Today's News

  • By assisting the elderly, you can make a difference

    Marion County

    Senior Services

    Imagine what it is like for an elderly person who lives alone and either cannot drive or does not have access to transportation?

    Often, the simple act of receiving a healthy, nutritious meal can have a huge, positive impact both emotionally and physically for these individuals.

  • Leaked security report has conservatives up in arms

    A report from the office of secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano that was leaked, has Conservatives up in arms to say the least. Read on and you’ll probably think every American should be worried about its content. The name of the report is entitled, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment”, a real mouthful. Without a doubt, it is a sweeping indictment of conservatives.

  • Playing hocus-pocus, where’s my bonus?

    At this writing Washington has spent $60 billion of the $787 billion of recovery stimulus money. The White House says it is pleased with the pace.

    Despite the slow start, Washington’s economic gurus say the stimulus is sufficiently established to inflate a recovery balloon any time now. We suspect they’re seeing tea leaves in their coffee grounds.

  • Why mothers would make good politicians

    In looking forward to Mother’s Day, I could not help but think about the mess our country is in right now. Not that messes remind me of mothers in particular, but honesty compels me to admit they are good at cleaning up messes. And, the messes they clean up are not their doing. That is what makes it so terrific.

    Somebody needs to clean up the mess we are in.

  • Preservists join in at the Relay for Life event

    Just down the road apiece, Preservist Linda Sprague submitted the following for inclusion in this week’s Preserve column:

    Even wind and cold could not keep 11 Spruce Creek Preserve survivors and their caregivers away from the Relay for Life on April 17, at the Dunnellon High School track. It was a day to celebrate (a thing survivors do well) – to celebrate being alive!

  • Making the outdoor colorful during the season

    Hello readers: At last! Spring into Summer… it is joyful to see our residents enjoying the outdoors, digging in the dirt and planting colorful floras that will bloom into beautiful blossoms, as well as adding this and that to assist Mother Nature in ‘greening-up’ our lawns! Boy, do we need rain! Enjoy the fruits of your hard labor, for it is a job well done and the rewards are many for yourselves and those who visit Palm Cay. We have a wonderful community and are so blessed.

  • Stang - Op Ed cartoon - May 8, 2009

    An ounce of doing is worth a ton of wishing.

  • What the bailout means to you

    The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, referred to by some as the”bailout bill”, or, as others prefer to call it, the “rescue plan”, was recently enacted in an attempt to stabilize the turmoil in the U.S. economy. The act allows the Treasury to buy “bad paper”- mortgage-backed securities- from banks and financial institutions. According to Treasury secretary Henry V. Paulson, Jr., the federal government believes this “bad paper” is part of the root cause of the chaos both on Wall St. and on Main St.

  • Is Mexico going to be the fall guy?

    When discussing something as serious as disease, it is helpful to know what certain words mean instead of throwing them around like confetti.

    Epidemic: An outbreak of disease that attacks many people at about the same time and may spread through one or several communities.

    Endemic: A disease that exists permanently in a particular region or population. Malaria is a constant worry in parts of Africa.

    Pandemic: When an epidemic spreads throughout the world.

  • It’s pet and animal week, so give ‘em a hug

    Animals are in the news this week as we celebrate both National Pet Week and Be Kind To Animals Week.  These weeks end tomorrow, so be sure to give your pets a hug before then.  But be careful with your goldfish.

    Some of Pun Alley’s pet stories follow:


    “ Mary! How’s your new pet fish doing?  You told me he was something special.”

    “ I’m disappointed in him.  The guy who sold him to me said I could teach him to talk like a parrot.”