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Today's News

  • Old algebra: What's in it for me?

    Back when I was in a college prep high school, my classes were pretty well set. The few choices I had involved which language to take (I took Spanish), or whether I would take Latin 3 or chemistry (either way, I was in trouble).
    Don’t get me wrong. I had to take two years of Latin, and I think everyone should take at least one year. It is the language upon which much of our vocabulary is built, and people need to understand the background of words to become a more effective speaker of English.

  • Welcome home, Vietnam vets

    A Welcome Home event for Vietnam veterans, the third annual gathering, took place under threatening skies Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocala. Those who gathered were welcomed with rows of flags at the ramp leading up to the gazebo, where the ceremonies took place.

  • Reluctantly, a vote for the sales tax

    Accountability. It’s a word we’ve heard a lot this campaign season and, although it’s a bit late, it’s starting to creep in to the discussion about the local option sales tax.
    Next Tuesday, March 15, the presidential primary will take place in Florida. Here in Marion County, there’s an additional item on the ballot – an initiative to raise the amount of the local sales tax one percent.

  • Flu shots still needed

    It’s not too late to get your flu shot! Flu season may have started slowly, but we are now seeing increased influenza activity throughout the U.S. and Florida, particularly in children. Increased activity in children typically comes ahead of increased influenza activity in other age groups.

  • Serving the blind

    By Laura Smith
    and Jessica Nisbette

  • Think traffic's bad here? Try Lakeland

    It may be a promise that’s hard to keep, but I’m going to do my darndest never to complain again about traffic in Ocala and Marion County, particularly on State Road 200.
    You see, I just spent a weekend in Lakeland.
    I moved out of Lakeland just under 35 years ago. I was the news editor of The Ledger and was named editor at another paper in the same group in Palatka.

  • Upcoming events week of 03-04-2016

    Wednesday, March 2

    Tech seminar at local college

    The College of Central Florida will host a seminar on technology trends for 2016 Wednesday, March 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ewers Century Center at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
    The guest speaker is Corinne Hoisington, professor of Information Systems Technology at Central Virginia Community College.

  • Task force leans toward I-75 expansion

    By Mike Wright
    Members of an transportation group tasked with finding solutions to current and future Interstate 75 traffic congestion are warming to ideas that stick to freeway expansion.
    Several I-75 Relief Task Force members said they prefer significant upgrades to the interstate, including truck-only lanes, to building a new roadway north from the Suncoast Parkway.

  • Clydesdales visit

    The Budweiser Clydesdales paid a visit to downtown Ocala last Friday. Above, one of the horses is led from the truck to the area where he would be prepared to pull the wagon. Below, some of the crowd that gathered, and at right, Clyde, the 3-year-old Dalmatian, drew a lot of attention.
     

  • Sales tax sessions scheduled

    On Thursday, March 10, Marion County residents will have another opportunity to learn about the county’s sales tax initiative before casting their vote during the upcoming presidential primary. County Commission Chairman Kathy Bryant will host two informational sessions.
    The morning session will be at 10 and the evening session will be at 6.
    The meetings will be at the McPherson Governmental Complex – Commission Auditorium, 601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala.