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    Editor’s Note: Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February yearly. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives.

    One could say, Geff Gascay thrived on the adrenaline of preparing for a 5K, tough mudders (mud runs), ninja warrior competitions or scuba diving, a hobby he learned while spending a good portion of his youthful days on the Rainbow River.

  • Pastor will seek state seat

    Russ Randall has worn numerous hats, but come November 2020, if it’s God’s will, he says, he’ll add another one to the rack: that being state representative.

    Randall, who’s served as pastor at First Baptist Church of Dunnellon for the past nine years, announced Sunday to his congregation his plans to seek the District 22 seat, currently held by Rep. Charlie Stone, R-Ocala. Stone will be unable to seek re-election in 2020 due to term limits. Randall plans to file his formal paperwork Friday with the Supervisor of Elections.

  • March for Meals planned for March

    In celebration of the 17th Annual March for Meals, Marion Senior Services, between March 1 and March 31, will join in with Meals on Wheels programs from across the country to support our senior neighbors to live healthier and more nourished lives in their own homes.

  • Ceremony set for Black History Museum

    The Black History Museum and Archives of Marion County, housed inside Howard Academy Community Center, reopens to the public today.

    Located in the West Ocala Historic District, this museum recently underwent a $55,068 facelift that includes new furniture and display cases, electronics, paint, carpeting, and additional museum supplies. The museum will also employ a part-time person for tours and archival efforts.


    Tania Rodriguez knows all too well the steep tradition of The United States Military Academy, or West Point, as it is commonly known, and for good reason, she’s received plenty of first-hand lessons from her brother, Dustin.


    For 30 minutes Saturday, everything was a blur for Josh Hilger, his nerves churning a million miles a second.

    His memory cannot recall every detail, except the most important one. She said, “Yes!”

    During the past month, Hilger had plotted out his plan of action. He was going to ask Ashley Williams, his girlfriend of almost three years, for her hand in marriage at the second annual Dunnellon Farm Days Antique Tractor Show on Saturday at the Withlacoochee Bluegrass festival grounds.

  • Citizens: History, tourism are keys

    When Allison Megrath, with Kimley-Horn, unveiled a preliminary vision for the future of Dunnellon, it was meet with both understanding and criticism.

    “Dunnellon is an ecotourism-rich community that strives to offer its residents and visitors opportunities to enjoy the outdoors while protecting its natural resources for future generations.”

    Rich Brown for one, wasn’t dismissing the ecotourism opportunities; however, he questioned what infrastructure was here other than renting tubes.

  • Council OKs conceptual trail plans

    A proposed $4 million economic “engine” received a needed boost Monday night as the city council formally approved the conceptual design for the East Pennsylvania Avenue Multi-Modal Project in which the Florida Department of Transportation will cover most, if not all, of the construction costs.

  • Officials to review bike trail concept

    A $4 million project dubbed an “economic engine” is about to make its last stop before moving forward.

    Whether the “engine” leaves the station will be determined by the city council Monday when officials consider the conceptual plans for the East Pennsylvania Avenue Bike Trail. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

  • Dunnellon Sears store ‘not going anywhere’

    Jason Linaje isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.

    Despite the October news that Sears Holding Company filed for bankruptcy, the owner and operator of the Dunnellon Sears Hometown Store said it isn’t going to affect his store of future in the city.