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Today's News

  • 'Harmony' keeps kids off the streets

    Water balloons, relays and a huge slip-’n-slide were just a few of the activities for the day. This past week, 47 children participated in the Harmony in the Streets program at the Sheriff’s Marion Oaks District office.

    In a shared effort between the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches and community partners, low-income children get the opportunity to attend the one-week free summer camp. While staff from Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch put the daily camp activities together, the MCSO takes care of food and organizing the camp.

  • The truth is extracted after 14 years

    Ann Rule is at the top of her form in this latest true crime venture about double murders carried out 14 years apart by a respected dentist, Bart Corbin. I have been a Rule fan for years, but what makes this book different is that she’s avoided using every bit of her laborious research, which often burdens the reader with more detail than needed or wanted.

    No indeed, this time she moves fast to her conclusion with a page-turner you can read in a single afternoon.

  • The art of wedging political knickers

    Someone once described the pain of a hangover as a spike driven into the top of his head by some evil force. That’s a wonderfully apt metaphor for the pain of political headaches called wedge issues.

    A wedge issue is an emotionally charged subject of dissent within a political party, which may cause otherwise loyal members to withhold support of the party’s candidate – or something even more treasonous.

  • We have those wedding bell blues

    June is the traditional month for weddings. By now countless couples have finished their wedding preparations and have walked down the aisle or are close to it. There is no other more romantic month; so it is obvious that our trip through Pun Alley takes us down the path of courtship, weddings, and marriage.

    She’s Game

    A college senior took his new girlfriend to a football game. They found seats in the crowded stadium and were watching the action.

  • Early distributions from traditional IRAs

    In Part I we reviewed some exceptions that allow early distributions from a traditional IRA without incurring the 10 percent income tax penalty. This article will cover other important information about traditional IRAs.

    Should you take distributions from your traditional IRA before age 59? You are allowed to take distributions from your traditional IRA whenever you like in any amount you choose.

  • Pat Gabriel is guest of Cherrywood Dems

    Southwest S.R. 200 Coalition president Pat Gabriel is scheduled to speak at today’s Democratic Club meeting. She will update us on developments in the Corridor and discuss aspects of county politics as local election races heat up.

    Voter registration cards are available. If you are not registered or wish to change party affiliation, we can make changes. Support our Soldiers Committee to show our appreciation for our troops’ dedication.

  • Bingo enters summer slowdown

    H ello readers: As summer comes upon us, some activities take a hiatus or slow down. One of the most popular ongoing activities is Bingo.

    On Monday and Thursday nights the Oasis is alive with a goodly number of enthusiastic players at the tables. But in July and August, Thursday night Bingo will take a holiday.

    Monday night Bingo will play Thursday night games for those two months. Everything will return to normal in September, when on the first Thursday and Monday, the Oasis will again be crowded with gamers.

  • Midway Church more than a 'meeting house'

    I recently attended the annual family church reunion at the Midway Church in Midway, Ga., 28 miles south of Savannah. As a boy growing up in Hinesville, about 8 miles west of the church, I looked forward to the last Sunday in April when descendants of the church founders gathered at the church for a one-day meeting and picnic afterward under the huge oaks that part of Sherman’s Union army camped under.

  • Medical Team sponsoring dementia series

    “Alzheimer’s and Dementia, What’s the Difference?” is the title of a series of interactive programs offered at Oak Run by the Medical Team. Education is the key; the more you know the more options you have.

    Care giving is a tough job. Get the tools you need to make a difference.

    The first of these programs will be at the Orchid Club on Friday, June 27, at 1 p.m. This program will give insight into the different reasons for dementia and changes that are occurring in the brain which cause this life-changing illness.

  • To eliminate stress make some changes

    I read this in the March issue of Health magazine: “Need a change?” A variety of things can trigger the close of one chapter and the start of another – a death, divorce, a significant birthday, a layoff, children going off to college.

    Like a great novel, you never know where the story will go next. A natural transition is often signaled by boredom.

    One of the best things we can do when we feel that malaise is to understand that one chapter is ending – and a new one is starting up.

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