• Three Dog Night once crooned, “One is the loneliest (number).”
    Scripture states, two is better than one.
    Jeri Gibbs and Martha Vaughn, two area florists, couldn’t agree more.
    So the long-time businesswomen recently merged their businesses – Dunnellon Florist and Turner House Florist – together, creating a bit of flower power at Dunnellon’s Turner House Florist.

  • Hungry? Round up the gang and mosey over to the Double D Grill.
    Dunnellon’s newest eatery opened its doors Nov. 1 at 20199 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
    “Tuesday was unbelievable, it was more than what we expected,” Vicky Gonzalez, general manager, said.
    The Western-themed restaurant, the first building prior to Crock’s Pub, offers a variety of appetizers, salads, burgers, wings, pasta, cold sandwiches and its specialty — steak, branded with its Double D logo.

  • Recent gardening fads and fashions have lead to an increase in the popularity of borderline hardy tropical-looking specimens and sun-loving plants, which require a little more tender loving care to get them through the winter months unscathed.

  • INGLIS — The report of gunfire breaks the silence of a crisp fall morning.
    The smell of gun powder wafts through the air.
    Light chatter abounds, so as not to break the concentration of the shooters.
    That’s how it goes at Robinson Ranch Trap and Skeet Club at 19730 S.E. 127th Terrace in Inglis, nestled off of State Road 40, 1 mile west of Dunnellon.
    The facility features trap, skeet, five-stand and Fitask shooting.

  • * Story by Brittany Bennett *

  • Dunnellon High School is going pink Friday night when the Tigers host Crystal River at 7:30 p.m. at Ned Love Field.
    And organizers of the second annual “Pink Out against Breast Cancer” want the community to be a part of the event.
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that means those at Dunnellon High don’t want folks forgetting the most important part is awareness. Last year marked the first time schools countywide hosted an event.
    This year has been no different.

  • Christmas cactus is a popular plant, and now is the time to start planning if you want blooms at the right time.
    It is the shorter day lengths, and cooler temperatures that will begin the plants flowering process, similar to poinsettias and chrysanthemums.
    If the plants are indoors, exposed to artificial lights the plant may not set the buds we want. Natural light will help the plant to do this naturally. Placing the indoor plant in a dark cupboard from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. should trick the plant into setting bud.

  • The second amendment of the United States Bill of Rights states U.S. citizens have “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
    And as Joe Brown sees it, he’s more than happy to provide the right firearm to those who are seeking to do just that.
    Brown knows weapons. He’s a former Levy County Sheriff’s Office deputy for nine years in the 1990s. He also spent the past nine years working for a private contractor overseas, including eight years in Iraq.

  • * Story by Laura Riley *

    Teachers in all areas of the Dunnellon High School campus held their breath as the results of Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year were announced.
    Suddenly Debbie Love and Stephen Ayres appeared at Jennifer Castro and Karen Noffsinger’s doors to congratulate them. Their names were read over the intercom. Castro had been named Dunnellon High School’s 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year, and Noffsinger the Rookie Teacher of the Year.

  • Now is the time to plant annuals such as pansies and petunias, while Snapdragons will add some autumn color. Fertilize sparingly or better still use organic as you plant to ensure good growth. Perennials can also be planted.
    Elephant ears, crinum daylily, and gladiolus will settle and establish for the spring. Watering should be one to two times a week and no more hard pruning. Plants need to settle back for the winter, and any top growth will help protect crowns from any sneaky frosts.

  • * Story by Rachel Horne *

  • Kayla Reed and Taylor Kouva, freshmen at Dunnellon High School, are busily preparing for their upcoming trip to Indianapolis, Ind.
    And, in a way, it’s a landmark moment for the former members of the Dunnellon Middle School FFA Chapter.
    The two teenagers will compete at the FFA National Conference, and it’s been at least 15 or more years since anyone from the DMS FFA Chapter has competed at the event, which will be Oct. 18 to 22.

  • Itching to make a “Run for the Border,” but don’t have the time for a lengthy drive?
    Then perhaps a quick drive to Johnny Tacos is just what those cravings are calling for.
    The newly opened eatery can be found inside the Shell Gas Station at 11867 N. Williams St. And, yes, they specialize in Mexican food.
    For John and Lyn Hartness, owners of the new establishment, selecting the flair for their eatery was simple.

  • * Story by Laura Riley & Jade Gardner *

  • This Sunday will mark the 30th anniversary of a significant moment in United States history as the first woman justice —Sandra Day O’Connor — was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
    Today, three women now sit on the nine-member panel.
    However, it was 30 years ago in which President Ronald Reagan made history in nominating the Arizona judge for a position.
    For the next 25 years, O’Connor would be the lone female to sit as a Supreme Court justice.

  • - Story by Rachel Horne -

  • Some of you may have seen red bay tress, members of the Laurel family, that have died or appear to be dying. Florida is now seeing increasing cases of Laurel Wilt disease.
    The disease is passed to a healthy tree by a non-native beetle called the Redbay Ambrosia Beetle. The fungus introduced plugs the cells that conduct water causing the tree to wilt.

  • Tammy Myers knows first hand the effects of cancer.
    The Dunnellon Police Department dispatcher and administrative secretary watched as Lori Shettleroe, a friend and co-worker, died from lung cancer in July.
    Now, Myers is taking on the challenge of helping find a cure for cancer by taking on the role of chairwoman for the 2012 Relay for Life Dunnellon.
    Jennifer Brannon, the American Cancer Society representative for the Marion County branch, believes Meyers is a perfect fit to lead the committee.

  • Super Heroes are immortal.
    Now so is Samantha Kelley.
    The 19-year-old Citrus Springs resident who died as a result of her injuries sustained in a car wreck was remembered for her “big heart” Saturday at Rainbow Springs State Park, where her life was celebrated, not mourned. After the somber ceremony, her ashes were scattered into the waterfall at the park.
    “She felt at home here,” said her father Joe. “This is where we did so many family gatherings, she just loved it here.”

  • As fall approaches, birds are beginning to migrate and tropical storms seem to be turning up. September sees the official last three weeks of summer, and dryer, cooler weather is arriving.