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Today's News

  • A Lions’ night for heros

    Being Veterans Day, it was a  fitting night to honor them. Not only was the evening about honoring the heroes who served our country, it was about raising money for some causes to benefit our veterans.

    The Ocala Southwest Lions club had a fundraiser to support the Fisher House and Hero Assistance Dogs, Inc. The event, which was at Our Place Lounge, sold about 100 tickets prior to the benefit and brought out about 150 overall to support the Lions’ causes. “We are thrilled,” said Reva Goldstein, Lions club member.

  • Quilt Club warms two charities

    The Quilt Club raffles at the Cherrywood Craft Show will make the holidays brighter for two local charities. The quilt drawing produced $246 for the food pantry at Interfaith Emergency Services.

    The raffle table of quilted items made it possible to send $113 to Sheltering Arms.

    Democratic Club

  • News from the ‘North’ creek

    Spruce Creek North has been without a reporter for a few years, so hopefully I can fill the job. First of all, where is Spruce Creek North?

    With all the “Spruce Creeks” in the area it is difficult to remember where each one is located.

    We, at Spruce Creek North, are bordered by Oak Run, Cherrywood and Marco Polo Village. Sounds to me like we are in very good company. Our main entrance is right off 103rd Street Road.

    Our community is basically small but we have many activities to keep us busy.

  • Sorry, George – mea culpa not accepted

    A pundit remarked recently that the president looked quite contrite, agreeable and almost worthy of sympathy. Yes we would all like to think he has experienced redemption and, in his new iteration, come to the awareness that he had made mistakes and is truly apologetic and that from now on, we will find a new, gentler Bush.

    Don’t count on it. Bush is a good ole’ get even boy from the Lee Atwater mode: Anything goes to achieve desired ends. The entire family is that way, including sweet mother.

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    Emily D. Young,

    91, of Ocala

    Emily D. Young, 91, of Ocala, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008 in Ocala. She was born in Clark Township, N.J. She came here from West Palm Beach in 1973 and lived here 35 years.

    Mrs. Young was a retired seamstress. She also was a member of Maranatha Baptist Church in Marion Oaks, and Eastern Star in North Carolina.

    Survivors include her son, Stanley Albers of Hazlet, N.J., daughter Laverne Sawickie of West Palm Beach, stepdaughter Lillian Hall of Ocala, and stepson Kenny Young of China.

  • History isn’t always black or white

    Sometimes we are chided by our readers for something we did or didn’t do. Most of the time it’s only a comment or two; on occasion there are a number of calls – and a few lengthy conversations.

    We try to learn something from all writers of e- and regular mail and the telephone callers. And once in a while,  we realize a common thread in those discourses is something we should have addressed.

  • Palm Cay’s USO salute to veterans

    What a show! The Oasis did indeed become the USO …  and what a night it was. As mortar and gunfire played through the sound system, the Color Guard representing each branch of the service walked to their places on the stage.

    The audience arose as the stars and stripes entered and was carried slowly and alone to the stage, accompanied by Harry Chambers playing America the Beautiful on his keyboard. A rotating light of various colors had a glowing effect on the flag. Reverently everyone cited the Pledge of Allegiance. The stage then lit up with more than 600 lights.

  • More things you’d prefer not to know

    Ten years ago President Bill Clinton told the nation “the era of big government is over.” We don’t know whether he was wrong or telling another big one while wagging his finger at us. In any case, both sides of Congress applauded, which was awkward because they had their fingers crossed.

    However, despite differences, the Clinton White House and Speaker Newt Gingrich’s Republican Congress actually shrank the size of government, produced balanced budgets, and encouraged better than usual economic growth. Gridlock can be good. It encourages compromise.

  • Vehicles burglarized in Majestic Oaks

    Unlocked vehicles in Majestic Oaks were easy marks for burglars the night of Nov. 10 or early morning Nov. 11. A 50-year-old woman on S.W. 85th Street reported that she forgot to lock her 2002 Cadillac after she brought her daughter home from golf practice.

    The next afternoon, Nov. 11, she opened the trunk to find a black Calloway golf bag and assorted clubs were missing, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. The clubs and bag were valued at $1,890.

  • What’s with gouging the groceries?

    As we noted last week, growth to an area such as ours never pays for itself. It brings on an increase in costs of most everything as we have seen on home mortgages, life-, health- and auto insurance, gasoline – and we must include the food we eat.