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Today's Features

  • Water balloons, relays and a huge slip-’n-slide were just a few of the activities for the day. This past week, 47 children participated in the Harmony in the Streets program at the Sheriff’s Marion Oaks District office.

    In a shared effort between the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches and community partners, low-income children get the opportunity to attend the one-week free summer camp. While staff from Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch put the daily camp activities together, the MCSO takes care of food and organizing the camp.

  • Ann Rule is at the top of her form in this latest true crime venture about double murders carried out 14 years apart by a respected dentist, Bart Corbin. I have been a Rule fan for years, but what makes this book different is that she’s avoided using every bit of her laborious research, which often burdens the reader with more detail than needed or wanted.

    No indeed, this time she moves fast to her conclusion with a page-turner you can read in a single afternoon.

  • June is the traditional month for weddings. By now countless couples have finished their wedding preparations and have walked down the aisle or are close to it. There is no other more romantic month; so it is obvious that our trip through Pun Alley takes us down the path of courtship, weddings, and marriage.

    She’s Game

    A college senior took his new girlfriend to a football game. They found seats in the crowded stadium and were watching the action.

  • In Part I we reviewed some exceptions that allow early distributions from a traditional IRA without incurring the 10 percent income tax penalty. This article will cover other important information about traditional IRAs.

    Should you take distributions from your traditional IRA before age 59? You are allowed to take distributions from your traditional IRA whenever you like in any amount you choose.

  • There are all kinds of studies done by people who have nothing more important in the world to do. It is amazing how they come up with these various topics and studies. There must be somebody, somewhere, being paid to come up with the most ridiculous studies they can think up.

    Normally I do not pay much attention to these studies. I have more important things to do ee like living. However, one caught my attention right away. The title of the study was, “Women Live on Average Four Years Longer than Men.”

  • Father’s Day is Sunday. Almost 100 years have elapsed since the first father’s Day was celebrated. In the early 1900s fathers didn’t have it nearly as good as fathers of today; but they did have a few advantages.

    Back then, if a father put a roof over his family’s head, he was a success. Today, it takes a roof, deck, pool, and three-car garage.

    Back then, fathers could count on children to join the family business. Today fathers hope their kids will soon come home from college long enough to teach them how to work the computer and set the VCR.

  • Summer is a fun season, but there are numerous pitfalls and potential hazards for your pet. This article is geared to make you aware of them so you and your pet can avoid summer mishaps.

    Last month we went over the things you need to know about traveling with your pet, so now we’ll cover many of the everyday things you need to consider.

    First, and foremost, is the heat. It’s best to keep your animal indoors in air conditioning, if possible, during the hottest part of the day. If that is not possible, you must provide plenty of shade and water.

  • A fine exhibit of replica tanks and trucks, planes and racecars by members of the International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS) is on display this month. You can almost hear the rumble of the little motorcycles by Carol Caputo and Paul White.

    And how about the Super Modified asphalt racer? This little gem was completely rebuilt by Mark Box from a 50-cent garage sale find.

    If you have an interest in joining the model-making group or would like more information, call Joe Caputo at 629-7929 or Tony Ivone at 237-6259.

    Seminar Tonight

  • We readers like our favorite authors to stick to what they do best – like John Grisham’s legal thrillers. But authors have a way of wanting to try something different. I picked up Jane Smiley’s attempt at satire in a book set in a Midwestern agrarian university fondly called Moo U.

  • The great biochemist, Dr. Roger J. Williams, assures us:

    Each person has a distinctive brain.

    There never was anyone like you.

    There will never be another.

    Ref. (The Wonderful World Within You, Bio-Communications Press / June 1987.)

    Your brain and thought patterns are totally yours. No other brain has the same cellular structure or arrangement of neurons. Your brain function and talents are unique.