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  • Clydesdales visit

    The Budweiser Clydesdales paid a visit to downtown Ocala last Friday. Above, one of the horses is led from the truck to the area where he would be prepared to pull the wagon. Below, some of the crowd that gathered, and at right, Clyde, the 3-year-old Dalmatian, drew a lot of attention.
     

  • Sales tax sessions scheduled

    On Thursday, March 10, Marion County residents will have another opportunity to learn about the county’s sales tax initiative before casting their vote during the upcoming presidential primary. County Commission Chairman Kathy Bryant will host two informational sessions.
    The morning session will be at 10 and the evening session will be at 6.
    The meetings will be at the McPherson Governmental Complex – Commission Auditorium, 601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala.

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  • cherrywood news 02-12-2016

    By John Everlove

    Cherrywood held one of its most sucessful Craft Shows ever on Saturday, Feb. 6. The clubhouse was filled with hundreds of eager shoppers and a capacity number of vendors. Artisans of every bent were on hand to sell everything from wind chimes to Afghans; jewelry and purses; ceramic goods to knitted clothing and many more items.

  • Deputies, dogs visit OTOW

    By Patricia Woodbury

     The January meeting of the OTOW Community Patrol was very special as we had deputies from the K-9 Unit. Deputies Todd Winkler and Matt Hooper came with their dogs to tell us how the unit functions and show some of the techniques for which the dogs are trained.

  • 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.