Today's News

  • Taking a glimpse of the Bingo Kitchen Kuties

    Memorial Day is over and the days seem to be flying by so fast. I hope your Memorial Day was a safe and happy one.

    The featured group in this column is the Bingo Kitchen Kuties. They are a wonderful bunch of gals who come to the Clubhouse every Tuesday night to either work in the kitchen or to play bingo or both!

  • Understanding the Grandpa Rules

    As circumstance would have it, and I like to give circumstances due credit, I was visiting my grandchildren without the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage.

    Normally, if there is such a status, my wife travels with me when we visit the grandchildren. However, when she is along I do not have a chance. I will not say that she hogs the grandchildren; she does, I just will not say so. As a husband, I know when to speak my mind and when to mind my speaking. The inexperienced husband does not know the difference and pays for it.

  • The 2009 hurricane season is here

    It’s time to take action. The official start of the 2009 hurricane season was Monday, June 1 and it will be with us through Nov. 30. If you’ve been around a while, you know hurricane season used to expire in October. That was bumped up to mid-November and finally the end of month.

    So it’s a long siege, and will seem like a long time to keep that extra food, water and battery supply on hand. But a few precautions now can help eliminate or at least reduce worrying and those frantic last-minute trips to the store.

  • Giving with care

    “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” — Planting Seeds of Hope was the theme of the annual Caregiver Day luncheon.

    The event, earlier this week, gave caregivers a chance to chat with one another and relax.

    With yellow daisies as the centerpiece, guests sat down at the pastel covered tables.

    Clarice Furst was one of them. “I’m very impressed,” she said of the event, “It’s amazing.”

  • New local Jewish congregation

    For the first time in 35 years, a new Jewish congregation has been formed in Ocala to serve the needs of the growing Jewish population of southwest Marion County and environs.

  • If ever an extra edition was needed, it’s now

    Some of you will remember, in earlier times, when something exciting or important occurred, the newspapers would put out an “extra” edition and paper boys would stand on the corner and holler “extra, extra, read all about it.”

  • MCSO employee charged with organized fraud

    On May 31, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office corrections assistant was arrested and charged with organized fraud and grand theft from a person over 65.

    Deputies arrested Sharon Wagoner, 54, of 6518 S.W. 62nd Ave. on the charges.

    A woman called the sheriff’s office to report that her 89-year-old stepfather had been exploited for a large amount of money, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

    The stepdaughter claimed he had $40,000 in his bank account in 2007 and now the current balance was $9,000, according to the report.

  • Government business must stay in Sunshine

    A grand jury report on the hiring of Marion County Administrator Lee Niblock by Marion County commissioners makes it clear our elected officials and county staff should conduct business of the county in an open forum.

    The eight-page report, released by the grand jury, indicates they were unable to find any actual communication between commissioners about hiring Niblock to the county’s top job. No charges of criminal conduct are coming. What the grand jury found, though, was the intent of the Sunshine Law had been ignored.

  • Ambassadors’ Fourth of July events are planned

    Come celebrate our Nation’s 233rd birthday in typical Oak Run style. Ticket sales for the dance, the barbecue and the concert described below will all take place on Monday, June 15, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Palm Grove and Tuesday, June 16, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. Make checks payable to ORHA, no cash. You will be handed a pink number for dance tickets, a green ticket for the barbecue and concert. Dance tickets will be purchased individually with a separate check at the dance table and barbecue and/or concert tickets with one check at another table.

  • Residents to name new Corridor park

    Just like they did with Liberty Community Park, a member of the public will provide the military-themed name for the newest 40-acre park on the Corridor.

    Marion County Parks and Recreation department is once again teaming up with the South Marion Citizen for the latest park-naming contest. About 400 entries were received from the community when Liberty Park, off S.W. 103rd Street Road, was named in June of 2004.