Local News

  • For the 4th

    The events vary from community to community; picnic and golf-cart parades are usual activities for residents of the different communities in the area.

    The Fourth of July, as well as July 3, also brings a variety of community-wide celebrations.

    City of Ocala

    Start the Fourth of July weekend by attending the “Red, White and Blues” event, sponsored by the City of Ocala on July 3.

    The free Friday evening event is from 6 to 9 p.m. on the downtown square.

  • Crystal River upsets Dunnellon

    Two, teams, Dunnellon and Crystal River, would enter Monday’s game undefeated. Only Crystal River, with a 5-0 victory, would leave that way. The two top teams in Pool B and what many are calling the best teams in all of District 15 Major Softball All-Stars, certainly looked that way last night as they battled it out on the softball diamond.

  • ‘Sweepstakes’ caf busted in Dunnellon

    The Multi-Agency Drug Enforcement Team, a joint effort between the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Ocala Police Department, raided the Cyber Zone Café in Dunnellon on June 25.

    Dunnellon Police Chief Roger Free said his agency had received complaints about possible illegal gambling going on at the business. The department contacted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and that is when the team known as MADET took over the investigation.

  • First Saturday bike parade

    Little and big kids are called to “doll up” their spokes and handlebars for July’s First Saturday event, which happens to be on the 4th of July.

    Some of the merchants in Dunnellon’s historic district wanted have something special for the holiday, said Nancy Myers, owner of the Grumbles House. So, that is when they came up with the idea for a decorating contest and bike parade.

  • ‘What are you doing?’

    Keeping in touch with colleagues and old classmates is sometimes difficult. But, with social networking Web sites like Facebook, Myspace and LinkedIn, staying connected has become a lot easier.

    When many people think of networking with sites such as these, they might assume it is mainly for teenagers. It isn’t. Lynne McAndrew, who is on the Dunnellon City Council, said she is on Myspace, Facebook and Twitter, but likes Facebook the best.

  • Citizen names new editor

    Jim Clark has been named editor of the South Marion Citizen.

    Clark, 65, has been with Landmark Community Newspapers for 5½ years, serving as editor of the Chiefland Citizen and the Williston Pioneer Sun News, both in Levy County.

    He has lived in Ocala for 12 years, and prior to joining Landmark was a high school sports writer and chief of the copy desk for the Ocala Star Banner, in addition to serving in various capacities at other newspapers around the state.

    He was raised in northern New Jersey, where he attended Bergen Catholic High School.

  • Grand opening set for new fire station

    Marion County Fire Rescue will have a grand opening ceremony for Friendship Station 21 on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m.

    The new station is a relocation of Station 21 to its new home at 7884 S.W. 90th  Street.

    Commission Chairman Jim Payton will deliver remarks during the ceremony.

    Fire and elected officials knew several years ago that they would need to build a new relocated MCFR Friendship Station 21 to serve the needs of citizens living along the State Road 200 corridor.

  • Banking on economic improvements

    With more consumers investing into less risky accounts, banks are doing their best to accommodate their customers.

    Throughout the six counties Bob Little oversees, which include Marion, Alachua and Sumter, the Regions Bank city president said there has been a 33 percent increase in the deposit base from June 2008 to June 2009. He said this means new clients and existing customers are expanding their accounts or putting more money into the bank.

  • Helping aids mother's healing

    While buying items for the first care packages to troops overseas, Norellen Pickell felt a hand on her shoulder and heard the words “Way to go, Mom.”

    “I really, really felt it,” she said. What she heard and felt that day she said was from her late son, Robert Kibler, who died in 2002. Not long after his passing, Pickell formed the Support Our Soldiers (SOS) organization in his memory. Though he was not in the military due to diabetes, he was “very patriotic,” she said.

  • Relay for Life planning meeting

    Do you want to make a difference in your community? Here is your opportunity. The West Marion Relay For Life is planning a community meeting to recruit leaders and volunteers for the 2010 event. Anyone interested in participating in any capacity is welcome to attend. Please ask your friends, neighbors and co-workers to come out and be  part of a great organization that gives back directly to the people who need it the most. The committee is looking for an event chair, event co-chair, team leaders and volunteers willing to donate their time to make the next Relay a huge success.