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Books, or more precisely, libraries have been an integral part of Nancy Pettus life for as long as she can recall. As a young girl, she and her friend would always make the trek to the local library to check out a book before heading to the pool where theyd both work on their tans while reading the latest as the time passed. But even as teens, they knew what they wanted to be. Pettus wanted to be an accountant, or CPA, while her friend wanted to be a librarian. Off to college they went, where Pettus dream of becoming a CPA took a turn. She became a librarian instead. Oh, and her friend for the past 50plus years, she became a CPA. In high school and college, I used to work at the library, Pettus explained. Then, when I graduated from college, I started working at the local public library. I just fell in love with it, and Ive been doing it ever since. That ever since translates to more than 30 years of experience working in public library systems full time since obtaining her bachelors degree. During that time, Pettus also earned her masters degree at Vanderbilt University. All told, her career Thursday, February 20, 2014 Vol 32 No. 16 75 cents WHATS HAPPENING State Park to host bird walk SaturdayRainbow Springs State Park will host a bird walk at 8 a.m. Saturday. Bird walks will be conducted by Fred Hileman, a Rainbow Springs volunteer and president of the Citrus County Audubon, along with assistance from other birding enthusiasts. All participants are asked to meet at the tubing entrance, which is at 10830 SW 180th Ave. Road. Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars or other birding tools, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, bug spray and water. A few pairs of binoculars may be available for use. Admission is $2 per person. For information about the walk, email president@citrus countyaudubonsociety. com.Cracker Days on tap this weekendRainbow Springs State Park will host Cracker Days from 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The park is 1 1/2 miles north of Dunnellon on U.S. 41. Admission is $2 per person; children 5 and younger are free. Cracker Days features people whose skills echo pioneer life in 1800s frontier Florida. For information, call Jo Ann at 465-8246. Garden Club plans monthly meetingThe Rainbow Springs Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the American Legion Hall, 10730 U.S. 41. Shari Blissett-Clark of Bat Belfrys Inc. will present a PowerPoint program titled Bats Myth & Reality. Live Florida bats will be on display. Rainbow Springs Garden Club is open to everyone in the surrounding areas. Annual membership, September through May, is $10. Visitor fee is $5 applicable toward annual membership. For information, call Alice Kennedy at 465-3002. Interim manager to move into post full time Eddie Esch will get the chance to prove he can do anything as full-time city manager. The City Council, in a close vote, 3-2, opted not to open the process to seek outside applications since former City Manager Lisa Algiere resigned last May, paving the way for Esch to become the fifth manager since the city adopted a Council-Manager form of government. In January, the Council unanimously approved tweaking its inhouse hiring policy and altering its qualifications for city manager to promote applications from within. Esch was the lone inhouse candidate. However, at the Feb. 5 City Council meeting, several officials most notably Vice Mayor Dennis Evans, Councilman Erik Collop and Councilwoman Lynne McAndrew believed it would be good business to seek outside applicants. Their decision didnt sit well with Mayor Nathan Whitt, who chastised his colleagues at the Feb. 13 special City Council meeting. I want to start out on this issue, Eddie Esch promotion pending Council OK. Council scraps plans for outside search; moves forward with in-house promotion JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See ESCH page 3 Lawyer to city: Sale not finalized Special counsel contradicts city attorneys rulingFlorida Cable might be operating what was once the citys telecommunications company, but who rightfully owns the system is again up for debate. City Attorney Virginia Cassady told the City Council on Jan. 16 the privately owned telecommunications company is the rightful owner of the Greenlight Communications after she handled the Dec. 23 closing when all titles were signed and released to the company, which didnt pay the $1.3 million Dec. 23 when the two entities closed on the deal. However, Mike Markham, special legal counsel, told the City Council on Feb. 13 that what entity rightful owns the system isnt certain. In essence, no sale has occurred, Markham said, noting the agreed upon sales price has not been paid. He offered no other details about who actually owns the system until he is able to further review the situation he labeled a gray area. Theres a difference of opinion where we stand with that, said Eddie Esch about the varying opinions of each attorney. Still, as of last Thursday Florida Cable had yet to fund the purchase of the JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsDespite an early-morning incident Saturday at Anglers Resort in which a 43-year-old New Hampshire man shot himself after a standoff with law enforcement officials. Neither the motel nor the Blue Gator saw a drop-off in business during the weekend. JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsNancy Pettus 30-plus-year career as a librarian has brought her to the Marion County Public Library System after spending parts of her career in Tennessee and Baltimore, Md. Business was normal following weekend incidentMan, 43, suspect in N.C. murder kills self at local motel Music wafted through the air, the sun was shining brightly and the temperatures made for a festive atmosphere throughout Saturday and Sunday at the Blue Gator. It was a far cry from the events which unfolded late Friday and early Saturday at nearby Anglers Resort as a 43-year-old New Hampshire man sought in a slaying in North Carolina had stopped for the night, said Bob Jewett, who owns both establishments. Jewett watched from afar as law enforcement officials from the Dunnellon Police Department and Marion County Sheriffs Office evacuated guests, moving them to a safe location. I cannot praise Marion County Sheriffs Office and our own local police department enough, Jewett said. The way they were able to get everyone to safety without being detected was amazing, unbelievable. In the meantime, Eric Engle was in Room No. 3, engaged in a video chat with family members at which time he confessed to murdering Aleksander Lenny Wysocki, 74, of Clay, N.C. Wysocki died at Duke University Medical Center after sustaining a gunshot wound at his home. According to a report, authorities made contact with Engle by phone and encouraged him to come outside and surrender peacefully; however, Pettus transitions from Baltimore to Dunnellon See LAWYER page 3 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Mike Markham JEFF BRYAN Riverland News JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See LIBRARIAN page 2 JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsA room at Anglers Resort in Dunnellon was blocked off early Saturday morning by the Marion County Sheriffs Office after a suspect wanted in connection with a Cary, N.C., murder entered into a standoff with police that ended in suicide. Eric Engle See TRAGIC page 7


Tickets on sale for murder mysteryThe Greater Dunnellon Historical Society will host a murder mystery dinner four nights in March. Death Bemoans Her will be at 7 p.m. March 7 and 8 and March 14 and 15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each. Diners will have the opportunity to question suspects about the death of Mystic Madame Magda, while attending a meeting of the Gazillionaire Girls Group. Tickets will be available Tuesdays, Feb. 25 and March 4, if any tickets are left, at the Historic Depot at12061 S. Williams St. Organizers request that guests wanting to sit together during the performance should purchase tickets together. For information, call 465-5005. Annual event April 26-27The Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for Boomtown Days Dunnellon 2014 and organizers are in need of sponsors, volunteers and vendors for the annual event. Boomtown Days is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, in the Downtown Historic District. The event recognizes Dunnellons mining town roots with food, crafts, music, antique car show and more. A beauty pageant to crown the Queen of the Rainbow will be held on Sunday afternoon and The Little Miss & Mr. Dunnellon pageant will be Saturday, April 26, with the Queen of the Rainbow pageant slated for Sunday, April 27. Applications are now available at the Chamber for the Little Miss & Mr. Dunnellon Pageant. Boys and girls ages 5 to 7 are encouraged to participate in the Boomtown tradition. The first practice will be Saturday, March 1. The deadline to have applications submitted is Feb. 28. Interested in volunteering? Organizers need your help for various positions. Dont have time to volunteer? Be a sponsor. For information about being a Boomtown sponsor or a volunteer, call 489-2320 or email dunnellon chambercommerce @gmail.com. has taken her from Tennessee to Maryland and now to Florida. Her career had derailed due to a healthrelated matter in which an orthopedic surgery went bad. Her leave time had run out, and for the past two years shes been on the hunt for a new role. And, as fate might have it, it was her lifelong friend who convinced her to look in the south, or more precisely in Marion County to start a new chapter in life. She had applied everywhere in the northeast as well as Tennessee. She had never considered Florida, not until her friend encouraged her to do so. She and her husband had just purchased a home down here, so they told me to look here that I could stay with them while I searched, she explained. So, I began seeing what Marion County had to offer and sure enough, they had several positions available. Her initial interview was a first, as she did a Skype interview with Marion County. The interview went so well, she was asked to come in for a face-to-face interview. I had quite a bit of free time on my hands, so it wasnt tough to make it down, Pettus joked. Pettus aced the interview and now has started the newest chapter in her life, right here at the Dunnellon branch. She assumed her role as the head librarian in mid-January. Now, shes eager to spread the word about the value libraries still have in communities as well as the vast number of resources and programs available for the public. Dunnellon has a really stellar library, she said. I think we have a lot to offer the community, and I think, with the right approach, we can make it one of the best in Marion County, if not the best. Pettus praised those whove made her welcome, including current libraries as well as the Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library. She called the groups efforts a wonderful asset to the community. Both are working toward providing more opportunities for young and old alike. A new program directed specificially at middle school-age readers will launch this summer; in hopes of keeping youths engaged in not just reading, but learning. Technology is going to be a huge part of that, Pettus explained about luring the younger generation. And though technology is readily at most folks fingertips, for those who dont have access to computers and the Internet, Pettus was quick to point out the libraries have come a long way in making sure everyone is given access to both. We serve people, no matter what age in life they are, she explained. Libraries, I believe, are always going to be around, theyre going to be a part of peoples lives. We just need to get that bug in them. Or maybe the bookworm, to be more precise.2 Riverland News, Thursday, February 20, 2014 000HEZD Homosassa 5699 S. Suncoast Blvd., Janack Plaza 352-436-4393 Inverness 2036 Hwy. 44 West, Colonial Plaza 352-419-0763 American. Hearing. Excellence. 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Dr. Riegle, a noted author, social reformer and professor emeritus of English at Saginaw Valley State University, will present a writing seminar about preparing questions and interviewing for the writing of an oral biography. Seuss-a-palooza!, an event celebrating Dr. Seuss birthday will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the Dunnellon Public Library. Betty Jean Steinshouer will present Florida Histor y through literature at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Dunnellon Public Library. Steinshouer, a literary scholar and Chautauqua performer, will portray Harriet Beecher Stowe, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The Marion County Springs Festival student art contest will be from 3 to 6 p.m. F riday, April 18, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Dunnellon Public Library. Enjoy the artwork created by Marion County youth for the 2014 Springs Festival and cast your vote. The Marion County Springs Festival will be April 26 at Silver Springs State Park. 