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Today's News

  • Plant taken from store

    Blaise Bonaventure figures the thieves who made off with a plant from in front of his B-Healthy store in the Friendship Center knew what they were doing.

    Sometime between the close of business Saturday, June 6, and Monday morning, June 8, someone took off with a 6- to 7-foot schefflera plant. The plant was estimated to weigh  35 to 45 pounds.

    The plant had graced the store for about 19 years and many of those years outside.

  • Stacks of colorful scarves, afghans and hats line the tables of the Pine Run room — and each had a purpose.

    The mission of the newly formed Knit and Crochet Group of Pine Run is to help needy children. In January 2009, the eight women began sewing at the clubhouse each Tuesday. Six months later, they had made more than 100 clothing pieces.

  • Be a local hero: Donate blood

    One observance that took place last Sunday passed with very little fanfare. Of course it was Flag Day and the merciful end to the marathon NBA season, but it was also a day for some very local heroes.

    Sunday, June 14, 2009 was the celebration of World Blood Donor Day and the heroes who save lives every day. Millions of people owe their lives to people they will never meet — people who donate their blood freely and without any reward.

  • OTOW: Crusie over to the education center for a class

    There is talk about making “blue” as popular as “green.” For the past few years, there has been much talk about global warming and how it has and will continue to affect our quality of life.  Al Gore has helped tremendously in getting the word out.  We all have to do our part.

  • Hit the trail at Happy Acres

    Down a dirt road in Dunnellon, lies a 40-acre farm once intended to be a private retreat – a retirement home. But now after numerous requests, Happy Acres Ranch has opened to the public.

    James Moore and his wife, Eileen, bought Happy Acres in 2005. After the construction industry began to slow in Port St. Lucie, the couple decided to move to Marion County. The father of seven is the president of Moore and Coates Construction and has been building houses since 1966.

  • Cretul talks stimulus plan, reductions

    State Rep. Larry Cretul (District 22) discussed the current issues facing the State of Florida at this month’s S.R. 200 Coalition meeting.

    The speaker of the House, who has an office on the Corridor, talked about the budget and ways to save money, the increased tobacco tax, President Obama’s stimulus package and Senate Bill 360.

  • And a rich, fat druggie will lead them

    Rush Limbaugh used to be in conservative pig heaven. Several naysayers had re-turned to the fold and kissed his ring, asking for his pardon.

    Among them a congressman and the  head of the RNC, Mr. Steel to be precise, the former Maryland State official who  seemed to be unable to decide whether he was a democrat or a republican on his  first run for public office.

  • Cop Shop: turck, gun and other items stolen

    While working on his 1996 Ford truck at his S.R. 200 home, an elderly man decided to take a break and go inside for a drink. At approximately 11:30 p.m. on June 8, he fell asleep and later awoke to discover he had been burglarized.

    The white truck was gone, along with a chrome-colored Browning automatic gun, a toolbox, two cameras, and other items, which were all inside the vehicle.

  • Brace yourself for an historic national battle

    In 1945, President Harry Truman urged Congress to create a health care system which would provide hospitals for 1200 counties which had none, and make medical care accessible to 15 million people in rural areas. The American Medical Association attacked the idea as creeping communism.

    Twenty years later, during the Presidency of Lyndon Johnson, federal money financed the building of hundreds of hospitals and paid for the education of hundreds of doctors. Nobody com-plained.

  • Calf calamity

    When Thomas Wesley Harrell went to feed his cows one morning earlier this week, he encountered an unpleasant situation.

    He discovered that his three-month-old female calf was trapped inside a well, according to a press release from Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR).

    Emergency personnel responded to Harrell’s location on the 5300 block of S.E. 34th Street at 10:24 a.m. and found the  calf trapped in the 12-foot-deep  well.