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Local News

  • All can 'Master the Possibilities'

    There is an interesting article in the December issue of Experience Life magazine that I’d like to share with you. True health and happiness are woven together. We need both.

    For optimal health, a person needs enough satisfaction, passion and pleasure. We need this for a good quality of life and a sense of well-being. Of course, some pleasurable behaviors have the opposite effect, such as smoking, drinking too much or overeating.

  • Lockheed target of anti-war protest

    They came from all over to voice their stand on war. And, it wasn’t hard to hear message loud and clear.

    Members of groups from Marions for Peace, Veterans for Peace, the St. Augustine People for Peace and Justice and others, gathered outside of Lockheed Martin in Silver Springs Shores to protest the current war between Israel and Palestine. The demonstration was in conjunction with protests staged nationwide on Dec. 30, 2008.

  • House ransacked, jewelry and handgun missing

    Staff Report

    After a 10-day trip to New York, a Timberwood family returned home Jan. 3 and discovered approximately $12,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and a handgun was missing. The house on S.W. 35th Lane was in disarray and there was an empty space where the 54-in. flat screen Samsung television had been.

  • Pass the bread and nurture faith

    One of the greatest gifts the church has to offer is the gift of community, belonging and nurturing faith together. From the very beginning, Jesus’ disciples have been known as those who lived in relationship with one another praying, teaching and fellowship to the breaking of the bread.

    We continue that tradition by gathering regularly with other disciples around the table at church and in our homes. Discipleship is learned through participation in a community.

  • Breaking the sound barrier

    Their goal is to make the world of silence a little easier for their clients and loved ones. Citrus Hearing Impaired Program Services (CHIPS), which opened a branch in Marion County off State Road 200 in May 2008, offers a variety of services to the deaf, hearing impaired, and speech impaired.

    The nonprofit organization provides interpreting, education, referral services and advocacy to its clients. “There is a need” for these types of services in Marion County, said Maryjo Lawson, CHIPS program manager.

  • What’s Christmas without a tree?

    A fresh tree or a fake one? For some there is no question, they want a traditional Christmas tree – one that smells just like the tree they remember dad picking out at a roadside lot.

    In years past, Christmas tree lots were a common sight in any community – the Boy Scouts and church groups used set up on vacant lots. But the popularity of artificial trees and retailers stocking “live” ones has cut out many of the street corner vendors.

  • Some days are ‘normal’

    When he turns on the ignition and heads to work at 6 a.m., he never really knows what the day will bring. For John Rawls, a master deputy for the Marion County Sheriff’s Southwest District, he starts each working day with a sort of routine.

    Rawls, who has been employed at MCSO since 1998, said if he does not have to relieve a nighttime deputy he routinely does his security checks at local businesses to make sure nothing has been disturbed. This is especially important on the weekends, because some businesses are closed.

  • More Martin, live on FM

    His voice is a familiar one; and after more than 15 years on a Citrus County radio station, the Gene Martin Show has moved to Dunnellon. Oak Run resident and popular radio personality Gene Martin switched stations after being laid off from his former radio job.

    A few weeks before Christmas, Martin learned the news of his departure. But after the word spread his phone started to light up with offers. However, they were all from AM radio stations and Martin wanted to be on an FM station.

  • Square dancing is unique to America

    Pssst – well it’s no secret, square dancing is one of the best all-around activities for all age groups. Wait a minute, how can anything with the word “square” being part of it be all that great? Well modern western square dancing is not quite what you may have learned in school. This puppy rocks!

    It’s a party every time you go as it brings people together for fun and fellowship – even during class lessons. The fun starts right from the beginning, meeting new people and making new friends and continues the more you dance.

  • Marion firefighters celebrate 30th anniversary

    Thirty years ago, Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) did not exist. Instead, 20-plus independent volunteer fire departments were scattered around the county.

    Each department was staffed with its own firefighters, owned its own apparatus and was headed by its own fire chiefs and boards of directors. Turf wars pervaded most districts, and jurisdictional lines hindered response.