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system once owned by the city. The company did sign two of three promissory notes issued to them from Markham on behalf of the city. What is their financial situation? asked Councilwoman Penny Fleeger. Esch, who was promoted to full-time city manager contingent on contract negations with the Council, told Fleeger and the rest of the Council that David Suarez, the president/CEO of Florida Cable showed city officials documentation about six to eight pages detailing funding up to $10 million had been secured from Signal Lake. However, the $1.3 million escrow account was never funded despite assurances from Suarez that it was a simple password issue when the two entities closed on the sale Dec. 23. Something has gone awry since then, Esch said. Mayor Nathan Whitt pointed out most of Florida Cables financial records are private. Who do you point fingers at? Whitt asked. Clearly Florida Cable. Is it possible, upon more research, that there was no sale? How the city failed to collect the money from the sale remained a hot topic. Chris Smith, who owns and operates a private cable/phone system in Citrus County, told the Council he built his system for $200,000 and he would be interested in taking over Greenlight operations on one condition. If I didnt have to give any money, I want to on the list too if you dont want any money, he said, drawing laughter throughout the Council chambers. If they dont have the money, put it back out for a bid. If the bank wont accept the promissory notes, then neither should you. Jay Dugan, who owns two homes inside the city limits, told the Council hes had 30-plus years experience in the telecommunications business and investment banking and has followed the Greenlight venture closely since it was launched in 2010. Why was an escrow not done initially, 5 percent at least? he asked. We dont have an answer on that. Dugan pointed out Cablevision of Marion County and Jess King, the owner/CEO, had made an initial offer to purchase the system, which was the second highest bid during the initial process. When the $3.85 million deal with Wideband fell through, Dugan said King was never contacted. But Esch said that was not the case; that when Florida Cable emerged with a $1.3 million offer, King was contacted by John Pierpont. Esch explained Cablevisions original offer was pulled and Kings second bid for the system was reduced to the point it was not a workable or doable solution for the city. They certainly were contacted, Esch said. King was present and clarified the original offer was for the purchase of assets free and clear of liens and obligations. I was told that was not acceptable, he explained. I adjusted the case I was to pay and agreed to assume liability with (All-American Lease). King said if the sale with Florida Cable is not officially a done deal; he still has an interest in purchasing the telecommunications company. Ive been following the proceedings, he said noting hes bought many, many cable systems throughout the past 10 years. Its a very strange deal. Im still interested in it. I can provide good service to your community. If its proven the deal hasnt closed, Ill be available. While the Council opted to table accepting the promissory notes for up to two weeks, officials debate what options they had about engaging other interested parties in talks about taking over the telecommunications system. Markham told the Council it wasnt a must to accept the signed documents from Florida Cable, encouraging officials to take the necessary time to review them. At least we have agreement with Florida Cable, which is the position I wanted to be in, Markham said. Part of this is an exercise, and were halfway there. we eliminated a variable. As far as beginning talks with other interested parties, Markham said accepting the promissory notes could put the city on a path to negotiating Florida Cable out of the picture, while negotiating a new player into the deal, especially in terms of default. If they default for some reason, youll be in position to file a lawsuit, he explained. It is going to be a little bit simpler. Esch stressed, the city cannot negotiate with anyone else at this time. I would agree with that too, Evans said. Can we put forth a committed parallel path of maybe entertaining other offers? Then shuffling it over to fit into the equation if someone chose to buy it. The Council instructed city staff to continue to entertain alternative options while Esch promised all processes would be cleared through legal counsel before moving forward with anything. Whitt did point out the lone positive the city can point to. We stopped the bleeding; we could not continue to take the losses we were taking, Whitt said. This was the best deal we had on table; meanwhile, we have two attorneys working on this. Council was privy to most of these with exception of non-funding. The bleeding has stopped for the city. by expressing my frustration within this Council for the drastic change in direction over the decision to appoint Mr. Esch as city manager, he read from a prepared statement. It seems to me, every time we are faced with these real tough decisions; these real challenges in front of us, some on this Council decide to create inconsistencies within these very important, pressing issues. Whitt was shocked, Esch didnt submit his resignation. I was looking for it after some on this Council, I feel, kind of hung him out to dry, Whitt continued. You seem to want him to stay in his current role, dealing with all of the heartburn and headache while you reach out for a qualified manager. Remember, Mr. Esch stepped into a role that nobody would choose voluntarily, and has done a fantastic job, in my opinion, stabilizing our city. In just eight months, with critical consensus from this Council he has moved our city forward and in position to be poised for real growth and opportunity. The first-term mayor said he would not throw Esch, nor City Attorney Virginia Cassady under the bus regarding the fiasco surrounding the sale of Greenlight to Florida Cable. This is completely contradictory to what we heard from this same very Council one month ago today, he said, referring to the Jan. 13 vote to seek in-house candidates. We had consensus from this Council. Whitt questioned what has happened in the meantime, or what changed in this Councils mind? The right guy for the job is right in front of us, Whitt said. What has Mr. Esch not done to win our trust? Youre trying to hang him on the Greenlight sale: dont shoot the messenger. If it werent for Mr. Esch, this Council wouldnt have known Greenlight was going belly up in the first place. I want my vocalization on this issue to be absolutely clear. Evans didnt take kindly to Whitts pointed comments, telling Whitt he disagreed with 75 percent of his statement. There is a whole bunch of stuff in there I violently disagree with as to what our reasons or intent is, Evans said. I think everybody up here does admire what Eddie has done. Im looking at it in the big picture is I think we owe it to the people of Dunnellon to advertise this position, and Eddie, I certainly hope, would be one of those. Evans belied his concern that Esch is wearing multiple hats and the Council didnt have time to go through the process when Algiere resigned because of the news regarding the financial boondoggle the city was in the middle of regarding the failed Greenlight venture. Im not sure, even as this town, as financially as bad off as we are, that we can afford to have an investment like Eddie doing four crucial jobs, Evans explained. It takes more than one. If we have a vacant city manager position, and Eddie has done a great job as interim city manager, but youve got to remember: they were focused on maybe one real issue. Everything else is put on the side. Evans said the city, within the next year, will have to hire a new community development director because we havent done anything; not one thing in that field. The Planning Board has not met in the past three months, he added. Eddie cannot do it all; you cant expect him to do it all, Evans said. If hes sick, youve got four managers that are out. Its crazy. Therefore, I think its imperative, we advertise the position. Theres a good possibility Eddie could get it. The Council agreed in order to make it work, that we would defer from some other requirements of a city manager and we did that. But I think we have to have an opportunity to look at other people. Collop said over time, you bring more conscious thought to a situation. Time is what gives you knowledge; time is what gives you better ability to make a decision, he told the Council to which Whitt, added, thats right. Collop stressed, to find viable outside candidates willing to come into Dunnellon would require a higher salary than the current one. He suggested raising the pay to $100,000 to find suitable candidates. That would entertain folks to apply for that, position, Collop said. McAndrew, who at the Feb. 5 meeting voiced concerns about trust issues. But on Feb. 13, she agreed with Whitts assessment of the situation. I really feel its an insult to him, McAndrew said about leaving him to hang out to dry. Councilwoman Penny Fleeger said Esch has done a fabulous job. He has taken the ball, and hes run with it, she added. I think its disgraceful that we even think we need to go look at anyone else. 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4 Riverland News, Thursday, Thursday, February 20, 2014 Officials lack of accountability disturbing Does a silver lining exist? Theres been a lot of scuttlebutt the past few weeks; folks lamenting the negative aura clouding the city. Its tough to ignore that the City Council has a tough road to hoe. The city is millions of dollars in debt; and I dont mean just $3 million or $4 million. The failed Greenlight venture itself is on the hook for upward of $12 million, having not only borrowed $7.3 million from Regions Bank in 2010 but pilfered reserve funds from the water/sewer enterprises and raided funds from the Community Redevelopment Area to the tune of $300,000. The citys inability to successfully implement its fiber to the home program has triggered a state of emergency with Gov. Rick Scotts office. The city is involved in three lawsuits. The longest ongoing lawsuit has lasted six-plus years, which involves Conservation Land Group, which sought to develop Rainbow River Ranch. It could have potentially been put to rest 18 months ago, or maybe longer; however, the Rainbow River Conservation Inc. (RRC) and a number of individual interveners have held firm to their belief the settlement agreement is egregious. Mayor Whitt has not only been a longtime member of RRC, but he currently sits on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit organization. Rainbow Springs residents filed a lawsuit against the city of Dunnellon, staking claim that the 25 percent surcharge is unfair, unjust and unconstitutional. If the judicial system rules in favor of the community, the fallout will prove costly for the city. Regions Bank has filed a lawsuit against the city for defaulting on bond requirements since the city failed to make a $1.6 million bond payment in November 2013. The city botched the closing of Greenlight to Florida Cable, though most officials are pointing the finger at the privately owned telecommunications company. Yes, Florida Cable deserves a share of the blame; however, city officials and the attorneys working for the city mishandled the closing and transfer of titles, etc. Several businesses in the community are hanging on a by thread, praying for a swoon of clientele so they can keep the doors open to their businesses. Everyone is aware the Rails to Trails is making its way toward Dunnellon; most everyone is also cognizant of the fact that the city doesnt have the money to bring the much-used trail into the city. Why? First, the aforementioned sum of $300,000 of CRA funds pumped into Greenlight. Second, the city also spent close to $100,000 to purchase a house to be used as an office for the community development director and staff (of one). The community development director position sits vacant much like the house. Using $400,000 toward bringing the trail into town would have been a much wiser business decision. Ecotourism is here, has been and will continue to be here. We need a solution to ensure every business can benefit from the ecotourism industry. Years ago, a group banded together to form Mainstreet USA and worked toward a common goal that was for the greater good of the citizens and businesses. If we did it once, we can do it again and maybe we can dust off some of those old plans those people worked hard to implement Like it or not, the citizens and business owners will all have to pull together to make it out of this mess. The Newspaper built on Community Pride. Publisher Gerry Mulligan Sales Leader/Manager John Murphy Editor Jeff Bryan Member of the Florida Press Association RIVERLAND NEWS OUR VOICE THE OTHER GUY Winter Games nearing end THE JERSEY GIRL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR This whole saga surrounding the sale of the citys telecommunications venture to Florida Cable isnt just bizarre; its like a reality television show. We never know what to expect next, because at every turn some new twist develops. Perhaps, if the City Council is tossing around ideas of developing new revenue streams it could consider