Today's News

  • OTOW Happenings 08-26-2011

    By Eloise Hollyfield
    Entertainment, new learning opportunities, and a fashion show are among upcoming events taking place at OTOW.
    OTOW Lions Club

  • Oak Run news 08-26-2011

  • Pun Alley 08-26-2011

    By now you should have noticed those large yellow vehicles. Yep, school started last Monday. It’s time to be extra careful as you drive. Watch out for school buses stopping and starting, as well as for children crossing roads and streets.
    The buses have been taking a short cut through Pun Alley to drop off some stories.
    No more
    After the first few days of school the boy said to his mom, “Teacher asked me if I have any brothers or sisters who will be coming to school.”

  • Letters to the editor 08-26-2011

    Nothing good ever
    came out of Texas
     If we study early American history the poorest cattle  marketed in the 19th century came out of Texas, "Long Horns and Brahmins." Of course they created a lot of El Toro Poo Poo and are still doing it. Sam Rayburn could be the exception.

  • School bus rules work both ways

    Last week we urged you to be careful around school buses. We warned you about the laws regarding traffic stopping for buses. But there are a couple of additional concerns, this time from the other side of the issue.
    First, the hours that our schools are making children wait for buses are ridiculous. Monday morning, while it was still dark, young children were out on the corners waiting. Some, fortunately, were with parents. To make the kids get out this early almost borders on cruelty to the young ones. At least let them stay home until daylight.

  • Don't duck the issue at Tuscawilla

    When it comes to the pesky critters at Tuscawilla Park in downtown Ocala, I’m really not trying to duck the issue. It’s just that I don’t know what’s going on with the web-footed creatures that dominate the area and why they have to be killed, especially if the description of their planned demise is accurate.

  • Five generations

    Mary McAlister of Emeritus West is one of the five generations shown. She moved to Florida in 1921 when she was 2 years old, and is the author of a book of family history called “Coosa County Girl. She was born in Alabama. Shown in the photos are second generation Judy McAlister; third generation Sar Lee, on right, standing in for Michelle Graves, granddaughter; fourth generation, Lori Graves, great granddaughter on left; and fifth generation, Orion, Lori’s baby.

  • Diabetes, eye screening scheduled for Sept. 10 at local Methodist Church

    On Sept. 10, the On Top of the World Lions Club in cooperation with the Ocala West United Methodist Church, will engage in diabetes screening for adults and eye screening for children ages 1 to 6.
    The event will take place between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. at the church, 9330 S.W. 105th St.
    At the same time the church members will be selling their first seasonal breakfast.
    The treatment of vision impairment and its prevention is paramount to the mission of Lions Clubs.

  • County boards looking for volunteers

    Residents who want to get more engaged with their local government have some fresh opportunities to act.
    The Marion County Board of County Commissioners is currently accepting applications for slots on the following volunteer advisory boards.
    The Board of Adjustment is looking for one member to serve an unexpired term.
    Adjustment board members review and make decisions regarding citizen requests for variances or special exceptions under the Marion County Land Development Code and hear and decide appeals concerning land development code interpretations.

  • Marion County Sheriff's Reports 08-26-2011

    Willie Thomas is 17 years old. Michael Eugene Smith is 16 years old. Javaris D. Blunt is 15 years old. All are in the Marion County Juvenile Detention for residential burglaries and grand theft charges. “It’s important the community knows about these three, because of their criminal histories,” said Judge Cochran, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer. “Our detectives know, just days after getting out of jail, two of three teens returned to their criminal ways,” Cochran added.