Local News

  • Pursuing the ‘dream’

    Once again, crisp temperatures could put the chill on the spirits of the more than 100 people who gathered Monday morning at the Rainbow Springs Plaza parking lot to take part in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. memorial walk/parade, as marchers made the 1.4-mile trek to Ernie Mills Park.
    There, organizers of the event gathered with city officials, as they recalled the Civil Rights movement spearheaded by the late-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. more than 50 years ago. The one-time Nobel Peach Prize winner was assassinated in April 1968.

  • Council will set goals for Esch

    To better evaluate City Manager Eddie Esch in the coming months and year, the City Council agreed it needs to establish an obtainable set of goals for Esch, appoint-ed to the position full-time last May.
    “I’ve talked to Eddie about this,” said Councilman Chuck Dillon who suggested the idea, noting the Council is the Board of Directors and Esch is a CEO. “What we do is we set goals that we feel we’d like to see him accomplish.”

  • Florida Cable pays off lease deal

    Florida Cable made good with its financial commitment to All-American Leasing last Thursday, ending the threat of extending legal woes for the city of Dunnellon.
    The privately-owned telecommunications company made its $200,000 payment as agreed upon in an amended agreement to an original deal the two companies struck in October as well as December and January. Florida Cable also reimbursed All-American Leasing for all of its legal fees and costs associated with the lawsuit and agreements.
    The payment also means the city is off the hook financially.

  • ‘PAWSitive Fun’

    Story by Augie Salzer

    A warm, soft and furry friend can easily take away the stress and awkwardness of learning to read and turn the whole experience into an enjoyable time for children.
    A new program called “PAWSitive Fun with Terra, the Therapy Dog” was recently started at the Dunnellon Public Library to help young children struggling with reading.

  • Amen! Council OKs opening prayer

    In 2007, the then-Dunnellon City Council approved a motion relegating opening prayer to a moment of silence. Since then, the city has found itself mired in multiple lawsuits, and watched the collapse of a telecommunications venture put the city on the verge of bankruptcy.
    “In my opinion, that’s when (the city) started having problems, having litigation, opposing views, a division in council chambers,” Councilman Chuck Dillon said. “I think there’s a definite correlation between the two. I think bringing God back into meetings is a good place to start.”

  • Hot to trot

    The neighs ruled at the Geeenway Getaway, as horse riding enthusiasts converged at the Pruitt Trailhead along the Halpata Tastanaki Preverse.
    It was the first time the event, sanctioned by the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC); Southeastern Distance Riders Association (SEDRA); and the Southeast Endurance Riders Association (SERA), was hosted at the venue. Previously, the event, formerly referred to as the Greenway Gallop, was held at the Florida Horse Park near Belleview.

  • Club’s closing ‘sad’ day for all

    For those who milled about inside The Grill Room or outside near the entrance New Year’s Eve at Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club, it wasn’t for a typical New Year’s party.
    No, this gathering was a farewell party, a bitter one at that.
    In a few short hours, the lights would be turned off, the doors would be locked and there would be no coming back from a place many have called a second home for the better part of the past 35 years.

  • Staff, members prepare for final farewell

    For the past 31 years, Debbie Coffey has served up her share of drinks, heard as many stories and jokes and gotten to know just as many people all from the comforts of The Grill Room at Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club.
    In a week, that part of her life ends.

  • Love, others provided boost for program

    It’s no secret the Dunnellon High School football team in the late 1970s had plenty of support from the community, especially a reinvigorated Booster Club, which created the Quarterback Club. They beat the streets, raising funds for new uniforms, equipment and other essential needs for the coach Richard Kennedy and the players.
    Leading the charge was longtime Dunnellon Ned Love, who owned the Dinner Bell Restaurant and Hotel.

  • ‘Right coach, right time’

    Fresh off a winless season in 1976, Richard Kennedy, then a first-year assistant coach, agreed to take the reins of the Dunnellon High School football program, which had more than its share of hard times than tradition.
    But Kennedy wasn’t about to shy away from the challenge ahead; he knew the talent was there.