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  • Just ducky

    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    There are a lot of visitors and residents who float down the Rainbow River on boats, kayaks, tubes and paddleboards, and they all enjoy seeing one woman giving her pet duck a ride on her paddleboard.

    Marion Renda enjoys spoiling her pet duck, Mango. The 2-year-old Pekin duck follows Renda around like a puppy dog.

    “He follows me everywhere,” Renda said with a smile. “He loves riding on the paddleboard.”

  • New home construction planned

    With the clearing of a pair of vacant lots in Rainbow Springs, a modest milestone has been reached for the first time in at least 12 years: new homes will be built in the deed-restricted community.

    All told, up to 40 lots are available through lots that are owned by Jim Gissy and Geoff Goetz. The homes, which will feature a 1,600-square foot model and a 2,000-plus square foot model, will be constructed by Kaufman Construction, a contractor for Gissy-Goetz Properties and will be sold exclusively by the Rainbow Springs Realty Group.

  • FRESH LOOK

    Barring an unforeseen setback, renovations for the one-time Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club, which would become the Rainbow Springs Community Center, could be complete in time for a Jan. 1, 2019, opening date, four years after former owners Mark and Kasia Kaprelian shuttered the doors to the decades-old facility.

  • Hot topics with Councilman White

    With a new year approaching and new council members preparing to take office, the dynamics of the council are changing, so the Riverland News choose to ask a series of questions with those who are running, opposed or unopposed, or if they will remain on Council. Today, we are featuring Councilman Bill White.

    Question: How do you bring a different representation to council than we’ve had before?

  • ‘Scary’ sweet haunts

    Ghouls, goblins, superheroes and princesses will besiege the greater Dunnellon area on Halloween night as the Dunnellon Chamber & Business Association and area churches have plenty of stops in the works for the sweets seeking youths in the area.

    The Trail of Treaters, which has outgrown Ernie Mills Park, is opting to return to the streets, and is seeking business owners willing to be a part of citywide trick-or-treat event for youths, which will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • FINAL CHAPTER

    Perhaps it was both symbolic and fitting that Bobby James’ retirement ceremony was at the Silver River Museum. It was there, in a one-room schoolhouse, where James began his career as a student in the Marion County Public School System. It was James, who is retiring after having spent the past 11 years on the Marion County School Board, who championed to have the building relocated to the Silver River Museum.

  • Utility sale set to close

    Within the next 24 hours, the city will officially be out of the water and sewer business, as the sale of its utility system to the Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) will be finalized Friday. The deal culminates in an almost year-long effort by the city to divest its utility system to FGUA, which operates facilities in 14 counties statewide.

    The city’s outstanding debt as of Monday for the utility system is $10.8 million, according to Finance Director Jan Smith. The city does not have final numbers as to what it will gain from the sale, Smith added.

  • Hot topics with Mayor Burns

    With a new year approaching and new council members preparing to take office, the dynamics of the council are changing, so the Riverland News choose to ask a series of questions with those who are running, opposed or unopposed, or if they will remain on Council. Today, we are featuring Mayor Dale Burns.

    Question: How do you bring a different representation than we have had before?

    Answer: I have lived in a varity of locations from the North to the South, large communities to small. I will bring a diversified perspective.

  • Dunnellon man charged with murder

    A 47-year-old Dunnellon man has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a Gerald Lee Bryant, a 50-year-old Spring Hill resident, on Wednesday night in the 13300 block of Southwest 106th Place, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

    Eric Matthews shot and killed Bryant while Bryant was attempting to visit his three biological children, the sheriff’s office stated in a news release.

    Per the report, at approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, deputies responded to

  • Still got the Blues

    Dunnellon might best be known for the discovery of phosphate, but don’t tell that to Keith Caton or Gary Christensen.

    Call it luck, fate or divine intervention; the pair discovered each other at Boomtown Days, a long-running festival celebrating the city’s discovery of phosphate in the late 1880s. While it might be phosphate that brought them together, it’s their love of the Blues that has sparked not just a friendship, but a renewed energy in their musical careers.