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Opinion

  • Knuckleheads! I am proud to say I come from a long line of knuckleheads.
    Scientists have yet to find the knucklehead gene, but I know it exists. It is hereditary. In my family it is from my father’s side. Mom’s side was more of the “lace curtain Irish.”
    A bit uppity as my Dad would say; his side was more shanty-town Irish.
    It was common to use a more derogatory name that I won’t repeat here.
    Yep, the knucklehead gene came from his side and along with it our sense of humor.

  • Oh, my gosh! You are going to love this one. I still haven’t stopped laughing.
    My niece, Carolyn, is a librarian up in Gainesville. She has a master’s degree in library science and media specialties. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds impressive.
    Carolyn has probably read every book in the library and then some. With all that education, I don’t think they taught her how to deal with the situation that happened to her the week before Christmas.

  • Happy New Year from Rainbow Springs State Park, as 2011 has arrived and the recent holidays remain a fresh and, hopefully, happy memory.

  • This past year has been a busy year for Dunnellon. Public works projects were constructed and the city’s boundary grew by 1,200 acres to the airport. City Council members and staff worked hard this year to implement the city’s strategic vision. All of the projects completed this year and those that are now under way are achieving the goals of this strategic vision. 

  • Dear Editor,

    I would like to thank you for the awesome coverage before, during and after the 2010 Annual Greater Dunnellon Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade!

    You did an outstanding job at communicating to our community this yearly event. I appreciate all of the articles in support of our extraordinary Parade Marshal, Mr. Regas Woods, as well as mentioning the early birds who registered for the parade on time!

  • The week between Christmas and New Year's is the week of the three "R's".

    This stands for returning all the stuff you don't want, would never wear and any item that makes you question the sanity of the gift giver.  This would include a book on marbles (huh?), a pretty shirt in a size I haven't worn in two decades,(should I be flattered or take it as a hiint?) and, last but not least, a plastic fish tank with photos of rotating fish! All well intentioned gifts (in some other universe).

  • As a father of two, I feel I’m allowed to dote on my boys. They’re pretty special to my wife and me, and the cutest little angels in the world.

    Their penchant for learning is amazing too. They soak up what they learn almost instantly.

  • No, that is not a typo. Seabon Greebings is what my friend Donald likes to say around the holidays.

    Like my sister, he enjoys making up his own language. You know how it is at work. One person will say something silly and before you know it the whole company is repeating it.

  • Sure, it would have been great to have Chaplin Dinkins leading this year’s annual Dunnellon Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. However, his untimely passing left a sizable void.
    But Charlene Williams needed only 30 seconds to realize what a gem Regas Woods is for the community.
    And we couldn’t agree more.
    Woods, a lifelong Dunnellon resident and Dunnellon High School graduate, is an individual filled with a “can-do” spirit.

  • Sure, it would have been great to have Chaplin Dinkins leading this year’s annual Dunnellon Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. However, his untimely passing left a sizable void.
    But Charlene Williams needed only 30 seconds to realize what a gem Regas Woods is for the community.
    And we couldn’t agree more.
    Woods, a lifelong Dunnellon resident and Dunnellon High School graduate, is an individual filled with a “can-do” spirit.

  • With December at the midway point, the Christmas countdown clock is at nine days and ticking, it certainly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
    It certainly feels that way too. Cold, overcast and downright dreadful.
    Yuck. Bah-humbug.
    There’s really nothing I enjoy about cold weather. The joints ache and the pain is unbearable, so much that instead of feeling like the 36-year-old that I am I feel 72.
    Certainly, it’s not Florida is it? I’m not in Kansas anymore.

  • On several recent occasions the city council has bemoaned a shortage of applicants from residents wishing to serve on the various city boards. And with term limits, it seems there is a constant search for people to participate.

    In a small city like Dunnellon, these boards are working boards directly contributing to good city government by providing levels of input and review on city projects and policies.

  • If you doubt conditions are prime for brushfires, last week’s 30-acre scorching of an area south of Dunnellon and numerous other wildfires, including at least seven in Marion County, should be convincing evidence.

    In Citrus County a fox squirrel ventured too close to a live power line, was electrocuted, fell to the ground still on fire and ignited a dry retention area. The fire spread rapidly and eventually burned several structures before firefighters were able to control the blaze.

  • For a small city, with sparsely populated suburbs by Florida standards, Dunnellon has a lot of news.

    Even as mainstream America slows down for the summer, Dunnellon remains a busy place.

    The city is considering offering broadband access, there is pending litigation, the community is getting ready to recognize the high school softball and baseball teams, Dunnellon Elementary school has a new principal and local elections are coming.

  • It’s going to be a little quiet in Dunnellon for a few weeks now. It’s not the summer heat or the fact that the Snowbirds have all flown north.

    It’s a little more obvious. All the excitement of the last few months with our local sports teams and last week’s national award for Kasey is over. It’s bound to be let-down time.

    Relax and enjoy the opportunity to quit biting fingernails... everyone’s earned it.

    But reserve some of the enthusiasm for one more day. For one more event.

  • In a community with two rivers and a recent drowning, this warning from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is worth taking to heart.

    FWC cautions boaters and other outdoor recreationists to be aware of the dangers of falling into cold water during the fall, winter and early spring months. Cold-water immersion initially shocks the body, then causes the victim to lose motor skills and will eventually lead to hypothermia.

    Cold-water immersion is life-threatening, especially when it is sudden.

  • It’s finally time for Boomtown Days. The annual spring get-together celebrates Dunnellon’s rough and tumble past as a mining and railroad town.

    Boomtown Days is a long-standing community tradition that has evolved into a regional attraction bringing out both residents and visitors. It is the result of a lot of work by a group of dedicated people with financial and material support from many businesses, organizations and individuals.

  • Remaining true to the state’s decades-old commitment to preserving Florida’s natural heritage, Gov. Charlie Crist last week rebuffed the Legislature’s $2.6 billion budget balancing plan that would have suspended the state’s Florida Forever land preservation program that is a model for the nation.

  • Don’t let flu

    get to you

    The H1N1 (swine) flu virus is still prevalent across the nation and the American Red Cross encourages everyone to get vaccinated against the virus, now that the vaccine is widely available.

    National Influenza Vaccination Week, which is Jan. 10-16, serves as an opportunity for people to learn how to prevent the spread of the flu and to encourage people and their loved ones to get vaccinated against both H1N1 and seasonal flu.