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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Debate noise: Eliminate the audience

    After staggering through the many debates on both the Republican and Democratic side, I think I’ve got it analyzed pretty well.
    The candidates are giving us name calling, finger pointing, constant insults, making disparaging remarks, etc. Each time the audience likes what the candidate says, they cheer wildly. If they disagree, you hear a lot of hissing and booing.
    These reactions bog down the debates, causing candidates and moderators alike to pause until they can be heard.

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  • cherrywood news 02-12-2016

    By John Everlove

    Cherrywood held one of its most sucessful Craft Shows ever on Saturday, Feb. 6. The clubhouse was filled with hundreds of eager shoppers and a capacity number of vendors. Artisans of every bent were on hand to sell everything from wind chimes to Afghans; jewelry and purses; ceramic goods to knitted clothing and many more items.

  • Deputies, dogs visit OTOW

    By Patricia Woodbury

     The January meeting of the OTOW Community Patrol was very special as we had deputies from the K-9 Unit. Deputies Todd Winkler and Matt Hooper came with their dogs to tell us how the unit functions and show some of the techniques for which the dogs are trained.

  • Joy Lutheran pastor retires

    By Patricia A. Woodbury

     There were few dry eyes on Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Retirement Celebration for Pastor Edward L. Holloway, Jr. Many of the church members, family members and community friends such as several pastors from the area and a rotary member attended this event. It began with a worship service at 10 a.m. in which Pastor Holloway presided for the last time. He also took the opportunity to baptize his newest grandson, Colin Holloway.