Today's News

  • Pennington’s tapped to lead Legion Post

    Julie Mancini

    Riverland News

    The American Legion has a new leader and a fleet of officers.

    Ruff Pennington was named Commander and his wife Nancy was named president of the Women’s Auxiliary at a ceremony June 6 during an installation ceremony for the Boards for each respective group.


    For many from the Class of 1968, stepping back onto the campus of what is now just Dunnellon Middle School, it conjured plenty of long ago memories from their time as students on a campus that once housed every grade.

    The return to campus, which was part of the Class of’68s 50th Reunion, was put in motion months ago, according to Jack Roland, who explained for many of his classmates it was their first visit to campus since graduation ceremonies in the auditorium, 50 years ago.

  • Long-time city employee retires

    With 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two more great-grandchildren on the way, keeping busy in the coming weeks, months and years ahead won’t be problematic for Reggie Tomaine.

    Tomaine retired Friday, ending a 41-plus year career in the city’s Roads & Streets Department. 41 years, one week and one day.

  • Club’s future in peril

    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    Dwindling membership is forcing the Dunnellon Kiwanis National Organization to close its doors, which likely will occur in October, and stop its service of giving to the community.

    Ellie Pollock is one of the members who has dedicated her time volunteering and is the glue that has kept the club going for so many years.

    “Much to our sorrow we have to close the club,” Pollock said. “With so few members we just can’t do all the work anymore.”


    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    OCALA — With the threat of inclement weather in the forecast Friday night, the Marion County Public School District made the choice to switch the Dunnellon High School Graduation Ceremony from Ned Love Field to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion.

    In doing so, it allowed the Class of 2018’s 213 graduates, school personnel, families and other special guests, to remain safe and dry while avoiding a postponement in commencement ceremonies.

  • Man, 34, faces drug charges

    A Dunnellon area man who had been staying at a local motel found new temporary living arrangements at the Marion County Jail, according to a Dunnellon Police Department arrest affidavit.

    Skiler M. Marable, 34, who had been a registered guest at Two Rivers Inn, was charged Friday with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of cannabis, less than 20 grams, and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $6,000.

  • Heads of the class

    Editor’s Note: After deadline, the Marion County Public School System announced for the safety of students, school personnel, families, and other special guests, Dunnellon High School graduation will move to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion at 6 p.m. Friday due to weather-related concerns. The Southeastern Livestock Pavilion is at 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala.


    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    With a modest celebration, the Dunnellon Public Library turned the page on the second chapter marking its 10th year at its current location.

  • City council, land owner strike deal

    With the sale of most of the 250-plus acres referred to as Rainbow River Ranch, the city and the Gerry Dodd-led Conservation Land Group reached a deal over his remaining 91 acres of property.

    The old agreement was outdated, according to City Attorney Andrew Hand, noting the sale of 115 acres of property in June 2017 to the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board and the June 2016 sale of 57 acres of property to Jim Gissy, the vice president of West Gate Resorts.

  • Council derides FDOT plans

    The city council didn’t mince its words when it came to the proposed corridors for the Coastal Connector when officials with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) made a visit to its recent workshop.

    Touted as an evacuation route for those along the West Coast, Mayor Walter Green questioned the logic of routing citizens to Jacksonville, which has been hit hard by two hurricanes in the past two years, including Hurricane Irma.