making a pitch to cable networks for a reality-based televison show. If folks willingly tune into Real Housewives, theyd tune into Dunnellon City Council meetings on a regular basis. Officials keep telling us this is all Florida Cables fault; the city was duped. No one within the city ranks has taken ownership in this whole debacle and its sad. We expect accountability from public officials, and thus far, they havent accepted any or shown any. Honestly, the city attempting to play victim doesnt sit well with many of its citizens or business owners. Yes, Florida Cable deserves a share of blame in this debacle, but so does City Attorney Virginia Cassady. The City Council hired her to provide legal advice, handle litigation and business deals. Weve been told countless times, the events surrounding the closing and the days afterward created a perfect storm for the sale not being funded. The public has been told we dont understand how this closing went down. The citizens understand plenty, and being told we dont understand how the closing went is demeaning and condescending. Most folks understand business transactions. Most of us have purchased homes, cars and a variety of other goods and services throughout our lives. What we understand is if you make a purchase, then you pay for it upfront. Weve been told, on more than one occasion, David Suarez continued to assure officials throughout the closing the funds were in place; there were password issues. What we havent heard once is the city attorney, nor any other public official describe, in detail, how they asked for Suarez to show us the money. Were in the 21st Century, technology is an amazing tool, especially considering the advances in online banking. If Suarez contended the money was in place; he could have simply fired up his laptop or grabbed his phone to show officials the necessary proof. And if he didnt have access to either a computer or a phone, city officials should have obliged and provided the necessary equipment for him to prove the $1.3 million was sitting in a bank account. We havent heard that once. Instead, fingers continue to be pointed at Florida Cable. Remember folks, when you point one finger at another person; three fingers are pointing back at yourself. Painting a harmonious picture of all is well within the ranks, doesnt benefit the taxpayers who are the ones who are going to pay for this whole debacle. We recommend the City Council consider legal action against its city attorney for failing in her duties. In addition, Cassady should remove herself from further involvement with actions relating to Florida Cable or future negotiations with any other potential telecommunications companies. The public is demanding accountability, and weve yet to see it from City Hall. A lesson in irony provokes thoughtsI came across these thoughts the other day, and I believe they tell us a lot about our government and our culture. We are advised to not judge all Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge all gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics; funny how that works. And another statement for consideration: We constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about welfare running out of money? Whats interesting is the first group worked for their money, but the second didnt. Finally, the Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever to 47 million people as of the most recent figures available in 2013. Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us Please Do Not Feed the Animals. The stated reason for this policy is because The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves. Thus ends todays lesson on irony. Linda Hall,DunnellonIs it time city pulls plug on charter?The situation that exists in the city of Dunnellon has proved the theory of Peter Principle beyond anyones wildest expectations. It would be funny, if it werent so sad. From everything that I read it appears that everyone has gone into CYA mode. What options are available to resolve this crisis? Bankruptcy is one but the state will not let the city go there as it will set a precedent for other troubled cities. Another would Shaun White, Bode Miller, Julia Mancuso are just a few of the names being tossed around right now. Theyre all athletes who are representing the U.S. in the Winter Olympics. Its nice to show pride and take an interest in our countrys achievements. There are 230 Americans competing this year, the largest number ever. Shaun White, although unable to achieve his third straight gold medal, is nonetheless the best snowboarder of his era. Bode Miller has five Olympic medals, more than any other American in Alpine skiing. Julia Mancuso took bronze in Alpine skiing, her fourth medal. Americas favorite, Apolo Ohno, is not competing this year. He retired after becoming the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian of all time. Their successes are due to hard work and dedication. Its hard not to sit there night after night glued to the television set, and I find myself cheering for the athletes from the other countries, too. Especially in the events that U.S. isnt the opponent. For those tiny countries that only sent four athletes to compete, or for those countries that have never medaled before. Its nice sometimes to root for the underdog. I am fascinated by the curling. It seems like such an easy concept but, of course, its not. And the luge looks like so much fun, but I know its very dangerous. My favorite will always be the pairs figure skating. I love watching the Russian team. They make it look so effortless, which I guess is the key to their success. Theres a new Lindsey this year, Lindsey Van. Shes competing in ski jumping, which is open to women for the first time ever. The world was rooting for Van and her fellow competitors alike in the sports historic moment. The controversies this year seem to be plentiful. Russias crackdown on gay citizens has drawn international outcry from artists and politicians alike. President Obama did not attend the opening ceremony in Sochi, and as a rebuke to Russian President Putins treatment of its LGBT community selected openly gay delegates to represent the U.S. Billie Jean King was one, but had to cancel her trip for personal reasons. Debbie Harry, of Blondie, refused to perform, stating: I dont feel good about participating in a situation where biases and prejudices are paramount. International criticism notwithstanding, Russian authorities arrested a number of activists under the nations controversial laws on gay propaganda. Ten were arrested on the day of the opening ceremony. Then it was discovered that former Russian figure skater, Irina Rodnina, who was chosen to light the Olympic cauldron, posted a racist photo of President Obama and his wife Michelle back in September. She has since apologized. Its hard to think about Russia without remembering the history between the countries. It wasnt until the end of Communism in 1991 that relations between the two starting warming. Still, many Americans wouldnt choose Russia as their next vacation spot. Journalists in attendance have reported plenty of empty seats at the stadium built to hold 40,000 people, a dramatic change from years past. Terror threats have been one main reason for low attendance as rumors of bomb material placed in toothpaste tubes was the latest airline threat to be heard. Here are 10 interesting facts from List.com I bet you didnt know about the Olympics. The first modern Olympics was in 1896 in Athens, Greece, and cost roughly $448,000. The ancient Olympics were much bloodier and deadlier than today. See JERSEY page 5 See LETTERS page 5 RIVER VIEWS Audrey Beem Jeff Bryan Editor


In 1896, the winners were crowned with silver. It was only later that the gold medal was introduced. Although a gold medal seems valuable, its really worth only about $700. The oldest Olympian ever was Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who participated in the 1920 Olympic Games at the age of 72. He had won a gold medal when he was 60. It takes 16 goose feathers to make each badminton shuttlecock, with the best feathers coming from the gooses left wing. Olympic sprinters can reach speeds of up to 30 mph. Thats the speed limit in most neighborhoods. The stadium for the 2012 Olympics cost $832 million, the cost of sending a person to the moon 11 times. The 2012 Olympic Games featured female fighters in the boxing ring for the first time ever. London is the first city to host the modern Olympics three times. So, lets all cheer and show our team spirit. This is a big accomplishment for these athletes and they deserve to be celebrated. Whether they are male or female, Russian or American, gay or straight, black or white, the only thing that should matter this week is their God-given talent. be that Florida Cable comes through with the cash and the city wins the lawsuit with Rainbow Springs and Regions Bank. Due to the way Florida Cable handled the sale of Greenlight how many people would trust them now. In plain language they are already toast. The chance of the city winning the lawsuits is somewhere between slim and none. The ongoing debt and lack of revenue after the dust settles will keep Dunnellon in a downward spiral. If those options are not feasible, what else is available to give relief to the residents of the city? I would suggest that someone look into the Florida Statutes in 165.051. The statute covers Revoking a City Charter. It might be time to put individual egos in check and do what is best to move Dunnellon forward. I know this resolution will not be popular with some folks, but I would challenge City Council to investigate this option and put it to vote. Lynn Black, Rainbow Springs City continues to send wrong messageSince the beginning of the Greenlight debacle and the financial chaos that ensued, there are still so many unanswered, disturbing issues, actions and expenditures that need to be explained and accounted for. The manta emanating from the City Council and management has been not to point fingers, but to solve the immediate terrible problems the city faces. I understand and agree with the stance up to a point, and now we are past that point. Close scrutiny should be applied to everyone associated with the Greenlight venture and the terrible financial shape Dunnellon is in. Holding people accountable for their actions and even non-actions is not finger-pointing, it is good management and the public should demand it. The taxpayers and, especially utility customers, will pay for this financial self-inflicted mess for a long time. Utility money will be used to finance Dunnellon City operations probably forever. When I pay my water bill, I believe at least 25 percent goes to what I call the incompetence surcharge, plus the high regular utility rate. This mess did not just happen by a series of unrelated events. A lot of people in different positions in the city had to willfully ignore the red flags and blatant mismanagement going on. If concerned citizens outside the government could see and warn of the looming disaster being created, how could personnel within the city be completely oblivious to the situation? The information given to the public from the city during this period was minimal, grudgingly given, not transparent and many times false. It was obvious that the emperor had no clothes to some people supplied with very limited access to information, but not to city personnel whose job was to manage city departments daily. No one even stepped forward when misleading information was given at Council meetings and even to the newspaper. The City Council ignored pretty obvious financial problems and did absolutely no probing or fact finding before making major decisions. These actions are not only inexplicable, but inexcusable. Space prohibits listing the many examples of poor oversight, bad judgment and incomprehensible decision making made during the past several years. However, the recent failure to secure money at the botched closing for Greenlight is the most recent example. Yet, the city will not point a finger. What action does it take to get a finger pointed? If you sold your asset, hired a lawyer to do the closing and represent your interest and the lawyer failed to secure the money for your transferred property, would you point a finger at the lawyer? If you did, what finger would you point? Would you keep the lawyer on the payroll? If there were some tacit instructions or understanding to the lawyer to close no matter what, then state it. Greenlight is such a stinker it might have to be given away. The actions of city management in the past few years are not only inexplicable, but inexcusable. There is one finger pointed and it is pointed at the utility customers in and out of the city to pay for the misdeeds of the city. Yet again, as usual, the City Council expends time and energy in an area that could wait. Unless Mr. (Eddie) Esch is requesting a decision or there is a compelling reason, why focus now on selecting a permanent city manager? Surely, Mr. Esch could be upgraded to the salary and car allowance of the previous city manager on an temporary interim basis. A city that does not know its own future course will be hardpressed to secure any long-term employees. I will state again that an emergency hire, a dispassionate outsider, limited time-period manager would have been my preference. A harbor pilot is not judged and paid until he navigates the ship safely to the dock. Dunnellon has much more troubled water to navigate before this voyage is done. Wait on all personnel and major decisions until the crisis is truly settled. I do not think I am being vindictive or urging the fabled witch hunt. They never find witches because witches do not exist, but good investigations and analysis do find culpability because culpability does exist. People are responsible for what happened and what happens from now on. As the old saying goes, stuff doesnt just happen. It is time for the stuff to hit the fan of accountability. I sincerely hope the state is doing an extensive in-depth investigation and not just accepting submitted financial reports. Steve Swett, DunnellonRiverland News, Thursday, February 20, 2014 5 000HDBP B EVERLY H ILLS F LORIST L OCATED I N H OBSON S H ERBS & M ORE I NC ./ DBA COUPON SPEND $30 GET $5 OFF A Designers Choice Arrangement expires 2/28/14 Carry Out Only 6726 N Lecanto Hwy. Beverly Hills Formerly The Greenery between Beverly Hills and Holder 352-489-5023 000H94H 000FYR5 The Truesdell Professional Building 200 N.W. 52nd Avenue Ocala, Fl 34482 KELLEAN K. TRUESDELL, J.D., LLM Attorney & Counselor at Law (352) 873-4141 or KelleanTruesdell.com My Florida Estate Planning Workshop is available any day at any hour. 