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    Nestled on a picturesque 3.5-acre plot of land, northeast of Duffy’s, there’s something special brewing,but it’s no secret as to what Matthew Bagdanovich is cooking.

    And those who have learned about his operation want a taste, and he’s more than happy to oblige.

    Part “Mad Scientist” or “Chemist,” Bagdanovich has been honing his craft for most of his adult life.

    “Grandma was a Sutton from North Georgia,” he deadpanned when asked how he learned the craft.

  • Fire Rescue takes over Landings for training

    Their approach was methodical, and for good reason.

    As a four-man crew with Marion County Fire Rescue Station No. 21s tactical rescue unit, they were afforded the chance to make sure they got it right as they ascended one of the numerous stairwells at the Landings. While it was a training exercise, they wanted to make sure they got it right, so as they hoisted the hose, their men got into position near Unit No. 33 on the third floor, they asked questions, they pointed in each other’s directions, gave orders and sought advice.


    Matthew Snodgrass was like most inquisitive toddlers, as he was learning to walk, exploring newfound boundaries.

    But even for the 11-month-old tyke, the bruises that would randomly appear were becoming disconcerting, especially for his parents, Megan and Matt. So when Matthew fell ill and began running a fever, his mom, Megan, took him to a nearby clinic. The doctor, she said, dismissed the bruising and diagnosed Matthew with an ear infection and sent them home.


    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    One Dunnellon couple is enjoying the Florida sunshine and so are their honey bees.

    Frank and Debbie Kogut are “snowbirds” from New York and have brought their bees to Florida with them for their six months stay.

    “I bring my bees with me down here because they flourish in the winter months,” Kogut said. “They think it’s summer. They like the winters and prosper here.”

  • Wreck leaves 3 dead

    Kim Horton saw the Chevy Cobalt lose control as it came around the corner on State Road 40 West on Saturday night as she and her friend were returning to her home.

    “I took to the ditch or he would have flipped us,” she said. “He missed me by inches.”

  • Three dead in wreck; two critically hurt

     Three people were killed and two people transported in critical condition to an Ocala area hospital Saturday evening when a Chevy Cobalt and a Chevy Silverado collided on State Road 40 West near Southwest 133rd Avenue Road.


    Before an afternoon thunderstorm settled in, raining on Boomtown Days Dunnellon, it did not dampen the Boomtown Pageants, where the reigns of the victors began in earnest.

  • Three days after nearly drowning, man dies

    Three days after a 72-year-old man nearly drowned Sunday evening on the Rainbow River, Sergio Perz of Palm Coast died early Wednesday morning at Bayfront Health Seven Rivers, according to Dunnellon Police Chief Mike McQuaig.

    Perez, his wife, Kathy, and three friends embarked on a tubing adventure down the Rainbow River Sunday afternoon, when late in the day, the trek unraveled.

  • Community touts assets to state officials

    State representatives from a number of agencies, individuals, civic leaders, business owners and city officials fanned out across much of the greater Dunnellon area last Thursday for the final component of the Competitive Florida Partnership grant was completed in earnest.

    That information is now being compiled by the Department of Economic Opportunities as well as Kimley Horn, which it will present in a special workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. Then, the council will adopt a new Economic Development Strategy at its June 10 city council meeting.

  • Council rejects request

    After a tense back-and-forth with Charles J. Dillon and property owners abutting West Blue Cove Lake, it was the current residents who won, letting out a round of applause and cheers Monday when the city council unanimously denied Dillon and his partners a request to change the density on 2.5 acres from low density to high density.