• The Importance of Reading

    By Florence Pritchard

    Freedom Public Library

    Recently, I attended a meeting of the Belleview Friends in their historic library building. Someone said the states’ prison agencies use third-grade reading scores to plan for the number of prison beds that will be needed in upcoming years. The lower the scores, the more beds they plan for.

  • Uncontrollable Hand Tremors

    Patricia A. Woodbury RN, MSN

    If your hands tremble occasionally, it may be just a fleeting nervous situation.  But, if it happens frequently and spontaneously, and cannot be controlled, it could be a condition called essential tremor (E.T.).

    E.T is the most common movement disorder, afflicting up to 10 million people in the United States.  It is a chronic progressive condition that usually affects the hands, but can also disrupt other parts of the body including, the head, arms, vocal cords and less commonly the lower body.


    Pat Wellington


    By Brad Parks

    Tommy Jump’s acting career is probably behind him even though he’s only 27.  Too short to play romantic leads, he’s starting to go bald so he can no longer play children or teenagers. His fiancée is pregnant and he can’t tell her how bleak their future is –at least not now.

  • Hammett Bowen holds career day

    Hammett Bowen Elementary School recently held a Career Day for its students. Professionals from all walks of life came and spoke to the students. Here are some photos of that day.

  • Rasmussen holds ribbon cutting

    The new Rasmussen College campus conducted its ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday in conjunction with the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

    School and government officials toured the campus on State Road 200, in front of West Marion Hospital, and then were entertained under a tent in front of the facility.

    Pete Beasley, campus director, welcomed the crowd to the school library, and spoke of the school’s commitment to the community. Later he led the cutting of the ribbon in the main hallway of the building.

  • VPK applications due

    Applications of interest are now being accepted for the Pre-K/VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten) program operated by the Title One Office of Marion County Public Schools. This full-day program takes place during the normal 2011-2012 school year and is not related to Summertime VPK programs.

  • Liberty 7th grader writes short story

    EDITOR’S NOTE: For the second straight year, Liberty Middle School teacher Amy Ryffel-Kragh, a former reporter for the Citizen, assigned her English students to write a short story, and the Citizen participated in judging the material. We came up with this one as the one to be published.

    Alexander Brooks

    Special to the Citizen

  • Parents encouraged to complete school surveys 01-28-2011

    With more parents taking more interest in their children’s education, Marion County Public Schools once again makes its latest Parent Survey available on the district website and at each school.

  • Hammett Bowen students get to spend their "bear bucks"

    Tuesday is shopping day at Hammett Bowen Elementary Schools.

    It’s the day well-behaved students get to spend the “bear bucks” they have earned.

    Bear Bucks represent money and they are handed out students exhibiting the traits of good behavior.