Today's News

  • 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. 


    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.


    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.

  • Planting roots

    Kathryn Taubert

    Special to the Riverland News

    Dunnellon volunteers and the first crop of gardeners for the new Dunnellon Community Garden took root during the past two weekends at the Boys & Girls Club site across from Walmart.

    DCG organizers, working for two years to bring the effort to fruition, hosted a “soft opening” with educational programs, tours of the site and the first plantings in the 25 prepared sites rented to area citizens for their use.

  • All hail the 'King'

    Much like his idol, Elvis Presley, Cote Deonath has had to pay his dues since becoming a professional Elvis Tribute Artist.

    But the untold travel, the countless hours of practice honing his craft, or perhaps Presley’s, finally paid off, figuratively, not literally, for the 21-year-old Dunnellon native who first donned one of Presley’s signature jumpsuits at the age of 5.

  • Celebracion!

    Augie Salzer

    Riverland News

    A small glass of wine and a family doctor are the secret of a long life for one 100-year-old woman in Lake Tropicana.

    Carmen Cruz-Berrios became a centenarian Aug. 11 and she believes it is because she drinks a glass of Manischewitz concord wine each day with her dinner.

    “As long as I can remember, my mother has always had wine every day,” her daughter, Carmen, recalls.


    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.