Local News

  • Local leaders look at stimulus dollars

    Representatives from the Marion County Public School System and Ocala/Marion County Transportation Planning Organization were among the speakers at a recent stimulus plan meeting at Central Florida Community College and sponsored by the Ocala/Marion County Economic Development Corporation. The panel discussed how they plan to spend the government funds once President Barak Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act filters down to Marion County.

  • Time to Paint Our Town Purple

    Purple balloons, purple crepe paper streamers and purple clothes are among the ways that area businesses plan to decorate inside and outside their establishments on Thursday, April 16 to celebrate cancer survivorship and to bring Corridor awareness about the May 1 and 2 Relay for Life at West Port High School.

    The event is a “day of awareness” sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

    Homeowners are also encouraged to participate in the fun day by putting up purple signs on doors or in yards to create a consciousness about both cancer and the Relay for Life.

  • Ocala Open Golf Tournament

    Ocala Open Golf Tournament benefits

    local charities and a $100,000 purse!



    Amy Ryffel-Kragh

    Staff Writer

    Children attending the Extended Day program at Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary School got to take a break from their usual after-school routine and were surprised with an array of fun at the program’s “Spring Fling.”

    About 100 students attended the after-school event, which was educational and fun. The students were divided into two groups and rotated to the various tables of activities set-up in the school’s cafeteria.

  • Lined up early for a free stack

    To support Children’s Miracle Network, the IHOP restaurant at 11100 S.W. 93rd Court Road gave free pancakes to its patrons Feb. 24. Corridor residents took note and were lined up by 7:30 a.m. IHOP suggested a $3 donation to help children with cancer on National Pancake Day.



    On April 16, West Marion County will be awash in purple, thanks to efforts by volunteers from the American Cancer Society’s annual “Relay for Life,” a community campout against cancer.  Businesses will “paint our town purple” to celebrate cancer survivorship and bring attention to the yearly event, which will be held on May 1 and 2 at West Port High School. 

  • Benefit for needy family

    John and Ruth Sherman wanted to help people for years, but they weren’t sure how to do it.

    In June 2008, it started to come together.

    The couple came up with the idea of “Jacked Up For a Cause.”

    On Saturday, March 28, they will hold their first truck, car, Jeep, and bike show benefiting a local family in need.

  • English choir learns to sing in German

    In preparation for an upcoming concert, most members of the Central Florida Master Choir had to learn German, or at least the words they will sing.

    That wasn’t the case though for On Top of the World resident Margitta Claterbos.

  • Residents want aerobatic flights to stop

    Though some area residents living near the Dunnellon/Marion County Airport are upset with the aerobatic flying practices of Morrow’s Communication Group, the owner does not plan on going anywhere.

    At a recent meeting between the two groups, the accusations were flying as the residents and business owner, Larry Morrow, defended their stance on the matter.

  • Mandatory burn ban in effect in Marion

    An emergency declaration was issued this week by the County Commission making a burn ban in the county effective immediately.

    The burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning until further notice.

    If citizens are caught burning, they could face fines and other consequences.

    The drought index, based on a scale from 0 to 800, is nearing 700 in Marion County. Any number above 500 is considered the wildfire danger zone.