Local News


    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    The Grand Park area of Rainbow Springs has a well kept entrance due to the efforts of one woman and her crew of volunteers. They maintain approximately 1/2-mile stretch of the shoulder on 83rd Place Road.

    Cathy Whealton started keeping the area cleaned up when she first moved here with her husband, J.D., and their dog, Diesel.

  • Get ready to dig in at Boomtown Days

    Get ready to dig in at Boomtown, and we’re not talking about mining for phosphate.

    We’re talking about the inaugural Boomtown Days “Pie Eating Contest,” which will pit various competitors’ appetites, on display for all to witness.

  • ‘Founder’s Day’ Dinner will serve bite of history

    You’ve heard the tales of the city’s beginnings, but have you lived it?

    If not, then the Founder’s Day Dinner will be the place to be as Albertus Vogt (Dwight Porter), John Dunn (Andy Murray) and James Renfro (Sam Scott) make a special, and perhaps rare, visit to the Historic Train Depot at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, for the prelude to Boomtown Day.

    The three key figures in Dunnellon history will share tales of yesteryear, the town’s founding and the discovery of the area’s claim to fame in the 1880s: phosphate.


    The greater Dunnellon area will be hopping with activity Saturday and Sunday, as three area churches plan a bevy of Easter activities for youths. All of the events are free.

    Community Easter Egg Hunt

    Rainbow Springs Village Church will host a community Easter Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Ernie Mills Park, 11899 Bostick St. Besides the Easter Egg Hunt, there will also be Easter Egg dying, an Easter skit, a bounce slide and free hamburgers and hotdogs.

    Church, Chamber partner for egg hunt

  • City’s plan for park in limbo

    More than three years ago, the city of Dunnellon, the 125 Committee and the Dunnellon Chamber & Business Association touted the future of the 125th Anniversary Park at the site of the Old Historic Water Tower, which appeared would get a second lease on life as the city embarked on a year-long celebration of its 125th Anniversary.

  • Developer targets golf course

    The dilapidated Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club could have a future after all, but the new lease on life is contingent on Rainbow Springs property owners agreeing to a deal to lease a portion of the clubhouse.

    That’s according to Jim Gissy, who struck a sales agreement with Mark and Kasia Kaprelian to purchase the facility and land which has been shuttered since the Kaprelian’s closed the doors on Dec. 31, 2014.


    An investigation into a water line break is underway, according to the city manager, after a contractor with Duke Energy broke a 12-inch water main last Thursday behind Rainbow Plaza where construction for the new Publix has been underway for the past two months.

    The break occurred before 10:30 a.m., said Dawn Bowne, with the city being notified shortly afterward. Crews from city’s utility department and U.S. Water from Florida Governmental Utilities Authority had the break in the line repaired and operational by 3 p.m.

  • Rocket fuel: Brooks re-signs with Jets

    All Terrence Brooks wanted is for one team to believe in him and his future in the NFL.

    The fifth-year pro was set to enter free agency March 14, didn’t dip his toes in those waters, agreeing to a two-year contract with the New York Jets two days prior to the start of the NFL season.

    Brooks officially re-signed his new pact March 14; financial terms of the contract weren’t disclosed.

  • District begins process for setting Withlacoochee flows

    Fred Hiers

    For the Riverland News

    When weather permits, 78-year-old Jodie Roberts sits on her deck on the Withlacoochee River a mile downstream from the Lake Rousseau dam and watches the water’s flow and enjoys the wildlife. She wants to keep it that way.

    To try and do that she was one of about 20 people who attended the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s kickoff meeting this week that began the process of establishing minimum flows and levels (MFL) for the middle and upper portion of the river.

  • City, Chatmire water users under boil water notice

    All utility customers within the city limits and Chatmire residents are under a mandatory boil water notice as a result of a break in a main 12-inch water line behind the Publix construction area by a contractor for Duke Energy. The line was repaired as quickly as possible. However, these customers are under a mandatory boil water notice per FDEP permitting regulations.

    As a precaution, all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes must be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative, bottled water may be used.