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  • Chomping at the bit

    When Lerentee McCray scooped up the block punt and returned it for a touchdown for the Florida Gators in the Outback Bowl, the former Dunnellon High School standout had one simple thought on his mind.
    “Don’t let anybody catch me,” he said.
    As far as ranking it on his list of best plays during his career at Florida, McCray downplays it.
    “It felt good, but I wouldn’t rank it anywhere,” said McCray, who has appeared in 21 games for the Gators.
    And why not rank it as the No. 1 play of his career?


    It’s been an impressive past two years for the Dunnellon High School softball team.
    The Lady Tigers have won back-to-back state championships and, in 2010 Dunnellon finished the season ranked No. 1 nationally in the ESNP Rise poll leading to an national championship.
    That was the past, Lady Tigers coach Kevin Fagan said, because in 2011 there’s plenty of work to be done.
    The work begins with replacing the six starters from last year’s team, including Kasey Fagan, the 2010 national player of the year.

  • Dentist feels pull of mission work

    When Sally Cooley first graduated in 1985 from the dental school at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill., she spent three months in Africa as a part of a mission trip.
    She loved it; however, the next 25 years quickly passed, though the urge to do mission work never went away.

  • Pilot, commission clash over aerobatic box

    Mark Stewart was grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration last September. Now, he says, that’s about to end, and he’s done compromising.
    The aerobatic pilot was one of those who appeared before the Marion County Commission at its most recent meeting, and made his point openly in front of a couple of people who have been complaining about the noise from his plane.
    Last year, after receiving complaints, the FAA grounded him by negating his aerobatic box, the waiver that gives him permission to practice at the Dunnellon Airport.


    THE SAGE OF THE FOUR CHAPLAINS is forever etched in American history; however, on Sunday, made sure that trend will continue as the years continue to pass.

  • Crime Stoppers going all in with playing cards

    Crime Stoppers of Marion County is hoping to stack the deck in favor of law enforcement officials.
    The group is creating a deck of playing cards featuring the top 52 cold cases from each Marion County law enforcement agency, including the Dunnellon Police Department.

  • Post 58 to honor Four Chaplains with ceremony

    Though today marks the anniversary of the Four Chaplains; however, the American Legion Walls Rives Post No. 58 will mark the somber occasion on Sunday with an observance.

  • Resident charged with child porn

    COLEMAN — A corrections officer at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex was arrested on child pornography charges after detectives with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office determined that Internet file transfers containing obscene materials involving minors originated from his computer, according to a Marion County Sheriff’s office arrest report.

  • Battling back

    For 6-year-old Mya Mills, her world was turned upside slightly more than a year ago.
    Shortly after receiving the second dose of the H1N1 vaccine, her hair started falling out in clumps. By December, the then 5-year-old Dunnellon Christian Academy student had lost all of her hair.
    “I was starting to freak out,” Mya recalled.
    Added her mother Christine: “She was traumatized.”
    She and her mother set out on a path to discover the answer.

  • A chilling experience

    ORLANDO — They came, they conquered, and they froze.
    Members of the Dunnellon Police Department’s “Polar Pigs” and Superior Bank’s “Piggy Bankers” made their way into a slightly chilled 60 degree wave pool at Aquatica Park in Orlando, where more than 500 people participated in the second annual Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics.