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  • Stone talks trash to Coalition

    At this month’s State Road 200 Coalition meeting, Marion County Board of Commissioners chairman Charlie Stone filled the group in on the issue of solid waste – and the county’s eight proposed actions to fix the problem.

    At the start of the meeting Stone took a moment to thank Coalition president Pat Gabriel for her work on the fire rescue and ambulance issue. “We came up with an excellent program,” he said.

  • Dawn had one more surprise

    She really didn’t see it coming. But not like a year ago when she was shot five times during a bungled burglary and left paralyzed. Her recent moment in the spotlight was not about her tragedy, but rather about her triumph.

    Last Friday, Dawn was a special guest on Live with Regis and Kelly’s Mom’s Dream Come True show. Out of thousands of letters, she was one of four mothers chosen for the annual Mother’s Day special. Her husband Sgt. 1st Class Michael Weiss wrote a heart-rending letter to the show explaining what his wife meant to him and to their family.

  • More 'Read'

    The crowd was busy at the Corridor's Liberty Community Park this month. The annual spring celebration "Read on the Green," drew children, parents, grandparents, neighbors and authors.

    The slideshow below shares some of the images from the event.

    Click on photo below to move to the next slide.

  • What's the latest at Market Street

    A few more stores have recently confirmed openings at the new Market Street at Heath Brook. One is Signature Day Spa and Artsy Abode, which specializes in “unique, one-of-a-kind home dcor, art, jewelry and gifts by American Craftsmen,” according to their Artsy Abode Web site.

    Dick’s Sporting Goods is projected to open on April 4, said general manager Perry Moore. The 50,000-sq. ft. sporting goods store features custom golf club fittings, a complete fishing and hunting section, a large selection of apparel and more.

    Lowe’s on S.R. 200

  • It wasn't the typical State Road 200

    It wasn’t the typical State Road 200 Coalition meeting. Instead of county government or politics, members listened to a presentation of a lighter topic. Great places in Florida to take a walk – not long grueling hikes.

    Lucy Beebe Tobias gave members an overview of things to explore and discover in the Sunshine State from her book, 50 Great Walks in Florida. Although she went on 80 walks, only 50 made the final cut. To gather firsthand research for the guide Tobias took 10 months to travel the state of Florida.

  • Pro/Am kicks off Ocala Open

    Thirty-two teams made their way to the Candler Hills Golf Club at the On Top of the World communities this week. Each professional golfer teamed up with three amateurs for the kickoff of the third-annual Ocala Open.

    For the teams, the day started with registration and a continental breakfast. At 9 a.m., it was time to tee off.

  • World class golf comes to OTOW

    Golf professionals from around the world will be heading for OTOW’s Chandler Hills Golf Course on March 11 to 14 to compete for a share of the $100,000 purse. More than 100 PGA tour golfers are expected for this event.

    Opening day Tuesday, March 11, is a Pro-Am Tournament where three amateurs will pair up with one professional golfer. It’s a shamble format with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

    After the pro-am play there will be an awards dinner that evening (ticketed event). Cocktails (cash bar) at 5:30 p.m., dinner and entertainment at 6:30 p.m.

  • 95th Street Road set to open soon

    The road is paved, the lights are in place – and soon motorists will have a new east-west route that intersects State Road 200. Southwest 95th Street Road is expected to open sometime in March.

    Hall Robertson who works with Thad Boyd, the managing partner for the project, said power to the traffic lights was expected to be turned on by the end of last week. And the traffic signals at S.W. 60th Avenue and 95th Street Road, near Freedom Public Library, should be blinking yellow any day now, as well as the lights at S.W. 95th Street Road and S.R 200.

  • Ellison breaks ground for its new home

    The group at Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty had something to celebrate this past week. They officially broke ground at their new location near the soon-to-open S.W. 90th Street and Lowe’s store and – next to the under-construction Alarion Bank.

    In the meantime, real estate agents are operating out of a temporary home near the Wal-Mart Super Center on S.R. 200. The old office was in the path of the new road that they will have a window on.

  • They've been 'PROWLing' in Pine Run for 20 years

    One of the longest running community patrol groups celebrated two decades of service this week. And the Marion County Sheriff’s Office made sure it thanked the group for its dedication and service to the community.

    Captain Jim Burton, commander of the Southwest District, presented awards to the Pine Run Owl Watch League, the third oldest crime watch group in the county.