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  • Sterns holds workshop for residents

    Florida residents facing foreclosure or are having trouble paying their mortgage will get some help at Homeownership Workshop, which is being sponsored by Congressman Cliff Sterns.

    Paul Flusche, press secretary for Sterns, said the congressman wanted to hold the July 28 event, because the housing market is critical to the state of Florida. The free workshop will also benefit first time homebuyers. He said representatives will be on hand to pre-qualify first time buyers for a mortgage.

  • Keep it local:Meeting the economic challenge

    It’s no secret. Times are tough for local businesses.While the national and state news continues to broadcast concerns of a faltering economy, you really don’t even have to tune in to know that.

    All you have to do is take a walk down just about any main street.

    From your favorite pizzeria to your local hair salon, businesses are feeling the pinch of a weakened economy. People just aren’t eating out as often as they did. They’re going longer between haircuts. Many people are squeezing every cent that they can from their dollars.

  • Dressed tresses still important

    In the background, Dean Martin is singing “Tiny Bubbles.” The air conditioning vent blows the palm fronds of the imitation tree hanging in the corner of the Mane Event Hair Salon.

    Tuesday and again today, Friday, July 17, owner Julie Barham is creating a Beach Party atmosphere to make her salon a “fun place to come.”

    “We want to have a good atmosphere with nothing negative for our clients,” she said.

    The beach party theme is one of several themes she and her other stylists in her shop are using to attract business.

  • Corridor resident first female commander

    How can someone receive a band scholarship to college without ever playing an instrument before? Ask Barbara Cherbonneau.

    Obtaining a band scholarship is one of the unique experiences she has had in her life. Cherbonneau was friends with the late famed comedian and actor, Dom DeLuise, and recently became the first woman in Marion County to be sworn in as a commander of an American Legion Post.

    Though she said it was not a goal to become commander for Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354, she was nominated and unanimously chosen for the job.

  • Cigarette tax rises

    Twenty-three percent of Marion County residents have seen more money going up in smoke in the last week.

    That’s the percentage of people whot smoke in Marion County, according to records of the Florida Department of Health.

    The cost for a pack of cigarettes increased $1 on July 1. Blame the increase on taxes.

    For smokers, the increase means they will have to cough up, on average, $5.73 for a pack of cigarettes, or $52.80 for a carton.

  • Celebrating and helping

    Chiropractic USA celebrated its one-year anniversary at the Jasmine South location last Friday. In conjunction with the celebration, the business raised money for the non-profit organization Animal Rescue Kingdom (ARK).

    During the charity event, there were plenty of activities to keep visitors busy. Children could play around in the bounce house or take a ride down a large blow-up slide. Many also tried to hit the bull’s eye and dunk massage therapist Julie Hollwedel ,who was the sitting duck in the booth, for the majority of the day.

  • CORRALLING CLIFFORD

    PBS’ Clifford, The Big Red Dog recently made a stop at the Freedom Public Library in conjunction with the library’s summer reading program.

    A crowd of children anxiously waited for the appearance of The Big Red Dog, including 3 ½-year-old Madylin Morrow, who was content once she was able to give him a hug (pictured).

  • Bedazzled by beads

    Diane Dzik, of On Top of the World, can’t remember her first fascination with beads, but it may have started in the “hippie” days of the ‘60s.

    From then on, she was always searching the jewelry boxes of family and friends or going to estate sales or finding the few bead stores that were around at the time.

    About 1997, she decided the challenge of seed bead weaving was exactly that! The appeal of these small jewels has not changed over the years.

  • New businesses on Corridor

    Over the next few months, some new businesses will be popping up along the 200 Corridor.

    Trent Comer, marketing director for the Market Street at Heath Brook, said business has picked up in the last few weeks and the open-air mall has recently signed a “ton” of tenants including restaurants and clothing stores. Though he cannot unveil the six to eight new businesses just yet, he plans to in the next few weeks.

  • Getting a ‘reverse’ 9-1-1 call

    People are urged to call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. But, what if law enforcement called you during a crisis?

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reverse 9-1-1 or GeoCast system does exactly that. The program, which has been available in the county for several years, alerts residents in the area of an emergency.