Today's News

  • MRMC to expand

    The operating room expansion project at Munroe Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will soon be under way.

    The approximately $10 million project will include three full service operating rooms, which will primarily be used for orthopedic and general surgeries, a 20-bay post anesthesia care unit and an expanded surgical waiting area.

    On Monday, more than a dozen people, including MRMC president and CEO Steve Purves, director of the Munroe Foundation, Beth McCall, and House of Representatives speaker of the House, Larry Cretul, participated in the groundbreaking ceremony.

  • Education, fun at Safety Fair

    Summer is right around the corner.

    And, to get parents and children prepared for it, the 2nd Annual Kids Summer Safety Fair is set for May 30.

    The event, sponsored by Single Parent 2 Single Parent, Marion County Children’s Alliance and Safe Kids of Marion County, gives families an opportunity to learn about local summer programs and safety tips.

    In addition, the free event will give parents and children the opportunity to learn through different interactive safety demonstrations like a children’s self-defense class by Martial Arts World.

  • Sowing my seed to the birds... or is it the turkeys

    It was the middle of the night and I could not go to sleep. I looked at the clock and it said 2:37 a.m. I tossed and turned but nothing seemed to work. The Sandman, usually a faithful worker at our house, was nowhere to be found.

    I read somewhere that if you cannot go to sleep in the middle of the night, get up go out and watched a little TV and soon you will get sleepy. I am not sure who wrote that and I am not even sure if I actually read it or if it was some delusion of my mind at the time.

  • Letters to the Editor - May 21, 2009

    Who should we support? 

  • Senior citizen with ingenuity

    Just down the road apiece our friend Donna Skinner loves to tell this story about this senior citizen’s ingenuity.

    An elderly gentleman was preparing for bed one evening when his wife reminded him that he probably had left the light on in the shed.

    So he got dressed and went out to check the light when he saw some people in his shed, through the shed window. The little old man hurried back into his house and called the police department.

  • Making Home Affordable Plan can help with financing

    The “Making Home Affordable Plan” is made up of two parts:

    The Home Affordable Refinance Plan provides access to low-cost refinancing for responsible homeowners suffering from falling home prices and The Home Affordable Modification plan will assist homeowners in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure.

    The Home Affordable

    Refinance Plan

  • Ping Pong Paddlers bounce around communities

    I hope all mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Our weather sure has been ideal for it.

    I finally caught up with the Ping Pong Paddlers. They are the featured club for this week’s column. They are a friendly group of guys. Ben Medolla of Spruce Creek North is the club president. He is really one nice guy! They play every Sunday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Clubhouse. They also play at Cherrywood on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

  • CITIZEN Museum Series - Discovery Science center

    If your mind’s eye visualizes Marion County museums as being repositories of the old, the sacred and the elegant stuff, this next candidate will probably need some flexing of your preconceived notions.

    This Marion County museum candidate has literally been a moving target, too. Since we moved to Ocala in 1997, The Discovery Science Center has jumped from downtown Ocala on “down south” to Brick City Park and “up north” last fall into the old Armory building at Tuscawilla Park.

  • Memorial Day is for Patriots

    In some circles, patriotism has become a synonym for arrogant or jingoistic. Some people even use it as a political weapon: “Don’t question my patriotism,” they say. Yet, this Memorial Day, and every other day for that matter, we should remember that those who died for this country are the true patriots.

  • Riding for Hospice

    Though he is a doctor, no one is taught to know what to expect when a family member has a terminal illness, said Dr. Peter Polack. But, Hope Hospice was there to help.

    Ocala Eye’s, Dr. Michael Morris, and James Tomlinson, marketing director, came up with the idea to have a bicycling event in memory of the late, Dr. Frank Polack, who is Peter’s father. To give back to Hospice, who cared for the eye doctor, Ocala Eye is hosting the 2nd Annual Frank Polack Memorial Ride, which will be May 31.