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Today's News

  • Blood bank is in short supply of all types

    Please come out Wednesday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to noon to support the blood drive at the Oasis. Our blood bank, Florida’s Blood Center, has issued an appeal for all blood types. There is an annual shortage due the demand placed on county hospitals at the height of winter visitor season.

    “Big” Jim and Marilyn Flynn, the blood drive chairpersons, work very hard volunteering their time supporting this very important cause. So please if you are able come down and sign up, be a blood donor.

  • What's in your pet's food bowl?

    March is Pet Nutrition Month so let’s explore what your pet needs to thrive. Wild animals manage to survive on what they find to eat but their life span is far shorter than our domestic pets.

    Today’s manufactured pet foods are carefully formulated to keep all of our pets’ biological systems functioning well at all times, but there are so many choices that it can get confusing. What about home cooking? Should you supplement with vitamins?

  • Pro/Am kicks off Ocala Open

    Thirty-two teams made their way to the Candler Hills Golf Club at the On Top of the World communities this week. Each professional golfer teamed up with three amateurs for the kickoff of the third-annual Ocala Open.

    For the teams, the day started with registration and a continental breakfast. At 9 a.m., it was time to tee off.

  • File for $300 or more in your pocket

    Individuals who file their 2007 federal tax returns will receive economic stimulus payments, a minimum of $300 and a maximum of $600 per person. Some taxpayers who have no tax liability, including those who receive Social Security or veterans’ benefits, are eligible to receive payment.

    These people may not normally be required to file a tax return but they must file a 2007 return in order to receive the economic stimulus payments. They should have their forms showing the amount of Social Security, pensions and other income received.

  • Politicians deserve the boot for this mess

    In the continuing saga of America’s best kept secrets, it’s clear what is causing our citizens to begin to worry that we may be facing a recession despite all the reassurances from the government that it’s not going to happen. But still people aren’t getting mad. They should be screaming with rage the way things are all going downhill, but no outrage yet.

  • He who pays the piper should call the tune

    Two guys in an ice-fishing hut on a lake somewhere in South Dakota have been wondering which of them would cast the vote which one decides the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee. Politics makes interesting small talk while waiting for a bite.

    The South Dakota primary doesn’t happen until June. Historically, it’s usually too late to affect the candidate selection outcome. This year’s Florida and Michigan Democratic primaries may be just as meaningless, because the major political parties decided they were held too early.

  • Georgia police officers talk funny

    With all the hype and hoopla concerning our non-existent immigration policy and the resistance of our so-called illegal immigrants’ failure to use our native tongue makes me remember several instances that were both humorous and informational. Early in my career with General Motors in Doraville, Georgia we had the occasion to become friends with the morning watch commander of the Doraville Police Department.

  • All the news jest the way you like it

    The Jewish holiday of Purim (which occurs this year on March 21) celebrates the Jews’ deliverance from the hands of the wicked Haman in ancient Persia. It is customary to masquerade, poke fun, write satire and have a good time. In honor of the holiday, I offer the following.

    In the news:

    A herd of Texas longhorns escaped from a ranch into the woods along Route 44 in Hernando. When asked about the incident, the owner, James Maverick, explained it was all a big miss-steak.

  • Toast it your way at Breakfast Talk

    Let Larry George and the crew serve you a great Cherrywood breakfast tomorrow, March 8, from 8 to 9:15 a.m. in the Clubhouse. Scrambled eggs, ham, hash browns, orange juice, fruit cup, coffee or tea – and due to popular request the “toast your own bread” table.

    Cherrywood Bowling League

    Well, once again we had another bowling first, Ruth Hurley had her first Turkey last week. She had not bowled in more than 40 years and decided to join the Cherrywood league this year.

  • Ballroom christened as Preserve wedding chapel

    The entire Spruce Creek Preserve community congratulates and extends best wishes to newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Hendrix. Preservists Mac Hendrix and Clare Globis were joined in holy matrimony by Community Association Manager Steve Butts on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Community Center ballroom.