Today's News

  • Out to Pastor 08-12-2011

    This week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. This week as I pondered our life together it occurred to me, I might be taking some things for granted. Doing this, especially when it involves another person, is dangerous. I decided to take a little stock of myself and my relationship with the Mistress of the parsonage. What makes our marriage so great?

  • Pun Alley 08-12-2011

    The recent political shenanigans about raising the national debt and reducing spending brought to mind Will Rogers whose salty comments on the political and social scene made him widely known. Starting out in vaudeville as a cowboy rope-twirler, joking casually with the audience, he went on to gain a wide audience through motion pictures, books, radio, and a syndicated newspaper column.

  • Cherrywood news 08-12-2011

    The Cherrywood Democratic Club will meet Friday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse card room. Refreshments will be served.
    It was with deep sadness that we were informed that one of the young soldiers serving in Baghdad to whom we were sending Care packages was killed by a Shiite militia group on June 10. Our prayers and condolences go out to her family and our young people serving our country at this time of year. God bless them all.

  • A tip of the hat to members of the Tea Party

    Tea Partiers (TPs) are entitled to a celebration for progress with two important issues in their “Contract from America” agenda — to restore fiscal responsibility and limited government in Washington. Resolution of the debt/deficit deadlock may be one small step for the TPs, but it’s a welcome breakthrough to many Americans who are tired of out-of-control government growth and spending.
    The Tea Party is a populist uprising which has infuriated the leadership of both major political parties.

  • The best laid plans for watching TV

    Just a couple of weeks ago, we told you about an Ocala-area family that was going to appear on the television show “Family Feud.”
    The information, provided by the producers of the show in
    California, was very specific as to the time and date – it was to be on the air on Aug. 4, last Thursday, at 6 p.m. on WRDQ, which is affiliated with the ABC outlet in Orlando and carried on various cable systems.

  • Harmony Corner 08-12-2011

    By Peter Musella
    Big Sun Chorus
    August and the “Dog Days of Summer” are upon us. In spite of the sweltering heat, the Big Sun Chorus of Ocala is moving right along with “cool” plans for our new season of barbershop harmony.
    We have undergone major changes in the last few months; Anne Lord Bellis, our music director, resigned after many years of directing and leading us through some fun-filled years.

  • Upcoming events week of 8-12-2011

    Friday August 12
    Free Gospel Music Concert
    Christ's Church of Marion County presents Jimmy Strickland, Southern Gospel recording artist, in a night of "Pure Southern Gospel Music."  Jimmy has performed on stage with well-known recording artists Bill Gather, Dottie Rambo, the Oak Ridge Boys, the Goodman Family and a host of others.  
    There is no admission charge.  A free-will offering will be taken.

  • Marion County Law Enforcement Reports 08-12-2011

    An Ocala man died the afternoon of Aug. 3 when his car hit a tree at the parking lot of Freedom Public Library, 5870 S.W. 95th St. Early reports gave an incorrect address for the accident.
    Ed Casey, 82, wasdriving westbound in the lot and drove off the west end of the lot and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at West Marion Community Hospital.

  • OTOW Happenings 08-12-11

    By Eloise Hollyfield

    OTOW residents and guests can look forward to new classes, a new cruise offering, and an exciting luncheon and fashion show.
    OTOW Lions Club

  • Sign up for CERT training

    A new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will begin Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Marion County Sheriff's Office, 692 N.W. 30th Avenue, Ocala. This is an eight-session training which is available either as an afternoon, from 1 to 3 p.m. class or as an evening, 6:30 to 9 p.m. class. The afternoon and evening classes run concurrently and attendance can be mixed, depending upon availability. Only one class can be missed in the eight-session series and the CPR and last class is mandatory.