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The Rainbow Lakes site will not be open this year The following documents will be needed when having taxes prepared by volunteers: Photo ID; Social Security cards; copy of your 2012 tax return; check (not a deposit slip) for direct deposit of your refund or electronic funds transfer of taxes due; statements of any estimated taxes paid in 2013; 1099s from banks, financial institutions and others; statements of sales of stocks or mutual funds; Social Security statements, W-2s, K-1s, etc. for 2012; statement of property taxes, medical expense, charitable contributions, college expenses and mortgage interest are also needed. Both signatures are required on joint returns. Special to the Riverland News Kiwanis Club to host fashion show Photo by Jewel PontiusThe Kiwanis Club of Dunnellon will host the Simply Spring fashion show at noon Saturday, March 1, at the Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club. Fashions will be presented by Grumbles House owner Nancy Myers, center, pictured with Erin Widegren, left, club secretary and Ellie Pollock, fundraising chairwoman. There will be a luncheon, cash bar, entertainment provided by Ocala Harmony and Taylor Myers, demonstrations and prizes. Tickets are $25 per person and available from Kiwanis members or call Pollock at 465-6803. Masonic High Twelve Club meets FridayThe Greater Ocala Masonic High Twelve Club No. 665 will meet at 11 a.m. Friday at the Elks Club at 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. Dave Schlenker, from the Ocala Star-Banner, will be the guest speaker. A buffet lunch will be available for $12 per person. Reservations are required. To RSVP or for information, call Bob Brady at 352-854-9612.Retired nurses to meet MondayThe Citrus Marion Chapter of Registered Nurses Retired (RNR) will meet Monday at the Inverness Golf & Country Club. Linda Martin will be the guest speaker and will inform us about hospice services. All Retired or semi-retired RNs who wish to attend, RSVP with Mary Jane at 352-726-6882 or Gladys at 352-854-2677.CEE schedules meeting tonightCitizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE) will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Williston Community Center. The public is welcome. For information, email citizensengaged2012@ gmail.com or call 465-4862. COMMUNITY BRIEFS


CERT training session scheduledCommunity Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will begin Thursday, March 4, at the Marion County Sheriffs Office at 692 NW 30th Ave., Ocala. The six-week course training will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and helps prepare participants to take care of themselves during a disaster. This course will offer training on disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations and more. Once trained, participants have the opportunity to join their local neighborhood team that will assist first responders during a disaster. CERT Teams assist by assessing their community and providing basic medical treatment to those in need and report all the information to Emergency Management. The CERT Program is offered by the Marion County Sheriffs Office, Bureau of Emergency Management and is a free to all who are interested. For information or for an application, call Emergency Management at 352-369-8100 or email MarionCERT @marionso.com.Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers Habitat for Humanity of Marion County is looking for volunteers to help in construction, fundraising, the ReStore and the upcoming Strawberry and Craft Festival. For information about volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Marion County Inc., visit habitatocala.org/volunteer or call Brittney Fish, volunteer coordinator, at 352-351-4663. Habitat for Humanity of Marion County is a donor/volunteer-driven organization.Agency in need of volunteersThe Annie W. Johnson Service Center and the Annie W. Johnson Thrift Store are in need of volunteers, who should be flexible, compassionate and energetic toward the commitment for the better good of the community in need. For information, call 489-8021.Kiwanis changes meeting placeThe Kiwanis Club of Dunnellon will begin meeting at Carmelas Restaurant at 8 a.m. Wednesdays for its weekly meetings and breakfast. However, on the third Wednesday monthly, the club will continue meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club. For information, contact Ellie Pollock at 465-6803 for a reservation by the previous Tuesday weekly.6 Riverland News, Thursday, February 20, 2014 000HBCK anytime. anywhere. any device. your subscription just got better with ALL ACCESS from Print + digital + mobile available to all subscribers in one convenient subscription Its easy to activate your subscription for FREE ACCESS today! 1 Go to www.riverlandnews.com/activate 2 Click activate existing account 3 Search for your account and thats it! Need help registering? Call us at 888-852-2340 Not a subscriber? Visit the riverlandnews.com and click the subscribe button. Make the switch to EZ Pay for the lowest rate! now introducing mobile 000HBD7 riverlandnews.com THANK YOU CITRUS/MARION COUNTIESCALL (352) 489-4844Owner Does The Work 26 Years in Business Get Any 2 ServicesSame Day and SAVE! Gutter Cleaning Entire HouseOnly $50Pressure Cleaning House Driveway Pool Enclosure Roof FREE ESTIMATES! Carpet Cleaning $18(3 room minimum)Dry Cleaning or SteamPer Room Sofa and Loveseat Call for DetailsFurniture Cleaning$601 Chair Cleaned FREE 000HADF Working to Protect Your Lifestyle *APY includes new customer promotion incentive. Rates may vary on deposit amount and availability. Certain restrictions apply. All bank accounts are FDIC insured to the legal limit.BY APPOINTMENTOcala 671-5374 The Villages 633-7019Better rates may be available on longer terms Regular Savings, IRAs, 401ks including transfers6 Month$20,000 Deposit2.11%APY*NEW CUSTOMER PROMOTION 000HEKA Womans Club Soup-a-Thon success AUGIE SALZER/For the Riverland NewsWomans Club of Dunnellon members, from left, Catherine Monsees, left, Marilyn McInnis, Lannie Kennedy and Rosemary Kunz pose Feb. 1 next to several crock pots of soup as the organization hosted its annual fundraiser. The Womans Club of Dunnellon is planning to host a Sunday brunch, March 16. There will be two seatings, one at 11 a.m. and the second at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, and must be purchased in advance. They are available from Treva Matthews, or any member of the club. Each seating is limited to 50 people so get your tickets fast. COMMUNITY BRIEFS


the University of New Hampshire lecturer stayed inside his room where he shot and killed himself. Its a very sobering experience, watching those men, some of whom are very young, put on their gear and prepare to enter a situation which they arent sure of, Jewett said. Its definitely an eye-opening experience. Its not the first time a suspect on the lam has taken refuge in a Dunnellon motel before taking his life. In March 2010, Justin Williamson, 31, of Cordova, Ala., who was wanted in connection with a pair of armed robberies, took refuge at Two Rivers Inn in the downtown Historic District along with his sister, Ashley T. Williamson and Stephanie L. Hill, along with her son, who was 2 at the time. However, that incident occurred during the middle of the afternoon, which forced authorities to shut down most of the citys historic district while area schools were locked down and nearby businesses were urged to lock their doors. According to reports, heres how the recent series of events unfolded: The Cary, N.C., Police Department found Wysocki in his side yard Friday morning after responding to a 911 call. The agency issued a be-on-thelookout (BOLO) advisory later that evening, stating a suspect wanted for questioning in Wysockis death was believed to be in Marion County at a Dunkin Donuts Restaurant. Authorities advised Engle was suicidal and considered to be armed and dangerous. The BOLO also advised the subject was driving a black Jeep Wrangler. Authorities throughout Marion County as well as Dunnellon canvassed Dunkin Donuts throughout the area, but were met with negative results. The Cary, N.C., Police Department then advised Marion County authorities Engle was in contact with family members in North Carolina, who advised law enforcement authorities of his whereabouts. According to the report, authorities contacted Jewett at Anglers Resort, who confirmed Engle had rented a room and paid cash. Jewett was able to confirm to authorities Engles vehicle and tag number. You could tell he was distraught, Jewett said about the suspect. Jewett was told by authorities to evacuate all employees. We were finishing closing for the night, Jewett said. So we immediately locked everything up and left. Law enforcement officials were provided with details regarding the layout of rooms and exits and began evacuating guests from their rooms. Everyone was really understanding, very patient, said Jewett, who apologized to guests as they were dropped at a safe location. They told me I didnt need to apologize for anything, that it wasnt my fault. They didnt ask for refunds, they were very understanding about the entire ordeal. Cary Police Department authorities are confident the incident provides some closure in the Wysocki tragedy. As we said earlier, we did not believe this was a random act and, based on evidence we cannot disclose at this point, we are confident Engel is the man who shot Wysocki, said Cary police Capt. Don Hamilton. Engel, according to the University of New Hampshires website, was a lecturer in communication and taught introduction to language and social interaction, conversation analysis and seminar/communication and morality. It also states he received his bachelors degree from the University of Virginia in 1994, his masters from Purdue University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in 2013. Its obviously, a situation, you never, ever want to go through again, said Jewett, who is also known as Capt. Bob, as he prepared for a busy Sunday afternoon of airboat tours with guests. Riverland News, Thursday, February 20, 2014 7 Amanda Hargabus delivers food to customers Sunday afternoon at the Blue Gator. 