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Today's News

  • Columnist at large in the Big Apple

    Greetings from New York, the Big Apple, Gotham City, the place where, according to our administration’s finagling of the EPA, the air is and has been fit to breathe since 9/11/01. Oh yeah? And there’s a bridge for sale here too!

    It was the week before Christmas and tourists in jovial moods were buying goods which used to be beyond their pocketbooks until the Euro and other currencies eclipsed the dollar. At Rockefeller Center a group of Europeans were discussing the air quality as they had been told it was still suspect.

  • 95th Street Road set to open soon

    The road is paved, the lights are in place – and soon motorists will have a new east-west route that intersects State Road 200. Southwest 95th Street Road is expected to open sometime in March.

    Hall Robertson who works with Thad Boyd, the managing partner for the project, said power to the traffic lights was expected to be turned on by the end of last week. And the traffic signals at S.W. 60th Avenue and 95th Street Road, near Freedom Public Library, should be blinking yellow any day now, as well as the lights at S.W. 95th Street Road and S.R 200.

  • Florida artifacts on display at Freedom Library

    Treasure hunting is a fascinating occupation and finding artifacts from Florida’s historical past adds an element of wonder. The Mid-Florida Historical Research and Recovery Association has found many common items such as coins, buttons and jewelry, and have also unearthed military pieces from several wars as well as weights, eating utensils and chopping implements.

    The group travels to various locations, visiting turpentine ghost towns, battle sites and even the beach. Metal detectors come in handy when searching for relics of the state’s past.

  • Ellison breaks ground for its new home

    The group at Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty had something to celebrate this past week. They officially broke ground at their new location near the soon-to-open S.W. 90th Street and Lowe’s store and – next to the under-construction Alarion Bank.

    In the meantime, real estate agents are operating out of a temporary home near the Wal-Mart Super Center on S.R. 200. The old office was in the path of the new road that they will have a window on.

  • Science is a discipline, not a belief or a theory

    Recent headline No. 1: “Teachers may feel pressured to omit evolution.” Recent headline No. 2: Lawmaker (says) “Call evolution a theory.” Both headlines introduce stories about things gone goofy in public education.

    The first headline’s story was primarily anecdotes about teachers caught between a state requirement to teach evolution and their fears of backlash from young-earth creationist parents and students.

  • "Free at last" - and the pain is gone

    I’m writing this article on Jan. 21, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s. birthday. As you remember, he spoke to our spirit when he proclaimed, “We shall overcome,” and, “free at last.” He was addressing the pain of racial discrimination. Here, we are talking about protracted physiological pain.

  • Health care is a critical voter issue

    Take one writer with bronchial pneumonia add one husband with double pneumonia and you have a recipe for a tremendous lightening of the wallet and much sickness. Ten pills alone cost $120. How on earth does someone with limited income cope and get well with this type of gouging?

  • Keep the body operating flawlessly

    As we begin a new year let’s review some fundamentals relating to attainment of optimal health. The first item is one we normally don’t think about.

    When nature gave human cells their biochemical programs, our forebears were hunters and gatherers. Virgin, fertile land produced fresh, wholesome food — loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

    People drank clean water directly from lakes, streams, and springs. The air had no industrial pollutants — and it contained more oxygen than our present atmosphere.

  • They've been 'PROWLing' in Pine Run for 20 years

    One of the longest running community patrol groups celebrated two decades of service this week. And the Marion County Sheriff’s Office made sure it thanked the group for its dedication and service to the community.

    Captain Jim Burton, commander of the Southwest District, presented awards to the Pine Run Owl Watch League, the third oldest crime watch group in the county.

  • Some things different about Station 21

    Friendship Station 21 may look like an average firehouse, but it is a little different than the others in the county – and not because the staff is temporarily housed in a doublewide mobile home out front.

    Throughout the county there are 27 fire stations. Twenty stations house full-time paid firefighters, while the other seven are volunteer stations.