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Today's News

  • What's the latest at Market Street

    A few more stores have recently confirmed openings at the new Market Street at Heath Brook. One is Signature Day Spa and Artsy Abode, which specializes in “unique, one-of-a-kind home dcor, art, jewelry and gifts by American Craftsmen,” according to their Artsy Abode Web site.

    Dick’s Sporting Goods is projected to open on April 4, said general manager Perry Moore. The 50,000-sq. ft. sporting goods store features custom golf club fittings, a complete fishing and hunting section, a large selection of apparel and more.

    Lowe’s on S.R. 200

  • Something as simple as water can be medicine

    Recently, we have considered the merits of simple, natural treatments for pain and other ailments. These centered on the increased delivery of oxygen to our cells.

    Cellular oxygen increased as a result of enhanced blood circulation. Chief among these was the use of ribose to enhance production of cellular energy.

    Then we encountered the unusual procedure developed by Dr. John Sarno. He employed stress-reduction techniques.

  • A health system that makes us sick

    We will pull back the curtain on America’s health care system with Sicko, Michael Moore’s docu-satire that exposes greedy HMOs, drug companies and congressmen who keep us ill, on March 21. Traveling to Canada, Britain, France and Cuba – where free universal health care is the norm – he forces the question: Why can’t this happen in the U.S?

    Marion County Supervisor of Elections Dee Brown has been invited to the Democratic Club meeting on April 19.

  • Smitty turns 100 - Communicator still a teen

    I expect that most, if not all, Corridor communities publish their own resident newsletter. It may be weekly, monthly or quarterly on one sheet of paper or more, but someone, somehow gathers, assembles and distributes their community’s news.

  • Oh, for the life of Rip van Winkle

    An item on the evening news pointed out a growing problem with many people, which they called sleep deprivation. I never heard of this before and until recently, I was never interested in this subject. Now, I find I am part of a big company.

    Whoever said misery loves company has never suffered from sleep deprivation. It does not comfort me in the least to know that other people have the same difficulty going to sleep at night. What would comfort me is a good night’s sleep.

  • Blown away by yard sale bargains

    Just down the road apiece the wind huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow away the spirited attitude of the many Spruce Creek Preserve Yard Sale vendors who braved the elements this past Saturday during the community’s annual yard sale.

    By the looks of the many interested customers, the wind was only an annoyance and not a challenge at all. Just goes to show you that yard sale enthusiasts can’t be deterred in their quest for a bargain, no matter what.

  • Residents benefit Hospice and blind center

    I just finished reading Joy Behar’s book, When You Need a Lift. She suggests checking out this book if you’re in a slump and don’t want to resort to a hot fudge sundae.

    Many famous people contributed their ideas, telling us what they do to elevate their mood. Some resonated with me more than others.

    There is one that topped my list. It was written by Phyllis Diller. She mentions that happiness is a habit she’s cultivated all her life. Diller says her mantra is a daily upper.

  • An honest portrayal of a spiritual icon

    In their ground-breaking biography of the world’s best known preacher, Billy Graham, and his relationship with 11 sitting presidents, two highly acclaimed journalists have recorded hundreds of hours of personal recollections. To his credit, Graham demanded no preconditions and asked only for fairness.

    The authors pick up the amazing trajectory of Graham’s career as a magnetic evangelist in the year 1949. At this time, Graham was essentially resurrecting something dead for years — tent revivals.

  • The call of the Corridor

    It seems like more and more Corridor residents are having close encounters of a coyote kind. Over the years sightings haven’t been uncommon, but their presence is becoming more of an everyday part of life.

    Until the widening of State Road 200 from a sleepy two-lane road to a six-lane highway, there was a lot of wooded acreage for them to roam. Since then, and now during the building slowdown, more of that scrub habitat is being cleared – evicting prey and predator – and they are running out of places to live.

  • It wasn't the typical State Road 200

    It wasn’t the typical State Road 200 Coalition meeting. Instead of county government or politics, members listened to a presentation of a lighter topic. Great places in Florida to take a walk – not long grueling hikes.

    Lucy Beebe Tobias gave members an overview of things to explore and discover in the Sunshine State from her book, 50 Great Walks in Florida. Although she went on 80 walks, only 50 made the final cut. To gather firsthand research for the guide Tobias took 10 months to travel the state of Florida.