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Local News

  • 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.

  • 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.