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  • He’s more than Out to Pastor

    Preacher or author – it seems the Rev. James Snyder can be both.

    As a teen, he wanted to be a writer but he also wanted to serve the Lord. “I thought I had to choose one or the other,” he said. However, the more he learned of the life of A.W. Tozer, the more he realized he could be both.

  • Corridor getting new 40-acre park

    It’s official. The 200 Corridor will get a new 40-acre park, but when it will be open to visitors is unknown.

    Pat Gabriel, president of Parks and Recreation Advisory Council (PRAC), said it would be more than a year before the design plans for the property get under way. “It takes awhile,” she said to get a park “online.” The design process has been budgeted for October 2010.

  • Students move beyond the classroom

    How does one properly pour tea during the very beautiful and formal Chinese tea ceremony and why is it important in their culture?

    What is the significance of the colors red, black and gold that are so widely used in Asian decorations and culture. Likewise, why bamboo?

    Why is there so much art involved in the preparation of Asian cuisine?

  • Joining the fight

    Although those walking the first lap at Friday evening’s Relay for Life at West Port High School wore the same dark purple T-shirt saying they were cancer survivors, each person’s story was different.

    It was 1987 when Odin Olson, On Top of the World, first learned he had lymphoma. Chemotherapy was necessary. He has had several relapses in the past but now he is in remission.

    Duane Ulery moved to Oak Run two weeks ago. As he walked the first lap, his wife Janet snapped photos of her husband with the plan to send them to back to his doctor in Ohio.

  • Multicultural Day enriches students

    When students from Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary School joined hands Friday to sing “It’s a Small World,” there was a new awareness in their voices.

    They had just concluded a week-long study of 30 of the world’s countries that culminated in the school’s second annual multi-cultural day where they shared, in costume and song, what they had learned.

  • Team registration still open

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of West Marion is just around the corner. There are currently six teams signed up and ready to go. The goal for this years relay is ten teams, so there is still time to get signed up and get involved.  To get information or to register your team, call the American Cancer Society at 629-4727 ext. 5823 or visit www.marionrelay.com. This “celebration of life” brings the West Marion County community together in a unified effort to fight cancer.

  • Relay for Life event building momentum

    Corridor businesses Thursday got into the spirit of the fight against cancer as they decorated their store fronts with purple, greeted customers dressed in purple, and in many other ways helped to “paint the town purple.”

    The spirit of the day is expected to move right into the upcoming American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life May 1 and 2 at West Port High School.

    The Relay for Life is an all-night event used to remember, honor, and raise money for cancer victims.

    The theme for this year is “Surfing for a Cure to Wipe Out Cancer.”

  • Tampering of trucks causes oil spill

    Two men apparently attempting to steal diesel fuel from Rooms to Go delivery trucks Sunday morning, March 29, were responsible for an oil spill that required a clean-up by an environmental company.

    An estimated 50 gallons of diesel was dumped on the ground and possibly ran into a small retention pond on the property at 2832 S.W. College Road.

    Ocala firefighters responded to the scene after Rooms to Go employees arriving for work noticed two subjects tampering with the fuel tanks of the trucks parked in the rear parking lot.

  • Economy hitting Marion County horse farms

    The editor of the Florida Horse magazine, Mike Compton, gave insight into the impact of the horse industry on Marion County and its status when he spoke this week at the regular monthly meeting of the S.R. 200 Coalition.

    Compton discussed the business in Ocala/Marion County and how it affects the area.

    During his presentation, he showed several short videos that helped to illustrate the industry.