Local News

  • Paper unveils new website

    This past weekend the Riverland News debuted its new website, with new additions.

    In months ahead, there will be more features, more photographs, more content and new segments that will allow greater reader interaction.


    Santa Claus arrived in style, riding aboard a Dunnellon Fire Department truck, lights flashing and sirens blasting.

    The children who had anxiously been awaiting his arrival, scurried about the Bingo Hall, as Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick burst through the doors bellowing, “Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas.”

  • Butcher opens shop

    Rick Black has been cutting meat for 12 years, so when the opportunity to open his own business, the 1999 Dunnellon High School graduate jumped at the chance.

    So Black partnered with Foster Adkins, and for the past two months, the duo have been meeting customers needs at the Dunnellon Meat and Grocery.

    Black started his career at a local supermarket and had even entered the management program; however, when working at both stores wasn’t option, so Black paired with Adkins to forge their own path.

  • Woman plans free Christmas meal

    For Candace Johnson, seeing people, especially children, in need of food breaks her heart.
    That’s why come Christmas day, Johnson and her husband, Kristopher, are opening the doors of their new restaurant, Halligan Bar & Grill, from noon to 2 p.m. to feed those who are less fortunate and the homeless.
    The dinner is free, Johnson said, through the help of other local establishments. Through a whirlwind of phone calls in the past four days, she said several restaurants jumped on board with donations of food.

  • Marijuana grow house bust in Dunnellon

  • Kasey Fagan named National Softball Player of Year

    For those following the sports achievements of Kasey Fagan, the announcement yesterday that she had been named the best softall player in the nation came as no surprise.

    Just a week ago, she was named as the Gatorade Softball Player of the Year for the State of Florida, an honor the star pitcher thought would go to someone else. Following that state award, however, speculation was high that she would also garner the national honor.

    And, she did.

    In between the two sports awards, she also graduated from high school (Thursday night) as salutatorian of her class.

  • National award Kasey joins ranks of the legends

    It takes a village to raise a child, and a week ago, Dunnellon — which has raised a special one — turned out to celebrate Kasey Fagan’s crowning achievement as the 2009-10 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year.

    There she was, just soaking it all in. Quietly, she watched as one by one, her friends and family members piled into the packed cafeteria at Dunnellon High School. Red-faced, as much from embarrassment as from the tears she had shed, one couldn’t help but wonder what she was thinking as she hid behind her signature grin.

  • More accolades for DHS national champs parade and barbecue planned for July 22

    The celebration for the nationally ranked (number one) Girls Varsity Softball Team continues.

    The biggest day of recognition yet will be an event-packed celebration on Thursday, July 22 at Ernie Mills Park.

    Tributes to the Varsity Boys Baseball Team which placed in the final four in state will also be included in the day of commemoration.

    A parade, beginning at Walmart at 5:30 p.m. and traveling down U.S. 41 to the park, will be followed by special presentations, DVD highlights of games, and a chance to meet and greet the players.

  • City could offer broadband access to homes and businesses


    After defeating a scrappy Jensen Beach team on Friday, the Tigers faced Naples Saturday.

    The Golden Eagles were ranked number one in teh nation by ESPN RISE and Dunnellon was number two.

    Hundreds of local fans made the trip to down to the National Training Center in Clermont for the girls softball District 4-A Championship game.

    Senior Kasey Fagin faced off against Naples' ace Jaclyn Traina, both having pitched victories on Friday.

    It took extra innings, but the Tigers finally finished the job.