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Today's News

  • School leadership changes announced

    Incoming Superintendent of Schools Heidi Maier is announcing her appointments to the two highest positions in her administration. 

  • Marion voters set tone for Florida

    By Jim Clark

    Marion County voters followed the district, state and national trends Tuesday as Republicans swept the down-ballot votes.

    Voter turnout was massive, with 76.66 percent of the registered voters casting ballots.

    Billy Woods easily won the office of sheriff, replacing Chris Blair, who withdrew from the race in a plea deal following charges of perjury filed against him. Woods defeated Democrat Dennis McFatten by getting nearly 63 percent of the vote.

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  • Panic: Where's My Phone?

    Saturday morning dawned beautifully clear but a little cool. So I grabbed my jacket, which I hadn’t worn since last winter, and headed out to the Fine Arts Festival of Ocala, better known as FAFO.
    I took my cell phone and put it into the inside security pocket of the jacket, you know, the one you have so pickpockets can’t get to you.

  • Trump rallies crowd in Ocala

    By Buster Thompson

    Donald Trump worked to get his Florida supporters fired up as the presidential election draws just four weeks away.

    Speaking Wednesday at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala in front of several thousand cheering supporters, the Republican presidential nominee finished up the last of his campaign rallies in the electoral battleground state.

  • Can you write positive letters?

    In the old days of television, there was the “Perry Como Show,” which featured a segment where the introduction went like this:
    “Letters, we get letters, we get stacks and stacks of letters. Dear Perry, would you be so kind, to fill a request and sing a song we like best?”
    We may have to adopt that as our theme song. We get lots of letters, many of which are nasty containing personal insults, etc. of politicians.

  • Don't ignore the races close to home

    After suffering through another “debate” Sunday night, I’ve come to the conclusion that nothing I say or do is going to make a darn bit of difference in this political race.
    However, I do feel that a lot of people locally are ignoring the important races, the ones that can affect us every day.
    On the ballot in Marion County we have one County Commission race, various state legislative races and the sheriff’s race.
    There are also Congressional races and a U.S. Senate race.

  • Top ten reasons why I'm voting
  • Out to Pastor 09-23-2016

    One day this past week, I got up a little earlier than usual and to keep from waking up the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage I got my coffee and went to the back porch to enjoy a quiet early morning.
    As I sat on the back porch drinking my coffee and taking in the early morning atmosphere, I noticed a bunch of birds sitting on the fence in the backyard. They were squawking at me as though I was the worst person in their world. I believe what they were screaming about was that I had not filled the bird feeder yet.

  • Sheriff's Office seeks Halloween candy

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Southwest District, 9048 State Road 200, is accepting donations of Halloween candy for its annual Halloween Party. Candy should be individually wrapped. For further information call 402-6060.