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  • 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.

  • 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.