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Today's News

  • Legends shrouded in the mists of time

    He rises up from the mist, a man-like creature formed from the soft clay earth, his birth attended by three learned sages whispering incantations from an ancient text. The creature has a parchment in its mouth, on it is written the ineffable name of God.

    This creature, a humanoid without a soul or personality, is ready to do work at his master’s bidding. The huge monster of a man with an uneven stiff-legged gait stands posed and ready, eager to wield his brute force when prompted.

  • The power of dividends in a portfolio

    It wasn’t so long ago that many investors regarded dividends as roughly the financial equivalent of a record turntable at a gathering of MP3 users – a throwback to an earlier era, irrelevant to the real action. But fast forward a few years and things look different.

  • Adrift in the sea of portion control

    Author Stewart O’Nan has sometimes been labeled “the bard of the working class.” And in this 146-page gem of a novel the hero is a 35-year-old manager of a Red Lobster restaurant tucked at the end of a hardscrabble mall. It is five days before Christmas and headquarters has determined that Manny De Leon’s place is not meeting the numbers and must close.

  • Will the bailout road ever end?

    Congress has been running around in circles since it handed $700 billion in bailout money to one man, Henry Paulson. The proposal was originally supposed to prop up the crumbling mortgage market that was in a crisis mode, but when he didn’t move funds timely to the banks, they started to buy up other banks and increase dividends to their investors, give employee raises and executives bonuses, instead of loaning the money out to citizens they were supposed to help. There were no strings attached to the funds so it was legal what the banks were doing.

  • Scouts saddle up for Camporee

    This fall’s Boy Scout Camporee at Camp Shands in Melrose was attended by more than 200 scouts and leaders from Ocala and surrounding areas. The theme this year was Wild West Weekend.

    Each troop was to build a “covered wagon” to be mounted on 2 by 4s with a plywood floor but no wheels were to be used.

    Only boy power was to be used to carry the wagons. The covered part could be decorated with a Wild West theme.

    A race was to be held Saturday night with the wagons. The race kept the "horses" warm as well as the spectators.

  • Pre-mourning during a long demise

    Our fascination with newspapers began when there were 2,500 dailies and six times that many weeklies in the U.S. Our attachment was instant and has obviously persisted.

    National fascination with newspapers predates even Benjamin Franklin and his Pennsylvania Gazette, which began publication in 1730. The Pony Express carried papers across the continent to illiterate pioneers, who would gather ‘round to hear someone read the news.

  • Work off the stuffing at the sock hop

    The next monthly Sock Hop will be Saturday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. Come and listen to some good music, dance a little and chat with neighbors and friends.

    Ladies Luncheon

    Don’t forget our special guest for the Wednesday, Dec. 10 luncheon. Brain Lapalme will be with us to perform a little magic.

    We will be giving toys to children in the southwest corridor. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the luncheon. Cherrywood will also be giving the proceeds from the 50/50 drawing to the soldiers committee.

    Cherrywood Democrats

  • Light up your cart and join the parade

    This year’s Oak Run golf cart parade still has openings. If you wish to join us for some annual holiday fun, please call Dorothy or Bob Swenson at 873-0531, and they will fix up your cart for the parade.

    The schedule for this year’s parade is as follows:

    Sunday, Dec. 14: Hillside, Golfview, and Laurel Oaks.

    Monday, Dec. 15: Neighborhoods 7, 8 and 9.

    Tuesday, Dec. 16: Fountains, Linkside, and Eagles Point.

    Wednesday, Dec. 17: Neighborhoods 1, 2, and 12.

    Thursday, Dec. 18: Neighborhoods 5, 6, 10, and Woodside.

  • Winged elm is tribute to Roy’s spirit

    Just down the road apiece the Memorial Tree Planting Ceremony honoring Preservist Roy Bjornson took place in the Preserve Butterfly Garden on Sunday, Nov. 16. The following eulogy was written by one of Roy’s closest friends, Preservist Jean Bildsten.

    Thank you for the opportunity to share how much Roy was a part of Olle and my life.

  • At approximately 3:45 a.m. on Nov. 25, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on S.W. 103rd Loop in the Hidden Lake subdivision. At the home, John Brinson, 42, was found dead in a wooded area behind a neighbor’s house.

    Witnesses at the scene reported hearing multiple gun shots and said the suspect left in a dark colored vehicle, according to a sheriff’s office press release.