Today's News


    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    One Dunnellon High School graduate has become the newest reporter for the WCJB-TV20 news station.

    Olana Osborn joined the TV 20 news team in June of this year. She began her new career about a year ago at the Knoxville CBS affiliate news station in Tennessee, which is owned by the same company as TV20.

    “I was looking for a place that was hiring full-time reporters and this allowed me to come back home,” Osborn said. “I love journalism and it is definitely what I’m happy doing now.”

  • 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.”


    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.

  • 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.

  • Tigers aim to tame ’Cats

    With a fourth straight playoff berth secure, one could make the case that the Tigers clash Friday with Baker County might mean little.

    Don’t tell that to Dunnellon coach Price Harris, who would staunchly disagree.

    While the Tigers’ 65-41 shootout victory against West Port last Friday proved to be the difference in clinching a postseason slot, Dunnellon has plenty to play for against the Wildcats.


    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.

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.