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  • Helping aids mother's healing

    While buying items for the first care packages to troops overseas, Norellen Pickell felt a hand on her shoulder and heard the words “Way to go, Mom.”

    “I really, really felt it,” she said. What she heard and felt that day she said was from her late son, Robert Kibler, who died in 2002. Not long after his passing, Pickell formed the Support Our Soldiers (SOS) organization in his memory. Though he was not in the military due to diabetes, he was “very patriotic,” she said.

  • Relay for Life planning meeting

    Do you want to make a difference in your community? Here is your opportunity. The West Marion Relay For Life is planning a community meeting to recruit leaders and volunteers for the 2010 event. Anyone interested in participating in any capacity is welcome to attend. Please ask your friends, neighbors and co-workers to come out and be  part of a great organization that gives back directly to the people who need it the most. The committee is looking for an event chair, event co-chair, team leaders and volunteers willing to donate their time to make the next Relay a huge success.

  • New park gets grant funding

    Though it was not a complete surprise, the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department recently learned they would receive the $200,000 grant for the new Corridor park.

    It was a few months ago that the department submitted the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant for the new 40-acre Corridor park, which is in the back of Oak Run and Forest Glenn.

  • To fix it or to wait?

    Editor’s note: This is  the second in a series of news articles aimed at helping local businesses find a voice and a link to the community. There seems no more fitting way to do that than in the local newspaper. The goal of this series is to add support to those local businesses by providing readers with some insights into how they are meeting these uncertain economic times. Never before has it been more important to shop locally. Spending at local businesses won’t change this economic crisis overnight, but it will help.

  • It’s Christmas - 365 days a year

    Twinkling lights, colorful houses and tiny figurines perfectly assembled for as far as the eye can see.

    Nancy Grabowski created her room called the “North Pole” five years ago. Inside the special room is a collection that consists of hundreds of small glass figures, accessories and an array of Christmas buildings in the winter-themed room.

  • Sterns holds workshop for residents

    Florida residents facing foreclosure or are having trouble paying their mortgage will get some help at Homeownership Workshop, which is being sponsored by Congressman Cliff Sterns.

    Paul Flusche, press secretary for Sterns, said the congressman wanted to hold the July 28 event, because the housing market is critical to the state of Florida. The free workshop will also benefit first time homebuyers. He said representatives will be on hand to pre-qualify first time buyers for a mortgage.

  • Keep it local:Meeting the economic challenge

    It’s no secret. Times are tough for local businesses.While the national and state news continues to broadcast concerns of a faltering economy, you really don’t even have to tune in to know that.

    All you have to do is take a walk down just about any main street.

    From your favorite pizzeria to your local hair salon, businesses are feeling the pinch of a weakened economy. People just aren’t eating out as often as they did. They’re going longer between haircuts. Many people are squeezing every cent that they can from their dollars.

  • Dressed tresses still important

    In the background, Dean Martin is singing “Tiny Bubbles.” The air conditioning vent blows the palm fronds of the imitation tree hanging in the corner of the Mane Event Hair Salon.

    Tuesday and again today, Friday, July 17, owner Julie Barham is creating a Beach Party atmosphere to make her salon a “fun place to come.”

    “We want to have a good atmosphere with nothing negative for our clients,” she said.

    The beach party theme is one of several themes she and her other stylists in her shop are using to attract business.

  • Corridor resident first female commander

    How can someone receive a band scholarship to college without ever playing an instrument before? Ask Barbara Cherbonneau.

    Obtaining a band scholarship is one of the unique experiences she has had in her life. Cherbonneau was friends with the late famed comedian and actor, Dom DeLuise, and recently became the first woman in Marion County to be sworn in as a commander of an American Legion Post.

    Though she said it was not a goal to become commander for Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354, she was nominated and unanimously chosen for the job.

  • Cigarette tax rises

    Twenty-three percent of Marion County residents have seen more money going up in smoke in the last week.

    That’s the percentage of people whot smoke in Marion County, according to records of the Florida Department of Health.

    The cost for a pack of cigarettes increased $1 on July 1. Blame the increase on taxes.

    For smokers, the increase means they will have to cough up, on average, $5.73 for a pack of cigarettes, or $52.80 for a carton.