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  • End-of-Summer Bash at Tuscawilla

    Local residents marked the end of summer with a “bash”  with a Jimmy Buffett theme at Tuscawilla Park on Saturday, Sept. 17. At right, a boy named Henry whose mother would not supply his last name, swats an oversized ball, while above, a “parrothead” spokesman speaks to visitors.

  • Write-ins withdraw; Maier elected

    By Jim Clark

    Heidi Maier is now officially elected as Marion County Superintendent of Schools.

    The Republican candidate eliminated incumbent George Tomyn in the Aug. 30 primary.

    There were two write-in candidates, Kelly Taub and Pamela Archer, and that closed the primary to non-Republican voters.

    But now Taub and Archer have both withdrawn, effective Sept. 12 and 13, and that means that Maier is elected and will not appear on the November ballot.

  • Statue of slain deputy unveiled

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office held an unveiling of the newly restored statue of MCSO Deputy Brian Litz, and his K-9 companion, “Justice”, on Friday, Sept. 9 at the MCSO Southwest District Office. Litz was killed in the line of duty 12 years ago and his monument has been a fixture in the Marion County community to remember and honor him for his ultimate sacrifice.

  • Walk to end Alzheimer's

    The Walk to End Alzheimer's tok place on Saturday, Sept. 10, with the finish at Tuscawilla Park. Here are some scenes from the finish area.

  • Noise issues raised at meeting

    By Jim Clark
    The Florida Department of Transportation on Tuesday briefed the public on plans to widen State Road 200 in Marion County from County Road 484 to the Withlacoochee River at the Citrus County line, but don’t expect to see any construction in the near future.

  • Widening of 200 is topic of meeting

    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will have a public hearing about the plans to reconstruct and widen the segment of State Road (SR) 200 from north of the Citrus County Line to south of County Road 484 in Marion County.
    FDOT is proposing to widen the existing two lane roadway to four lanes, with the addition of a 40-foot grass median.
    Further improvements include bridges for wildlife, pedestrian trail access and equestrians, and the installation of a wildlife fence on portions of FDOT right-of-way.

  • Incumbents Arnett, Tomyn fall

    By Jim Clark
    There will be some new faces in Marion County government and school leadership after the results of Tuesday’s primary were tabulated.
    Voted out of office were School Superintendent George Tomyn and District 5 County Commissioner Earl Arnett, both of whom were seeking their second terms.
    The only incumbent to win in the primary was District 1 County Commissioner David Moore, who beat Daniel Owen with 53 percent of the vote. He will face a “no party affiliation” candidate in November.

  • Election results coming in

    Click on the link below or copy and paste it in your browser for election results.
    http://enr.electionsfl.org/MRN/Summary/1532/

  • Final push for county candidates

    By Jeff Bryan
    More than a dozen candidates, their supporters and area residents packed themselves into the American Legion Post No. 58 hall on Tuesday night for the Dunnellon Business Association-sponsored Candidate Forum, as they began their final push before the Aug. 30 Primary.

  • Task force discusses I-75 relief

    By Mike Wright
    The I-75 Relief Task Force wrapped up its work Friday with a recommendation that the state upgrade the freeway and current road networks before it thinks of extending the Suncoast Parkway.
    The group met at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala.
    The group, represented by officials and others from six counties appointed by Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold, was charged with finding a long-term solution to Interstate 75 congestion issues between Gainesville and Wildwood.