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000H8U9 Debs Natural Source Whole food nutritional supplements Essential oils Herbal extracts Organic teas, coffees, spices and flavorings Soaps & skin care 352-586-0754 3490 W. Dunnellon Rd., Dunnellon Mon-Fri 9-5 Sat 10-2 Like us on Facebook for more nutrition facts. The best in whole food nutrition Come in for a free cup of my roasted cocobeans, served like coffee, or organic coffee. Cole Fagan, wrestlingThe junior took fourth place in the 195-pound weight division at the Class 1A State Wrestling Championships in Lakeland. Fagan will compete Saturday at the Florida All-Class Wrestling Tournament. He finished this past season with an overall record of 46-3. Courtney Heintriz, softballThe senior standout is hitting a robust .684 through six games this season with on-base percentage of .778. Shes logged 13 hits, three RBIs, 13 runs score and 18 stolen bases for the Lady Tigers, who are off to a 4-2 start this season. Courtney Heinritz Cole Fagan DHS ATHLETES OF THE WEEKPRESENTED BY DEBS NATURAL SOURCE RIVERLANDEDUCATION/SPORTS 8 Riverland News, Thursday, February 20, 2014 DHS senior touts learning, social benefits of 4-H Tending to an animal and then serving it for dinner is stomach churning to some but for Rylie Nonnemacher, an 8-year member of 4-H, its just one of the rewards to a worthwhile process. The Dunnellon High senior has continued her love of animals through 4-H well past primary school. I stayed in 4-H all those years because I enjoyed showing animals in the fair and helping all the younger kids. I just couldnt leave, Nonnemacher admitted. I didnt want to leave behind all of the enjoyment I got from working with livestock. Nonnemacher showed pigs for three years, which was her favorite thing to do because she learned so much from it and it Nonnemacher wrapping up career Editors Note: The Southeastern Youth Fair will be from Feb. 23 to March 2. During the next few weeks, the Riverland News will feature youths participating in the event, which will be at the Marion County Livestock Pavilion at 2232 NE Jacksonville Road in Ocala. BECCA FRECHETTE For the Riverland News See 4-H page 15 Special to the Riverland News Dunnellon senior Rylie Nonnemacher, right, poses with a Barbados Blackbelly Sheep. Students abuzz about bee Eighth-grader Zachary Neumann and seventh-grader Madisyn Leeds will represent Dunnellon Middle School at 6 p.m. today at the County Spelling Bee at Marion Technical Institute at 1614 E. Fort King St. in Ocala. Neumann is the schoolwide winner, while Leeds finished as runner-up. We would like to congratulate and recognize individual classroom spelling bee winners who competed Feb. 10 in the schoolwide spelling bee: Chelsi Bee, Parker Durant, Chris Gifford, Austin Hensley, Kayen Hickey, Caitlyn Hinkley, John Kleinemeier, Jovan Lee, Rion Lett, River Maddox, Taina Martinez, Montana McManus, Faith McNelly, KIendall Neumann, Aliyah Olivera, Mary Powell, Analine Rivera, Luis Sanchez, Chenoa Shaw, Lyane Soto, Mary Caprio, Alicia Delgado, Yoander Ferrer, Luis Franco, Keniuel Gates, Gabriela Gutierrez, Jacob Harris, Madison Leeds, Angelica Lemus,Sayra Loya, Kayla McClure, Jimmy Moore, Erin Robinson, Caroline Shank, Joel Shelton, James Smith, Patrick St. Jean, Sadee Stephens, BrittanyPRINCIPALS OFFICE Delbert Smallridge DMS Principal See BEE page 9 New DHS football coach settling into community Since taking the helm of the Dunnellon High football program in mid-December, Price Harris has been making the rounds throughout not only the hallways of the school, but the community as well. Sunday was no exception at Gruffs Tap and Grille for the recently appointed football coach as Harris met with members of the Football Booster Club, parents and other supporters of the Tiger program. Its very been exciting since the first moment I was introduced, said Harris, who replaces Frank Beasley who had guided Dunnellon High for the past nine years before stepping down shortly after the end of the 2013 season; then accepting a position with Trinity Catholic a few weeks afterward. Im ready to get rolling. Its been a great experience thus far getting out in the Price Harris Harris named to position in mid-December, replacing Beasley JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Science Fair slated todayHundreds of students compete head-to-head during the Big Springs Regional Science Fair taking place today and Friday at the Florida National Guard Armory at 900 SW 20th St. in Ocala. The annual event draws students from Levy, Marion, and Sumter counties, each displaying their own unique science projects. Individual winners from public, private, charter, and home schools advance to this regional level, with several dozen awards handed out in various categories. Judging takes place today and Friday, with winners announced at 7 p.m. Friday at a special awards ceremony at the Browne Greaton Cole Auditorium at Marion Technical Institute at 1614 SE Fort King St., Ocala. Regional winners advance to the Florida State Science Fair from April 8 to 10 in Lakeland. High School students selected as the top state winners then advance to the International Science Fair from May 11 to 16 in Los Angeles. For information, contact Jacqua Ballas at 352236-0588 or email Jacqua.Ballas @marion.k12.fl.us.United Way to host St. Paddys Day 5KUnited Way of Marion Countys high school youth program will host a St. Patricks Day 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 8, starting and ending at downtown square to benefit the United Way. Entry fee is $20 prior to Monday, March 3, and $25 afterward. Race forms can be downloaded at www.uwmc.org. For information, call Katrina Ganzler at 352-732-9696. Sea Cadets Corps seeks membersManatee Division drills at Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, in Yankeetown, the second weekend monthly. The Sea Cadets are for youths, ages 13 through 17 years old. There is also a Navy League Cadet unit for youths, ages 11 through 13 years old. For information, visit www.manateediv.org or call Todd Dunn, commanding officer, at 352-212-5473 or tdunn@ manateediv.org.Church collecting Box Tops for EducationThe Altar and Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will continue to collect Box Tops for Education and Campbell Soup UPC labels for one of the local schools here in Dunnellon. Box tops and labels can be dropped off at the church office or put in the container in the church narthax. For information, call 489-5954. NEWS NOTES See FOOTBALL page 9 MATT PFIFFNER/For the Riverland News Dunnellon Highs Cole Fagan works on breaking down Avon Parks Delroy Blake in their semifinal match in the 195-pound weight class. Fagan fell short in his bid for a title match appearance, losing to Blake, 12-8. I was losing by two, gave up reversal and takedown. It was rough; the kid was obviously good. Fagan pleased with success, striving for more next year Forgive Cole Fagan if he sounds disappointed about his performance Friday and Saturday at the Class 1A State Wrestling Championships at the Lakeland Civic Center. The junior 195-pounder in his third season of wrestling placed fourth this past weekend at the season-ending event, which marked the highest finish for a Tiger grappler in coach Jeff Farris ninth-year at the helm of the schools program. Hes the first Dunnellon High wrestler to place in the top-six since Carl Jackson captured sixth place in the 145-pound weight class three years ago. I felt like I could have been in the finals, said Fagan, who posted a 3-2 mark during the weekend to finish the season at 46-3. He lost to Avon Parks Delroy Blake, 12-8, in the semifinals. I was losing by two, gave up reversal and takedown. It was rough; the kid was obviously good. In the consolation finals, after a hard-fought 1-0 victory in consolation semifinals, he was pinned by Trey Miller of University Christian Jacksonville in the third period. I got thrown and got pinned, Fagan explained. I wanted to do better. Nonetheless, hes pleased about his breakthrough season, but with one more season remaining, Fagan is already making plans for his senior campaign to return to the state wrestling tournament and make his mark on the Tiger program. Next year, I hope to come back and do better, he said. Fagan, who was also a starting linebacker for the Dunnellon football team, plans on competing in bigger wrestling tournaments such as the Disney Duals, where he expects to wrestle in the All-Star Division. If invited, he hopes to compete in the All-State Tournament. I really need to work on my takedowns and wrestling on See SUCCESS page 9 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News


All fourth-grade students will take the FCAT 2.0 Writes on Tuesday, Feb. 25. It is important your fourth-grade student is in attendance on this day. There is only one makeup date, Wednesday, Feb. 26. This state assessment is used to help determine our school grade. The fourthgraders have been working diligently to improve their writing skills. Review the following policies with your student before testing: Electronic Devices If your student is found with any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones and smart phones, at any time during testing or during breaks, his or her test will be invalidated, which means it will not be scored. The best practice is for students to leave devices at home or in their lockers on the day of testing. Testing Rules Acknowledgment The writing test includes a testing rules acknowledgment, which states: I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated. Prior to testing, test administrators will read the rules to students, and students must acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by signing their names under the statement. Discussing test content after testing The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign the acknowledgment states, After the test, you may not discuss the writing prompt with anyone. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing or posting online, for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. If students are found sharing information about test items, even without the intent to cheat, their tests will be invalidated. Leaving campus If your student leaves campus before completing the test, for an appointment, illness, etc., he or she will not be allowed to complete the test. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on the makeup day. If you have any questions related to this test administration, call Mrs. Clark at 465-6700. For information about the statewide assessment program, visit http://fcat.fldoe.org/. Students in kindergarten through third and fifth grades will participate in a district demand writing on this same date. This assessment is one of the tools that we use to determine if your child is proficient in writing. FCAT 2.0 Reading and Math for thirdthrough fifth-grade students will begin April 22. Fifth-grade students will also participate in science testing.Riverland News, Thursday, February 20, 2014 9 Land/Home Financing FHA Loans VA Loans Buy For Loans Home Only Loans USDA Loans Equity Financing Alternative Income Financing 352-622-6324 or 1-800-313-6324 Prestige Home Centers, Inc. 4300 SOUTH PINE AVE. (441) OCALA Just one block north of Ocalas Drive-In Theater 2014 CONVERTIBLE!! We Also Have BANK-OWNED REPOSSESSED HOMES! Repos Available With Land or Without! SOUTH OCALA I-75 SR40 SR200 441 Prestige Home Centers, Inc. N NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY!! 000H9OD WE ARE THE BUILDER NOW $58,500 Financing Available YOUR CHOICE 3BR + DEN or 4 BRs 3BR + DEN or 4 BRs SAME PRICE SAME PRICE ONLY $508.00 Per Month community, meeting the players, the parents and other folks. Harris knows the expectations that come with accepting the role of head coach at Dunnellon High, which is steeped in history and winning. He had a very similar experience at Frostproof High School, where winning was a part of the tradition. The school has made six appearances in the state title game, winning three championships. In his four years at the helm of the Frostproof program, he guided his team to the playoffs in three seasons. The Tigers know all about winning. In Beasleys nine seasons at the helm, his squads never finished below .500. This past year, the Tigers finished the season 6-4, but missed the playoffs for the third straight season after winning back-toback district titles in 2009 and 2010. Its certainly a pressure job, but with Dunnellons program, these kids know how to win and they know what it takes to achieve success, Harris said, crediting Beasley with continuing those traditions set by his predecessors. Harris has his work cut out for him as the Tigers prepare for the 2014 season, but not because the cupboard is bare. Theres plenty of talent returning, Harris explained, but hes handicapped because yet been able to assemble a staff due to teaching vacancies. Most of Beasleys assistants are moving onto other positions with other programs throughout the region, including Tommy Sutton, the teams offensive coordinator the past two years. Sutton will join the staff of Chiefland coach Aaron Richardson. Both Sutton and Richardson worked together at Dunnellon during Richardsons stint there, which included serving as the Tigers offensive coordinator. Thats part of the cycle when a coach steps down, Harris said. Sometimes, it can be a good thing. Certainly, well strive to put together a great coaching staff. Not only will the staff change, but so will the Tigers tradition of running a 3-4 base defense as well as the Wing-T offense, staples of Beasleys program the past nine years. Harris will implement a 4-3 base defense and make the switch to a spread offense, similar to what Auburn has run the past several years. The changes also mean no one is guaranteed a starting job, Harris said. Were going to evaluate the kids weve got coming back and the kids well have coming in, he explained. Competition can only make us better, but everyone is going to have to compete for a starting job. More important than winning is how the players conduct themselves on and off the field, especially in the community. You want to develop these young men to become good husbands, good fathers, good members of the community, Harris said. Were going to do what we can to make sure the players give back to the community, because they need to understand what the community is doing for them. Romeo fourth-graders prep for FCAT writesPRINCIPALS OFFICE Jane Ashman Romeo Principal Special to the Riverland NewsZachary Neumann, foreground, won the schoolwide spelling bee at Dunnellon Middle School, while Madisyn Leeds was the runner-up. Bot will compete in the County Spelling Bee at 6 p.m. today at Marion Technical Institute at 1614 E. Fort King St. in Ocala. Alexander, Aaron Cohen, Alicia Colon, Shane Crowe, Ashley Dunne, Nikita Haynes, Marquisha Jamerson, Chris Maerz, Camden Nelson, Tyler NeSmith, Zachary Neumann, Patrick Perez, Bradley Perrine, Caitlynn Russo, Austin Strouse, Londyn Swanson, Jorge Villagran and Manuel Villabazo. FCAT Writes for eighth-grade students will be Tuesday, Feb. 25. We ask our students to get a good nights rest, eat a well-balanced breakfast and arrive at school on time. Sixthand seventhgrade students will perform their thirdquarter reading/writing assessment while eighth-grade students perform the FCAT Writes. We ask our parents to ensure all students are in school on that day and arrive on time barring illness or an emergency. Dunnellon Middle School sixth-graders will take a field trip Friday to Silver River Museum Knap-In. Students will depart from campus approximately at 9:30 a.m. and return in time to catch the buses for home. The Silver River Knap-In Festival offers students a unique hands-on look at history. Students will meet and view expert flint knappers at work as they create and shape stone tools; meet archaeologists, potters, hide tanners, bow makers and other specialists of prehistoric skills as they demonstrate and discuss these ancient skills. Students will also enjoy watching archery, tomahawk throwing and atlatl dart throwing a tool that uses leverage to achieve greater velocity in dart-throwing. We know the students will enjoy this day-trip into the past. The DMS Caf and the Marion County Food and Nutrition Department would like students to draw a picture of how you imagine school breakfast will look in the year 3014. So come on DMS, put on your creative caps and come up with the winning drawing. All drawings are to be completed and submitted to Cindy Guile, cafeteria manager, by Friday, Feb. 28. Local winners will have their drawing move on to the national contest. Dunnellon Middle School is full of creative young artists and we would love to have your futuristic vision of the school breakfast in 3014. The contest is in preparation of the National School Breakfast Week, slated March 3 through March 7. SCHEDULE OF EVENTSTODAY 3:40 to 4:30 p.m. Chorus practice in the band room. 