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  • Joining the fight

    Although those walking the first lap at Friday evening’s Relay for Life at West Port High School wore the same dark purple T-shirt saying they were cancer survivors, each person’s story was different.

    It was 1987 when Odin Olson, On Top of the World, first learned he had lymphoma. Chemotherapy was necessary. He has had several relapses in the past but now he is in remission.

    Duane Ulery moved to Oak Run two weeks ago. As he walked the first lap, his wife Janet snapped photos of her husband with the plan to send them to back to his doctor in Ohio.

  • Multicultural Day enriches students

    When students from Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary School joined hands Friday to sing “It’s a Small World,” there was a new awareness in their voices.

    They had just concluded a week-long study of 30 of the world’s countries that culminated in the school’s second annual multi-cultural day where they shared, in costume and song, what they had learned.

  • Team registration still open

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of West Marion is just around the corner. There are currently six teams signed up and ready to go. The goal for this years relay is ten teams, so there is still time to get signed up and get involved.  To get information or to register your team, call the American Cancer Society at 629-4727 ext. 5823 or visit www.marionrelay.com. This “celebration of life” brings the West Marion County community together in a unified effort to fight cancer.

  • Relay for Life event building momentum

    Corridor businesses Thursday got into the spirit of the fight against cancer as they decorated their store fronts with purple, greeted customers dressed in purple, and in many other ways helped to “paint the town purple.”

    The spirit of the day is expected to move right into the upcoming American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life May 1 and 2 at West Port High School.

    The Relay for Life is an all-night event used to remember, honor, and raise money for cancer victims.

    The theme for this year is “Surfing for a Cure to Wipe Out Cancer.”

  • Tampering of trucks causes oil spill

    Two men apparently attempting to steal diesel fuel from Rooms to Go delivery trucks Sunday morning, March 29, were responsible for an oil spill that required a clean-up by an environmental company.

    An estimated 50 gallons of diesel was dumped on the ground and possibly ran into a small retention pond on the property at 2832 S.W. College Road.

    Ocala firefighters responded to the scene after Rooms to Go employees arriving for work noticed two subjects tampering with the fuel tanks of the trucks parked in the rear parking lot.

  • Economy hitting Marion County horse farms

    The editor of the Florida Horse magazine, Mike Compton, gave insight into the impact of the horse industry on Marion County and its status when he spoke this week at the regular monthly meeting of the S.R. 200 Coalition.

    Compton discussed the business in Ocala/Marion County and how it affects the area.

    During his presentation, he showed several short videos that helped to illustrate the industry.

  • Easter bunny hops to Liberty Park

    They did not have to stay up into the wee hours on Easter Eve hoping to get a glimpse of the Easter bunny. They got a chance to touch and hug him several days before. 

    About 25 local children, gathered at Liberty Community Park on the Tuesday before Easter Sunday to take part in the Brown Bag Bunny Brunch, sponsored by Marion County Parks and Recreation Department. The children, aged two to five, did crafts, played games and collect colorful eggs during the Easter egg hunt, which was hosted by “Mr. Bunny.”

  • Paint Our Town Purple

    The Citizen would like to feature area businesses that plan to participate in the one-day “Paint Our Town Purple” event on April 16, bringing attention to the fight against cancer and the upcoming Relay for Life on May 1 and 2.

    Please call us at 854-3986 to let us know that you will be participating.

    The Citizen camera will take photos of unique displays and one of the most unique or colorful will be on a future page one of the Citizen.

  • Merchant group forms for West Marion business leaders

    With the idea of supporting one another for marketing purposes as well as welcoming new businesses to the area, a group of local merchants has formed the West Marion Business Association.

    Still in the early stages of organization, a goal-setting meeting was held last week to brainstorm how the association could benefit members.

    Among the ideas was to provide a venue for networking, to raise customer knowledge of businesses, and to combine efforts for creative marketing.