Today's News

  • Getting a ‘reverse’ 9-1-1 call

    People are urged to call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. But, what if law enforcement called you during a crisis?

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reverse 9-1-1 or GeoCast system does exactly that. The program, which has been available in the county for several years, alerts residents in the area of an emergency.

  • Medical evolution: Robotic surgery arrives

    The da Vinci Surgical System brings high-tech medicine to doctors’ fingertips.

    Dr. Harvey Taub, a urologist at Associates for Urology Care, was the first surgeon to use the five-armed robot more than four years ago at Munroe Regional Medical Center.

    He recently gave a talk about the machine at Central Florida Community College. Residents listened as he explained the types of procedures the machine can be used for and its benefits.

  • The dreaded “National Health Care” issue is upon us

    Will we Americans continue to have a largely free market- oriented health care system or a government run system where politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. make the most fundamental decisions about how we enter life, how we leave it and how we are cared for when we are ill?

  • Parents should use teen driving Web site

    Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death and serious injury for young people in America – and with summer upon us, more teens than ever are operating motor vehicles on our highways.

    In response, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has taken a laudable step and launched a parents’ section on its teen driving Web site at www.flhsmv.gov/teens.

    The new and improved site provides parents with useful information to help them teach their teens to become safe drivers.

  • Health care for all ages

    Health care is and should always be a human right. It’s time the American people received factual information about the realities of health care and not the deceit and corruption pervasive in our current system; read “The Commies are coming – The Commies are coming.” This is the right of any citizen of the world – and no, it’s not expected to be free. How could it be?

  • Pun Alley: Reasons to laugh all the way to the bank

    In the 1930s, Will Rogers’ talents as a comedian, humorist, and social commentator gave a generation of people some laughs during the great depression.  Many of his comments still apply today, such as, “The banker, the lawyer, and the politican are still our best bets for a laugh.  Audiences haven’t changed at all – and neither have the three above professions.”

    Recent news about banks, bank bailouts, and bankers takes us to Pun Alley banks.

    Ah So!

  • It is the season to prepare for hurricanes

    We are in the historically most active months of the Hurricane season. I thought it may be a good time to mention some tips to prepare for the possibility of a hurricane. This can be considered a refresher for you hurricane veterans and a chance for our newcomers to learn about how to prepare. For a more detailed list of preparations and further information please visit our Web site at Marionso.com

    At home you should have on hand:

    At least 1 gallon of water per day per person in the home for 2 weeks.

    Get non-perishable food and a can opener (not electric).

  • Hygiene program helping needy children

    Soap, toothpaste and shampoo are some of the simple necessities in life. But, for more than 1,500 school-aged children living in Marion County, these necessities would not be readily available if it weren’t for the Homeless-Needy Children’s Personal Hygiene program.

  • And you just can’t forget about the lawyers

    The attraction that police have for donuts was mentioned in last week’s Pun Alley. Since then, I discovered that they don’t like this association and now fear they are watching my driving to catch me at something. So, I felt I should consult a lawyer for advice.

    I met someone who looked like an attorney, so I asked him, “Are you a lawyer?”

    He answered, “Yes, I am.”

    I then asked, “What do you charge?”

    The lawyer answered, “$450 for four questions.”

  • Financial planning - helping you see the big picture

    Do you picture yourself owning a new home, starting a business, or retiring comfortably? These are a few of the financial goals that may be important to you, and each comes with a cost. That’s where financial planning comes in. Financial planning is a process that can help you reach your goals by evaluating your whole financial picture, then outlining strategies that are tailored to your individual needs and available resources.