https://www.riverlandnews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Still got the Blues https://www.riverlandnews.com/content/still-got-blues <img src="https://www.riverlandnews.com/sites/www.riverlandnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/18-jazz_up_caton_2154.jpg" alt="Keith Caton and Gary Christensen make up two-fifths of Sheba the Mississippi Queen and the Bluesmen, who recently won the North Central Florida Blues Society’s regional Blues Challenge, securing a spot to perform at the International Blues Challenge in January in Memphis. Caton and Christensen will perform as a duo Saturday at Jazz Up Dunnellon." title="Keith Caton and Gary Christensen make up two-fifths of Sheba the Mississippi Queen and the Bluesmen, who recently won the North Central Florida Blues Society’s regional Blues Challenge, securing a spot to perform at the International Blues Challenge in January in Memphis. Caton and Christensen will perform as a duo Saturday at Jazz Up Dunnellon." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Dunnellon might best be known for the discovery of phosphate, but don&rsquo;t tell that to Keith Caton or Gary Christensen.</p> <p> Call it luck, fate or divine intervention; the pair discovered each other at Boomtown Days, a long-running festival celebrating the city&rsquo;s discovery of phosphate in the late 1880s. While it might be phosphate that brought them together, it&rsquo;s their love of the Blues that has sparked not just a friendship, but a renewed energy in their musical careers.</p> Chamber tuning up for Jazz Up https://www.riverlandnews.com/content/chamber-tuning-jazz <img src="https://www.riverlandnews.com/sites/www.riverlandnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/11-jazz_up.jpg" alt="Spechlis, the 2015 Rising Band Nashville Award winning duo featuring Sheyenne Rivers and Daniel Ericks, will be back for an enore performance Saturday, Oct. 20, at Just a Cupcake Café &amp; Bakery." title="Spechlis, the 2015 Rising Band Nashville Award winning duo featuring Sheyenne Rivers and Daniel Ericks, will be back for an enore performance Saturday, Oct. 20, at Just a Cupcake Café &amp; Bakery." align="left" hspace="6" width="109" height="85" /><p> Did Jazz Up Dunnellon leave you feeling Spechlis a year ago?</p> <p> Don&rsquo;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 Caf&eacute; &amp; Bakery.</p> <p> Rivers and Ericks call their music a &ldquo;delicate balance between Americana and pop with notes of folk, bluegrass and rock.&rdquo;</p> Marion County schools serve as donation drop-off points https://www.riverlandnews.com/content/marion-county-schools-serve-donation-drop-points <p> All public schools in Marion County will serve as donation drop-off points for victims of Hurricane Michael in Florida&rsquo;s Panhandle.</p> <p> 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.&nbsp;</p> ROYAL ROOTS https://www.riverlandnews.com/content/royal-roots <img src="https://www.riverlandnews.com/sites/www.riverlandnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/11-dhs_homecoming_queen1.jpg" alt="Dunnellon senior Glory Thompson is crowned Homecoming Queen by Miss DHS Maddie Gibbs on Friday at Ned Love Field at Richard Kennedy Stadium during half-time of the Tigers’ matchup against South Sumter. WIth her crowning moment, Thompson became the fourth member of her family to win the honor, joining her grandmother, aunt and a cousin. For more photos from the Homecoming celebrations, see Pages 10 and 11 of today’s issue." title="Dunnellon senior Glory Thompson is crowned Homecoming Queen by Miss DHS Maddie Gibbs on Friday at Ned Love Field at Richard Kennedy Stadium during half-time of the Tigers’ matchup against South Sumter. WIth her crowning moment, Thompson became the fourth member of her family to win the honor, joining her grandmother, aunt and a cousin. For more photos from the Homecoming celebrations, see Pages 10 and 11 of today’s issue." align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> If Hank Williams ever decides to change the lyrics of his well-known &ldquo;Family Tradition,&rdquo; he might consider reaching out to the Thompson family, especially after Friday&rsquo;s Homecoming festivities at Dunnellon High School.</p> LIFT OFF https://www.riverlandnews.com/content/lift <img src="https://www.riverlandnews.com/sites/www.riverlandnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/27-project_lift1.jpg" alt="Jayson Bruce, a student in Project LIFT Dunnellon, works with Dawn St. Cyr, a chef at Purple Sage Café. Bruce has been working at the local restaurant for about three weeks. As part of his training, Bruce is learning food preparation and cleaning, among a few of his tasks." title="Jayson Bruce, a student in Project LIFT Dunnellon, works with Dawn St. Cyr, a chef at Purple Sage Café. Bruce has been working at the local restaurant for about three weeks. As part of his training, Bruce is learning food preparation and cleaning, among a few of his tasks." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> 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.</p> <p> 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.</p> City shifting to four-day work week https://www.riverlandnews.com/content/city-shifting-four-day-work-week <p> In an effort to better serve its customers, the city of Dunnellon will begin its four-day work week starting Monday.</p> <p> The change from the traditional five-day, eight-hour schedule became effective earlier this month after the council approved the recommendation.</p> <p> 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.</p> Planting roots https://www.riverlandnews.com/content/planting-roots <img src="https://www.riverlandnews.com/sites/www.riverlandnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/20-community_garden_6441.jpg" alt="Scott and Candy Craig work Saturday to plant a variety of vegetables in their garden bed at the Dunnellon Community Garden, which is at the Boys &amp; Girls Club of Dunnellon branch. Saturday was the first day the beds were open to planting after members of the Dunnellon Community Garden hosted a series of workshops." title="Scott and Candy Craig work Saturday to plant a variety of vegetables in their garden bed at the Dunnellon Community Garden, which is at the Boys &amp; Girls Club of Dunnellon branch. Saturday was the first day the beds were open to planting after members of the Dunnellon Community Garden hosted a series of workshops." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Kathryn Taubert</p> <p> Special to the Riverland News</p> <p> Dunnellon volunteers and the first crop of gardeners for the new Dunnellon Community Garden took root during the past two weekends at the Boys &amp; Girls Club site across from Walmart.</p> <p> DCG organizers, working for two years to bring the effort to fruition, hosted a &ldquo;soft opening&rdquo; with educational programs, tours of the site and the first plantings in the 25 prepared sites rented to area citizens for their use.</p> All hail the 'King' https://www.riverlandnews.com/content/all-hail-king-0 <img src="https://www.riverlandnews.com/sites/www.riverlandnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/30-cote_deonath3.jpg" alt="Cote Deonath, a Dunnellon-based Elvis Tribute Artist, performs during the Ultimate Elvis competition, which is held annually during Elvis Week in Memphis, Tenn. The 21-year-old placed third in the event, the highest finish for an American in two years. One night later, Deonath won the oldest-running ETA competition: Images of the King." title="Cote Deonath, a Dunnellon-based Elvis Tribute Artist, performs during the Ultimate Elvis competition, which is held annually during Elvis Week in Memphis, Tenn. The 21-year-old placed third in the event, the highest finish for an American in two years. One night later, Deonath won the oldest-running ETA competition: Images of the King." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Much like his idol, Elvis Presley, Cote Deonath has had to pay his dues since becoming a professional Elvis Tribute Artist.</p> <p> But the untold travel, the countless hours of practice honing his craft, or perhaps Presley&rsquo;s, finally paid off, figuratively, not literally, for the 21-year-old Dunnellon native who first donned one of Presley&rsquo;s signature jumpsuits at the age of 5.</p>