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  • A star was born

    Janet Shelley claims she was “born to be in theatre.”

    Growing up near Boston, the daughter of a jazz drummer and an elementary school teacher, she often had the opportunity of see first run shows “off-Broadway” before they went to the big stage in New York City.

    “We saw everything,” she said. Everything included comedy club shows in the New Haven and Boston area.

    She remembers enjoying those shows.

  • Public invited to events

    The next two Saturday evenings give reason to put on one’s dancing shoes and head to the town square at Circle Square Commons.

    On July 31 it’s a Summer Splash Party, 6 to 10 p.m. and Aug. 7 it is the 3rd Annual Island Festival, 5 to 10 p.m.

    This Saturday festival goers will have the opportunity to enjoy summertime games such as water balloon toss, a hula hoop contest and more.

    A fashion show of summer apparel is also planned.

  • Man killed on US 27

    A 73-year-old Ocala man was killed July 19 when he drove his motorized wheelchair-like scooter in front of two vehicles northbound on U.S. 27 at Northwest 46th Terrace.

  • Firefighters respond to CF; gas leak

    A private contractor working on the Ocala Campus of the College of Central Florida struck a two inch natural gas line with heavy equipment. Firefighters arrived on scene at 10:37 this morning, July 28, and briefly evacuated the Newton A. Perry Aquatic Center on campus.

    The natural gas leak was stopped and the pool was re-opened by 11 a.m. 


    The leak did not affect any other buildings on campus, which is located at 3001 Southwest College Road. There were no injuries.


  • DUI Checkpoint planned for July 30

    DUI Checkpoint Planned for July 30

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on July 30, 2010 from 8:00 PM to Midnight in the vicinity of the 4900 block of Southwest 60th Avenue. as part of the Florida DUI Sustained Enforcement Program.

  • Sweet Rewards


    Sweet rewards

    Michel Northsea


    There’s some tail wagging going on at the front gate of Ocala Palms a couple of times each day.

    It’s because many of the dogs of Ocala Palms have learned there’s a special treat waiting for them as they pass through the gates with their owners.

  • Activities abound in community this month


          Activities abound in community this month

  • Husband encourages wife’s hobby


    Husband encourages wife’s hobby

    Talent continues Patricia Gizzi   Last week, we highlighted Stone Creek resident, Karen Chapman and her work. This week, we will look at Grace Fleury and her style of painting.

  • Sting nabs, drugs, pain pills, cash, guns

    Five months of investigation ended in the arrest of 25 people in four different organized drug operations over the last couple of weeks as part of “Operation Eclipse.”

    The drug operations were moving more than 180 kilograms of cocaine a year and more than 7,700 pounds of marijuana year in Citrus and Marion counties.

    “It was a great investigation with a successful end,” said Sgt. Donnie Winston of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area team.

  • Christophers’ celebrate 50 years together

    Christophers’ celebrate 50 years together

    Carolyn Slocum

    Quail Meadow could be known for the longevity for marriages. We have many couples who have been married at least 50 years. This is very commendable. This week we are looking at the marriage of Frank and Joan Christopher.