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  • 'Yes' or 'No' Tuesday on tax amendment

    On Tuesday voters will go to the polls and vote on an amendment to the state constitution which proposes property tax relief in addition to casting their ballots in the Republican and Democratic voter preferences in their party presidential primaries.

    Much confusion has arisen over the tax amendment.

    The amount of the reduction of taxes for property owners varies, depending on the property and particularly if it’s homesteaded. So for property owning voters, the question is, “What’s in it for me?”

  • Master plan will guide Dunnellon Airport

    The Marion County Commission was expected to approve a consultant agreement this week for developing a master plan for the Dunnellon Airport.

    The agreement was on Tuesday’s commission agenda. The total cost of the project is $108,530. It will include the preparation of the master plan and a comprehensive analysis of the airport facilities. It will explore new opportunities for more aviation activities at the site and determine trends and activities affecting the airport.

  • Christmas countdown: Time is running out

    A few days before Christmas and you still have not finished your shopping? Some may have a few more names to cross off, while others have waited until the last minute and will be scrambling on the final weekend before the big day. To help finish off your lists, Riverland News took to the streets of Dunnellon in search of those last minute gift ideas.

  • Grad planners suggest more recreation; septic regs

    Protecting the aquifer, enhancing recreation opportunities and dealing with wastewater were three local issues addressed by a team of graduate planning students from the University of Florida.

    After studying three areas of Dunnellon’s comprehensive plan, the students presented recommendations to city leaders last week. The city has been in the process of updating its plan and could adopt some of the recommendations.

  • New Dunnellon Library construction on schedule

    It broke ground on March 12 and the new Dunnellon Public Library is taking shape. The light-blue painted 16,000-square-foot library has plenty of room for everyone and room to expand.

    Julie Sieg, library director for the Marion County Public Library system, said there would be a parking lot, something the current library does not really have.

    In addition to 109 parking spaces, the state-of-the-art library will separate area for children’s programming.

    An area Sieg called a place that “allows the kids to be kids a little bit more.”

  • HS standout open to other offers

    High school star Lerentee McCray recently decided he will not be playing collegiate football next year at the University of Miami.

    The decision opens McCray up to the possibilities of playing at other schools, including the University of Florida.

    McCray was a standout at Dunnellon High School and is rated one of the top high school linebackers in the nation.

  • Boys soccer team loses pair

    The Dunnellon High School boys soccer team had reason to celebrate last week despite a loss.

    Dunnellon lost to one of the area powers, Lecanto High School 7-0.

    “Our goal was to not get mercy-ruled,” said Dunnellon coach Sydney Weiss. “We didn’t get mercy-ruled. We ended up playing the whole game. We had good practices this past week.

    “They scored two in the first 10 minutes. Goalkeeper Jose Velez had 22 goalie saves against Lecanto.”

    Monday night, the Tigers scored but couldn’t bring home the victory.

  • Thornton's free throws let NM nip Dunnellon

    The Dunnellon High girls basketball team took a heartbreaking loss on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Tigers gym.

    North Marion High’s Milnita Thornton hit a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left to give North Marion (4-5) a 53-52 overtime victory over the Tigers (1-9). A turnaround jumper by Vivian Cevere gave the Tigers their final points with six seconds left in this demanding game.

    Ann Marie Laroque led Dunnellon with 23 points. Kimberly Alderman added 13 points. Cevere scored eight points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked six shots for the Tigers.