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Today's News

  • I won a Facebook drawing!

    It was unimaginable that Facebook founder and CEO Mark E. Zuckerburg would send me an email. Oh, it’s no surprise that he knows my email address. He probably knows the email address of everyone on earth. Still, the idea that he would ever send me an email instead of sending me an instant message on Facebook was unfathomable, yet there his name was in my inbox in bold, capitalized letters “MARK E. ZUCKERBERG.”

  • EEE continues to spread; 5 horses killed

    Marion County continues to experience new cases of eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, in June as additional animals became sick with the virus.

    The community remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory due to EEE activity in the county.

    The risk of disease spread from mosquitoes to humans through mosquito bites is currently increased due to the number of local EEE cases.

    Five horses and two emus have died of the virus in the county this year. Deaths in horses and emus are a sign of increased spread of the virus in a community.

  • West Marion is approved for more expansion

    Ocala Health announces it will add 36 more beds to West Marion Community Hospital’s campus. The 138-bed hospital will have 174 beds in early 2019 when the new floor opens.

    The West Marion Community Hospital facility opened as part of Ocala Health in 2002 with 70 beds. Since 2015, the hospital has added 68 beds and expanded its cardiac services and surgical technology with the addition of a robotic surgical system.

  • Commission candidates state positions at SR 200 Coalition meeting

    Four of five candidates running for the Marion County Board of Commissioners in the second and fourth districts attended the State Road 200 Coalition Monday, June 11, 

    Helen Dueño, a Democrat, filed her application for Commission District 2 in July 2017 but she has not raised any money, nor has she appeared anywhere to the knowledge of SR 200 Coalition President Pat Gabriel. However, Dueño is unopposed in the Democratic Primary on Aug. 28.

  • Out to Pastor

    With all the sad news in our country today, it is about time for some good news. However, the way things are going I am not going to hold my breath.

    We just finished supper and the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I was watching some television. We like to try to catch up on the news after a day of working.

    I was drifting off into Whatever Land and just chilling when I heard from across the room some gasping.

  • Bingo and Cake
  • Health Corner

    “There is little scientific basis for stating a daily requirement for eight glasses of water,” says Irwin H, Rosenberg, MD, University Professor at the Tufts University Friedman School. “Actual fluid needs vary widely among individuals, and depend upon body size and energy expenditure through exercise, among other factors.”

  • Pun Alley

    The 118th U.S. golf Open Championship will be on June 14–17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Shinnecock Hills, New York. Here at Pun Alley we take some swings with our driver and putter to see if any golf stories are a hit with you.

    Put or putt

    “My doctor told me I needed to exercise and lose weight,” a man was telling his friend, “so I took up golf.”

    “That’s great,” said his friend. “How’s it going?”

  • Bookmark

    Westover’s disturbing, powerful memoir is much more than seeking the education she was denied by her

    government-hating, paranoid father whose mental illness was a factor in the astonishing lack of concern for his children’s welfare.

    Born to survivalists in the beautiful mountains of Idaho, Tara prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs with her mother, a midwife and healer. Tara had no birth

    certificate, never saw a doctor, and didn’t go to school. 

  • Crane's Corner

    Great minds agree that we become what we think about. For example, when we focus on our aches and pains, we become the pain. Imagine if when everyday challenges arise, you could remain calm instead of being negatively affected. Imagine letting go of the pain, self-pity, emotional imbalances, and staying focused and in control of your mood and your decisions.

    This is not a lobotomized state. It’s choosing to act constructively with discernment.