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Opinion

  • Watching the continuing climb of Marion County’s unemployment rate is like watching a slow-motion train wreck.

    According to the latest report, county unemployment for August was 8.5 percent — the 10th highest in the state — up from 8 percent in July and 5.1 percent in August 2007.

    Statewide, the figure is 6.5 percent, putting Marion nearly 2 points higher than Florida’s average.

  • First Gallery Hop demonstrates

    potential for regular event

    Hats off to the three Dunnellon businesses that took a leap of faith and launched what could become a premiere regional event.

    The first Gallery Hop, help last week created a unique opportunity for the public to view fine art, meet some artists ? talk art ? and mingle with others in a relaxed gallery setting. There was even an opportunity to put some paint on canvas.

    The evening showed off Dunnellon?s Red Fox Gallery and Our Florida Books and Art Gallery, and introduced the new Glass River Gallery.

  • Hats off to the three Dunnellon businesses that took a leap of faith and launched what could become a premiere regional event.

    The first Gallery Hop, help last week created a unique opportunity for the public to view fine art, meet some artists — talk art — and mingle with others in a relaxed gallery setting. There was even an opportunity to put some paint on canvas.

    The evening showed off Dunnellon’s Red Fox Gallery and Our Florida Books and Art Gallery, and introduced the new Glass River Gallery.

  • I am an enthusiastic and idealistic person who like’s to take the time to “smell the roses.”

    I love Dunnellon and the people who make up the community and businesss.

    I love that the people in Dunnellon care a great deal about the environment and support local agriculture, local artists and everything local!

  • Fay sets a standard for government response,

    public cooperation and media coverage

    The damage was slight by big storm standards -- torn trees, destroyed signs, erosion, water damage to buildings and some torn shingles and siding. There was some street and highway flooding, various power outages and plenty of inconvenience.

  • Tench Hut! Patriotic Americans are standing fast! They are behind you, right beside you and with every other U.S. Armed Forces service member deployed downrange in harm’s way. They are supporting you right now and standing ready, willing and able to do more. All you have to do is ask them for support and openly communicate with them.

  • Change, it’s said, is the one constant in everyone’s life. That’s also true for small business owners, with one expensive exception.

    The cost of health insurance has been the number-one small business problem for more than 20 years. That status was just confirmed once again in the 2008 edition of Small BusinessProblems and Priorities, a study conducted every four years by the National Federation of Independent Business.

  • Editor’s Note: The following comments were make at the Blue Run of Dunnellon Park dedication by Bill Vibbert, who was recognized, long with Burt Eno and Paul Marraffino for their tireless efforts in helping make the park a reality.

  • A nonprofit organization, Habitat for Humanity, made the list of the top 100 builders, in volume, in the United States for 2007.

    The efforts of volunteers put them number 14 on the list, published by Builder’s magazine. They closed on 5619 homes in 2007.

    Habitat for Humanity of Marion County contributed to the home count. They closed on 18 homes last year. Two were in Dunnellon. With over 1800 affiliates in the United States, the Marion County group ranks number 27 among other chapters.

  • The kickoff celebration was back in January, when volunteers, cancer survivors, family members and supporters rolled out their goal to raise $40,000 with this year’s Relay for Life.

    It would be football theme, summed up as ‘Tailgate to Tackle Cancer.”

    And for the participants it meant months of team meetings, captain meetings and fundraising efforts.

    And if you went to any event in Dunnellon you would run into some team fundraising for their part in the relay.

  • Did you know that an older toilet model can use three gallons or more per flush, while a new low-flow model uses just 1.6 gallons per flush? Or that an older showerhead can use as much as eight gallons per minute, while a new low flow model uses just 2.5 gallons per minute?

  • Charities nationwide are preparing for tough times as the mention of the “r” word has gone from a casual reference to being front and center.

    With threats of a recession looming, local nonprofit agencies are naturally among the first to feel the crunch. Ironically, it is those agencies and organizations that provide a safety net to others that are among the first to be trimmed from tight budgets.

  • As the calendar races toward Christmas and the end of the year melts away, this community can reflect on the holiday season with pride.

    What started as small efforts of caring in November or even earlier, grew through Thanksgiving into a wide range of generous holiday giving activities to ensure that as many residents as possible had something special this Christmas season.

    There were all types of efforts by businesses, churches, civicorganizations, clubs, civil servants, students and other individuals.