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Girls and boys basketball against Howard Middle School at home. 6 p.m. County Spelling Bee at 1614 E. Fort King St., Ocala. FRIDAY Sixth-grade field trip to Silver Springs Museum Knap-In. MONDAY, FEB. 24 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Advanced Band. 3:40 to 4:45 p.m. Girls and boys basketball practice. 3:40 to 4:45 p.m. Tiger Fit Club. TUESDAY, FEB. 25 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Girls and boys basketball at Horizon Academy. 3:40 to 4:45 p.m. Brain Bowl practice. 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Chorus practice. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26 3:40 to 5 p.m. Girls and boys basketball practice. BEE continued from page 8 FOOTBALL continued from page 8 my feet, explained Fagan, who noted he plans to add weight in the offseason for his senior year of football. Thats what I need most; its important I work on those areas because I struggled a little with it this past weekend. Surprisingly, nerves werent really a factor for him at the Lakeland Civic Center, which also hosts the Class 2A and 3A State Wrestling Championships. I didnt realize where I was until afterward, he said, explaining the size of the venue and crowd when he stepped onto the medal podium. I was just really happy and disappointed at the same time. I worked so hard to get there. I see where I need to improve in the offseason. His first two seasons in wrestling were nothing spectacular, but he spent this past offseason working toward improving his grappling skills. Fagan is thrilled with the impact it made, but he admitted he never expected the extra work to pay such dividends, most notably a fourthplace finish in the state I didnt think I would have believed them, honestly, he said when asked if hed been told he would finish the season with a fourth-place finish at the state tournament. I didnt realize how good this season was going to turn out. Its really satisfying, but I plan to come back next year and, hopefully, wrestle for a state championship. Alan Perrotta, Dunnellons other state qualifier, was eliminated on the first day of competition, losing his first match to Jamal Fiffer of University Christian Jacksonville by pin fall in the first round; then dropped a 9-6 decision to Westminster Christians Matthew Lynch in the consolation bracket. MATT PFIFFNER/For the Riverland News Cole Fagan pinned Brad Grundy, a sophomore from Berkley Prep, in the second round during their first-round match Friday at the Class 1A State Wrestling Championships. SUCCESS continued from page 8 Alan Perrotta Frank Beasley


Holy Faith slates pancake supperHoly Faith Episcopal Church in Blue Cove will host a pancake supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4. The Mens Club will serve pancakes, sausage, applesauce, dessert and a beverage. Tickets are $6 at the door. For information, call the church office at 489-2685.Potato pancake supper plannedThe 23rd annual potato pancake supper will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Shrove Tuesday, March 4, at Peace Lutheran Church, The Church On The Hill, is 5 miles north of Dunnellon, at 7201 U.S. 41. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or at the Peace Lutheran booth at the Dunnellon First Saturday event March 1. Tickets are $6 for adults; $2.50 for children ages 5 through 12; and children 5 and younger are free. For information, call the church office at 489-5881, or visit www.PeaceLutheran Online.com or www.TinyURL.com/ Peace41-40. .Church schedules soup-a-thonSt. John the Baptist Catholic Church will host a meatless soup-athon contest at 12:45 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, March 5. Entry Forms are available in the church office or by calling Jill at 489-6221 or John at 489-1611. Prizes will be awarded for the top three winners. Tickets are $5 each and available at the door. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is at 7525 U.S. 41.Ash Wednesday service slatedFirst Congregational Church will host its Ash Wednesday service at 6 p.m. March 5. The service includes communion and the imposition of ashes. First Congregational Church is at 7171 SW State Road 200.Church to host fashion showCommunity Congregational Christian Church will host its annual fashion show from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the Dewain Farris Fellowship Hall at 9220 N. Citrus Springs Blvd. Tickets are $8 each. For information, call the church office at 489-1260.Southern Express to perform at churchThe Southern Express 18-piece Big Band will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at First Congregational Church at 7171 SW State Road 200. Tickets, which are $10 each, are available at the door or may be reserved by calling the church office at 352-237-3035 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Editors Note: Due to an editors error, the Herrs photos were omitted from the Feb. 13 edition in the story titled, Whole lotta love. The Riverland News apologizes for the error. The secret for a successful marriage for Helen and Charles Herr is to be tolerant of each other and their ups and downs. Talking to Charles for a minute and it is obvious, with his quick wit, that laughter is very important to them. I laugh quite a bit, Charles said. But she does, too. When Helen first met her husband, he was shy and she is not sure what has happened. He was so shy when we met. It was later that he got goofy, Helen said with a laugh. We were really in love with one another and still are. They were married at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Baltimore, Md., 61 years ago and are still involved in the church. Has there ever been a time when there was more chest pounding than today? It is a rare day in May when I get to the point of absolute frustration. These chest pounders do it for me all the time. I will admit that I do get aggravated at a few things and, to be quite honest, a few people. Aggravation is one thing, but frustration is quite a different thing. In fact, aggravation probably is good for a person. You can go mellow for so long and then you need something to stir up the soul and aggravation does it all the time. So, there is something good to be said about aggravation. On the other hand, I cannot think of anything good to say about being frustrated. Frustration means I have come to the end of something. Hopefully, it is not my rope, and I do not know what to do next. Well, I might know what to do next, but it is against the law in every state I know. Recently, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I went out to celebrate Valentines Day at a local restaurant. We do this occasionally just to break the routine and, if you do not tell anybody, I like to make fun of other people. When I was growing up a lot of people made fun of me. Turnabout is fair play, I always say. We were getting along most famously and enjoying our evening repast when I happened to overhear the conversation from the table behind us. I am not one to eavesdrop, but there are some situations when its impossible not to eavesdrop. If I want to tell my wife something I do not want anybody else to hear, I say it in the car so nobody else can hear. That is a rule everybody should understand. I remember as a child whenever I got too loud in the house, my mother would always say, Use your indoor voice. Youre getting too loud. I was about to turn around and tell the people behind us to use their indoor voice. Then I heard what they were saying and turned up the listening volume. These people who believe in God just make me angry, the man said to his companion. People who believe in God these days must be crazy. I really was tempted to interrupt him at this point but I wanted to hear what else he had to say. Im not going to let anybody tell me what to do. I am the master of my own ship. Im the captain of my life and what I say goes. I have heard that line many times before. Usually, the people who use this line of argument are those who believe in evolution and in this case, this man probably did come from some monkey somewhere. There was a little lull in the conversation and I went back to my dinner and conversation at our table. Then I heard the guy behind me beat his chest and roar again. I am what I am today because of my determination and my strength and my knowledge. I can do anything I set my heart on. Nobody can get in my way. At this point, it was all I could do to keep from laughing and falling off my chair. My wife was trying to find out what was wrong with me and I covertly pointed to the people behind me. She listened for a moment and then a smile broke out all across her face. Again, there was a lull in the conversation behind us and my wife and I whispered some sarcastic comments back and forth to each other. No matter how down you feel about yourself and how stupid you feel you are at times, it is always wonderful to run into someone stupider than yourself. That is what life is all about. The guy behind me then made another comment. All this snow up north is disgusting. When will it ever stop? Ive never known it to snow that much in any winter in my life. I glanced at my wife and I could see her shaking her head and mouthing the word no. Dont you hate it when your wife can read your mind and sometimes before your mind even works? She knew what I was thinking about and it was all I could do to keep from turning around and telling this man, If youre as big and as powerful as you think you are why dont YOU do something about the snow up north? Then, had I run with that thought, I would have said, If you cant control something as simple as the weather how in the world are you going to control your own life? It was all my wife could do to get me safely out of the restaurant. I wanted to go up to the table and stand before that guy, beat my chest and say, Me Tarzan, you insane. Driving home from the restaurant that night a verse of Scripture came to my mind. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself (Galatians 6:3). It takes a real man to know what he can and cannot do and then give honor to the One who can do what he cannot do.10 Riverland News, Thursday, February 20, 2014 000GK64 000UYF 11251 S.W. Highway 484 (1.3 Miles West of State Road 200) 352-465-7272 Sunday 8:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist 10:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist Tuesday 9:00 A.M. Morning Prayer, Mass, and Healing Weekday Groups: Tues. 6:30pm Cub Scout Pack 508 2nd Sat 8am Fellowship Breakfast at IHOP Episcopal Episcopal Church Church of the Advent of the Advent adventepiscopal.net 000GRAMt489-2685Holy Faith Episcopal Church19924 W. Blue Cove Dr. DunnellonTHE REV. J. JAMES GERHART Sunday Services 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM Sunday School 9:45 AM Godly PlayHealing Service 1st Sunday Every Month Following 10:00 AM Service CR 484 SR 200 Holy Faith* Rainbow RiverBlue Cove D UNNELLON F IRST U NITED M ETHODIST C HURCH 21501 W. Highway 40 Rev. 