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Today's News

  • Can you write positive letters?

    In the old days of television, there was the “Perry Como Show,” which featured a segment where the introduction went like this:
    “Letters, we get letters, we get stacks and stacks of letters. Dear Perry, would you be so kind, to fill a request and sing a song we like best?”
    We may have to adopt that as our theme song. We get lots of letters, many of which are nasty containing personal insults, etc. of politicians.

  • Don't ignore the races close to home

    After suffering through another “debate” Sunday night, I’ve come to the conclusion that nothing I say or do is going to make a darn bit of difference in this political race.
    However, I do feel that a lot of people locally are ignoring the important races, the ones that can affect us every day.
    On the ballot in Marion County we have one County Commission race, various state legislative races and the sheriff’s race.
    There are also Congressional races and a U.S. Senate race.

  • Top ten reasons why I'm voting
  • Out to Pastor 09-23-2016

    One day this past week, I got up a little earlier than usual and to keep from waking up the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage I got my coffee and went to the back porch to enjoy a quiet early morning.
    As I sat on the back porch drinking my coffee and taking in the early morning atmosphere, I noticed a bunch of birds sitting on the fence in the backyard. They were squawking at me as though I was the worst person in their world. I believe what they were screaming about was that I had not filled the bird feeder yet.

  • Sheriff's Office seeks Halloween candy

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Southwest District, 9048 State Road 200, is accepting donations of Halloween candy for its annual Halloween Party. Candy should be individually wrapped. For further information call 402-6060.

  • One Ocala, One America schedule

    A variety show, a children’s event, an outdoor movie and a festival at Citizens’ Circle will highlight the annual One Ocala One America Week happening Oct. 5 to 8.
    The observance is designed to promote racial harmony and cultural awareness. It is coordinated by the City of Ocala’s Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Force, which is chaired by City Councilwoman Mary Sue Rich. The task force is composed of City staff and local volunteers of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
    The public is invited to attend the following complimentary events:

  • Photos being sought for Discover section

    The South Marion Citizen and West Marion Messenger are preparing to publish their second annual “Discover” section this fall.
    Once again we are soliciting scenic photos and, if you wish, feature stories concerning locations and activities within Marion County.
    All items must be submitted on a volunteer basis, and submission implies approval to publish the stories and/or photos.

  • Widening of 200: NIMBY or NIML

    Last week the Florida Department of Transportation held a public hearing concerning the proposed widening of State Road 200 from County Road 484 to the Withlacoochee Bridge, which is at the county line with Citrus County.

  • Upcoming events week of 09-23-2016

    Thursday, Sept. 22

    Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support

    Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group will meet on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon at Summerfield Suites Assisted Living Facility, 17421 SE 109th Terrace Road, Summerfield. Onsite respite care available. Call 352-873-7400, ext. 1201 to RSVP.

    Friends 3-Day book sale

  • Upcoming church events week of 09-23-16

    Christ’s Church of Marion County
    Friday, Sept.  23: Soup Kitchen, 11:30 a.m.
    Sunday,  Sept.  25: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m., Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.
    Monday, Sept.  26: Small Group, 10 a.m.
    Monday, Sept.  26: DOERS Men’s Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, Sept.  27: Women’s Crafts and Fellowship, 9 a.m.
    Wednesday, Sept. 28: Singles Small Group, l:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, Sept. 28: Small Groups.
    Thursday, Sept. 29: Praise and Prayer Group, 9 a.m.