https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Kosumo Morishita is the new music director for the Marion Chamber Music Society https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/kosumo-morishita-new-music-director-marion-chamber-music-society <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_kosumo_.jpg" alt=" Dr. Kosumo Morishita is beginning her first season as music director of the Marion Chamber Music Society, which opens its 37th season Sunday, Oct. 7, with a new professional group with a “local” connection, Ensemble D’Amore, put together by Ocala’s own, Charles McGee, oboist. " title=" Dr. Kosumo Morishita is beginning her first season as music director of the Marion Chamber Music Society, which opens its 37th season Sunday, Oct. 7, with a new professional group with a “local” connection, Ensemble D’Amore, put together by Ocala’s own, Charles McGee, oboist. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Blessing of the Animals https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/blessing-animals <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc07881.jpg" alt="Carol Bellavia, The Villages, and Zipper, who came to Bellavia from racing via Greyhound Adoptions of Florida. Zipper had broken his right hind led on the first turn coming out of the gate. Zipper had broken his right hind led on the first turn coming out of the gate." title="Carol Bellavia, The Villages, and Zipper, who came to Bellavia from racing via Greyhound Adoptions of Florida. Zipper had broken his right hind led on the first turn coming out of the gate. Zipper had broken his right hind led on the first turn coming out of the gate." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Social conscience, politics, human morality and the spiritual relationship with God all converged Saturday during a blessing of the animals at the First Congregational United Church of Christ.</p> <p> Dr. Harold McSwain, pastor of the church, said the treatment of animals is often extremely cruel, particularly with greyhounds. Greyhounds are revved up on all kinds of meds and then treated very poorly when they are no longer useful for racing. That&rsquo;s not a way to treat an animal.&rdquo;</p> Woods warns seniors of cybercrimes https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/woods-warns-seniors-cybercrimes <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/smc_sr200_billy_woods_7782.jpg" alt="Former Marion County Commissioner Judy Johnson offers pro and con arguments on the 13 amendments at the Friday Forum, Friday, Sept. 14, at the Golden Corral on College Road." title="Former Marion County Commissioner Judy Johnson offers pro and con arguments on the 13 amendments at the Friday Forum, Friday, Sept. 14, at the Golden Corral on College Road." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods spoke of cybercrimes and two proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot during the SR 200 Coalition meeting Monday, Sept. 10, at TimberRidge Building 5000.</p> <p> He said criminals frequently change schemes.&nbsp;They realize one thing isn&rsquo;t working, then move onto something else.</p> 13 proposed constitutional amendments https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/13-proposed-constitutional-amendments <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_ff_judy_johnson_7820.jpg" alt="Former Marion County Commissioner Judy Johnson offers pro and con arguments on the 13 amendments at the Friday Forum, Friday, Sept. 14, at the Golden Corral on College Road." title="Former Marion County Commissioner Judy Johnson offers pro and con arguments on the 13 amendments at the Friday Forum, Friday, Sept. 14, at the Golden Corral on College Road." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> EDITOR&rsquo;S NOTE: This story will continue over a period of weeks due to space constraints. This week is an overview of the 13 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution.</p> <p> By DAVID DAVIS</p> <p> Editor</p> <p> Former Marion County Commissioner Judy Johnson presented pros and cons of the 13 constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 General Election Ballot to the Friday Forum, Friday, Sept. 14.</p> MCSO solves 30-year-old murder https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/mcso-solves-30-year-old-murder <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_sherry_petersen.jpg" alt="Sherry Petersen" title="Sherry Petersen" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> MCSO Media</p> <p> Relations</p> <p> Press release</p> <p> Marion County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office Major Crimes detectives have closed the missing person case of Sherry Yon Petersen, Feb. 22, 1950, who was last seen on Christmas Eve, 1992.</p> Accused killer is arrested; victims' body dismembered https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/accused-killer-arrested-victims-body-dismembered <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_robin_upson.jpg" alt="Robin Lee Upson" title="Robin Lee Upson" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> MCSO Media Relations</p> <p> Press Release</p> <p> Marion County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office Major Crimes detectives have arrested Christopher Lee Takhvar,&nbsp;45, for the murder of Belleview resident Robin Lee Upson, 63.</p> <p> The investigation began when Robin&rsquo;s dismembered and decapitated remains were located in the Ocala National Forest in June.&nbsp;After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that Takhvar, Robin&rsquo;s business partner and friend of approximately 20 years, had murdered her, then dismembered and disposed of her body.</p> Temple B’nai Darom nears fall completion https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/temple-b%E2%80%99nai-darom-nears-fall-completion <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_temple_bnai_darom.jpg" alt="Temple B’nai Darom looks forward to welcoming all our neighbors in the SW 200 corridor to our new home this fall. Temple B&#039;nai Darom is the second oldest Jewish congregation in Florida and the oldest in Marion County. " title="Temple B’nai Darom looks forward to welcoming all our neighbors in the SW 200 corridor to our new home this fall. Temple B&#039;nai Darom is the second oldest Jewish congregation in Florida and the oldest in Marion County. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Temple B&rsquo;nai Darom was founded in 1888 by the United Hebrews of Ocala and had its beginning on NE Second Street.&nbsp;&nbsp;In 1976 B&rsquo;nai Darom (which translates to &ldquo;Children of the South&rdquo;) relocated to Banyan Course.&nbsp;Demographics indicate that growth of the Jewish community is in the SW 200 corridor and so the Board of Temple B&rsquo;nai Darom, with mixed emotions, made the decision that to grow and thrive, it too should move to the SW 200 area, where many of its members now reside.</p> Amendments are topics at Friday Forum, SR 200 Coalition https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/amendments-are-topics-friday-forum-sr-200-coalition <p> Former County Commissioner Judy Johnson will speak Monday, Sept. 10, at the SR 200 Coalition meeting and Friday, Sept. 14, at Friday Forum on the pros and cons of proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution on the November ballot. Numbers have varied drastically from 64 down to the current 13 of which three are still under court appeal.</p>