https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Commission candidates state positions at SR 200 Coalition meeting https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/commission-candidates-state-positions-sr-200-coalition-meeting <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/katrhy_bryant.jpg" alt="Kathy Bryant" title="Kathy Bryant" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Four of five candidates running for the Marion County Board of Commissioners in the second and fourth districts attended the State Road 200 Coalition Monday, June 11,&nbsp;</p> <p> Helen Due&ntilde;o, a Democrat, filed her application for Commission District 2 in July 2017 but she has not raised any money, nor has she appeared anywhere to the knowledge of SR 200 Coalition President Pat Gabriel. However, Due&ntilde;o is unopposed in the Democratic Primary on Aug. 28.</p> West Marion is approved for more expansion https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/west-marion-approved-more-expansion <p> Ocala Health announces it will add 36 more beds to West Marion Community Hospital&rsquo;s campus. The 138-bed hospital will have 174 beds in early 2019 when the new floor opens.</p> <p> The West Marion Community Hospital facility opened as part of Ocala Health in 2002 with 70 beds. Since 2015, the hospital has added 68 beds and expanded its cardiac services and surgical technology with the addition of a robotic surgical system.</p> Encephalitis continues to spread; 5 horses killed https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/encephalitis-continues-spread-5-horses-killed <p> Marion County continues to experience new cases of eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, in June as additional animals became sick with the virus.</p> <p> The community remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory due to EEE activity in the county.</p> <p> The risk of disease spread from mosquitoes to humans through mosquito bites is currently increased due to the number of local EEE cases.</p> <p> Five horses and two emus have died of the virus in the county this year. Deaths in horses and emus are a sign of increased spread of the virus in a community.</p> What's wrong with this picture? https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/whats-wrong-picture <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3772-2.jpg" alt="What’s wrong with this picture? People exercise for many reasons – for better health, to improve strength, to meet their friends and enjoy a workout but usually NOT for cake. Recently, a group of women who take the 6 p.m. class Thursday evenings with Leslie Lee decided to enjoy a delicious chocolate cake after a vigorous workout. " title="What’s wrong with this picture? People exercise for many reasons – for better health, to improve strength, to meet their friends and enjoy a workout but usually NOT for cake. Recently, a group of women who take the 6 p.m. class Thursday evenings with Leslie Lee decided to enjoy a delicious chocolate cake after a vigorous workout. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> What&rsquo;s wrong with this picture?&nbsp; And June events</p> Cruisers on tour https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/cruisers-tour <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/navy_band.jpg" alt="America&#039;s Navy is coming to Ocala to put on the hits. The Cruisers will be visiting Ocala, one of seven cities in Florida to host a Navy performance in its 2018 tour, on July 4." title="America&#039;s Navy is coming to Ocala to put on the hits. The Cruisers will be visiting Ocala, one of seven cities in Florida to host a Navy performance in its 2018 tour, on July 4." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> WASHINGTON &mdash; America&rsquo;s Navy is coming to Ocala, one of seven cities in the Florida to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2018 tour &mdash; one of the signature outreach programs of the U.S. Navy.</p> <p> The United States Navy Band Cruisers performance is scheduled for July 4, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. at Circle Square Commons.</p> Turnpike official says Coastal Connector routes under review https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/turnpike-official-says-coastal-connector-routes-under-review <p> Michael D. Bates</p> <p> Special to the Messenger</p> <p> When pressed by Citizens Advisory Committee members about scrapping the controversial Coastal Connector routes, Rebecca Bolan carefully straddled the line.</p> <p> Bolan, the Florida&rsquo;s Turnpike Enterprise project manager, didn&rsquo;t say yes. But she didn&rsquo;t say no, either.</p> <p> &ldquo;These are the (routes) that we have on the table currently,&rdquo; Bolan said. &ldquo;That doesn&rsquo;t mean they will be the ones on the table permanently.&rdquo;</p> Ocala Palms appreciates teachers https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/ocala-palms-appreciates-teachers <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pix_teachers_2018-05-032.jpg" alt="Teachers in the photo are, seated, Sharon Doniger, Diane Volko, Barbara Owen, Zaray Reach, Sherry Fies, Patty Benosky, Patricia and David Andrews; second row, Carol Yount, Angie Fischetti, Charlene Brown, Jackie Shea, Sharon Goodwin, Connie Crooks, Nancy Thrower, Marty Hurst, Kati Browne, Dottie Akridge, Helen Hall; third row, Marion Lenon, Al Brooks, Ron Jensen and Joan Meidl. " title="Teachers in the photo are, seated, Sharon Doniger, Diane Volko, Barbara Owen, Zaray Reach, Sherry Fies, Patty Benosky, Patricia and David Andrews; second row, Carol Yount, Angie Fischetti, Charlene Brown, Jackie Shea, Sharon Goodwin, Connie Crooks, Nancy Thrower, Marty Hurst, Kati Browne, Dottie Akridge, Helen Hall; third row, Marion Lenon, Al Brooks, Ron Jensen and Joan Meidl. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By Barb Dedics</p> <p> Ocala Palms</p> <p> The Community of Ocala Palms has some 40-plus residents who retired from the workforce as educators. Several others are still teaching in local area schools. Among these individuals, they have hundreds of years of experience and most surely have made a positive impact on many of our lives.</p> Notice anything missing this month? https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/notice-anything-missing-month <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pix_qm_nevin_bennett_0895.jpg" alt="Nevin Bennett provides the CD for for the First Friday gathering at the Quail Meadow Clubhouse. " title="Nevin Bennett provides the CD for for the First Friday gathering at the Quail Meadow Clubhouse. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Have you noticed anything missing? Think back &ndash; this is the month of May, and what usually visits us this month? That&rsquo;s right &ndash; Love Bugs! For those of you who are new to Central Florida, the love bugs usually visit us in September and again in May. As of this writing none have been spotted in our neighborhood! No one is complaining about the absence &ndash; they are very annoying creatures.</p>