Local News


    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    OCALA — With the threat of inclement weather in the forecast Friday night, the Marion County Public School District made the choice to switch the Dunnellon High School Graduation Ceremony from Ned Love Field to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion.

    In doing so, it allowed the Class of 2018’s 213 graduates, school personnel, families and other special guests, to remain safe and dry while avoiding a postponement in commencement ceremonies.

  • City council, land owner strike deal

    With the sale of most of the 250-plus acres referred to as Rainbow River Ranch, the city and the Gerry Dodd-led Conservation Land Group reached a deal over his remaining 91 acres of property.

    The old agreement was outdated, according to City Attorney Andrew Hand, noting the sale of 115 acres of property in June 2017 to the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board and the June 2016 sale of 57 acres of property to Jim Gissy, the vice president of West Gate Resorts.


    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    With a modest celebration, the Dunnellon Public Library turned the page on the second chapter marking its 10th year at its current location.

  • Heads of the class

    Editor’s Note: After deadline, the Marion County Public School System announced for the safety of students, school personnel, families, and other special guests, Dunnellon High School graduation will move to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion at 6 p.m. Friday due to weather-related concerns. The Southeastern Livestock Pavilion is at 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala.

  • Leaders, public rail against ‘Coastal Connector’

    David Davis

    For the Riverland News

    If anyone was in favor of the proposed Coastal Connector going through Marion County, none made it known Friday during a County Commission workshop.

    The proposed turnpike would connect Tampa to Jacksonville and go through the heart of horse country.

  • Deputy hurt in wreck

    A Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy, who was on a “hot” call,” was injured in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday night at the intersection of County Road 484 and Southwest 140th Avenue, when he failed to slow/stop in time, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Council derides FDOT plans

    The city council didn’t mince its words when it came to the proposed corridors for the Coastal Connector when officials with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) made a visit to its recent workshop.

    Touted as an evacuation route for those along the West Coast, Mayor Walter Green questioned the logic of routing citizens to Jacksonville, which has been hit hard by two hurricanes in the past two years, including Hurricane Irma.

  • Library jubilee on tap

    The Marion County Public Library System invites children, teens and adults to celebrate the Dunnellon Public Library’s 10-year anniversary from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the library, 20351 Robinson Road.

    Join the celebration, complete with internationally renowned ventriloquist Mark Wade, the Ocala Harmony Barbershop Chorus, food, games and prizes. Stroll through the library’s reading garden or relax in one of the rocking chairs on the shaded veranda. There is something for all ages to enjoy at the Dunnellon Public Library.

  • Passing the torch on
  • Man critically injured in wreck

    A 26-year-old man drove into the back of a parked flatbed tractor trailer early Saturday morning along East Pennsylvania Avenue, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Robert Franklin of Dunnellon was transported to Ocala Regional Hospital in critical condition, the FHP report stated. He had been driving a 2005 Honda Acura westbound in the 20200 block of County Road 484 when he veered to the right and slammed into the back of the trailer.