Local News

  • City given grant

    The city of Dunnellon secured a state grant through the Department of Economic Opportunities, and now officials are hoping to make the most of the $25,000 opportunity.

  • ‘Family’ for Christmas

    Josh Stevens will be the first to admit, “it took him a minute” to grow into fatherhood when he began dating his now wife, Danielle, who at the time was a single mother of two boys, Gino, now 12, and Bryce, now 8.

    “I was young, I still liked to party,” he said.

    And as Danielle points out, eight years ago he was a bit selfish, too.

    “I’d make dinner and start eating before anyone else had a plate ready,” he remembered.


    As Pastor Daniel Autry looked on Thursday morning at the shell of Souls Harbor First Pentecostal Church of Dunnellon with the smell of smoke still lingering, he could only see the positives.

    While disheartening, Autry said, there were no injuries and the sanctuary was undamaged in the early morning fire.

    “All things considered, we’re thankful for how the evening turned out,” said Autry, whose church has occupied the old Methodist Church for the past three years.

  • Inverness pedals proposal to city

    The city of Inverness believes it has a rock solid proposal partnering with the city of Dunnellon on the proposed Rock Ridge Phosphate Trail, a stitching together of Brooksville’s Good Neighbor Trail and the Withlacoochee State Trail that runs along U.S. 41. The two trails connect south of Floral City.

  • Children’s Christmas tonight at Bingo Hall

    Regardless of ones age, there is always reason to believe in the magic of Christmas miracles, so consider Troy Slattery and former members of Dunnellon Fire Rescue among those who still believe.

    For a very good reason, too.

    With the disbandment of Dunnellon Fire Rescue as well as Dunnellon Fire Auxiliary more than a year ago, there was uncertainty that the Dunnellon Needy Children’s Christmas Party was marking its swan song.

    Even up until two months ago, the event wasn’t a sure thing.


    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    One Dunnellon High School graduate has become the newest reporter for the WCJB-TV20 news station.

    Olana Osborn joined the TV 20 news team in June of this year. She began her new career about a year ago at the Knoxville CBS affiliate news station in Tennessee, which is owned by the same company as TV20.

    “I was looking for a place that was hiring full-time reporters and this allowed me to come back home,” Osborn said. “I love journalism and it is definitely what I’m happy doing now.”

  • Veteran stories sought

    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    The Ocala Civic Theatre, in support of the Library of Congress, is currently conducting interviews with military veterans in an attempt to preserve their history and have it cataloged for future generations to understand the terrors of war.

    Karen Eileen, a volunteer with the Ocala Civic Theatre, recently visited St. John the Baptist Catholic Church to promote the history project. She is looking for veterans to share their story and volunteers to help with the camera and assist with the paperwork.

  • Fire damages church’s fellowship hall

     An early morning fire broke out at Souls Harbor Church at 11818 N. Ohio St., causing extensive damage to the fellowship hall, according to Marion County Fire Rescue.

    At 12:18 a.m. Thursday, MCFR units were dispatched to reports of a commercial structure fire located at the Soul’s Harbor Pentecostal Church on Ohio Street. The 911 caller reported that the church was on fire, with flames shooting through the roof.

  • City Beach to open; users to pay fee

    The good news: after more than $100,000 in improvements and more than 18 months of being closed, Chaplin A. Dinkins III Memorial Park, otherwise known as City Beach, will reopen Friday to the public.

    The other news: users will now have to pay to access City Beach, after the council approved an operational plan Tuesday at its latest meeting to implement entry fees for both residents and non-residents.

  • Tigers aim to clear regional roadblock

    Is this the year? Even Dunnellon coach Price Harris isn’t sure.

    “I don’t know,” he said Monday. “We’ll see how they practice, how they prepare.”

    What is certain is the Tigers are in the second round of the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, Harris’ fifth year at the helm of the program. What is also certain is Dunnellon hasn’t made it past the second round each of those seasons, losing to Bradford (2017), South Sumter (2016) and, of course, the Tigers opponent Friday night: the Raiders (2015).