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  • Joy Lutheran pastor retires

    By Patricia A. Woodbury

     There were few dry eyes on Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Retirement Celebration for Pastor Edward L. Holloway, Jr. Many of the church members, family members and community friends such as several pastors from the area and a rotary member attended this event. It began with a worship service at 10 a.m. in which Pastor Holloway presided for the last time. He also took the opportunity to baptize his newest grandson, Colin Holloway.

  • I-75 Task Force eager for details

    By Mike Wright
    Citrus County Chronicle
    The task force charged with finding a relief plan for Interstate 75 heard plenty of information Monday, but several members are antsy for details.
    The I-75 Relief Task Force met at the National Guard Armory in Crystal River, its second meeting since being formed by the Department of Transportation. It has meetings planned in each of the six counties in the study area, and plans to have a recommendation by August.

  • Magnet school expo is Jan. 21

    What is a magnet school? What’s a magnet program? Can your child attend one in Marion County? What are the qualifications? Why do they even exist?

    If you’ve ever wondered about or considered such a program or school for your child, come learn the attraction of these highly-competitive programs at a special Magnet Expo set for Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5-7 p.m. The event takes place at Marion Technical Institute (MTI) located at 1614 SE Fort King St. in Ocala.

  • Hospital expansion plans announced

    Ocala Health leadership released details Jan. 7 on a multi-faceted expansion project at West Marion Community Hospital, which will add nearly 42,000 square feet to the 13-year-old facility, meeting a continually growing need for acute care services for residents west of I-75. This expansion, along with the additional 24 patient rooms opened in April 2015, will nearly double the facility’s bed count in approximately two years.

    The project will include expansions to three key areas of the hospital: emergency department, operating rooms, and patient rooms.

  • Deceased veterans honored

    By Jim Clark
    The Quarterly Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park was Jan. 9. Names of veterans who died during the last three months of 2015 were read and a bell was tolled after each name, accompanied by a drum roll. Members of Marine Corps League Detachment 1072, based on State Road 200, provided the readings.
     

  • Vandals damage school property

    Over the Christmas / winter break, several vandals broke into a storage area owned and used by Marion County Public Schools. The vandals destroyed thousands of dollars in brand new pajamas, prom dresses (some new with tags), books, toys, and children’s clothing that would have benefitted local homeless students. The vandals also discharged fire extinguishers inside the building.

  • Pun Alley 01-01-2016

    By Dick Frank

  • Hoofin' It for Hospice at OTOW

      Get those walking shoes ready and limber up those leg muscles and get in shape to do a little two-mile leisurely walk around a few On Top of the World Neighborhoods for the annual Hoofin’ It for Hospice Walk that will benefit Hospice’s Legacy House. This is the 16th year this event has taken place in our community with a huge success each time.
    The event will be held Feb. 6 from the lower level of the Recreation Center at promptly 9 a.m. for registration and the walk will begin after registration has been completed.

  • OTOW Lions fight hunger

    The need for help doesn’t stop after the Holidays. There are still those people who need our help. In conjunction with Lions International, the Ocala On Top of the World Lions will be joining a World Wide Week of Service to fight Hunger and Poverty. We will be collecting Non-Perishable foods at several locations on State Road 200. We hope that the residents will help us fill the shelves at Interfaith so those less fortunate will have food.
    You can drop off your donations at the following locations.
    n The lobby of the Recreation Ballroom at On Top of the World.

  • No room at shelter for drop-off cats

    Due to necessary renovations to the cat rooms at the animal center, Marion County Animal Services has temporarily suspended intake of owner-surrendered cats. Beginning in January, the cat adoption and stray rooms will be hard hat-only areas as crews work to replace the roofs, and no cats will be able to be housed there for the duration of re-roofing activities.