Today's News

  • School board member talks budget

    Budget cuts and stimulus funds were hot topics at this month’s S.R. 200 Coalition meeting as Marion County School Board member Jackie Porter took to the floor.

    The newly elected Porter discussed some of the challenges the district will face in the upcoming school year – like supplemental pay for teachers. Porter said School Supt. Jim Yancey had the extra money for teachers on the budgetary “hit” list.

  • My TV career viciously plucked from me

    Whoever said, "Some things are not to be," said a mouthful. I have found that, although I may want to do something, it is not for me. Of course, the opposite is also true. Some things I do not want, yet somehow they find residence upon my person, and usually do not pay rent. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just choose everything you like in life?

  • Cherrywood Democratic Club ladies making helmet liners

    The Cherrywood Democratic Club has an open meeting on Friday, May 15, at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse card room. All Cherrywood residents are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

  • Decorating for Mom

    “I’m sure she’ll like this cake,” said second grader Alex Hardy.

    Hardy, along with about 200 other students from Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary School, participated in the Mother’s Day Publix Cake Decorating Day.

    “The kids love to do this,” said Robert Vadney, bakery manager at the Canopy Oaks Publix.

    The students headed to the art room to decorate the cakes, which were in the shape of a heart. The wide-eyed students anxiously listened to the directions given by bakery staff and awaited the decorating process.

  • West Marion BusinessAssociation

    There will be an Open House/Business Mixer at Dr. Harter’s office, at 8615 S.W. 103rd Rd., Ocala (next to Big Lots) on Friday, May 15 from 1 to 4 p.m.

    The event is open to the public. There will be refreshments and door prizes given away throughout the afternoon.


  • Discussing breast cancer

    One in eight women who live until the age of 90 will have had breast cancer at some time in their life. One out of 300 women in their thirties will develop breast cancer.

    These types of statistics were part of a recent presentation about breast cancer. Dr. Nazanin Khakpour, assistant member of the comprehensive breast division at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, was the guest speaker at the Shop Talk series sponsored by Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research, Inc.

  • Damage created by the Federal Reserve

    The Federal Reserve is a privately-owned and tax-exempt bank that is dominated by foreign bankers.

  • Ladies luncheon will include a fashion show

    We would like to fill the clubhouse for next month’s luncheon on Wednesday, May 13, at noon.  We are having a fashion show.   If you are one of our models, please be sure to stop by the Second Chance Consignment shop in the Jasmine Plaza.  Ask for Peggy so that she can get your size.  Please come out and join us.  It will be a great day. Just bring a covered dish to share. Also, we need to have some new people take over so that we can continue to have our monthly luncheons.  If interested, please call Nancy at 861-1432.

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  • He’s more than Out to Pastor

    Preacher or author – it seems the Rev. James Snyder can be both.

    As a teen, he wanted to be a writer but he also wanted to serve the Lord. “I thought I had to choose one or the other,” he said. However, the more he learned of the life of A.W. Tozer, the more he realized he could be both.

  • Have you been taxed enough already?

    I want to share a little about the event that happened in the Ocala Town Square on April 15: the Tea Party (Taxed Enough Already).

    If you missed the party (actually, there were two, one at noon and the other at 4 p.m.), you truly missed wonderful signs and sounds of peaceful democracy in action.

    The crowd of truly inspired American Patriots filled the air with their chants of “U.S.A., U.S.A.” and “Repeal or Resign.”

    The shouts were so loud at times they could almost be heard in Washington, D.C.