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  • Visiting Don Garlits'

    To continue our Marion County museum series, suppose I told you Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is different from any other car museum. Suppose I said it is because Don’s museum doesn’t have any cars.

    He displays dragsters. And a dragster certainly isn’t a car, being mostly a monstrous engine bolted onto rails under a next-to-nothing body and having dinky bicycle wheels up front plus huge slick tires in back.

  • Park contest entries keep rolling in

    More than a week into the contest to name the newest county park on S.R 200, about 145 entries have already been submitted.

    In fact, Marion County Parks and Recreation Department received so many responses in such a short period of time that the e-mail system locked up, said Cynthia Fifelski, administrative assistant for the parks department. The system, which was set up to receive 100 suggestions, was down for about four to five hours on Monday. To ensure it does not happen again, the e-mail has been changed to receive more entries.

  • Every child is a winner Every child is a winner in church youth sports

    This is the theme at the second youth sports activity this year sponsored by Joy Lutheran Church.

    Since the public schools have had to cut back on sports activities, programs like this are important in the community. There are few Upward Christian sports programs in the area and the one at Joy Lutheran Church is the only one in southwest Ocala.

  • At OTOW: Knowing the vital signs

    What are the signs of a heart attack or stroke? What can a bystander do if someone is having a medical emergency?

    Joel Matthias, EMS captain of Marion County Fire Rescue, answered those questions and more during a recent talk at On Top of the World, as part of National EMS Week. He also gave residents some tips about what to do when an emergency occurs.

  • Grading Congress members online

    “They work for you. Remind them,” is the motto of a new Web site that allows users to grade members of Congress.

    The site, GradeGov.com, allows the public to get more involved with the people representing them in Washington. Elizabeth Letchworth, owner of GradeGov.com, said she came up with the idea about four years ago, after working in the United States Senate for 26 years. She felt the public was disconnected from their representatives in Congress, which she said is an issue that is getting worse.

  • Contest on to name new park

    Creative thinking people are invited to dream up a name for the new county park in the State Road 200 area.

    Those suggested names should be entered in the “Name New Park” Contest offered by the Marion County Parks and Recreation Dept, either via a ballot in this issue of the South Marion Citizen or through the county’s Web site, www.marioncountyfl.org/Parks.htm

  • New local Jewish congregation

    For the first time in 35 years, a new Jewish congregation has been formed in Ocala to serve the needs of the growing Jewish population of southwest Marion County and environs.

  • Residents to name new Corridor park

    Just like they did with Liberty Community Park, a member of the public will provide the military-themed name for the newest 40-acre park on the Corridor.

    Marion County Parks and Recreation department is once again teaming up with the South Marion Citizen for the latest park-naming contest. About 400 entries were received from the community when Liberty Park, off S.W. 103rd Street Road, was named in June of 2004.

  • County dedicates new EOC

    Marion County has dedicated its new emergency operations center just in time for hurricane season.

    “I hope we never have to use this building,” said Sheriff Ed Dean at the May 22 event. “But chances are we probably will. We’re going to be ready.”

    The 15,000-square-foot building has been in development for the past year. Its role is to provide a safe, comfortable location for emergency supervisors, support staff and media during a disaster.

    It is located next to the sheriff’s operation center in Ocala.

  • MRMC to expand

    The operating room expansion project at Munroe Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will soon be under way.

    The approximately $10 million project will include three full service operating rooms, which will primarily be used for orthopedic and general surgeries, a 20-bay post anesthesia care unit and an expanded surgical waiting area.

    On Monday, more than a dozen people, including MRMC president and CEO Steve Purves, director of the Munroe Foundation, Beth McCall, and House of Representatives speaker of the House, Larry Cretul, participated in the groundbreaking ceremony.