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  • Hot topics with council hopeful Pam Kern

    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 Councilwoman Valerie Hanchar and Pam Kern, who are both running for Seat No. 4.

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

  • Hot topics with council hopeful Valerie Hanchar

    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 Councilwoman Valerie Hanchar and Pam Kern, who are both running for Seat No. 4.

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

  • Marion County schools serve as donation drop-off points

    All public schools in Marion County will serve as donation drop-off points for victims of Hurricane Michael in Florida’s Panhandle.

    Students, teachers, parents, school employees and the community at-large may donate to any public school through Thursday, Oct. 25, during normal school hours. Items collected at all elementary and middle schools will then be taken to their feeder-pattern high school. 

  • Chamber tuning up for Jazz Up

    Did Jazz Up Dunnellon leave you feeling Spechlis a year ago?

    Don’t fret, the 2015 Rising Band Nashville Award winning duo will be back for an encore performance, when Sheyenne Rivers and Daniel Ericks set up shop Saturday at Just a Cupcake Café & Bakery.

    Rivers and Ericks call their music a “delicate balance between Americana and pop with notes of folk, bluegrass and rock.”

  • ROYAL ROOTS

    If Hank Williams ever decides to change the lyrics of his well-known “Family Tradition,” he might consider reaching out to the Thompson family, especially after Friday’s Homecoming festivities at Dunnellon High School.

  • Sheriff: Boy, 12, ‘felt like shooting up school’

    A Dunnellon Middle School student faces serious charges after the 12-year-old on Thursday sent out an Instagram message to a classmate that he “felt like shooting up the school.”

    The Riverland News is not naming the student, who was charged with Intimidation-Write Send Threat to Kill or Injure, a felony. His bond was set at $5,000.

  • Dunnellon officer cited in wreck

    An officer with the Dunnellon Police Department received a citation from the Florida Highway Patrol for causing a two-vehicle wreck Sept. 28, according to an FHP Traffic Crash report.

    Officer Becky Rivera was traveling south on Southwest 210th Avenue, outside of the city limits, in a marked DPD 2017 Ford Explorer when she crossed the center of the road and struck a 2018 Ford F-250 truck driven by Buddy Louis Jones, 45, of Citrus Springs. Neither Rivera, nor Jones and his passenger, Courtney Rae Wilcox, 34, of Lake Panasoffkee, were injured, the report stated.

  • Parking meters nixed

    An 11th hour change to the budget was approved Monday, as the council nixed a proposed plan to install parking meters at City Hall.

  • LIFT OFF

    Project LIFT has developed a foothold, but in the coming months, it hopes to have taken off to new levels, according to program coordinator Jimmy Page.

    The fledging program, which calls the former Dunnellon Real Estate offices home, has been in place for about six months. This past Friday it celebrated a first for the Dunnellon program, hosting its first graduation ceremony.

  • City shifting to four-day work week

    In an effort to better serve its customers, the city of Dunnellon will begin its four-day work week starting Monday.

    The change from the traditional five-day, eight-hour schedule became effective earlier this month after the council approved the recommendation.

    Not only will be it improve morale, city staff wrote in its report to the council, there will be cost-savings, too. One key aspect, the city will save approximately $5,210 by closing Fridays.