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Today's News

  • Energy from garbage is right way to go

    When Marion County held special ceremonies this week to unveil some big generators at the Baseline Landfill, they acted like it was a big deal.

    It was.

    With a nation that puts some 80 percent of our garbage in our landfills – and those landfills reaching capacity – community leaders with vision are looking for new ways to solve the problem.

  • Some of my best friends are (snow) flakes

    Officially winter is still more than a week away, but we have had our share of abnormal low temperatures for quite a while now with no letup in sight. Perhaps when winter does get here we will have some warmer weather. Then, as Floridians, we can talk about how cold it’s been.

    Many of us were originally from somewhere in the North and can remember a parent or grandparent talking about how cold it was in the old days. They would say it was so cold:

  • Those were the days, my friend, repairing with black tape

    Recently, a friend mused and asked if the good old days were really that good.

    There’s no easy answer. Comparing what has been to what is depends on where one is coming from and which priorities were set. 

    Hope would be at the top of the list if we didn’t recognize it.

    Can anyone recall growing up with anything but positive prospects for the future?

    Your writer’s birth country was embroiled in war and her adopted country stepped in to help win it.

  • From garbage to energy

    A facility that turns garbage into energy was dedicated last week in Marion County – a step that will save about 300,000 barrels of oil each year, according to officials.

    The move will also provide renewable energy to some 3,000 homes a day.

    The new “green” project, known as the Baseline Landfill Gas to Energy project, will  run 24 hours a day and will eventually produce four megawatts of electricity, said Rod Jones, managing director and part owner of Atlanta-based G2 Energy, the company that supervised the construction of the facility.

  • Views of outer space intertwined with first novel

    Oak Run resident John Zaner is a career Computer systems Engineer and worked on the cutting edge of computer technology for the Department of Defense for more than two decades.  This, and his experience as an FAA licensed pilot, inspired him to write his first novel, Circle of Hope, which chronicles a journey into outer space by modern Noahs building intergalactic arks to save survivors of a doomed earth.

  • 200 Coalition gets year-end report

    At the last S.R. 200 Coalition meeting of the year, the lagging economy was the topic of discussion as many businesses and residential approved lots sit empty along the Corridor.

    Pat Gabriel, Coalition president, estimated the square footage of vacant retail parcels and residential approved lots to be in the hundreds of thousands. She worked with the Board of Realtors and a few real estate businesses in obtaining her figures.

  • Holidays offer seasonal samplings and spice for life

    The people living in one of the many communities here in OTOW have no excuse to let boredom overtake them. There are any number of pastimes that are free or quite inexpensive.  They are right here and waiting for you to check them out. 

  • They survived ‘Pearl’ but time takes its toll

    It was once easier to remember Pearl Harbor Day because Dec. 7 was far enough from Christmas that the holiday hubbub had not begun. Like other traditions, it is customary to interview survivors of the “day of infamy” for the issue on or near that anniversary. But the commercial side of Christmas gets an earlier start each season and those survivors are much harder to find. It was 67 years ago and even a 17-year-old serviceman would be 84 by now – and they had to first live through World War II.

  • Shopping for serious bargains

    Analysts have been making predictions for weeks about the seasonal holiday sales. Though many forecasted the gift giving season would be slow, it was hard to tell on black Friday.

  • She’s serious about horsin’ around

    Most people when they’re young can’t wait to grow older. Many when they are old wish they were young once again. Both ways are not a good way to be.

    Every stage in life is different. Each has its own gifts and qualities. It’s best to let go of each stage so the next one can happen.

    Accept impermanence, realizing nothing is forever. Learning to live in the now makes for a fuller, more contented life.