Local News

  • Moving forward

    Sean Arnold

    For the Riverland News

    The plan for a whitewater kayak venue in Inglis was first proposed around 2000, with an eye toward possibly serving the 2012 Summer Olympics, if they were to be held in Tampa.

    Though those plans were washed away, the project never quite died.

    Now the town is moving forward with a feasibility study this April, which could attract a concessionaire that could finally bring the venue to fruition.


    Fifteen months have passed since Morguard Corporation unveiled its plans for its major redevelopment of the Rainbow Square Shopping Plaza, paving the way for Publix to call home.

    Now, the $6-plus million redevelopment work has begun.

    “It’s been a long process, but we’ve got a great construction group,” said Joshua Nolan, regional director of retail leasing for Morguard Corporation. “We’re excited to bring this project to the people of Dunnellon; they’ve been itching for a Publix for quite some time now.”

  • District moves teacher

    A first-grade teacher at Dunnellon Elementary School who was placed on paid administrative leave Dec. 14 pending a district investigation into allegations she verbally and physically abused her students, was transferred to Saddlewood Elementary School after the findings of the investigation were completed.

    While the alleged complaints Juliet Jangdhari verbally and physically abused her students were unfounded, the district investigation revealed she did interfere in an investigation by questioning the student witnesses.

  • Police: Insurance agent forged records

    A local insurance salesman and business owner faces legal issues after a month-long investigation wrapped up last Thursday, with the defendant being led out of his office in handcuffs.

    Kevin Day was charged with, according to a Dunnellon Police Department arrest affidavit, one count of criminal use of personal identification information and two counts of uttering a forged instrument. The 46-year-old was booked into the Marion County Jail. He posted bond the same day; his bail was set at $6,000.

  • Springs project grant finalist

    “Hope springs eternal.”

    But for local officials, summertime is when they hope the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approves more than $16 million in grant funding, which they hope will aid in restoring the health of Rainbow Springs and the Rainbow River.


    Less than three months shy of the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., more than four dozen church and civic leaders as well as community members came together Monday, not to mourn the one-time Nobel Prize Winner, but to honor the legacy he left behind.

    On what would have been his 89th birthday, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Ceremony began in the Rainbow Plaza parking lot, where folks shared warm smiles and handshakes on a brisk January morning.

  • Chamber plans awards banquet, seeks nominations
  • Family matriarch, trailblazer dies

    An icon, a trailblazer, a Georgia Bulldog through and through, but most importantly a family matriarch is how Lounell Sally “Mimi” Waugh will forever be remembered.

    Waugh, who celebrated her 100th birthday July 13, 2017, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, surrounded by family.

    “She was the matriarch of our family and her passing leaves a big hole,” said her daughter, Patty Largo. “She loved family gatherings more than anything and the bigger the better, including her nieces and nephews and their families from Georgia.


    Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to start your engines.

    FAST (Fun Autocross Society of Tampa) is preparing for a series of autocross events at the Dunnellon-Marion County Airport, beginning Saturday, Jan. 27. FAST, an autocross club based in the Tampa area that started in 2007, and has roots with another club dating back to about 1998, according to Loren Williams, the director of the organization, made its debut at the decades-old facility last summer and hosted a second event in the fall.

    Now, FAST is ready to rev its engines for at least five more events in 2018.

  • Winkler: Police staffing an issue

    Councilman Larry Winkler believes there’s an issue with staffing, or lack thereof, with the Dunnellon Police Department and wants a resolution.

    But at least two of his colleagues believe an analysis he brought to them didn’t address one key component: financials.

    “The other night at the workshop, I brought up something with police department and no one said a word,” Winkler reminded his colleagues. “Do we have a solution to this problem?”