springs property owners and a lease agreement now in place, Jim Gissy will move forward with plans to renovate the now-defunct Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club, turning the former facility into the Rainbow Springs Community Center.

    Gissy will close July 30 on the purchase of the facility, after agreeing to purchase it from Mark Kaprelian said he and his wife, Kasia, who closed the doors to the decades-old venue in January 2015. The closure came six years after the couple purchased the country club and golf course for $2.4 million.

  • Minor baseball achieves major accomplishment

    They might be classified as a “Minor” Little League team, because of their ages, but their accomplishments this postseason are anything but “minor.”

    With its resounding victory in the Section 7 Championship on Sunday against North East, 12-1, Dunnellon not only punched its ticket to the Florida Little League Championships, but the Tigers became the first Minor squad from Dunnellon to do so.


    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    To say the past five-plus months has been a whirlwind of excitement and adventure for Brianna Lakhani would be an understatement.

    Since capturing the title of Miss Teen Florida in early January, Lakhani’s schedule has been chocked-full of appearances, photo shoots and pageant preparation for the USA National Miss Scholarship Pageant, which began last Sunday in Orlando when she checked in. The formal competition begins today, with the finals Saturday at Walt Disney World.

  • Schools fare well in state report

    Though individual results varied, the Marion County Public School System, overall, scored well in district grades, according to the Florida Department of Education, which released the results last week.

    Marion County saw its overall mark raise a letter grade, from a “C” to a “B.” And while many of the individual schools saw scores drop one to two letter grades, the Dunnellon area schools remained consistent.

  • State puts halt to Coastal Connector routes

    Michael D. Bates

    For the Riverland News

    The state has put a halt to any further work on the controversial Coastal Connector proposed routes that would have connected Suncoast Parkway 2 from its terminus in Citrus County to either Interstate 75 or U.S. 301 in Ocala.