Local News

  • Bring the boom

    Cowboys, classic cars, music, pageants and a pie-eating contest.

    Boomtown Days Dunnellon, the decades-long festival celebrating the discovery of phosphate, which sparked a “boom” in population in the city, will bring a bustle into the Historic District from 9 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

    There is sure to plenty for all ages, according to Joanne Black, president of the Dunnellon Chamber & Business Association. And those who plan to flock to Dunnellon, expanded parking will be available at Dunnellon Middle School.

  • ‘In God’s Hands’

    For 40 years, well before Allstate’s catchy phrase, “You’re in Good Hands,” became popular, Roxanne Caraway made it a point to let her customers know they weren’t just in good hands and they were more than just clients, they were family, and she made it a point to take care of their needs.

    That, Caraway said, remained the key aspect of an industry that is ever-competitive.

  • State will inventory city assets

    With a lighter turnout, Kimley-Horn and the city wrapped up its series of “Community Conversations” geared toward developing a vision and economic development strategy for officials and citizens to implement in the coming years.

    Community Conversation III was March 12 at City Hall, as Allison Megrath, with Kimley-Horn, with input from citizens, was working toward developing a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Obstacles and Threats) Analysis on the city.

  • Council tables request

    A request to change the density of a 2.5-acre parcel of property west of Blue Cove Lake was tabled after more than an hour-and-a-half of conversation and concerns from residents in Blue Cove Lake, who are against a proposed development.

    Developer Charles “Chuck” Dillon has sought the council’s approval to change the density of property in which he owns a majority stake in from low density to high density. The density was changed in 2008 when sitting council approved a new comprehensive plan, which changed the density.

  • Developer renovating old Food Lion

    KW Partners LLC is pumping upward of $2 million into the old Food Lion at Dunnellon Plaza after purchasing the decades old facility last fall for $2.5 million.

    Its efforts of renovating the anchor store is already paying off as KW Partners LLC secured a deal with Dollar Tree, which will make the move from Rainbow Plaza, according to Richard Kerper, managing partner with KW Partners LLC.

    The plaza had seen for sale for a while before the Clearwater-based company opted to purchase it.


    Art Jones has brought his rake and enthusiasm to Dunnellon, with his sights set on the lower Rainbow River.

    The founder of the One Rake at a Time organization, who now calls Dunnellon home, believes he as well as others can transform the health of the lower Rainbow River, much like was done with King’s Bay in Crystal River. The focal point of One Rake at a Time is manpower in which volunteers physically remove invasive vegetation from the waterways as well as remove harmful nutrients that have a negative impact on the ecosystem.

  • Marion County’s 175th anniversary celebration slated

    Everyone enjoys celebrating significant milestones, with birthdays and anniversaries typically at the top of the list. In 2019, Marion County is celebrating its 175th anniversary and everyone is invited to the community festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the McPherson Complex in Ocala.

    This event is the first of its kind for the springfed region dubbed the Horse Capital of the World. Organizations from around the area will participate in telling Marion County’s story in a fun, in-formative and interactive way.

  • Burglary suspect caught

    A burglary suspect was apprehended in the late night hours Feb. 27 after a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy found him near the Citgo gas station wearing nothing but a pair of shorts “too large for his waist,” according to a Dunnellon Police Department arrest affidavit.


    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    Terrorism wasn’t a foreign concept to Americans, but strikes on U.S. soil were an unfamiliar vestige until the mid-morning events of Sept. 11, 2001, occurred in New York City and Washington, D.C.

    And the unnerving scene that played out over the ensuing days changed America’s life forever.

    Now, terrorism and the threats that exist are forever engrained in our consciousness. That not only includes American citizens, but the U.S. armed forces as well.


    Editor’s Note: Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February yearly. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives.

    One could say, Geff Gascay thrived on the adrenaline of preparing for a 5K, tough mudders (mud runs), ninja warrior competitions or scuba diving, a hobby he learned while spending a good portion of his youthful days on the Rainbow River.