Local News

  • Pennington’s tapped to lead Legion Post

    Julie Mancini

    Riverland News

    The American Legion has a new leader and a fleet of officers.

    Ruff Pennington was named Commander and his wife Nancy was named president of the Women’s Auxiliary at a ceremony June 6 during an installation ceremony for the Boards for each respective group.

  • Council previews budget

    With two unknowns regarding financial figures, the council sent city staff back to the drawing board after presenting a preliminary budget after a June 13 workshop.

    However, City Administrator Dawn Bowne and her staff wasted no time in revising its initial budget, boosting figures from a millage rate of 6 to 6.5, based on council recommendations. Bowne presented the newest preliminary budget Wednesday.


    For many from the Class of 1968, stepping back onto the campus of what is now just Dunnellon Middle School, it conjured plenty of long ago memories from their time as students on a campus that once housed every grade.

    The return to campus, which was part of the Class of’68s 50th Reunion, was put in motion months ago, according to Jack Roland, who explained for many of his classmates it was their first visit to campus since graduation ceremonies in the auditorium, 50 years ago.

  • Officials discuss projects with DEP

    With the city and Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) seeking more than $16 million in grant funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), officials didn’t balk at scheduling a last-minute meeting in Tallahassee to discuss the priority of its four applications it submitted for a portion of the $50 million in funds the agency has to award grants, according to City Administrator Dawn Bowne.

  • City administrator receives high marks, praise on evaluation

    In her first annual evaluation as city administrator, Dawn Bowne, received high marks and praise from the city council.

    Bowne received 247.6 points out of a possible 280, with Mayor Walter Green giving her a perfect score.

    “Provided leadership and a responsible attitude,” the first-term mayor wrote. “(She) continues to provide the leadership necessary to accomplish the city council’s directives.”

  • Long-time city employee retires

    With 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two more great-grandchildren on the way, keeping busy in the coming weeks, months and years ahead won’t be problematic for Reggie Tomaine.

    Tomaine retired Friday, ending a 41-plus year career in the city’s Roads & Streets Department. 41 years, one week and one day.

  • Club’s future in peril

    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    Dwindling membership is forcing the Dunnellon Kiwanis National Organization to close its doors, which likely will occur in October, and stop its service of giving to the community.

    Ellie Pollock is one of the members who has dedicated her time volunteering and is the glue that has kept the club going for so many years.

    “Much to our sorrow we have to close the club,” Pollock said. “With so few members we just can’t do all the work anymore.”

  • FGUA secures USDA loan

    Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) cleared the most significant hurdle in acquiring the city’s utility systems, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved its loan application.

    “No matter what zip code you live in, infrastructure is a foundation for quality of life and economic opportunity,” said Sydney Gruters, Florida Rural Development state director. “Through strong partnerships, USDA is ensuring that rural communities have the modern, reliable infrastructure they need to prosper.”

  • Residents weigh clubhouse deal

    Jim Gissy and the Rainbow Springs Property Owners Association Board of Directors have a tentative agreement in place to lease space in the renovated clubhouse of the defunct Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club.

  • Man, 34, faces drug charges

    A Dunnellon area man who had been staying at a local motel found new temporary living arrangements at the Marion County Jail, according to a Dunnellon Police Department arrest affidavit.

    Skiler M. Marable, 34, who had been a registered guest at Two Rivers Inn, was charged Friday with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of cannabis, less than 20 grams, and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $6,000.