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Today's Features

  • Saturday, Feb. 25

    Stearns to hold town meeting

    U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, (R-Fla.), will  hold a series of town meetings on Saturday, Feb. 25.
    From 9 to 10 a.m. he will be at the Marion County Commission chambers, 601 S.E. 25th Ave. in Ocala.
    From 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. he will be at the Belleview Public Library, 13145 S.E. Highway 484.
    From 1 to 2 p.m. he’ll be at the American Legion, 699 W. Lady Lake Blvd., Lady Lake.

  • Forty-one years ago, I was a naïve 19-year-old just beginning life’s journey. I do not like to brag but I was the poster child for naïveté. I had a few ideas about life but too few to make me a contributing member of the human society. What I knew about life could fit nicely in my trouser pocket with plenty of room for a country boy’s pocketknife.

  • Many think that the sports season for big bruisin’ men wearing protective armor and helmets has ended.
    While football is over, there is another sport going on now where padded men bang into each other, break out in fights and wind up with concussions. It’s hockey, a cool sport.

    The finish

  • Many think that the sports season for big bruisin’ men wearing protective armor and helmets has ended.
    While football is over, there is another sport going on now where padded men bang into each other, break out in fights and wind up with concussions. It’s hockey, a cool sport.

    The finish

  • Friday, Feb. 17

    Church meal this evening

    Coventry Episcopal Church will be featuring a “Coventry Garden” meal, Friday evening, Feb. 17, between 5 and 7 p.m. at 20 S.W. 87th Place (on the Southwest corner of CR312 and 475), Ocala. The menu features a variety of homemade soups (corn chowder, white chicken chili, loaded baked potato, zuppa toscana, Italian wedding soup) just to name a few, garden salad, and homemade bread-sticks, with drink and dessert included.  

  • Saturday, Feb. 11

    Methodist men serve breakfast

    The Methodist Men will serve their famous and delicious all-can-you-eat breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St. – look for the signs.

    A complete menu with a wide variety of breakfast fare is offered for $5.

    Make plans now to bring your friends and attend. All proceeds help fund a variety of local charities.

    Mega book sale

  • Tuesday is Valentine’s Day. In ancient Rome this day was a pagan holiday in honor of Juno, the goddess of women and marriage and the queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. Later it became a holiday named after a priest. According to church tradition St. Valentine was a priest near Rome about the year 270 A.D.
    While historical details of Valentine’s Day are unclear, we do know that across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.

  • I take a certain amount of well deserved, if I say so myself, pride in keeping to a well organized schedule; my to-do-list. If it is on that list, I am going to do it, regardless of the difficulty attached. The trick is to get on that list which I guard with my very life.

  • February is definitely heart month. The stores are filled with the little puffed, stuffed beauties in shades of pink and red, not to mention the luscious confections all dressed up to look like roses, kissing lips or hearts of love. And yep, there are those cuddly stuffed toys too, all in an attempt to win your lover’s affection. Love is definitely in the air and while in modern times we tend to commercialize it, the Bible certainly has much to say on the topic.