Local News

  • New leash on life

    The barks echo throughout the corridors of Marion County Animal Services.
    The tails wag a mile a minute as guests check out the canines seized nearly three weeks ago from Penelope and Gina Walker, who housed their hoard of animals in an RV and Ford van.
    The eyes of the 20-plus canines sparkle with excitement.
    “They are so happy to be free,” said Elaine DeIorio, county spokeswoman. “If we are fortunate, we will hopefully find good homes for them. They are gorgeous dogs; they’ll make perfect pets for people.”

  • Three confess to Circle K robbery

    A getaway for three people accused of robbing the Circle K at 11946 N. Williams St. shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday, March 10, in Dunnellon was cut short when their vehicle ran out of gas just north of Rainbow Springs State Park.
    Arthur Simmons, 46, and Julia Warr, 39, both of Ocala, and Fashion Foster, 36, of Dunnellon, each face charges of robbery and petit theft. Both Simmons and Ware were also charged with violation of parole.

  • Cat shot with arrow, caught, recovering

    Angel is proving some cats have nine lives, thanks largely to Sheltering Hands.
    The tuxedo cat, seen roaming the neighborhood in Dunnellon Heights with an arrow through its side, was caught last Friday and transported to the University of Florida Animal Hospital by volunteers with Sheltering Hands Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to animal rescues.
    Angel was in surgery for two hours Saturday, said resident Evelyn Pelton. She said the feline had to have part of its lung removed and that part of its diaphragm was injured when it was struck with the arrow.

  • Bell tests newest craft at airport

    If you’ve been near the Dunnellon-Marion County Airport in the past week and seen a bright-red object zipping across the skyline, you’re not seeing a comet hurtling across the sky.
    What you were seeing was Bell Helicopters’ newest addition to their fleet of impressive crafts.
    If the company name rings a bell, it should. Bell is the company, which produced the Huey helicopter made famous during the Vietnam War as well as the Bell 47 helicopter first used during the Korean War.

  • Paper launches new pay wall

    The Riverland News’ website, www.riverlandnews.com, has returned to a subscription-based news and information source.
    So what does that mean to you, our loyal readers?

  • Sweet success

    Chaplin Dinkins might be gone, but he is forever in the hearts of those who knew him.
    Especially those youths who’ve spent time in the circles of the FFA or 4-H and raised hogs for the annual Swine Show at the Southeastern Youth Fair.
    During the recent Swine Sale at the closing of the annual SEYF, Mr. Dinkins was honored as an anonymous person bought a Dunnellon FFA hog in his honor. The youth who was the recipient of the gesture was Rebecca Frechette, who attends First United Methodist Church and is in Dunnellon FFA.

  • American Legion serves up ‘Law & Order,’ awards style

    Heroes from the U.S. Armed Forces who served in a myriad of war zones honored everyday heroes who serve the residents of Dunnellon and Marion County.
    American Legion Wall-Rives Post 58 hosted its 26th annual Law and Order Awards Banquet on Saturday night at the Post.
    Officials acknowledged the efforts of six men in the law enforcement and fire rescue field.

  • Shot through the side ... who’s to blame?

    The search was on for Angel, but Evelyn Pelton couldn’t bear participating, not wanting to see the “gruesome sight.”
    Angel, a tuxedo cat seen throughout the Dunnellon Heights neighborhood, is now roaming the area with an arrow through its side.
    “Oh God, that is so cruel,” Pelton said.

  • City manager, mayor laud city employees for total ‘team effort’

    Not only did the Dunnellon Police Department receive assistance from Marion County, but it got a huge boost from Dunnellon Fire and Rescue, Public Service Employees, Greenlight Communications and several businesses located at the Rainbow River Plaze.
    Police Chief Joanne Black said Superior Bank, Sweetbay and Tractor Supply Co. were there when needed. She said Charlene Williams, vice president and bank manager, allowed workers the use of restroom facilities and tracked down water, which Sweetbay donated to those working the scene during the evening.

  • Animals seized; women charged

    Hope for a better life for two Arkansas women won’t be coming true anytime soon.
    Penelope Walker, 67, and Gina M. Walker, 44, each face 37 counts of animal cruelty charges after the duo’s vehicles were discovered parked Friday night in the Rainbow Square Plaza at 11352 N. Williams St.
    The charges were filed Monday, with bond for each woman set at $74,000. Each charge is felony third degree. Black said how much time, if any, they would serve would be determined by a judge, who sets criteria for sentencing.