Local News

  • A winter wonderland spectacular

    The Friends of Dunnellon and their elves have been busily planning the annual Dunnellon Christmas Parade for the past year, but if you’re not yet in the Christmas spirit, they might have the cure for what ails you as the Friends of Dunnellon expect to turn Dunnellon into a winter wonderland beginning Friday and culminating Saturday with the parade and post-party celebration.


    ST. CLOUD — If Dunnellon was nervous Friday at Hickory Tree Community Park, the Pee Wee Tigers never showed the first-time jitters of playing in a state championship, not for a team eager to etch its name in the record books.

  • Piece by piece, furniture store thrives

    Story by Augie Salzer
    Riverland News
    At one time or another, for almost 40 years, everyone has probably seen one of the big Badcock trucks delivering furniture to homes and offices throughout the Dunnellon area.
    It was November 1974 when Hubert and Hazel Williams opened the Badcock Home Furniture & More store in a tiny building on Pennsylvania Avenue, just across the street from its present location.
    Hazel Williams is still the owner and active participant of the business, but her husband decided it was time to retire back in 1994.

  • Council agrees; will talk about river law

    Minutes after being sworn-in Nov. 10, newly seated Councilman Chuck Dillon wasted little time in establishing his presence on the City
    Dillon asked colleague Dennis Evans if he would call for a motion passing along a paper. Dillon told Evans if he didn’t feel comfortable doing it, he would, but he didn’t want to steal the vice mayor’s “thunder.” After pausing to read the suggested measure, Evans raised his head and agreed to Dillon’s request, but reworded: make a motion that the Council adds to its Dec. 8 agenda to repeal the river corridor protection ordinance.

  • 'Tis the season

    The turkey and fixings might not have hit the supper table yet, but that doesn’t mean one can’t get into the holiday spirit. And if you’re a person who loves the Christmas season, there’s no need to look farther than the greater Dunnellon area for a plethora of events to celebrate, starting Friday and Saturday.
    City tree-lighting ceremony

  • Model aspirations

    “Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because
    of their passion.”
    — Martha Graham

    One might view Brianna Lakhani’s schedule and ponder where she finds the time.
    But when it comes to a person’s passion, there’s always time, Lakhani explained.
    Her home-schooling schedule certainly proves beneficial in allowing her to pursue her passion of dance, as well as a hopeful future in modeling.

  • County pitches offer to Little League

    Talks to create a joint partnership between Marion County Parks & Recreation, Dunnellon Little League and the city of Dunnellon to renovate the antiquated facilities are behind in the count.
    Lacking major revenue streams to modernize the Dunnellon Little League Complex to draw high-level tournaments, league and city officials sought assistance from Marion County. The county oversees several complexes, which draw major state tournaments on an annual basis.

  • Council OK’s deal for hotel

    The City Council continued clearing a path Monday for a new hotel to build in Dunnellon.
    The Council approved the developer’s agreement, struck between City Manager Eddie Esch, City Attorney Virginia Cassady and Nature Coast Eco Friends LLC, the company aiming to build a Comfort Suite Inn, a three-story, 70-room hotel behind Walgreen’s and abutting the railroad tracks.

  • Nonprofit agency awarded $25K grant

    Christmas came early for the Annie W. Johnson Service Center, though the fruits of the present won’t be seen for several months, executives at the nonprofit agency are brimming with excitement about the future of the agency.
    Officials were notified in late September they had been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation for Annie’s Freeze-to-Feed program.

  • Airman nears end of career