Local News

  • Local auto dealers see spike in sales

    Car dealerships have been one of the hardest hit industries during the recession. While some have been forced to close their doors, others are booming.

    Tom Moore, who is the dealership manager at Honda of Ocala, said new car sales have been up almost 70 percent over last year. And the dealership, which moved into its new facility in April, has also been reaping the rewards of government’s “cash for clunkers” program.

  • Ready to Respond

    New Marion County Fire Rescue Friendship Station 21 is up and running.

    The station, which replaces a facility off State Road 200, is at 7884 S.W. 90th St.

    A dedication ceremony was last Thursday, Aug. 6, with various dignitaries from around Marion County on hand.

    Fire Chief M. Stuart McElhaney, of Marion County Fire Rescue, welcomed the guests to the event on a typical sultry August day. After the presentation of colors by the Marion County Fire Rescue Honor Guard, Morgan Tozzo, daughter of MCFR Lt. Dave Tozzo, sang the Star-Spangled Banner.

  • Proposed park names

    Following is a list of the names submitted for the new Corridor county park:

    21 Gun Salute Millennium Park

    A Park for Heroes

    A Park of Heroes

    All American City Park

    All American Victory Park

    All Services Memorial Park

    All Souls park

    All-American Park


    Allegiance Park

    Alliance Park

    Alvarez Memorial Park

    America Park

    America the Beautiful Park

    American Armed Forces Park

    American Eagle Park

    American Heritage Park

    American Heroes

  • 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.