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Today's News

  • Candy, cash sought

    As has become the custom, the Southwest District substation of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Halloween carnival on Monday, Oct. 31.
    The department is seeking donations of both cash and candy to help defray the costs.
    Candy and cash may both be dropped off at the station on State Road 200 during regular working hours. Candy may also be dropped off at the South Marion Citizen office, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 104. No cash will be accepted at the newspaper.

  • Health Department prepared to administer flu shots

    The Marion County Health Department (CHD) and Maxim Healthcare Services are urging residents to get their flu and pneumonia vaccines. At the Marion CHD office, this continuing partnership will begin hosting seasonal immunization clinics Sept. 19 through Sept. 23. This year’s flu vaccine will include the same seasonal flu vaccine formula that was used during the 2010-11 flu season, which contains the 2009 H1N1 flu strain as well as two other strains of flu. Maxim will be vaccinating people nine years of age and older.

  • Ocala remembers 9/11

    The Ocala area remembered over the weekend as the nation recalled the 10th anniversary of the attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001.

    In a touching ceremony at Veterans Park on Saturday, the crowd heard the solemn ringing of the bells, listened to a 21-gun salute, watched the solemn presentation of the colors accompanied by somber bagpipe music, and heard speakers describe the emotions of the day.

    The Keynote speaker was Bernadette Castro, a part-time Ocala resident who was a Parks Commissioner in New York City 10 years ago.

  • Out to Pastor 09-09-2011

    In marking the 10th anniversary of one of the most horrific events in the history of the United States, one cannot help but reflect back on the past decade. We have come a long way, but I am wondering if we have gone the right way.
    My wife and I were thinking about this the other night and she startled me with a question. Most of the time she just startles me, but this time she had substance in the form of a question.
    “I wonder,” she said rather thoughtfully, “where all the heroes are today?”

  • Oak Run news 09-09-2011

    Kathy Ducz will speak at the ORHA General Meeting on Wednesday, Sept, 14, on the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan. The meeting will take place at 9 a.m. in the Orchid Club. Plan to be at this very important meeting.
    Donut Drop In, Book Sale

  • Goofy grants and silly studies

    We’ve beaten a hole in our drum writing so often about political pork earmarks. Another category of frivolous federal spending is earmarks for eggheads.
    We’ve neglected examples of federal funding for goofy grants and silly studies – an annual ritual of granting money for research about which no one seems to ask: “Is that important? Is it necessary?”

  • Grandparents have their day

    Back quite a few years ago, there was a movie called “Home Alone.” At the end, the bratty little kid who captured a couple of burglars had a part in the subplot. He got his scary next door neighbor reunited with his son, enabling the older man to finally spend some time with his granddaughter.
    It was a great message about family love conquering other problems.
    Lost in all the memorials and remembrances that Sept. 11 brings, on the 10-year anniversary of the terrible attacks, is a celebration that occurs every year on the second Sunday in September.

  • Recalling the awful feelings of 9/11

    This coming weekend is a time for solemn remembering of an event that everyone who was older than a toddler will recall forever … the attack on America by Osama bin Laden’s troops, including two planes crashing into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and another into a field in Pennsylvania.
    In that one, we all remember, the passengers revolted against the hijackers and gave their lives to stop a further attack on Washington, D.C.
    It was Sept. 11, 2001, and we all recall what we were doing that day.

  • OTOW Happenings 09-09-2011

    By Eloise Hollyfield
    ejh2025@hotmail.com

    Upcoming OTOW events include entertainment, screenings, and travel.
    OTOW Entertainment
    There are a few tickets available for the “Sally and Her Buddies” Sock Hop of the 50s and 60s show on Saturday, Sept. 24.The remaining few tickets will be available Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 19 and 21, 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the H& R ballroom. Tickets cost $8 for general admission and $10 for reserved seats.
    OTOW Lions Club

  • Cherrywood news 09-09-2011

    Once again, the members have come through and hand made dozens of chemo caps to be distributed to local hospitals. Unbelievably beautiful items are created by our ladies for those less fortunate in our own county.