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Today's News

  • Cherrywood 08-25-2017

    Community Labor Day Pool & Pizza Party - Friday, Sept. 1, 6-9:30 p.m. - Pizza and watermelon, 2 pizza slices pp (pepperoni, plain, combo or veggie) You will need to decide what kind of pizza you want before getting your ticket - Serving 6:15 to 6:45- Entertainment by The Sugarbear Band - Tickets free for residents.

    Movie Night - Showing at the Clubhouse on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m., “La La Land” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Free for Cherrywood residents. Lemonade; comfortable pool chairs to sit in.

  • We need another 'miracle of the sun'

    Let me tell you about my non-adventure with last Monday’s eclipse, and about what I feel is the anniversary of an even bigger sun event.

    Monday is production day around here for the West Marion Messenger, the other paper we put out in this part of the county. That meant I was up at some ridiculous hour getting it done.

    I finished about noon, which is early for me, and stretched out on the couch, put on The Weather Channel to watch the event.

    I fell asleep.

  • Sabal Trail loses in court

    An appeals court rejected federal regulators’ approval of a $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline project on Tuesday over the issue of climate change.

    The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) failed to fully consider the impact of greenhouse gas emissions from burning the fuel that would flow through the Southeast Market Pipelines Project when the commission approved the project in 2016.

  • Robbery suspects face more charges

    An armed robbery suspect and his female accomplice who were apprehended by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in July 2017 are being charged with 9 additional armed robberies they allegedly committed in Marion County. Since their arrests, Rodney Snow, 33 and co-defendant Cristina Gaud, 30, have given confessions to multiple armed robberies beginning in January 2017 in order to sustain their cocaine addiction, sheriff’s officials said.

    Additionally, Gaud allegedly provided detectives with a list of 18 robberies she and

  • Homework is how you get ready for high school

    At the risk of bragging, I was a pretty smart kid when I was in elementary school (insert sarcastic comment “what happened since?” here).

    I don’t recall ever being told what grade level I was reading, but I knew I was ahead of all my friends.

    When I entered kindergarten, I was given the honor of setting the clock, since I was one of the few who could tell time.

    Along the way I won spelling bee titles, did well in a geography bee, etc.

  • Farmers market week

    By Rhea Landholm

    Center for Rural Affairs

  • Out to Pastor 08-09-2017

    During my high school career I was no thespian, however, I could act the fool when called upon. My friend was the thespian and starred in our senior high school play, “Finian’s Rainbow.” One of the musical numbers was, “When I’m not near the girl I love,

    I love the girl I’m near.”

  • There goes the sun; don't look at it

    Go back in time about 500 years or so and pretend you’re one of Marion County’s native inhabitants.

    You get up one morning, and your biggest worry is about getting some food. You don’t worry about traffic or pollution or North Korean bombs.

    But suddenly your day changes. It’s getting dark very early, and you stare up at the sky and there is a black circle moving across the sun. You watch mesmerized as the son disappears and you think that this is some sort of omen from the gods.

  • The Centers ramps up addiction fight

    By Nancy Kennedy

    Recovery from opiate or alcohol addiction is a fight.

    Even after the physical symptoms of withdrawal are over — and they are often brutal — a person is left dealing with the physiological changes in the brain.

    That’s when the danger of relapse is at a high risk.

    In May, Gov. Rick Scott officially declared the opioid epidemic in Florida a public health emergency, which authorizes him to release funds without the Legislature’s approval.

  • Sales tax holiday this weekend