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  • Welcome home, Vietnam vets

    A Welcome Home event for Vietnam veterans, the third annual gathering, took place under threatening skies Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocala. Those who gathered were welcomed with rows of flags at the ramp leading up to the gazebo, where the ceremonies took place.

  • Flu shots still needed

    It’s not too late to get your flu shot! Flu season may have started slowly, but we are now seeing increased influenza activity throughout the U.S. and Florida, particularly in children. Increased activity in children typically comes ahead of increased influenza activity in other age groups.

  • Serving the blind

    By Laura Smith
    and Jessica Nisbette

  • Task force leans toward I-75 expansion

    By Mike Wright
    Members of an transportation group tasked with finding solutions to current and future Interstate 75 traffic congestion are warming to ideas that stick to freeway expansion.
    Several I-75 Relief Task Force members said they prefer significant upgrades to the interstate, including truck-only lanes, to building a new roadway north from the Suncoast Parkway.

  • 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.

  • Marion Landing news 02-12-0216

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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.