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First Congregational United Church of Christ 7171 SW SR 200, Ocala, FL 352-237-3035 uccocala.org Dr. H.W. McSwain, Jr., Pastor Peace Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Rev. Terry L. McKee, Pastor Sunday School & Adult Bible Class 9:00 A.M Sunday Worship Service 10:00 A.M Wednesday Bible Study 10:00 A.M Wednesday potluck & Bible Study 6:30 PM 000FZWA The Church On The Hill 5 miles North of Dunnellon US Hwy 41 at Highway 40 489-5881 www.PeaceLutheranOnline.com Romeo Baptist Church Sunday School 9:30 AM Worship 11:00 AM Disciple Training 5:00 PM Pastor R.D. Hess (352) 489-1788 Sunday (Nursery & Childrens Church Provided) Wednesday AWANA 6:30 PM Youth Group 6:30 PM Bible Study 7:00 PM 8 1 / 2 Miles North of Dunnellon Off of Highway 41, Left at Church Sign on SW 5 th Place 000FZWT 7525 S. Highway 41, Dunnellon 352-489-3166 Saturday Reconciliation . . 3:30 PM Saturday Vigil . . . . . . . . . . 4:30 PM Sunday . . . . 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Sunday Spanish............ . . . Noon Mon. Thru Fri . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 AM Holy Days . . . 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM www.stjohncc.com MASSES Catholic Community of St. John the Baptist Father Jean H. Desir, Pastor 000G4IR 000H7ha VENDOR EXPO Specialty Merchandise Vendors Now accepting Debit & Credit Cards Dunnellon Seventh-day Adventist Church Welcome To Our Services Hwy. 41 & Hwy. 40 Saturday Sabbath School 9:30 AM Sermon . . . . . 11:00 AM Tuesday Bible Study . . . 4:30 PM For more information: 352-489-3455 www.dunnellonsdachurch.com 000FZW4 Calvary Baptist Temple 21841 S.W. Marine Blvd. Rainbow Lakes Estates Sunday Sunday School.............9:45 a.m. Worship Service.........11:00 a.m. Evening Service..........5:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting............7:00 p.m. Every 4th Sunday......5:00 p.m Share, Praise & Fellowship Pastor Jamie Parker 352-489-8962 Please Join Us As We Worship In His Name 000G4H4 GATHERINGS A D IRECTORY OF A REA C HURCHES For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them. 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Riverland News, Thursday, February 20, 2014 11 ABOVE: Angi OLeary, left, chats with Laura Bishop during a break in the action. LEFT: James and Susie Bott help with preparing food for church members and guests at the event. BELOW: Brittani Loury keeps a watchful eye on the days activities. ABOVE: Kaylee Corbin holds onto her puppy. BELOW: Diane Bergeron watches the days activities with the assistance of her dog. Darius Michels, center, goes over instructions with teammates prior to the start of the flag football game during Dunnellon Community Churchs second annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party, which was Feb. 2. The church meets at American Legion Post No. 58 in Dunnellon. Among the activities for both adults and youths were a bounce house, flag football games and food. Photos by RACHEL WIDLEY/Special to the Riverland News


12 Riverland News, Thursday, February 20, 2014 ABOVE: Church members show off their line dancing skills during the afternoon festivities at Dunnellon Community Churchs second annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party. LEFT: Miah OLeary holds onto Penelope Bishop. BELOW: Angie Webb, left, watches the flag football game with her sister, Andrea. ABOVE: By the end of the day, Josh Stevens Jr. was worn out. Here, he rests his head on Josh OLearys shoulder. BELOW: Bryce Stevens reaches into a paper bag for another handful of popcorn. Josh Stevens Jr. is carried on his dads, Josh Sr., shoulders during Dunnellon Community Churchs second annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party, which was Feb. 2. The church meets at American Legion Post No. 58 in Dunnellon. Among the activities for both adults and youths were a bounce house, flag football games and food. Photos by RACHEL WIDLEY/Special to the Riverland News


New event to benefit Habitat for HumanityThe inaugural Strawberry and Craft Festival will be from 8 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in downtown historic Ocala. The event includes a craft show, free entertainment, a Kidzone and all things Strawberry. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Habitat for Humanity Marion County Inc.AARP Driver Safety Class slatedAn AARP Driver Safety Program for those 50 and older which, with certain exceptions, qualifies graduates for a discount on their automobile insurance, will be given over two days, three hours each day. Cost is $20 per person for all materials, except pen or pencil. However, if you are an AARP member, the cost is $15. Bring your AARP card with you. The course will be from 1 to 4 p.m. March 6 and 7 at the Marion County Sheriffs Substation on U.S. 41. Class size is limited and reservations are required. For information or reservations, call 465-6359. Riverland News, Thursday, February 20, 2014 13 000HEMK Seven Days A Week Rain or Shine Call to see how you can receive2 Weeks Free352-563-5655769453 The #1 Provider of News and Advertising Information in Citrus County 000H8YA Member A.I.P.B. & N.A.T.P. Florida Notary Public Payroll Service David J. Ratchford Bookkeeping & Tax Service 1400 SW Valencia Heights Ave. Dunnellon, FL 34431-2025 Phone / Fax: 352-465-0814 Cell Phone: 352-220-7585 Personal Small Business Corporate E-mail: beancount29@bellsouth.net 000H9VA 11371 N. Williams St. Suite 1 Dunnellon (352) 465-1188 Look Fabulous in February Come in and meet our Professional Stylists: Terry, Tabitha, Debbie & Ron 000H9US DUNNELLON PODIATRY CENTER, P.A Medical and Surgical Treatment of Foot and Ankle Bunions Hammertoes Fractures Infections Heel Pain Arthroscopic and Endoscopic Procedures Diagnostic Ultrasound and X-ray on Premises Stacy Lynn Witfill D.P.M. Board Certified by American Board of Podiatric Surgery 11786 Cedar Street (CR 40) (Next to the Womens Club) 489-6621 Most Insurance Accepted 000HEMO Photos, stories wanted of Holy FaithParishioners of Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Blue Cove will celebrate its 50th anniversary Sept. 20 and 21. As part of the celebration, the 50th Anniversary Committee is working to compile a history of the church in the community. All past and present members of the church, friends, neighbors and families can help by searching their memories and scrapbooks for stories and photos related to Holy Faith. Photos would be promptly copied and returned. The goal by September 2014 is to share the past and continuing relationship of Holy Faith with the Dunnellon community. Committee members will be happy to do at-home interviews. Interviews can be arranged by calling 489-2685.Church schedules mission trip St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is planning a mission trip in June to visit Haiti. The small group plans to do construction work on hurricane-damaged properties. The group is collecting new/slightly used childrens clothing and school supplies to bring with them for the children of Haiti. To make a donation, including monetary donations to help with shipping costs, call 489-3166 or send checks payable to St. Johns to Haiti Mission 7525 S. U.S. Hwy. 41, Dunnellon FL 34432. Church slates concert seriesDunnellon Presbyterian Church will host its annual concert series on the following days. Concerts are free and open to the public. All love offerings received are gifted to the performers. Dunnellon Presbyterian Church is at 20641 Chestnut St. 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, The U.F. saxophone quartet, Collision, will perform a variety of traditional to jazz arrangements. The students are Gerard Weber, Jordan Jones, Michael Shine and Gregory Snider and are under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Helton. 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6 The Dunnellon Community Chorale will present its spring concert titled, Down Memory Lane, a nostalgic return to beloved music from years gone by. 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27 The Central Florida Master Choir will present its spring concert, Bernstein, Beatles and Beyond, under the direction of Dr. Hal McSwain, accompanied by GayLyn Capitano, with guest harpist Victoria Lynn Schultz. 3 p.m. Sunday, May 25 Pianist/vocalist Renee Deuvall will present Music For the Ages, highlighting works from classical composers as well as the introduction of 3 new arrangements of Russian poetry set to music. Church to host Saturday SupperThe Third Saturday Supper will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Community Congregational Christian Church at 9220 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs in the Dewain Farris Fellowship Hall. Adult tickets are $10 and children are $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Takeout is available. For information, call 489-1260. CHURCH NEWS Donald Mickey Marshall, 65Donald Mickey Marshall, 65, of Dunnellon, Fla., passed from this life Feb. 8, 2014, after a short illness. He was born Feb. 9, 1948 in Cranford, N.J., to the late Lymon and Ruth Marshall. Mr. Marshall is survived by his wife, Mavis Marshall of Dunnellon.; nephew, Bryan Marshall of Asheville, N.C.; nieces, Kristen Marshall of Raleigh, N.C.; three stepdaughters, Robin Miller of Greenwood, S.C., Rhonda Barry of Bluffton, S.C., and Shelley Ellason of Woodruff, S.C.; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren. There will be a celebration of life service, honoring Mickey, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church, 21501 West Highway 40, Dunnellon, FL 34431 with Pastor Eddie Fulford officiating. The family prefers, if you wish, memorial donations to the First United Methodist Church, Dunnellon, or Legacy House at the Hospice of Marion County, 9505 S.W. 110th Street, Ocala, FL 34481. Roberts Funeral Home, 19939 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Dunnellon, 352-4892429, is caring for the funeral arrangements for Mr. Donald Mickey Marshall. OBITUARY Puzzle answers on Page 3 Valentines Day visit to veterans Special to the Riverland NewsFive members of American Legion Post No. 58 and the Ladies Auxiliary visited, on Feb. 14, the veterans at Harbor House, above, and Haven House, below, assisted-living centers. Following opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, the veterans were introduced and thanked for their service to our country. Valentine-themed doughnuts and refreshments were enjoyed by all. County seeks springs photos The Office of the County Engineers Stormwater Section invites residents of Marion County and its surrounding areas to participate in a Stormwater Calendar photo contest. This years theme is Exploring Marion County Caves and will feature images of cave formations, the vulnerability of our springs to pollution and the sensitivity of karst or limerock areas in Marion County. All photos must have been taken in Marion County and depict images associated with this years theme. Photo quality and resolution must meet publishing standards; a minimum of 300 dpi (dots per pixel) is required. Submissions should include the photographers name, contact information, location of photo and a brief description of each photo submitted for example spring vent at Silver Springs. Contest participants may submit up to three entries via email stormwater@marioncountyfl.org, by mail or in person to Gail Mowry at the Office of the County Engineer at 412 SE 25th Ave., Ocala, FL, by 5 p.m. Friday, May 2. Winning selections will be chosen and published in the 2015 Stormwater Calendar. The Stormwater Section publishes the calendar each year in an effort to promote pollution prevention and preservation of Marion Countys water and natural resources. Marion County reserves the right to use submitted photographs in future print, broadcast or digital media. For information, call 352-671-8686. COMMUNITY BRIEFS


