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  • 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.

  • Some things different about Station 21

    Friendship Station 21 may look like an average firehouse, but it is a little different than the others in the county – and not because the staff is temporarily housed in a doublewide mobile home out front.

    Throughout the county there are 27 fire stations. Twenty stations house full-time paid firefighters, while the other seven are volunteer stations.

  • CERT uses horse sense in drill

    They have done it before – but not like this. This past weekend, at the On Top of the World communities, they searched on foot and on horseback to find people who had gone missing in the woods around the community.

    But it was just a drill.

    It was the first time that the OTOW Citizens Emergency Response Team and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol would participate in a disaster exercise together. “We are just flying high about this,” said Marion County Sheriff’s Office CERT Coordinator Norman Scott.