Today's News


    The wait might have been worth the wait, at least Councilman Chuck Dillon believes so when it comes to the much-need renovations at City Beach.

    Marline Marine Construction, tasked with the $93,477 project, completed the project more than two weeks ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline.

  • Tractor Supply gives local farmer a ‘lift’

    When Ron Cannon found himself in a familiar quagmire, one in which he, his family and thousands of others in the agriculture industry have been in countless times before, he sought out a solution.

    His solution was creating what he calls the “CannonLift,” and earning his patent on the device in 2016. So Cannon set out on a new journey: marketing his invention or finding a business partner to aid in the efforts.

  • Seeds of expansion

    A new school year abounds and for Riverland Christian Academy, it means changes too.

    A private, Christian-based school is expanding its reach this year, adding K3 and K4 classes, complimenting its kindergarten through 12th grade students. The academy averages between 50-65 students, but are looking to increase to 100 students, according to Principal Denise Aiello. The goal is to provide a good balance of being able to offer a wide range of activities and programs, she added.

  • Lightning decimates cypress tree

    Ed Starling wasn’t an hour removed from mowing his neighbor’s yard Sunday in Rio Vista, the task cut short by another round of afternoon thunderstorms, when the 81-year-old was staring out his window when it struck.

    The “it” in this case was the lightning, which decimated a tree in his neighbor’s yard, no more than 75 feet from where he had been mowing the lawn. The lightning strike sent chunks of lumber tumbling to the ground, even sending a few other pieces hurtling around the area.

  • Elvis Tribute Artist to rock Inverness

    For Cote Deonath, the past six months have been a whole lot of shaking, rattling and rolling as he has been traveling throughout most of the United States, keeping the legacy of Elvis Presley’s music, moves and life in the spotlight.

    Now his travels will bring the Dunnellon-based, born and reared, Elvis Tribute Artist (ETA) closer to home, with a performance scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Citrus County Auditorium for a brand new experience, fit for a king.

  • A slice of life

    Time, much like a slice of pizza or a steamed sub, have endured throughout the years for generations for families who have made the trek, at one point or another, to Ye Old Sub & Pizza Pub.

    “One thing we have, when kids move away and they come back,” Janice Fifield said, noting the allure of a steamed sub would bring them into the restaurant. “They’d tell me, ‘I have to have my steamed sub, I just have to get my fix before I go home.’ That’s their thing. It’s just what people like.”


    It was March 1977, and after two days of sunning himself poolside at a Miami-area resort, Ray Barrett wanted in.

    He had brushed off overtures from colleagues and his wife’s cousin, Mike, and his friends to learn the nuisances of golf.

    “I was playing in three softball leagues and flag football,” said Barrett, who worked as a claims adjuster for Kemper Insurance. “When I’m too old to play real sports, I’ll take you up on it.”

  • Deal done, developer moving forward

    With the approval of Rainbow Springs property owners and a lease agreement now in place, Jim Gissy will move forward with plans to renovate the now-defunct Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club, turning the former facility into the Rainbow Springs Community Center.

    Gissy will close July 30 on the purchase of the facility, after agreeing to purchase it from Mark Kaprelian said he and his wife, Kasia, who closed the doors to the decades-old venue in January 2015. The closure came six years after the couple purchased the country club and golf course for $2.4 million.


    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    To say the past five-plus months has been a whirlwind of excitement and adventure for Brianna Lakhani would be an understatement.

    Since capturing the title of Miss Teen Florida in early January, Lakhani’s schedule has been chocked-full of appearances, photo shoots and pageant preparation for the USA National Miss Scholarship Pageant, which began last Sunday in Orlando when she checked in. The formal competition begins today, with the finals Saturday at Walt Disney World.

  • State puts halt to Coastal Connector routes

    Michael D. Bates

    For the Riverland News

    The state has put a halt to any further work on the controversial Coastal Connector proposed routes that would have connected Suncoast Parkway 2 from its terminus in Citrus County to either Interstate 75 or U.S. 301 in Ocala.