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Today's News

  • Cigarette tax rises

    Twenty-three percent of Marion County residents have seen more money going up in smoke in the last week.

    That’s the percentage of people whot smoke in Marion County, according to records of the Florida Department of Health.

    The cost for a pack of cigarettes increased $1 on July 1. Blame the increase on taxes.

    For smokers, the increase means they will have to cough up, on average, $5.73 for a pack of cigarettes, or $52.80 for a carton.

  • Pastor honored with special farewell party

    Even with the intermittent rain showers, his followers came to a party, on Sunday, June 28, to thank Pastor Sean L. Forde for his three years of service at Joy Lutheran Church.

    More than 150 people attended the celebration — church members, friends, Upward soccer players and local ministers. Because of the number of people, the event was at Countryside Presbyterian Church in their more spacious fellowship hall.

  • A beautiful remembrance

    Just down the road apiece our entire Spruce Creek Preserve community wishes to thank Preservist Maxine Tharp for submitting the following beautiful, beautiful remembrance.

    What to do with baby clothes

    My mother is 95 years old and is living in a nursing home in Zanesville, Ohio. She was a seamstress and made all of our clothes when we were young. The last few years she’s been unable to sew due to loss of sight by  macular degeneration.

  • Balancing the home budget is a three-ring circus

    Like everyone else, my wife and I have difficulty keeping the home budget balanced. It would not be so bad, except every month new bills come in resembling the bills I paid last month. Will this nonsense ever stop?

    For example, last month I distinctly remember paying the electric bill. And, if my memory serves me correctly, the month before that I also paid the electric bill, and the month before that. Now, before me is another electric bill resembling last month’s bill. I am weary of this redundancy.

  • Walgreens on S.W. 60th Avenue robbed

    A sheriff’s deputy responded to the Walgreens store off Southwest 60th Avenue on June 30, after the alarm was activated due to glass being broken.

    The deputy found the side window to the store busted out and approximately 60 cartons of cigarettes missing. The stolen cigarettes were valued at about $1,800, according to the sheriff’s report.

    Furnishing stolen

    from model home

  • Fairness Doctrine shuts down conservative voice

    A big battle is pending and from inquires made, very few people are aware of the “Fairness Doctrine” and what it means and controls, etc. So a little history, a short version will be helpful to all. As you will see, it’s a government-mandated speech and restriction on what you can listen to.

  • Health department urges water safety

    As Marion County residents enjoy summer activities, the Marion County Health Department is urging the community to be watchful of children taking part in water recreation.

    “Unintentional drowning is one of the leading causes of death for small children,” said Carol Jubelirer, Marion County Health Department executive nurse director. “It takes as little as two inches of water for a child to drown, so adults should keep close supervision on children while they are in or around the water.”

  • New landscape laws

    A new law signed by Gov. Charlie Crist promotes the installation of Florida-friendly landscaping. The law states that homeowners associations (HOAs) may not prohibit a homeowner from applying Florida-friendly landscaping to their property or create any requirement or limitation in conflict with state law.

  • Local performer prepares for farewell

    Paul Reichlyn Can’t Help Singing Show – this popular presentation of local talent will have its final performance on Saturday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at Palm Grove. It has been the performer’s pleasure entertaining folks in Oak Run these past 7 years. To commemorate the special occasion, Elisa Dragotto, one of America’s outstanding sopranos, in opera and musical theater, will be the guest per-former. Elisa has thrilled her audiences with her magnificent voice in Europe and from Seattle to New York.

  • Learn to live and enjoy each day to its fullest

    “We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” Dale Carnegie 

    The end of June and the beginning of July were filled with the deaths of celebrities between the ages of 50 and 97. This should bring home to everyone how important it is to live and enjoy each day to the fullest. We never know when our day will arrive.