Local News

  • The Corridor's gopher guy

    Did you ever wonder what that freshly-turned mound of dirt in your lawn or garden is? Well, it might be the work of a pocket gopher.

    No not the cute, cumbersome and once common land turtle that is protected by law – the Florida gopher tortoise. These furry animals live underground, do their damage sight unseen and can turn a beautiful lawn into an eyesore overnight.

  • Shopping for answers

    “How much do four golden delicious apples weigh? How many lemons would it take to have pound?” Do those sound like those dreaded math questions we had to calculate in grade school?

    Students from Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary School were recently put to the test to answer questions like these but text books were only part of the equation and kids went shopping. Second- and third-graders, and their parents, were invited to the new Publix Supermarket at Canopy Oaks for “math night.”

  • Does the community want a new park?

    The chief of Marion County Community Resources Bureau, Dr. Lee Niblock, will be the featured speaker at this month’s S.R. 200 Coalition meeting. He heads the Parks and Recreation Department and is scheduled to talk about the possibility of a second public park in the Corridor.

    The county has its eye on an attractive site and funding may be available, even in this depressed economy. The department is conducting an online survey that will close Feb. 16, to determine if the community would support a new and bigger park.

  • A helping hand in hard times

     A truck loaded with 42,000 pounds of food rolled into Dunnellon’s St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. In a coordinated effort between the Farm Share organization and State Representative Larry Cretul, who has an office on S.R. 200, hundreds of local families benefited from the free food.

    Out of work or needing some extra help, whatever the circumstance may be – they had food to share. The truck was filled with squash, bananas, corn and Pepsi.

  • New rabbi likes 'small town' Ocala

    Temple Beth Shalom of Ocala recently welcomed Rabbi Ephraim Rubinger to the community. He succeeds Rabbi Samuel Dov Berman,  who died last August.

    Rabbi Rubinger comes to the reform congregation with a strong rabbinic academic background and a solid commitment to social service. He received his B.A. degree in Judaica and Political Science from Yeshiva University and earned a master’s in Hebrew Letters and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

  • Do we need another park in the Corridor?

    The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department values your opinion. We have the opportunity to again apply for federal grants that will provide park property in the State Road 200 area.

    Community input will help us to prioritize needs in your ever-growing and improving county parks system. The survey will only take a few minutes and is available until Feb. 16. The link for the surveys is http://www.marioncountyfl.org/Parks/Pr_default.aspx.

  • Tax time breeds tax return scams

    Attorney General Bill McCollum issued a consumer advisory warning last week for Floridians to be on the lookout for tax-related scams. Complaints about fraudulent tax preparers are reported to the Attorney General’s Office each year, as are issues with identity theft and fraudulent charities.

    The attorney general also advised consumers to ask about service fees up front and avoid tax preparers who claim they can obtain larger refunds than anyone else.

  • CFCC gets OK to offer 4-yr. degrees

    Central Florida Community College will begin the process of offering two baccalaureate degree programs, following approval by the District of the Board of Trustees at its Tuesday meeting. While the college will begin working immediately thorough the approval process, the baccalaureate programs will be offered no earlier than fall 2010, according to Dr. Charles Dassance, CFCC president.

    The programs will not be offered until the college receives adequate funding for them.

  • Burglar cleans up at car wash

    Sometime between 7:30 p.m. on Jan.17 and 11 p.m. Jan. 18, the Bubble Clean Car Wash on S.R. 200 was burglarized.

    When a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the business, which has the same owner as Hilton Automotive, he noticed a car wash sprayer wand lying on the ground, and a coin meter box which appeared to have been tinkered with, according to a sheriff’s report.

    The burglar was unsuccessful in getting any money from that change box. However, the equipment room money machines were a different story.

  • Ancient aircraft spark memories

    Two ounces of booze were given to crewmembers after flying a mission in the Pacific. The whiskey was supplied by military doctors to help offset the affects of going from temperatures of 20 degrees below zero, at an altitude of 20,000 feet in the B-24, to 110 degrees on the ground, Ed Grass recalled, while he walked around the World War II bombers on display at the Ocala Airport as part of this year’s Wings of Freedom tour.