Today's News

  • Veterans need you

    Veterans Need You!

    Veterans Helping Veterans assists veterans and their families with food, clothing and other personal needs. We are looking for variously skilled volunteers to help in the resource center. Hours and days at your convenience. 

    Call Anthony or Linda at 352-433-2320 ext. 100 and leave a message for a return call.

    Marion County Veterans Helping Veterans Inc. is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization formed in 1997 for the purpose of assisting veterans.

  • Lopsided

    By David Davis


    Marion County voted overwhelmingly along Republican Party lines in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Voters favored all of the proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution and approved a local referendum giving the school board the authority to appoint and employ the superintendent of schools.

  • Fall is for craft fairs
  • Some vets too proud to ask for help

    Marion County is home to a whopping 45,000 United States military veterans; each with their own unique stories of trials and triumphs.

    So why are their benefits identical? Well, they’re not!

    According to Steve Jacobs, a veterans services officer with the county, lack of communication is one of the reasons veterans don’t receive all the benefits they earned.

    “They compare themselves to each other,” said Jacobs. “And the fact is, benefits can vary based on every aspect of your service.”

  • Dr. Morishita is new music director of of the Marion Chamber Music Society
  • Blessing of the Animals

     Social conscience, politics, human morality and the spiritual relationship with God all converged Saturday during a blessing of the animals at the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

    Dr. Harold McSwain, pastor of the church, said the treatment of animals is often extremely cruel, particularly with greyhounds. Greyhounds are revved up on all kinds of meds and then treated very poorly when they are no longer useful for racing. That’s not a way to treat an animal.”

  • MIA/POWs remembered

    By David Davis


    On Sept. 21, the stark black and white banner symbolizing America’s Missing in Action and Prisoners of War flew over the White House and other locations across the country.

    President Donald Trump stated in a proclamation that, “We do this, each year, to recognize those who have suffered the horrors of enemy captivity, those who have still not returned from war, and the families who have yet to lay their loved ones to rest with the honor and dignity they deserve.”

  • Part 2: Proposed constitutional amendments

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second story in a series that will continue over a period of weeks due to space constraints. This week is the first of the 13 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution.



  • School board candidates support homework

    By David Davis


    After hearing all six candidates for the Marion County School Board say they favored homework, the questioner replied that she felt slighted when her child was with a teacher all day and at night.

  • Woods warns seniors of cybercrimes

    Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods spoke of cybercrimes and two proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot during the SR 200 Coalition meeting Monday, Sept. 10, at TimberRidge Building 5000.

    He said criminals frequently change schemes. They realize one thing isn’t working, then move onto something else.