Today's News


    The whirlwind of the past four years will come to a close Saturday night for the Dunnellon High School Class of 2019 as the 240-plus graduates prepare to close out one chapter of their lives, and begin the next journey.

    For Vanessa Ortiz, class valedictorian, she is already preparing for the next step of life at the University of Florida. She knows full well college will have its ups and downs.


    Nestled on a picturesque 3.5-acre plot of land, northeast of Duffy’s, there’s something special brewing,but it’s no secret as to what Matthew Bagdanovich is cooking.

    And those who have learned about his operation want a taste, and he’s more than happy to oblige.

    Part “Mad Scientist” or “Chemist,” Bagdanovich has been honing his craft for most of his adult life.

    “Grandma was a Sutton from North Georgia,” he deadpanned when asked how he learned the craft.

  • ‘The process’

    When it comes to Fish Hawk Spirits, it begins with the oats, or corn, in which they place the product in the smoker for about three days. On this particular day, the corn malt is in the smoker while the oats will go in the following day. The wet grain has changed to green malt, Bagdanovich explained.


    Matthew Snodgrass was like most inquisitive toddlers, as he was learning to walk, exploring newfound boundaries.

    But even for the 11-month-old tyke, the bruises that would randomly appear were becoming disconcerting, especially for his parents, Megan and Matt. So when Matthew fell ill and began running a fever, his mom, Megan, took him to a nearby clinic. The doctor, she said, dismissed the bruising and diagnosed Matthew with an ear infection and sent them home.

  • Fire Rescue takes over Landings for training

    Their approach was methodical, and for good reason.

    As a four-man crew with Marion County Fire Rescue Station No. 21s tactical rescue unit, they were afforded the chance to make sure they got it right as they ascended one of the numerous stairwells at the Landings. While it was a training exercise, they wanted to make sure they got it right, so as they hoisted the hose, their men got into position near Unit No. 33 on the third floor, they asked questions, they pointed in each other’s directions, gave orders and sought advice.


    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    One Dunnellon couple is enjoying the Florida sunshine and so are their honey bees.

    Frank and Debbie Kogut are “snowbirds” from New York and have brought their bees to Florida with them for their six months stay.

    “I bring my bees with me down here because they flourish in the winter months,” Kogut said. “They think it’s summer. They like the winters and prosper here.”


    Before an afternoon thunderstorm settled in, raining on Boomtown Days Dunnellon, it did not dampen the Boomtown Pageants, where the reigns of the victors began in earnest.

  • Bring the boom

    Cowboys, classic cars, music, pageants and a pie-eating contest.

    Boomtown Days Dunnellon, the decades-long festival celebrating the discovery of phosphate, which sparked a “boom” in population in the city, will bring a bustle into the Historic District from 9 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

    There is sure to plenty for all ages, according to Joanne Black, president of the Dunnellon Chamber & Business Association. And those who plan to flock to Dunnellon, expanded parking will be available at Dunnellon Middle School.

  • Community touts assets to state officials

    State representatives from a number of agencies, individuals, civic leaders, business owners and city officials fanned out across much of the greater Dunnellon area last Thursday for the final component of the Competitive Florida Partnership grant was completed in earnest.

    That information is now being compiled by the Department of Economic Opportunities as well as Kimley Horn, which it will present in a special workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. Then, the council will adopt a new Economic Development Strategy at its June 10 city council meeting.

  • ‘In God’s Hands’

    For 40 years, well before Allstate’s catchy phrase, “You’re in Good Hands,” became popular, Roxanne Caraway made it a point to let her customers know they weren’t just in good hands and they were more than just clients, they were family, and she made it a point to take care of their needs.

    That, Caraway said, remained the key aspect of an industry that is ever-competitive.