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Julia Chen, Ocala, Illinois Wesleyan University
Joseph Goehring, Ocala, Knox College
Hole-in-one at Lake Diamond
On June 17, Merchey Covatto achieved a hole-in-one at Lake Diamond Golf & Country Club, according to an email from Darrin Nowlin, general manager.
Covatto hit a gap wedge on the 78-yard 12th hole. Scott Albertson and Leo E. witnessed.
Plant City church supplies food donations to Marion County charities
The Bishops’ Storehouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Plant City was recently able to provide food in the form of canned goods and rice to two local organizations: Phoenix House in Citra and Interfaith Emergency Services in Ocala, Jerry Campbell, communication director for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ocala Florida Stake, said in a press release.
"The Church does not do this for financial gain," Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in the release. "We do not have cash registers … in our storehouses, nor do we accept money for the goods we distribute ... We do not do it to be seen and to receive their praise. We do this because it is what the Savior commanded us to do."
Phoenix House, established in the 1990s, is a substance abuse/mental health residential treatment center for 250-300 men and women, the release said. The residents are there voluntarily or because they have been ordered by the court. Its substance use disorder treatment program helps adults sustain recovery.
Interfaith has served the people of Marion County with "sincere Christian love and caring devotion" for more than three decades, the release said. Currently, it serves 300-500 people, six days a week, at outreach food pantries in Reddick, Fellowship, Fort McCoy, Marion Oaks, Dunnellon and Pedro.
FAMU Marion County Chapter awards scholarships
The Marion County chapter of the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University National Alumni Association recently awarded two 2020 Marion County high school graduates scholarships to the university, according to a news release.
Scholarship recipients were Kali Taylor and Brianna Richardson, both honor graduates of West Port High School. Each recipient was awarded a $2,000 scholarship.
Scholarships awarded by the Greater Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church
The Dr. George W. Lee Scholarship Endowment of Greater Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church recently awarded scholarships to two 2020 Marion County high school graduates, according to a news release.
Scholarship recipients are Kamylle I. Maxey, 2020 honor graduate of Forest High School, and Kalis L. Stevens, 2020 honor graduate of Vanguard High School.
Both students plan to attend the College of Central Florida in the fall.
This endowment was established by the Lee Family in 2010 in memory of Dr. George W. Lee, who served as pastor of Greater Hopewell MBC for more than 40 years.
Local sorority holds parade for reading program graduates and scholarship recipients
The Eta Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., recently held a parade celebration around the side street and circumference of Greater Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate its signature program #CAP/R.E.A.D.I. 2020 graduates and the chapter’s 2020 scholarship recipients, according to a news release.
The parade was led by an Ocala Fire Department truck and an Ocala Police Department car, followed by approximately 50 cars of well wishers, the release said. The students of the program and scholarship recipients sat under tents in the parking lot of the church as the parade went by.
The program participants included MacKenzie Forrest, Na’Shanti Green, Kaylyn Griffin, Kamylle Maxey, Jemesha Mitchell, JaNelle Morant and Kalis Stevens.
The 2020 AKA scholarship recipients are Alyce Alexander, MacKenzie Forrest, Kaylyn Griffin, Kairaluchi Oraedu, Diamond Stone and Kali Taylor.
A reception observing CDC COVID-19 guidelines was held for all in the Dr. George W. Lee Fellowship Hall of the church.
Chartering of local chapter of National Pan-Hellenic Council
In a recent virtual chartering ceremony, a local chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council was formed, according to a news release. The primary purpose and focus of the council member organizations are community awareness and action through educational, economic, and cultural service activities.The fraternities and sororities included in the council are:
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.
Collectively the group is known as "The Divine Nine," the release said. Each of the nine organizations evolved during a period when African Americans were being denied essential rights and privileges afforded to others, the release said. Racial isolation on predominantly white campuses and social barriers of class on all college campuses created a need for African Americans to align themselves with other individuals sharing common goals and ideals, the release said.
Local officers of the Marion County Chapter – Pan-Hellenic Council are:
President, Fredna T. Wilkerson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Vice President, Jacques Raphael, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Secretary, Katrina Waters
Treasurer, DeJuan Mills, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Ocala woman publishes novel
Ruth K. Fraser has published "Mommy Learns to Read," published by Liferich. Fraser has lived in Ocala since 2005.