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Today's News

  • Five generations

    Mary McAlister of Emeritus West is one of the five generations shown. She moved to Florida in 1921 when she was 2 years old, and is the author of a book of family history called “Coosa County Girl. She was born in Alabama. Shown in the photos are second generation Judy McAlister; third generation Sar Lee, on right, standing in for Michelle Graves, granddaughter; fourth generation, Lori Graves, great granddaughter on left; and fifth generation, Orion, Lori’s baby.

  • Diabetes, eye screening scheduled for Sept. 10 at local Methodist Church

    On Sept. 10, the On Top of the World Lions Club in cooperation with the Ocala West United Methodist Church, will engage in diabetes screening for adults and eye screening for children ages 1 to 6.
    The event will take place between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. at the church, 9330 S.W. 105th St.
    At the same time the church members will be selling their first seasonal breakfast.
    The treatment of vision impairment and its prevention is paramount to the mission of Lions Clubs.

  • County boards looking for volunteers

    Residents who want to get more engaged with their local government have some fresh opportunities to act.
    The Marion County Board of County Commissioners is currently accepting applications for slots on the following volunteer advisory boards.
    The Board of Adjustment is looking for one member to serve an unexpired term.
    Adjustment board members review and make decisions regarding citizen requests for variances or special exceptions under the Marion County Land Development Code and hear and decide appeals concerning land development code interpretations.

  • Marion County Sheriff's Reports 08-26-2011

    Willie Thomas is 17 years old. Michael Eugene Smith is 16 years old. Javaris D. Blunt is 15 years old. All are in the Marion County Juvenile Detention for residential burglaries and grand theft charges. “It’s important the community knows about these three, because of their criminal histories,” said Judge Cochran, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer. “Our detectives know, just days after getting out of jail, two of three teens returned to their criminal ways,” Cochran added.

  • Vendors, displays wanted for all-veterans reunion

    The Nature Coast All Veterans Reunion needs vendors of all kinds, and sponsors, for the weekend of Oct. 7 to Oct. 9. Food, crafts, merchandise, etc. Sites start at $175 for a 10-by10-foot space, including a refundable $50 cleanup fee. Larger sites available. Deadline is Aug. 31.

  • Upcoming religious events week of 8-26-2011

    Christ’s Church of Marion County
    Friday, Aug. 26:  Forever Young Ministry " Hollywood" party.  Come dressed as your favorite Hollywood personality and walk the Red Carpet.  Food, prizes, fun!  6 p.m.
    Saturday, Aug. 27: Men's Prayer Group, 9 a.m.
    Sunday, Aug. 28: Sunday School, 10 a.m. Worship Service, 11 a.m.,  'What the Bible Has to Say About Feminism'.
     Wednesday, Aug. 31: Bible Study, "Healing is a Choice", 7 p.m.

  • Upcoming events week of 8-26-2011

    Saturday, Aug. 27

    Back to School Bash

    Ocala West United Methodist Church will host a Back to School Bash for Kids, Saturday, Aug. 27, from 3 to 6 p.m., for children 4 years to 5th grade. Magician at 3, clowns at 4, food at 5. Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala, call 352-854-9550.

    Used book sale

  • September AARP driving classes

    AARP Driver Safety Classes are scheduled for several different locations in Marion County during the month of September. They include:
    Sept. 2 and 6, 10 a.m., Ocala Nissan, 2200 S.W. College Road, reservations Linda Holt, 352-489-0656.
    Sept. 5 and 6, 10 a.m., Highlands Baptist Church, 3530 S.E. Fort King St., reservations Harold Girard, 352-304-6018.
    Sept. 7 and 9, 9 a.m., SummerGlen Community Center, reservations Linda Holt, 352-489-0656.
    Sept. 8 and 9, 8 a.m., On Top of the World, Circle Square Commons #4, reservations Ed Hobbs, 352-237-6065.

  • 9/11 memorial events planned

    The following is a list of public events being held to remember 9/11. It will be updated if necessary.

    Tuesday, Sept. 6

    Chamber group presents
    program at Cultural Center
    “A Decade Of Remembrance — Honoring 9/11 — Today and Always” will take place Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. at On Top of the World’s Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala.

  • WMBA mixer planned at Neighborhood Storage

    The West Marion Business Association will hold a Business after Hours on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Neighborhood Storage, 6741 W. State Road 40.