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  • Dunnellon softball juniors reach finals

    The Dunnellon Little League Softball Junior All Stars set themselves up for a possible trip to Oldsmar.

    The Marion County girls beat Crystal River 3-0 last Sunday afternoon at Harley Levins Complex in the Little League District 15 All Star tournament. The 2-0 Dunnellon girls were scheduled to play Tuesday for the district title. See related story

    Nicolette Wunderly held Crystal River to one hit while striking out 14 Citrus County batters.

    Dunnellon had only four hits but Leslie Maddox jacked a solo home run over the fence. Dunnellon committed two errors.

  • Renovated campground already popular

    The word is out and vacationers from all over are inquiring about the campground at Rainbow Springs State Park.

    After being closed about a year and a half, the renovated riverfront facility has just reopened.

    “It’s a first rate campground and I expect we’re going to be very busy year-round,” said park manager Joseph Smyth. “We’ve had phone calls from all over the country.”

  • For the 4th

    The events vary from community to community; picnic and golf-cart parades are usual activities for residents of the different communities in the area.

    The Fourth of July, as well as July 3, also brings a variety of community-wide celebrations.

    City of Ocala

    Start the Fourth of July weekend by attending the “Red, White and Blues” event, sponsored by the City of Ocala on July 3.

    The free Friday evening event is from 6 to 9 p.m. on the downtown square.

  • Crystal River upsets Dunnellon

    Two, teams, Dunnellon and Crystal River, would enter Monday’s game undefeated. Only Crystal River, with a 5-0 victory, would leave that way. The two top teams in Pool B and what many are calling the best teams in all of District 15 Major Softball All-Stars, certainly looked that way last night as they battled it out on the softball diamond.

  • ‘Sweepstakes’ caf busted in Dunnellon

    The Multi-Agency Drug Enforcement Team, a joint effort between the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Ocala Police Department, raided the Cyber Zone Café in Dunnellon on June 25.

    Dunnellon Police Chief Roger Free said his agency had received complaints about possible illegal gambling going on at the business. The department contacted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and that is when the team known as MADET took over the investigation.

  • First Saturday bike parade

    Little and big kids are called to “doll up” their spokes and handlebars for July’s First Saturday event, which happens to be on the 4th of July.

    Some of the merchants in Dunnellon’s historic district wanted have something special for the holiday, said Nancy Myers, owner of the Grumbles House. So, that is when they came up with the idea for a decorating contest and bike parade.

  • ‘What are you doing?’

    Keeping in touch with colleagues and old classmates is sometimes difficult. But, with social networking Web sites like Facebook, Myspace and LinkedIn, staying connected has become a lot easier.

    When many people think of networking with sites such as these, they might assume it is mainly for teenagers. It isn’t. Lynne McAndrew, who is on the Dunnellon City Council, said she is on Myspace, Facebook and Twitter, but likes Facebook the best.

  • Citizen names new editor

    Jim Clark has been named editor of the South Marion Citizen.

    Clark, 65, has been with Landmark Community Newspapers for 5½ years, serving as editor of the Chiefland Citizen and the Williston Pioneer Sun News, both in Levy County.

    He has lived in Ocala for 12 years, and prior to joining Landmark was a high school sports writer and chief of the copy desk for the Ocala Star Banner, in addition to serving in various capacities at other newspapers around the state.

    He was raised in northern New Jersey, where he attended Bergen Catholic High School.

  • Grand opening set for new fire station

    Marion County Fire Rescue will have a grand opening ceremony for Friendship Station 21 on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m.

    The new station is a relocation of Station 21 to its new home at 7884 S.W. 90th  Street.

    Commission Chairman Jim Payton will deliver remarks during the ceremony.

    Fire and elected officials knew several years ago that they would need to build a new relocated MCFR Friendship Station 21 to serve the needs of citizens living along the State Road 200 corridor.

  • Banking on economic improvements

    With more consumers investing into less risky accounts, banks are doing their best to accommodate their customers.

    Throughout the six counties Bob Little oversees, which include Marion, Alachua and Sumter, the Regions Bank city president said there has been a 33 percent increase in the deposit base from June 2008 to June 2009. He said this means new clients and existing customers are expanding their accounts or putting more money into the bank.