Local News

  • Bus tour highlights senior-care communities in Marion County

    Residents faced with the ever-changing needs of growing older are invited to learn of some of the various options available to them in Marion County by taking a tour of two local senior-care communities on Wednesday, March 21.

    The Riverland News event is free and includes lunch, transportation by bus and guided tours of Brookdale Pinecastle in Ocala and Canterfield of Ocala

  • Reduce tax rate? Hancock says ‘yes’

    The council is months away from discussing the Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget, but that isn’t deterring Councilman Rick Hancock from challenging staff and his colleagues to begin the process now.

    “What this effort is, is my view, of how I feel the approaching budget could be,” Hancock said during an open discussion at the March 7 workshop. “It allows staff time to put their thoughts together, gives staff direction about how do we see the city moving forward.”

  • ‘Sweet surprise’

    Heather Danenhower

    Special to the Riverland News

    For Duke Energy lineman apprentice Shawn Tillis, rest and normalcy have erased the exhaustion of restoring power after Hurricane Irma drenched and devastated much of Florida in September 2017. But one memory remains strong.

    When Tillis thinks about Hurricane Irma, he remembers Mary Schwartz, a woman in her 90s with an “angelic face.”

  • Wreck claims life of Dunnellon woman

    A two-vehicle wreck early Friday evening along U.S. 41 claimed the life of a 56-year-old woman, shutting down the northbound lane of U.S. 41 for several hours as debris from the incident was scattered along the road, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

  • Agency launches initiative

    United Way of Marion County’s Strong Families Initiative has been come to the Dunnellon area and is currently seeking participants and volunteer mentors. 


    Four years into his NFL career, Terrence Brooks understands the business side of professional football better than most in the league.

    He has gotten pretty good at moving, too.

    The former Dunnellon High School standout completed his fourth season with his third team after being drafted in the third round by the Baltimore Ravens after capping his senior season at Florida State University with a national championship.

  • ‘Matriarch of Florida Folk’ dies

    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    Margaret Longhill might have never reached motherhood during her time as a nun, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t considered one, at least not when it came to those in the circles of Florida Folk music.

    Longhill, dubbed the “matriarch of Florida Folk,” died at the age of 96 last Thursday. Her passion for Florida’s history, environment, music and people blossomed in the 1970s when she moved here.


    Julie Mancini

    Riverland News

    Congressman Neal Dunn visited Dunnellon Middle School the morning of February 23 before leaving to head back home.

    First, Rep. Dunn briefly addressed the teachers before a mandatory training they were having on test administration. After that, the congressman was led across campus to meet with members of the Dunnellon Middle School Student Council, stopping along the way at the media center to deliver four boxes of books that Congressman Dunn and his wife had chosen for the school from the Library of Congress.

  • Dunn meets with business owners, others

    More than a year into office, Congressman Neal Dunn believes Congress has made progress.

    “Fortunately, we have made some headway in some important areas,” he said during a stop last Thursday in Dunnellon. “Unfortunately, we did not manage to do health care, but we came so close. That’s more maddening, because we were within a single vote in the Senate. That’s very frustrating.”

    That being said, Rep. Dunn said, the tax cuts are going to make the economy “just zoom.”

  • Business owners mixed on potential impact of trail

    Grant Chance knows and understands the concerns of his fellow business owners along East Pennsylvania Avenue when it comes to the thoughts of their businesses being disrupted by construction of a multimodal trail.

    The longtime owner of Blue Run Bicycles also realizes their concerns about the potential impact on everyday business, from deliveries to customers making their way into their shops.