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  • Teen movie night moves downtown

    The event that started as an idea back in late June and grew to a summer success story is being adjusted and expanded.

    Free teen movie night packed the pavilion with age appropriate films each Friday night at Rainbow Springs State Park. Now organizers hope it will continue to attract crowds in its new setting.

    The movie night was the result of a youth focus group meeting this summer by the Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce Destination Dunnellon Committee.

  • Chatmire sewer service has been in the plans

    In 1978 the city of Dunnellon agreed to extend sewer service to Chatmire if the funds could be found.

    And now more than 30 years later that might actually happen.

    The 1979 Dunnellon Area Comprehensive Plan stated “The city has agreed to extend sewer service to Chatmire if funds can be acquired to pay for the extension of the system.”

  • Bacteria closes some river beaches again

    Tests conducted July 27 at beaches along the Rainbow River indicated poor water quality at Dunnellon City Beach, KP Hole Park Beach, Rainbow Springs State Campground and the Village of Rainbow Springs. Water quality at Rainbow Springs State Park Beach was moderate.

    A second water sampling test, on Wednesday, July 29, confirmed the initial testing. As a result the Marion County Health Department recommended closing Dunnellon City Beach and the Village Rainbow Springs Beach along with several other lake beaches in the county.

  • Dunnellon could dazzle opponents with speed

    If some professional football scouts were to check out some times in the 40- yard dash for Dunnellon High School football players, they would be impressed by at least one thing.

    Three of the running backs run 4.4 times in the 40-yard dash. The 4.4 times are the sort the pros want in their wide receivers and running backs.

    Yes, the Dunnellon High running backs can move that pigskin.

    “We have some people who can run the ball,” said Dunnellon head football coach Frank Beasley, in his fifth year as coach.

  • Students back in classrooms Monday

    Marion County public school students head back to the classroom on Monday.

    But, when students arrive to school on the first day of classes, which is Aug. 24, they can expect some changes at Dunnellon area schools.

  • FWC opens python captures to licensed hunters on South Florida WMAs

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Big Cypress National Preserve will implement a program to reduce the number of Burmese pythons in the wild in Florida. Beginning Aug. 29, the FWC and Big Cypress will enlist the help of licensed hunters on specific wildlife management areas in South Florida.

  • Couple adopts baby from China

    A long journey of time and travel has led a Dunnellon family to its newest member.

    For Bill and Susan Gaunt, their path to China was a longer journey than they ever expected. The couple, who have a blended family of eight boys with the youngest, Will, 10, being their only biological child together, wanted to do something “positive and meaningful.”

  • Sheriff can call you for an emergency

    People are urged to call 911 in the event of an emergency. But, what if law enforcement called you during a crisis?

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reverse 911 or GeoCast system does exactly that. The program, which has been available in the county for several years, alerts residents in the vicinity of an emergency.

  • It was Word War I at Dunnellon High School

    Recently Dunnellon High School held a school-wide literacy activity called Word War I (WWI).  In honor or National Poetry Month, we held our own poetry slam.  Fifty minutes of one school day was set aside during which every child in our school wrote a poem.  Each poem had to fit into one of five topic categories: Emotions and Reflections, Sports and Hobbies, Hopes and Dreams, Friends and Family, or Current Events a

  • County jobless rate nearly double over 2008

    Marion County’s unemployment rate climbed to 11.6 percent in January while Citrus County hit 11.4 percent. Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2009 is 8.6 percent.