New Salvation Army leaders in Ocala, Florida top the list of good news

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Area students excel in higher education

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Matthaeus Garrido, Ocala, Bachelor of Arts, Theater, University of Tampa

Joseph Mills, Ocala, MSLS Information and Library Science degree, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

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Ashley Smith, Ocala, University of New Hampshire

Madeline Graj, Ocala, University of Tampa

Jeremy Williamson, Summerfield, University of Tampa

Makenley O’Connor, Ocala, University of Tampa

Jeremy Williamson, Summerfield, University of Tampa

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Jaqueces Mathis of Ocala, who majored in social work at Alvernia University, won the Dr. Phyllis Hay Research Award presented at Alvernia University’s 2022 Annual Awards Ceremony .

New Salvation Army leaders arrive in Ocala

The Salvation Army, Ocala, recently welcomed new leaders, Majors Phillip and Lynn Irish, according to a Salvation Army press release.

They assumed their duties on June 26, coming from Clay County, where they had served the past four years, according to the release.

The Irish have been married for 33 years. They were commissioned (ordained) officers of the Salvation Army in 2002 and have served in Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.

“We are thrilled to see what the Lord will do here in Ocala,” Maj. Lynn Irish said in the statement.

The couple are responsible for all Salvation Army religious and social service programs, including the Hope Center, Family Store, Correctional Service, Evangeline Booth Garden Apartments, Emergency Services in disaster and emotional spiritual care.

Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop donates $1,500 to Michelle-O-Gram

Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop volunteers Betty Tilley-Poole and Jody Boyd recently presented a check for $1,500 to Michelle-O-Gram reps Stacy Carroll and Sherry Roberts, according to a press release from the thrift store.

Left to right: Thrift Shop volunteers Betty Tilley-Poole and Jody Boyd present a check for $1,500 to Michelle-O-Gram reps Stacy Carroll and Sherry Roberts.

Michelle-O-Gram is a Dunnellon-based charity formed by the friends and family of Michelle Blauser, a young mother who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009, the statement said. In its 12 years of operation, the organization has funded more than 2,000 mammograms and biopsies for local men and women who might otherwise have skipped these screening procedures due to financial issues.

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