Today's News

  • Drivers desperately needed for Reach-Out

    Just think how you would feel if you needed to go to the doctor and were unable to drive. You’d be pretty frantic, wouldn’t you? There are fellow Oak Runners who are in just that situation either permanently or for a short period of time. Won’t you please strongly consider performing the absolutely vital service of driving them to medical appointments? There are few other volunteer activities that are so worthwhile and so needed. If you can find it in your heart to help your neighbors, call Pat Ghertler at 854-6025.

  • Aid for families of vets

    Members of the Southwest Ocala Lions Club were at the Big Lots store on Southwest State Road 200 last Saturday to help raise funds for the Fisher House at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa.

  • White elephant sale scheduled for October

    The white elephant sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. But first Lillian Hanscom, special events coordinator, will be selling table space for all 48 tables on Monday, Sept. 14, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the card room. Price for a whole table is $5 and a half table is $2.50. Ruby Hough, food manager, will be in charge of refreshments at the sale consisting of hot dogs with sauerkraut, chicken salad croissant, seafood salad croissant, assorted Danish, pie and soda, all at a reasonable price. Remember that doors for this event will open at 10 a.m. for buyers.

  • Last day to book spot for dream cruise

    Today, Friday, Sept. 11, is the last day to book the Carnival dream cruise in February at the lowest rates. Call Nancy today for details at 861-1432.

    Carnival Dream Feb. 27, seven-night eastern Caribbean cruise. Just 15 inside cabins left on this cruise. Please contact Nancy today for rates. Rate includes round trip bus from Ocala, all port charges and taxes, tip for driver round trip, tip for porter upon arrival at pier, one hour cocktail party. $250 per person deposit to secure space. Final payment due Dec. 05. Travel insurance cost $99 per person due with final payment.

  • Bystanders save man from fire at OTOW

    Two bystanders who were working in the area of a structure fire in On Top of the World pulled a man out of the burning building on Sept. 2.

    The house at 8686 S.W. 97th Lane Road was part of a residential complex consisting of nine units which are approximately 1,300 square feet each.

    Two men knocked on the door when they saw smoke coming from behind the home, and got no response. The crawled into the smoke-filled house and found a man in his 70s lying on the floor.

  • Man arrested for DUI has three prior convictions

    A Southwest Ocala man was arrested late Friday, Sept. 4, and accused of DUI and diving while license suspended or revoked.

    According to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office report, Deputy Franco Porcelli observed Paul James Dowie, 36, of Southwest 56th Avenue, driving a 1995 van traveling eastbound in about the 7000 block of State Road 200 with an inoperative left headlight. The van eventually came to a stop at Southwest 60th Avenue after changing lanes twice without using a signal, when the officer tried to make the traffic stop.

  • Let’s make our community a better place

    Ted Kennedy was larger than life. We’re small potatoes by comparison. His life can be a learning experience. We might never have had the chance to change the nation as Ted Kennedy was able to do as senator for so many years.

  • Smoke Screen worth reading after early overload

    Since 1981 mystery writer Sandra Brown has attracted legions of fans. This, however, is the first time I’ve read even one of her 50 novels.  It begins with young television reporter Britt Shelley, who has been on an amazing career trajectory, waking beside the corpse of a former police detective with whom she’d been friends for years. Although not an original idea, the twist here is that she’s not immediately aware of his demise. What does disturb her is forgetting the night before and how she ended up in a sleepover with Jay Burgess.

  • OTOW to be topic at Coalition meeting

    Jo Salyers, director of marketing and general manager of Circle Square Commons, will be the speaker at this month’s State Road 200 coalition meeting on Monday, Sept. 14. Her topic will be “What’s happening at OTOW Town Center?”

    Residents of the Corridor are invited to attend the meeting in the Collins Health Resource Center, building 300, suite 303, at TimberRidge Medical Park on Southwest 110th Street, off S.R. 200. Coffee and cookies are available starting at 12:30. The meeting begins at 1 p.m.


  • The Library Detective Agency wants you!

    Freedom Public Library invites all tweens, grades 4 thru 6, on a Magical Mystery Tour of the new virtual library to “Break the Code” on Wednesday, Sept. 16 and Nov. 4, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the computer lab.

    According to library supervisor Heather Ogilvie, “We are seeking a select group of students to participate on a team of research detectives and unravel a library mystery.”