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  • Clean cut decision

    In a career, which has spanned 60 years, Norm Gazelle has had his share of moments throughout his career cutting hair.

    And most, if not all, don’t even involve cutting his customer’s locks.

    Calling it a career is “bittersweet.”

  • FOLLOW THAT DREAM

    Six days ago, Martin Luther King Jr. would have celebrated his 90th birthday; however, it’s been almost 51 years ago in which one of the most prominent Civil Rights activists was slain in April 1968 in Memphis, Tenn.

    History is paramount, according to the Rev. Warren Hardaway as scores of citizens, civic leaders and local officials gathered Monday after making the annual trek from McDonald’s to Ernie Mills Park where festivities continued with inspirational speeches, youth recognitions as well as a solemn wreath-laying ceremony at the base of the American flag.

  • Council delays utility project

    A project to make improvements to the antiquated sewer within areas of the Historic District will undergo a review as officials plan to work with two respective companies due to an almost quarter million-dollar shortfall.

  • Council delays utility project

    A project to make improvements to the antiquated sewer within areas of the Historic District will undergo a review as officials plan to work with two respective companies due to an almost quarter million-dollar shortfall.

  • Dawn of a new era

    Conversation and laughter filled the air, old and new friends socialized over coffee, doughnuts and other treats inside the Grill Room at the once-defunct Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club.

    Once considered a long shot the facility would ever re-open became a reality Jan. 4 when Gissy-Goetz Properties opened the doors to a portion of the facilities it is leasing to the Rainbow Springs Property Owners Association, whose 3,000-plus members will begin paying an additional $108 per year in assessments this month for access to the facility.

  • Hancock resigns council position

    More change is coming to the city council after Mayor Dale Burns dropped a bombshell upon his colleagues Monday night toward the end of the meeting.

    The first-term mayor told the council and the public he had a surprising visit from Councilman Rick Hancock on Jan. 10 at his home. Hancock, who had served on council in the early to mid-2000s, handed over his city-issued cell phone and his letter of resignation. His tenure was to carry into November 2020.

  • LIGHTING THE WAY

    Christmas is a time for magic, and even Tom Santora knows there is always enough magic to go around.

    The 70-year-old Friends of Rainbow Springs (FORS) State Park member knew he would need to rise to the occasion if the annual Santa Over the Rainbow event would be a go, or face the possibility of a cancellation for the second time in three years.

  • County OKs diver fee increase

    Divers will have to dig deeper if they wish to enjoy the serene waters of the Rainbow River or plan to access the spring-fed wonder at KP Hole.

    That’s because a year after doubling fees for tubers, the County Commission in December approved tripling the fees for divers, from $5 to $15. Devil’s Den and the Blue Gratto, both in Williston charges divers a $38 and $44 fee, respectively, if they have their own personal equipment.

  • ‘PUBLIC’ VOID

    Not long after being presented with a “Key to the City,” Public Works Supervisor Anthony Santacross couldn’t contain his emotions, as the tears began to flow freely.

    That doesn’t mean there wasn’t a lighthearted moment either, as city employees presented him with a screwdriver, with an inscription: “We’re screwed when you leave.”

    “That’s really sweet,” Santacross said of the off-color gift.

    His retirement, however, is a little bittersweet.

  • Police: Robbery suspect apprehended

    Video footage of an assault at a local convenience store and a bottle of Coca-Cola with fingerprints left on it led to the Dec. 28 arrest of a 30-year-old Citrus Springs man stemming from an attempted robbery attempt at Circle K in October, according to a Dunnellon Police Department arrest affidavit.

    Christopher M. Quinones was charged with one count of strong arm robbery and battery. His bond was set at $10,500.