Local News

  • High school football

    Pre-season classics:

    North Marion 30, Lake Weir 8

    Crystal Rvier 35, West Port 14

    St. John Lutheran 28, Bishop McLaughlin 14

    OCA 53, First Academy 6

    Dunnellon 14, Belleview 13

    Trinity Catholic 42, Leesburg 25


    West Port at Vanguard

    Dunnellon at Lecanto

    St. Augustine at North Marion

    Forest at Union County

    Belleview at Crystal River

    Lake Weir at The Villages

    St. John Lutheran at Ocala Christian Academy

  • Emeritus contestants celebrate model success

    There was lots of laughter around Emeritus at Ocala West last Friday morning – especially among the four residents who had competed in a model contest the night before.

    Sharing in the laughter and good-natured ribbing were family members of the contestants. Contestants for the Top Senior Model of 2009 from Emeritus, formerly known as Summerville, were Deborah Phillipson, George Simandl, LaVerda Zancanata and Bernard Kirnan. 

    The contest was to find the Top Senior Model of 2009.

  • Decorated bowling pins on sale; proceeds to go to good cause

    They say that talent can be expressed in so many interesting ways; and so it was in this case.

    Lennie Rodoff, a volunteer member of the OTOW Community Patrol, was asked if she would be able to use some bowling pins.

    It seems Marion Landing, which has a bowling alley, usually donates its old bowling pins to the Sheriff’s Office, which uses them for shooting practice.

    However, the deputies already had enough pins, so that is how 150 pins came to be offered to the OTOW Community Patrol.

  • Woman walks away from plane crash

    Ocala firefighters responded to the Ocala Regional Airport Saturday, Aug. 22, at about 10 a.m., after being notified of a plane crash.

    The pilot, Ms. Gail Kirchner, a local pilot, took off from Leeward Air Ranch, a fly-in community in south Marion County. Her destination was the Ocala Airport to practice landings. Kirchner, the only occupant in the aircraft, was flying a WW II Advance Trainer also known as “an AT6 Trainer.”

  • Artist creates magic on canvas

    Rays of light striking the walls of the Vatican, falling just so on a flower in a field or reflecting off a river, are scenes that catch the attention of an On Top of the World resident.

    Carole Drost doesn’t just admire such scenes from afar; she tries to duplicate those moments in paintings. To capture those moments she may take a photograph or she’ll quickly sketch the scene on a piece of paper. Back at home she paints those scenes on canvas.

  • Proposed ‘fair tax’ explained

    "April 15 would be just another spring day."

    Those were the words of the narrator on a video shown at a meeting designed to explain the proposed fair tax to Corridor residents.

    About a dozen people gathered at the Freedom Public Library Tuesday evening to hear about the anti-income tax plan slowly working its way through Congress.

  • Violet growers serious about collections

    If the question is raised, “Will there be any dirt today?” The answer isn’t a tidbit of gossip.

    Dirt is serious business for the 20 to 30 people gathered in the meeting room of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on State Road 200, the fourth Saturday of the month.

    For the African Violet of Ocala group, the “right” dirt is one of the key factors for a flourishing African violet.

    So are the smallest Solo cups.

  • Local auto dealers see spike in sales

    Car dealerships have been one of the hardest hit industries during the recession. While some have been forced to close their doors, others are booming.

    Tom Moore, who is the dealership manager at Honda of Ocala, said new car sales have been up almost 70 percent over last year. And the dealership, which moved into its new facility in April, has also been reaping the rewards of government’s “cash for clunkers” program.

  • Ready to Respond

    New Marion County Fire Rescue Friendship Station 21 is up and running.

    The station, which replaces a facility off State Road 200, is at 7884 S.W. 90th St.

    A dedication ceremony was last Thursday, Aug. 6, with various dignitaries from around Marion County on hand.

    Fire Chief M. Stuart McElhaney, of Marion County Fire Rescue, welcomed the guests to the event on a typical sultry August day. After the presentation of colors by the Marion County Fire Rescue Honor Guard, Morgan Tozzo, daughter of MCFR Lt. Dave Tozzo, sang the Star-Spangled Banner.

  • Proposed park names

    Following is a list of the names submitted for the new Corridor county park:

    21 Gun Salute Millennium Park

    A Park for Heroes

    A Park of Heroes

    All American City Park

    All American Victory Park

    All Services Memorial Park

    All Souls park

    All-American Park


    Allegiance Park

    Alliance Park

    Alvarez Memorial Park

    America Park

    America the Beautiful Park

    American Armed Forces Park

    American Eagle Park

    American Heritage Park

    American Heroes