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  • On-street parking issues vex Council

    City council now has a clearer picture of a multi-modal path leading into downtown Dunnellon.

    The Ocala-Marion County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and city officials met with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 5 officials and learned on-street parking would not need to be totally scrapped if FDOT would pick up any portion of the tab for the $4 million-plus project.

  • Developer continues acquisitions

    The executive vice president of West Gate Resorts hasn’t slowed down adding to his extensive portfolio of land acquisitions in the greater Dunnellon area, as Jim Gissy announced he has purchased two additional tracts of property.

    Both pieces of property happen to be in Citrus County, just south of the county line.

    The first tract consists of two lots near U.S. 41 with an easement to the bicycle trail. The second land purchase was for 2.33 acres on State Road 200 directly across from Stumpknockers on the Withlacoochee River.

  • AGAINST ALL ODDS

    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    February is American Heart Month and one man is celebrating this month by trying to break an outstanding record.

    Steve Northsea has survived with a heart transplant for 23 years which he received Feb. 19, 1995 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

    “The doctors told me I could expect another 8 or

    10 years,” Steve said with a smile. “It’s been 23 years and I think I beat the odds.”

  • Little League set for season-opening ceremonies

    Terrence Brooks has plenty of fond memories from youth running around the Dunnellon Little League Complex, from those he played with to those who mentored him both on and off the diamond.

    “Oh man, I’m getting old,” quipped the 25-year-old Brooks, who is entering free agency this offseason after four years in the NFL. “There were some good times; baseball was my first favorite, I had a great, great time with Coach Babcock, coach Fagan and many others. They brought me up and raised me through baseball and football.”

  • DUMPED ON

    Business owners feel like they’re being dumped on again, because the cost of taking out the trash has increased.

    The city of Dunnellon struck a new deal with Waste Management, but as part of the agreement, the city established a 15 percent franchise fee for commercial accounts.

  • CHUGGIN’ ALONG

    Julie Mancini

    Riverland News

    When Ron Tyrie was a little boy, growing up in Indiana, he first became fascinated with antique engines.

    “The seeds were planted as a child when I would visit county fairs,” said Tyrie, who lives in Homosassa. “There’d be an old guy who would ask, ‘Hey, you want to see how this works?’”

  • School board seeks change

    If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

    But two members of the Marion County School Board believe the current system — an elected superintendent — is broken and needs fixing, which is why they’re leading the charge for a voter referendum in November.

    The School Board will seek a voter-approved referendum in the November General Election to change what Board members Nancy Stacy and Bobby James consider an antiquated system of electing a superintendent versus an appointed superintendent.

  • School district seeks tax referendum

    Nearly four years ago, the Marion County School Board sought public support for an additional 1-mill referendum to balance class sizes while bolstering its vocational, art, music and physical education programs.

    Board member Bobby James has seen firsthand how vital the additional revenue has been; he was also a proponent of the tax referendum four years ago. The former Dunnellon High School principal is a staunch advocate for it again, where it’ll appear on the ballot in the August Primary.

  • K-9 apprehends theft suspect

    Fool them once, shame on them; fool them twice, shame on you.

    Such was the case for Joseph W. Paris, who eluded law enforcement authorities Sunday after being dispatched to Walmart at 11012 N. Williams St., in reference to a grand theft retail report.

  • FEEDING THE NEED

    Two years ago, the findings of a Community Health Assessment triggered a cause for concern in the greater Dunnellon area.

    Dunnellon was recognized as a “food desert,” the study, conducted by Marion Senior Services, recognized, stated. In addition to the increasing requests for additional services – nutrition and transit –through existing clients and those searching for alternative options, Marion Senior Services began a long process to implement those services.