Today's News

  • Ready, set, shop!

    Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option taxes (also known as discretionary sales surtax) will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $75 or less, or on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less.
    This three-day tax exemption is in effect from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12  through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14.

  • Suspect in four deaths jailed


    The boyfriend of one of the four people killed last week in a home on Northwest 5th Street in Ocala has been arrested and charged with four counts of murder and one count of arson.

    James Edward Bannister, 31, of Northeast 32nd Place, allegedly shot all four victims and then set the house on fire.

  • OTOW Happenings 08-05-2011

    By Eloise Hollyfield

    Classes, films, travel, and pleasant Thursdays at the Circle Square Commons await OTOW residents and visitors.
    Master the Possibilities

  • Judi's Journal 08-05-2011

    It is a box like no other in history. Shrouded in mystical power, holiness and spirituality, it has captivated the minds of archeologists and lay people alike. While its exact whereabouts is unknown having been lost in antiquity, moderns are left with only reading about the Ark of the Covenant.

  • Oak Run news 08-05-2011

    August is the month we old-timers look forward to. On Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Orchid Club auditorium the veterans will hold their annual ice cream social. We will bring back the good old days with floats like we used to get at the soda fountains of the 50’s. So come one and all and enjoy an evening of just good old times. We will have a raffle to raise money for the Oct. 27 Honor Flight. So far we have three of our veterans signed on. Funds are still needed for this flight.

  • Pun Alley 08-05-2011

    The Stuff the Bus Operation comes to Jasmine Square tomorrow with lots of activities for kids and adults. All proceeds will go to the charity. On the way to Jasmine, the bus driver made a stop at Pun Alley and related some stories that have been traveling around on the bus routes.
    Capitol offense
    A blonde visiting Washington wanted to see the Capitol building. Unfortunately, she couldn’t find it, so she asked a police officer for directions, “Excuse me, officer, how do I get to the Capitol building?”

  • Out to Pastor 08-05-2011

    Usually, I live life on an even keel. I once had an odd keel, but fortunately, I had the good sense to throw it back into the water from whence it came. I take pride in maintaining a certain sense of balance in my life. But, there are those times when all balance is thrown out the window.
    Just this past week when I was enjoying an unusually wonderful sense of balance in my life, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage changed my whole demeanor.

  • Congressional concerns over fish and wildlife

    Remember Earmarks? That’s a harmless sounding name for a sophisticated form of political corruption.
    Earmarks are directions from members of Congress telling agencies to spend funds on pet projects, organizations, and companies or to provide exemptions from taxes and fees.
    Campaign contributors and supporters are frequent beneficiaries of earmarked spending.
    Responding to press and public pressure during the last election, incoming House Republicans pledged a moratorium on earmarks.
    It turned out the moratorium had only one ear.

  • Stearns sticks to his message

    U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala, stuck to his guns this week and voted against the compromise bill to settle, at least for now, the debt ceiling battle in Congress.
    On his website, Stearns said he backed the plan put forth by Speaker of the House John Boehner.
    The problem is that the Boehner proposal was never going to pass. It is surprising that, with all of his experience, Stearns failed to recognize this while embracing the art of compromise to avoid a financial crisis in America.

  • Things going dark at SW Kmart

    Nobody’s talking officially, but store employees are telling people that they are losing their jobs.
    The place is Kmart at Shady Oaks, at the corner of Southwest 27th Avenue and State Road 200 (College Road). Signs have popped up saying the store is going out of business, with signs on the pillars outside the facility saying “Store closing sale.”