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  • United Way to start fundraising effort Aug. 20

    United Way of Marion County will kick off the community fundraising efforts, Thursday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton. Special guest speaker is Dr. Ken Ford, director of Florida’s Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). IHMC announced in March 2008 that it will locate a branch of the world-renowned research institute in the former public library building in downtown Ocala.

    Cost for the event is $15 per person or $200 for a table of 10. RSVP by Friday, August 14 to 352-732-9696 or sgill@uwmc.org.

  • Captain’s warning: Lock your car, take your keys

    Members of the State Road 200 Coalition got the message loud and clear: Mayberry, with Barney and Andy, no longer exists.

    For the second straight meeting, the group heard from law enforcement about activities up and down the Corridor, and for the second month they were warned to lock their cars.

    Capt. Tom Terrell, a 23-year veteran of law enforcement who recently took over supervision of the Sheriff’s Office Southwest Station on S.R. 200, was the speaker to the gathering at the Collins Health Resource Center on Monday at TimberRidge.

  • New park has name; contest has a winner

    Independence Park will be the name of the new 40-acre Corridor park.

    After a month-long contest, a naming committee picked its top three choices, which were presented to the Marion County commissioners on Aug 4. Gina Peebles, director for Marion County Parks and Recreation, said 421 entries were received during the contest, with 309 of them being unique.

    A dozen people submitted the name Independence Park to the contest, so an entry was drawn at random to decide the winner.

    Robert Miller was  named the winner of the contest.

  • Eateries keep customers with discounts

    Deserted, boarded-up restaurants have become a common sight during the recession. But, while many eateries are closing, some Corridor restaurants have managed to keep customers coming back.

    Sue Wile, food and beverage manager for Oak Run, said the recession has definitely affected business. But, to get more customers coming into Bella Cucina, which opened in November and is open to the public, the restaurant has added various specials to the menu.

  • Coalition meets Monday

    Capt. Tom Terrell, the new district commander for the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Southwest District, will be the guest speaker at this month's State Road 200 Coalition meeting on Monday, Aug. 10.

    An incorrect date was published in the print edition.

  • Teen movie night at R.S. State Park

    Teen movie night premiers July 10 at Rainbow Springs State Park.

    The free Friday evening flick is planned as a weekly summer activity for Dunnellon area youth and it may be just the first of what could be a variety of organized

    events to provide recreation and social opportunities for teenagers.

    The movie night is the result of a recent youth focus group meeting by the Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce Destination Dunnellon Committee.

    “Our main goal is to have something for the kids,” said Lanse Fero, one of the organizers.

  • Joy Lutheran sets sports signups

    It is time for kindergarten through sixth grade boys and girls in the southwestern area of Marion County and Ocala to register for Upward flag football or cheerleading.

    The deadline for registration is Aug. 15. Form and registrationh fee may be dropped off at the Joy Lutheran Church office anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.The cost is $60 for football and includes a jersey, belt and flags, car magnet and end-of-season award.

    Cheerleading costs $50 and includes a uniform, megaphone, poms, hair ribbons, car magnet and end-of-season award.

  • Leaving a legacy to future students

    Joan and Claude LeBel never dreamed they would give their house away. But, that is exactly what they did.

    The couple signed over their mortgage-free Hardwood Trails home to the Central Florida Community College Foundation in April.

    After they built another home in Stone Creek Golf Club, the LeBels decided to put their house on the market. And, that is where it sat for a long time, Joan said.

    When it did not sell, they started to look into other options. After doing some re-search, Joan discovered something called a “charitable gift annuity.”

  • Business owners are thinking 'outside the box'

    Some business owners are coming up with creative ways to get customers in the door and Peggy Bradshaw is one of them.

    Bradshaw, owner of 2nd Chance Consignment Shoppe, came up with the idea for a consignment store tour after attending a resale convention. “You’ve got to think outside the box,” she said.

    On Aug. 1, The Consignment Shop Bus Trip rolled through town carrying about 30 shoppers to eight different consignment shops throughout the county. “For ten bucks, you can’t beat it,” she said of the cost of the tour.

  • New fire station dedicated

    Marion County Fire Rescue held a grand opening ceremony for Friendship Station 21 on Thursday, Aug. 6

    The new station is the new home for the Station 21 firefighters and medical personnel at 7884 S.W. 90th St., just off State Road 200.

    Complete details will be in the Aug. 14 edition.