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Today's Features

  • This year marks a significant milestone in Marion County Fire Rescue’s (MCFR) history. Employees and county commissioners are celebrating the department’s 30th anniversary.

    Our recent acquisition of the ambulance service Oct. 1, 2008 and several fire station construction projects have kept us very busy. But we’re committed to doing whatever it takes to improve emergency services for our residents. In fact, many of our current initiatives will specifically benefit those living along the State Road 200 corridor.

    Liberty Station 32

  • If laughter is the best medicine, Beat the Reaper is a wonder drug. Although it’s preposterous, violent, full of weirdoes, gory details, and vulgar language, it’s black humor at its best. But don’t read it if you have a date with a hospital. At New York City’s worst hospital, fictional Manhattan Catholic, few lives are saved unless you count stopping an inept nurse from administering the wrong drug.

  • Did you watch the hundreds of thousands of people weeping with heartfelt tears while President Barack Hussein Obama was delivering his inaugural address to the nation? Whether a supporter or not, everybody could feel what that weeping meant.

    I hope the meaning of the weeping agrees with Obama’s inaugural address, which seeks a “new age” with values of the past and calls for an “era of responsibility.” The nation is in a deep economic slump; people are yelling, screaming, and slamming at one another, and especially at the government.

  • Wheelchairs won’t keep the Paralyzed Veterans of America from a good time. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16, the Central Florida chapter of the PVA will host its second Disability Air Rifle and Bow Competition at the Ocala Gander Mountain, 3970 S.W. 3rd St.

  • Fifty-six golfers competed for prize money, hole prizes and raffle prizes Saturday, Feb. 21, at Lake Diamond Golf and Country Club. Paul Preuit, Mike Attard, Rick McKnight and Mike Clubb won the $300 first place prize with a sterling 6 under par on each side and a final score of 60 at the second annual Air Force Association chapter 136 tournament.

  • Azalea Days are a big deal at Ravine Gardens State Park, about 70 miles northeast of us, up in Palatka. That’s because the azaleas are adding their full colors throughout the grounds and ravine walking paths by then. And it’s especially so this year because the annual event is a major fundraiser that will help keep this state park open.

  • World War II veterans can now apply for a free trip to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial completed in 2004. A local group, “Honor Flight Marion,” has been given official “hub” status by the national organization headquartered in Springfield, Ohio (www.honorflight.org). They are now ready to set a date for the flight, tentatively this spring, and are ready to kick off a fundraising campaign to raise the necessary funds.

  • “If you need it, insure it.” This was the recurring theme during a continuing education class that I recently attended. The laundry list of risks that we all face would include market risk, inflation risk, longevity risk, being held liable, dying too soon, and one that often gets overlooked; becoming disabled during your working years.

  • Honor Flight sending

  • I used to love to watch Touched by An Angel when it ran in primetime a few years ago. (Catch the reruns on Hallmark channel.) This feel-good schmaltzy drama starred Roma Downey with her lovely Irish-lilt voice and big gospel mama Della Reece, as two angels who went around helping people in trouble and assuring them that God loves them.

    Sometimes things didn’t work out as the main characters planned but always God’s plan worked out for the best.