Local News

  • Ocala Open Golf Tournament

    Ocala Open Golf Tournament benefits

    local charities and a $100,000 purse!



    Amy Ryffel-Kragh

    Staff Writer

    Children attending the Extended Day program at Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary School got to take a break from their usual after-school routine and were surprised with an array of fun at the program’s “Spring Fling.”

    About 100 students attended the after-school event, which was educational and fun. The students were divided into two groups and rotated to the various tables of activities set-up in the school’s cafeteria.

  • Lined up early for a free stack

    To support Children’s Miracle Network, the IHOP restaurant at 11100 S.W. 93rd Court Road gave free pancakes to its patrons Feb. 24. Corridor residents took note and were lined up by 7:30 a.m. IHOP suggested a $3 donation to help children with cancer on National Pancake Day.



    On April 16, West Marion County will be awash in purple, thanks to efforts by volunteers from the American Cancer Society’s annual “Relay for Life,” a community campout against cancer.  Businesses will “paint our town purple” to celebrate cancer survivorship and bring attention to the yearly event, which will be held on May 1 and 2 at West Port High School. 

  • Benefit for needy family

    John and Ruth Sherman wanted to help people for years, but they weren’t sure how to do it.

    In June 2008, it started to come together.

    The couple came up with the idea of “Jacked Up For a Cause.”

    On Saturday, March 28, they will hold their first truck, car, Jeep, and bike show benefiting a local family in need.

  • English choir learns to sing in German

    In preparation for an upcoming concert, most members of the Central Florida Master Choir had to learn German, or at least the words they will sing.

    That wasn’t the case though for On Top of the World resident Margitta Claterbos.

  • Residents want aerobatic flights to stop

    Though some area residents living near the Dunnellon/Marion County Airport are upset with the aerobatic flying practices of Morrow’s Communication Group, the owner does not plan on going anywhere.

    At a recent meeting between the two groups, the accusations were flying as the residents and business owner, Larry Morrow, defended their stance on the matter.

  • Mandatory burn ban in effect in Marion

    An emergency declaration was issued this week by the County Commission making a burn ban in the county effective immediately.

    The burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning until further notice.

    If citizens are caught burning, they could face fines and other consequences.

    The drought index, based on a scale from 0 to 800, is nearing 700 in Marion County. Any number above 500 is considered the wildfire danger zone.

  • Liberty ready to put out fires

    In February 2008 Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) had a groundbreaking ceremony for Liberty Station 32. A little more than a year later, the 30th Marion County fire station officially opened for business.

    Local officials and residents attended the ribbon cutting ceremony recently at the new station on S.W. 49th Avenue.

  • American Legion names Marion captain Firefighter of the Year

    The American Legion Post No. 58 in Dunnellon has named Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) Captain Clifford Grier, 46, the “Firefighter of the Year.”