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Today's News

  • Pun Alley 01-15-2016

    By Dick Frank

    With the end of the holiday season, clearance sales of all kinds have been taking place. Lots of good items that just didn’t sell earlier and specials that didn’t fit in with buyers’ plans are being cleared out.

    Here in Pun Alley the situation is similar. Good stories that didn’t fit in any of the themes of last year’s columns have accumulated. Today you get to read them in our own clearance event.

    A needle in time

  • Out to Pastor 01-15-2016

    Dr. James L. Snyder

    The New Year festivities have died down quite a bit and everything seems calm in our blissful domicile. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is back to her routine of organizing and straightening everything up. Her motto is: "A place for everything and everything in its place."

    She is quite faithful in her New Year's resolutions. For years, she has tried to get me involved in New Year's resolutions and I only halfheartedly get involved. It does not seem to work for me though.

  • Magnet school expo is Jan. 21

    What is a magnet school? What’s a magnet program? Can your child attend one in Marion County? What are the qualifications? Why do they even exist?

    If you’ve ever wondered about or considered such a program or school for your child, come learn the attraction of these highly-competitive programs at a special Magnet Expo set for Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5-7 p.m. The event takes place at Marion Technical Institute (MTI) located at 1614 SE Fort King St. in Ocala.

  • Hospital expansion plans announced

    Ocala Health leadership released details Jan. 7 on a multi-faceted expansion project at West Marion Community Hospital, which will add nearly 42,000 square feet to the 13-year-old facility, meeting a continually growing need for acute care services for residents west of I-75. This expansion, along with the additional 24 patient rooms opened in April 2015, will nearly double the facility’s bed count in approximately two years.

    The project will include expansions to three key areas of the hospital: emergency department, operating rooms, and patient rooms.

  • Deceased veterans honored

    By Jim Clark
    The Quarterly Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park was Jan. 9. Names of veterans who died during the last three months of 2015 were read and a bell was tolled after each name, accompanied by a drum roll. Members of Marine Corps League Detachment 1072, based on State Road 200, provided the readings.
     

  • Christmas: Stores start early, finish early

    If you see a dozen or so drummers wandering the streets, you might want to see if you can lend them a hand. After all, recent events have left them trying to figure out whether the beat goes on.

    It’s very simple … the large retail stores, particularly the chains, have determined that the 12 days of Christmas no longer exist. They are now pretty much just the weeks before Christmas, and that’s it.

  • Vandals damage school property

    Over the Christmas / winter break, several vandals broke into a storage area owned and used by Marion County Public Schools. The vandals destroyed thousands of dollars in brand new pajamas, prom dresses (some new with tags), books, toys, and children’s clothing that would have benefitted local homeless students. The vandals also discharged fire extinguishers inside the building.

  • Oak Run news 01-01-2016

    By Laura Smith

  • Spruce Creek North 01-01-2016

    By Margie Beard
    Now that Christmas has passed, I, like so many others, look to the New Year. I am full of hope and good intentions, to lose a few pounds or finally overcome that bad habit that has plagued me. I realize that I have not accomplished these goals in the past, so why should I expect miracles this year. I believe that the miracle will come when the goal is right.

  • Relieve I-75 traffic, link Tampa, Jacksonville

    There’s a move afoot to help rectify significant traffic issues on Interstate 75. A group dubbed the I-75 Relief Task Force recently formed for the purpose of helping the state in addressing transportation needs.
    One of the considerations involves a road that many in Marion County don’t even know exists. It’s called the Suncoast Parkway, and connects the highway maze in Tampa to U.S. 98 in Hernando County.