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Today's News

  • Marion state of emergency declared

    The Marion County Board of County Commissioners declared a state of local emergency on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in anticipation of the potential for severe weather resulting from Hurricane Irma’s approach toward the Sunshine State. This local state of emergency is issued under the provisions provided by Florida Statutes and follows Gov. Rick Scott’s declaration for all 67 counties in Florida on Labor Day.

  • We want your photos for Discover

    The Citrus Publishing Company Marion County newspapers, including the South Marion Citizen, West Marion Messenger and Riverland News, are planning the third annual special section for this fall called “Discover Marion County.”

    The section will carry information to guide people around the various things that the county has to offer. It will include lists, some stories and photos, lots of photos.

  • Budget hearings set

    Share your thoughts at upcoming public hearings as the Marion County Board of County Commissioners moves toward final decisions on next fiscal year’s budget. The budget public hearings are on Thursdays, Sept. 7 and 21, beginning at 7 p.m.

    “Marion County’s annual budget touches every part of our community,” said Carl Zalak, III, Chairman of the Marion County Commission. “With this in mind, it is so important that we hear from residents regarding their vision for the budget each year.”

  • Sen. Nelson's wife visits

    Grace Nelson, wife of Florida’s senior Sen. Bill Nelson, celebrated Women’s Equality Day Aug. 26 with 120 enthusiastic guests of the Democratic Women’s Club of Marion County at the Silver Springs Shores Community Center .

    Women’s Equality Day commemorates the ratification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution which gave women the right to vote after a long and difficult journey that included horrendous challenges along the way.

  • Out to Pastor 09-01-2017

    By Dr. James L. Snyder

    During a recent lottery shindig, everybody was watching to see who was going to win all that money. Even I got all caught up in the excitement and was on the edge of my seat too.

    “Why,” the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said, “are you so interested in that lottery?”

    “Well,” I said as soberly as possible, “what if I win all that money? Wouldn’t that be tremendous?” Then I flashed a gracious million-dollar smile at her.

  • Upcoming events posted 09-01-2017

    Friday, Sept. 1

    Bowling leagues forming

    Queen of Peace League

    We are recruiting bowlers for our Queen of Peace Bowling League at the Galaxy West Bowling Center for our next season. The center is at the intersection of Easy Street and 17th Street. The new season will start on Friday, Sept .8th at noon, with practice starting 10 minutes earlier, then progressing for 30 weeks with four major holiday weekends off.

  • Pun Alley 09-01-2017

    By Dick Frank

    Labor Day was first celebrated in New York City in 1882 when the Central Labor Union held its first parade to show the spirit of its trade and labor groups. Now Labor Day is largely a time for family togetherness and relaxation with cookouts, barbecues, and leisure activities. The holiday also signals the unofficial end of the summer season.

  • Robert Lee: No, not that one

    The debate over removing everything from our culture that can be linked to the Confederacy has reached a new ridiculousness.

    In a move designed to avoid controversy, supposedly approved by the subject, announcer Robert Lee was switched off the University of Virginia football game this weekend because of his name, similar to the military leader of the Confederacy. The university is in Charlottesville, site of recent clashes between demonstrators. Instead, he’ll do the ESPN game in Pittsburgh.

  • Convenience store clerk’s job used to be a relaxing one

    Some years ago, I was between newspaper jobs (it’s a long story) and I was working as a convenience store clerk in a beach community.

    It was a busy store (location, location, location) so there were always at least two of us on duty at all times. We were open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., so two shifts of eight hours each took care of it.

  • OTOW news 09-01-2017

    Encore Collaborative Theater Club

    In 2016 a clever duo, Sharon “Squirt” Spivey James and June Osteen, wrote a script for a play with the Golden Girls moving to The Villages. After five sold out performances in their community, they agreed to allow Encore to collaborate their script and perform their rendition in OTOW. Thus, the name change to The Golden Girls Move to On Top of the World.