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Rainbow Springs Country Club Bridge Results from Feb. 11: Winners: 1. Bill Smead, 5,200; 2. Gary Rosenberg, 4,670; 3. Luise Pellett, 4,660; 4. Shirley Busca, 4,390. Slams: Brian Norris and Bill Smead, 6 NT, and Bill Smead and Betsy Davis, 6S made 7. Results from Feb. 4: Winners: 1. Bob Kamps, 6,450; 2. Pauline Sturtevant, 5,190; 3. Luise Pellett, 4,840; 4. Richard Davis, 4,710. No slams. Results from Jan. 28: Winners: 1.Pauline Sturtevant, 5,860; 2. Jean Bozak, 5,590; 3. Bob Kamps, 4,250; 4. Luise Pellett, 3,900. Slams: Pauline Sturtevant and Jean Bozak, 6 NT. Rainbows End LGA Results from Feb. 12: Flight A Low Gross: Jackie Meehan, 46. Low Net: Linda Yeomans, 33, first; Ramona Soutar, 36, second. Flight B Low Gross: Stacey Sheldon, 48. Low Net: Nancy Sherman, 33, first; Sharon Stark, 36, second. Flight C Low Gross: Margo Berger, 54. Low Net: Connie Goering, 34, first; Debbie Hoff, 35, second. Low Putts: Jackie Meehan and Ramona Soutar, 14. Chip-Ins: Ramona Soutar, hole No. 9. Results from Feb. 5: Flight A Low Gross: Judy Brady, 45. Low Net: Chung Koo, 45, first; Linda Yeomans, 32, second. Flight B Low Gross: Sharon Stark, 51. Low Net: Carrie Holter, 51, first; Shirley Keiper, 35, second. Flight C Low Gross: Debbie Hoff, 55. Low Net: Margo Berger, 34, first; Connie Goering, 36, second. Low Putts: Judy Brady, 13. Rainbow Springs LGA Results from Feb. 6. The LGA had a turnout of 34 members to play golf with a luncheon that followed. More than 40 people attend the luncheon, and Roger Gilmore, executive director of the Covenant Childrens Home, and Jody and Debby Davis, who are house parents, were the guest speakers. For information, call 489-2565. Tournament play was Two Best Balls of Four. Four-person teams, ABCD, were chosen. Each player played her own ball and gross and net scores were recorded for each. The two best net scores were circled and the total recorded. First Low Net: Katie Aufderheidi and Ellie Cullen, 130. Second Low Net: S. Young/M, Gebhardt/K. Bolf/D. McGrail, 132; T. Richard/S. Medford/M. Kemp/V. Nessler, 132. Birdies: J. McCarthy, hole No. 4; D. McGrail, hole No. 16; T. Richard, hole No. 8; G. Baker, hole No. 16. Chip-Ins: J. McCarthy, D. McGrail and G. Baker. Greenies: M.A. Pletcher, hole No. 4; T. Richard, hole No. 8; G. Baker, hole No. 13; P. Lundholm, hole No. 16. opened her to how we get the food on our table. 4-H was both a learning and social experience for Nonnemacher, especially when attending the annual Southeastern Youth Fair. I loved fair time because you would find the friendliest people that you dont even know, she explained, but they like you already because you share similar interests with them. When she attends monthly meetings, Nonnemacher has the chance to work alongside the kids and 4-H leaders. It made me feel good when I would help the younger kids and their faces would look so amused and enlightened, Nonnemacher said. I knew I was doing something good for them, plus it makes it easier on our 4-H leaders (when I help out). Nonnemacher encourages younger children to join the club. -H is an entirely different experience from any club or organization you could join, she explained. It teaches you leadership; it leads you to lifelong friendships; it educates you while youre having fun. Riverland News, Thursday, February 20, 2014 15 Where Quality And Price Meet 000H65A CAC035472 LIC. & INS. 465-5353 www.dunnellonair.com AIR CONDITIONING Replacement Specialists 000FY21 IRRIGATION LLC. SPRINKLERS IRRIGATION 3398 S.W. 74th Ave., Bay 101, Ocala Comp #7085 Call for details 352-237-5731 Serving Marion County Since 1982 Seasonal Special Licensed Fully Insured Certified Irrigation Auditor We will beat any written estimate on irrigation repairs or installation. 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Their initial season-opener, which was supposed to be Feb. 12 against Ocala Vanguard was rained out. The Tigers knocked off Chiefland, 12-5, behind two hits apiece from Garrett Kudlack, Quinn Roosen and Zach West. White recorded the victory on the mound, tossing four innings and allowing one earned run. Dunnellon has a busy slate this week, as the Tigers played Tuesday at Ocala Forest; Wednesday at West Port; today at home against Seven Rivers; and Friday at home against Lecanto, the teams district opener. DHS softball rallies to top West Port, snap slide On the verge of losing their third straight game after opening the season 3-0, the Dunnellon High School softball team exploded for 10 runs in the top of the seventh inning Monday night at West Port to post a 14-6 victory, snapping a two-game losing streak in the process. The Lady Tigers were behind 6-4 when their offense finally teed off on the Wolf Pack. Paving the way for Dunnellon (4-2) was senior Courtney Heinritz was 2-for-3 with two doubles, one RBI, three stolen bases and two runs scored. Her sister, Jillian, was also 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and two stolen bases while picking up the victory on the mound. Jillian threw six innings, allowing two hits and no runs while striking out five and walking three. Last Friday, in a rematch against Crystal River, the Lady Tigers dropped a close contest, 9-8, to the Lady Pirates. Dunnellon led 7-4 entering the seventh inning before Crystal River rallied, scoring four runs to take the win. The Lady Tigers had beaten Crystal River, 11-6, a week earlier. Junior Kelly Howard paced the Dunnellon offense with a 2for-4 performance including three RBIs. Senior Courtney Pike had a triple and one RBI, while Natasha Pierro and Jody Weber also had RBIs for the Lady Tigers. On Feb. 13, North Marion toppled Dunnellon, 6-4, the first loss of the season for the team. Sophomore Kasey Bernstein was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Lady Tigers, while Courtney Heinrtiz was 2-for-3. Overall, the Lady Colts held Dunnellon to four hits. Dunnellon played at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Weir and will play at 6 p.m. Friday at Lecanto in a District 5A-6 contest. Lady Tigers improve to 4-2 with sweep of Wolf Pack 4 -H continued from page 8 GOLF SCORES BRIDGE SCORES


Group to distribute toiletries, clothingChristians In Action (CIA), a charitable organization formed to assist local food pantries, will provide toiletries and clothing to families who qualify under federal guidelines. Free toiletries, such as dish and laundry detergent as well as shampoo, lotion, deodorant and toothpaste, and clothing will be distributed from 9 a.m. to noon the first Saturday monthly at New Second Bethel Missionary Baptist Church at 1940 W. Henry Blair Lane. The church is behind Dunnellon Mulch and Stone. For information, call Geri Davis 489-6332 or Susan Lebrun 465-8660.American Legion activities slatedAmerican Legion WallRives Post No. 58 will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, with dinner proceeding at 6. The Womens Auxiliary will meet at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. The Four Chaplains Memorial Service will beat 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, followed by Post No. 58s birthday celebration. Refreshments served. The public is welcome. Cub Pack No. 469 meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays. Bingo is at 6 p.m. Thursdays. Doors open at 4. Smoking is not allowed. Refreshments are available. The outdoor flea market and pancake breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15. Cost is $5 per person. Law & Order Awards Dinner will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22. Reservations only; tickets are $5 per person. The Legion will host a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Tickets are $6 per person.Penno VFW Post plans eventsEdward W. Penno VFW Post 4864, 10199 Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, announce the following events. Join us for darts at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and bingo at 1 p.m. Mondays. $1 hot dogs are available for lunch on those days. Plan to join us for dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays. Tickets are $8 each. The canteen is open Sunday through Saturday at noon; and closes at 8 p.m. or later Monday through Saturday except for meeting nights, and 6 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 465-4864.Norms Clean Cuts accepting toys, foodNorms Clean Cuts Barber Shop at 11941 Bostick St, Dunnellon is a drop-off point for the U.S. Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots drive as well as a drop-off location for food donations for Food 4 Kids Inc., which provides backpacks full of food on the weekends for needy children in the area. For information, call 465-3666.16 Riverland News, Thursday, February 20, 2014 Riverland NewsMONDAY, 2:00 P.M. CLASSIFIED DEADLINE CANCELLATIONS CHARGE IT!! ERRORSTO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M. Advertisements may be cancelled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials.Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. 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CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD RLN_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 461-0220 RIV 2/26 Admin.Comm PUBLIC NOTICE The Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast, a United Way supported organization, will be facilitating the Administrative Committees monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coasts main office at 1560 N. Meadowcrest Blvd, Crystal River, FL. 34429. Please contact Coalition Staff at 352-563-9939, ext. 263 if you have any questions. Public participation is welcome. Published Feb. 20, 2014. 456-0220 RIV Fallon, Jeannette 2014-CP-98 Notice to Creditors PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number: 2014-CP-98 IN RE: ESTATE OF JEANNETTE FALLON a/k/a JEANETTE M. FALLON, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JEANNETTE FALLON a/k/a JEANETTE M. FALLON, deceased, whose date of death was November 30, 2013, File Number 2014-CP-98, is pending in the Circuit Court for Marion County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is P.O. Box 1030, Ocala, Florida 34478. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE TIME OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED The date of the first publication of this Notice is February 13, 2014. Personal Representative: /s/ CLINT R. FOLEY 888 N.W. 165th Court Road, Dunnellon, Florida 34432 Attorney for Personal Representative: BRETT & REYNOLDS, P.A. /s/ Joel O. Parker, Esq. Florida Bar No. 0070201 8810 S.W. Highway 200, Suite 122, Ocala, Florida 34481 February 13 & 20, 2014. 457-0220 RIV Letts Sr., William L. 2014-CP-99 Notice to Creditors PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number: 2014-CP-99 IN RE: ESTATE OF WILLIAM L. LETTS, SR., Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of WILLIAM L. LETTS, SR., deceased, whose date of death was November 27, 2013, File Number 2014-CP-99, is pending in the Circuit Court for Marion County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is P.O. Box 1030, Ocala, Florida 34478. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE TIME OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED The date of the first publication of this Notice is February 13, 2014. Personal Representative: /s/ CHRISTINE L. WATTS 351 Monkey Run Road, Elmira, New York 14901 Attorney for Personal Representative: BRETT & REYNOLDS, P.A. /s/ Joel O. Parker, Esq. Florida Bar No. 0070201 8810 S.W. Highway 200, Suite 122, Ocala, Florida 34481 February 13 & 20, 2014. 458-0220 RIV Maybaum, Sandra M. 2014-CP-127 Notice to Creditors PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number: 2014-CP-127 IN RE: ESTATE OF SANDRA M. MAYBAUM, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of SANDRA M. MAYBAUM, deceased, whose date of death was January 6, 2014, File Number 2014-CP-127, is pending in the Circuit Court for Marion County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is P.O. Box 1030, Ocala, Florida 34478-1030. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE TIME OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED The date of the first publication of this Notice is February 13, 2014. Personal Representative: /s/ GLORIA OFFNER 55 South Gore, Webster, Missouri 63119 Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ ROBERT J. REYNOLDS Florida Bar No. 0021415 E-Mail: br ettandr eynoldspa@gmail.com BRETT & REYNOLDS, P.A. 20093 East Pennsylvania Avenue #4 P.O. Drawer 2480, Dunnellon, Florida 34430 Telephone: (352) 489-6290 February 13 & 20, 2014. 459-0220 RIV 3/10 sale PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: BIG JOES TOWING SERVICE INC. gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 03/10/2014 09:00 am at 1901 NW MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE, OCALA, FL 34475-5007, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. 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A18 Riverland News, Thursday, February 20, 2014 000HA9C NISSAN of OCALA The New Leader in Customer Service Doing Business The Right Way Everyday! Serving Our Community For Over 33 Years! Look what you can buy new under $20,000 from a volume leading Nissan dealer! 2060 SW COLLEGE RD. OCALA, FL 34471 Local 352.622.4111 or Toll Free 800.342.3008 www.pearsonnissanofocala.com 2014 SENTRA S WITH AUTOMATIC CVT TRANSMISSION STARTING AT $ 15,256 Model # 12014 Vin # 624033 2014 JUKE S STARTING AT $ 16,450 Model # 20114 Vin # 356557 2013 CUBE SL WITH AUTOMATIC CVT TRANSMISSION STARTING AT $ 17,286 Model # 21213 Vin # 306245 2014 FRONTIER KC S 4X2 STARTING AT $ 16,838 Model # 31054 Vin # 723261 2014 ALTIMA 2.5 STARTING AT $ 17,999 Model # 13014 Vin # 209206 2014 ROGUE SELECT S STARTING AT $ 18,864 Model # 29114 Vin # 600204 2014 VERSA NOTE S STARTING AT $ 11,999 Model # 11154 Vin # 850201 2014 VERSA S STARTING AT $ 11,694 Model # 11454 Vin # 392825 All prices include all incentives available. See dealer for qualifications, and details. Price doesn t include optional equipment from the manufacturer, or the dealer. Destination Fee, Dealer Fee, Tax Tag, Title, and Registration are extra. One or mo re at this price. Photos are for illustration pur poses. 2008 ACURA TSX BASE Stk # TGT215A $ 14,956 2013 BUICK REGAL TURBO PREMIUM 1 Stk # G284A $ 22,960 2013 CHEVROLET AVALANCHE LT Stk # G127A $ 36,494 2011 CHEVROLET CRUZE LT W 2LT Stk # G073B $ 14,960 2013 CHEVROLET EQUINOX LS Stk # GT217A $ 20,986 2012 CHRYSLER 300 300C Stk # G240A $ 27,975 2012 DODGE DURANGO CREW Stk # GT087A $ 24,963 2012 FORD FIESTA SE Stk # G061A $ 12,998 2012 GMC TERRAIN SLE-1 Stk # FT608A $ 20,875 2010 GMC TERRAIN SLT-2 Stk # GT023A $ 19,994 2012 HONDA ACCORD EX-L Stk # GT235A $ 21,975 2009 HONDA CIVIC SDN EX Stk # P6331B $ 13,961 2010 HONDA CIVIC CPE LX Stk # F999A $ 14,447 2010 HONDA PILOT EX Stk # TGT058A $ 19,973 2013 HYUNDAI ACCENT GLS Stk # P6316 $ 12,990 2011 HYUNDAI SANTA FE SE Stk # FT612A $ 17,990 2009 HYUNDAI SANTA FE LIMITED Stk # GT112A $ 17,946 2013 HYUNDAI TUCSON GLS Stk # GT070A $ 20,446