Local News

  • 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.

  • Liberty ready to put out fires

    In February 2008 Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) had a groundbreaking ceremony for Liberty Station 32. A little more than a year later, the 30th Marion County fire station officially opened for business.

    Local officials and residents attended the ribbon cutting ceremony recently at the new station on S.W. 49th Avenue.

  • American Legion names Marion captain Firefighter of the Year

    The American Legion Post No. 58 in Dunnellon has named Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) Captain Clifford Grier, 46, the “Firefighter of the Year.”

  • Spring art show features three Oak Run artists

    Fine Art on Broadway’s annual spring show, this year entitled Clash of Cultures, opened Friday evening at the Brick City Center for the Arts.

    Three of Oak Run’s artists were featured in the show.

    Aina Sturms showed two of her newest paintings, Paul Martin Brown showed a collage of Wild Orchids of Marion County and Stan Folsom entered several new works in a dramatic contemporary style.

    Brown and Folsom both won Honorable Mentions for their work.

  • Quick Care Center coming

    New health care facilities are coming to the area, thanks to expansions at West Marion Community Hospital.

    Ginger Carroll, chief executive officer for West Marion, explained the additional services that will be available in the next few months when she spoke at the March meeting of the S.R. 200 Coalition meeting.

  • Suddenly: Howard’s out, Niblock’s in

    It came as a shocker to many Marion County residents when county administrator Patrick Howard announced his intent to resign last week and the county swiftly moved to appoint Lee Niblock, the county’s community resources bureau chief, to the position.

    During a public hearing Feb. 25, the Marion County Commissioner accepted Howard’s letter to retire effective Feb. 27 and then approved a three-year contract to hire Niblock for the job, according to a county press release.

  • CCS takes pride in helping Toys for Tots

    “Toys for Tots is my thing,” said Ginnie Wise, project director assistant at CCS Mechanical Inc. For the last couple of years she has coordinated the business’ efforts in collecting toys for the United States Marine Corps annual toy drive.

    The company contributed 1,566 toys last Christmas, which totaled about $17,000. They donated more toys than anyone else in Marion County, with the help of the community. “They take pride in it,” said Jim McCarthy, liaison for Marion County Toys for Tots and member of Ocala West Detachment 1072.