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  • Student, 17, shot, injured at Forest High School

    OCALA — A 17-year-old student was injured and his assailant was taken into custody in a shooting at Forest High School Friday morning.

    The 19-year-old non-student suspect was confronted by the school resource officer within three minutes of the 8:39 shooting. During the capture of the shooter, no shots were fired, according to Sheriff Billy Woods, who briefed the media around noon. He added that the suspect offered no resistance.


    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    The first-ever Miss Dunnellon, Eugina Cannon-Reed, and a two-time Purple Heart recipient, Jim Phillips, shared the spotlight Saturday during the annual Queen of the Rainbow pageant.

    Both received standing ovations during the ceremonies, with Cannon-Reed taking the stage prior to the coronation of the 66th annual Queen of the Rainbow pageant. The event originally began as the Miss Dunnellon Pageant, years later taking the moniker of Queen of the Rainbow.

  • Officials approve letter of support

    A week after delaying a letter of support for a multiuse trail from Blue Run Park to the Dunnellon Chamber & Business Association office, the city council formally and unanimously agreed on backing the Pennsylvania Multi-Model Project and Access Management study.

  • Student-launched vessel lands in France

    The Eagle, or more precisely, the experimental boat, DCA Eagles II has landed.

    Launched 267 days ago in the Gulf of Mexico, the DCA Eagles II was recovered more than a week ago by firefighters in a creek to the Well of Hell in Château-d’Olonne.

    But, according to the Quest-France, a couple living near the Bois Saint-Jean in Château-d’Olonne alerted authorities that it appeared to them that they saw a boat in difficulty.

  • Developer delivers pitch to residents

    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    An overflowing crowd of Rainbow Springs residents filled the pavilion and spilled out into the parking lot at St. John’s the Baptist Catholic Church for the first town hall meeting Tuesday, April 3, morning to hear Jim Gissy’s proposal to purchase the abandoned golf course. The second meeting held Tuesday evening was moved to Stegman hall to accommodate the ever increasing crowd.

  • Council delays approving support for trail

    The Ocala/Marion County Transportation Planning Organization has sought assurances from the city council it supports extending a multiuse trail from Blue Run Park to the Dunnellon Chamber & Business Association offices.


    Pageants, pie-eating contests, six-gun shoot outs are sure to create quite the ruckus, but not at the same level of 1890s Dunnellon when phosphate was discovered.

    Boomtown Days Dunnellon will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, with the Boomtown Kickoff Breakfast and Six Gun Shootout at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Historic Train Depot. Pancakes with all the fixings will be $6. Tickets are available at the Dunnellon Chamber & Business Association office through 3 p.m. today.

  • Agent’s license revoked

    Kevin Day won’t be selling insurance for the foreseeable future.

    The now-former insurance agent pled guilty Thursday morning to one count of criminal use of personal identification information as part of a plea deal his attorney reached with the State Attorney’s Office. Per the agreement, the 46-year-old, who was charged in January, had his license suspended indefinitely. The State Attorney’s Office dropped two additional charges of uttering a forged instrument.

    In addition, Day, who had opened an Allstate


    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    The Grand Park area of Rainbow Springs has a well kept entrance due to the efforts of one woman and her crew of volunteers. They maintain approximately 1/2-mile stretch of the shoulder on 83rd Place Road.

    Cathy Whealton started keeping the area cleaned up when she first moved here with her husband, J.D., and their dog, Diesel.

  • Get ready to dig in at Boomtown Days

    Get ready to dig in at Boomtown, and we’re not talking about mining for phosphate.

    We’re talking about the inaugural Boomtown Days “Pie Eating Contest,” which will pit various competitors’ appetites, on display for all to witness.