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Today's News

  • Pun Alley: Looking back at our mothers

    Last Sunday was Mother’s Day, a time to show honor and respect to one of the most influential persons in our lives. We all spent the most formative years of our lives with our mothers. Now, as we look back we realize that many things about moms were amusing, if not downright funny.

    Kids teachings

  • How to break the silence about domestic violence?

    How do we break the silence about domestic violence which, with 10 deaths recorded in Marion County in the first four months of 2018, is reaching epidemic proportions locally and nationally?

    Dr. Judy Wilson, CEO of the Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center, will lead a panel discussing a crime which affects everyone regardless of age, race, education or financial status when the May 11 Friday Forum meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral, 2111 SW State Road 200. The luncheon discussions are always open to the public.

  • Happenings

    Tuesday, May 15

    Dementia Workshop

  • Be courteous to others when driving on Pun Alley

    Today marks the end of National Police Week. We usually see police as we travel along Highway 200, the backbone of the corridor that plays a large part in our daily activities. Many travel between home and stores while others use the highway as a way between home and work.

    We should always be courteous to other drivers, even if they are wrong; it’s better than to be dead right. Traveling down Pun Alley gets us to some arresting stories.

    Cover up

  • Happenings

    Friday, May 11

    Tribute to John Denver

    On Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m., Ted Vigil returns to the Reilly Arts Center for a special tribute to John Denver. Tickets start at $10. The Reilly Arts Center is at 500 NE 9th St., Ocala.

    Tickets can be purchased at www.ReillyArtsCenter.com, or by calling the box office at (352) 351-1606 during box office hours. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Reilly Arts Center box office. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Group rates are available for this show.

  • Ocala West UMC Car Show

    Ocala West United Methodist Church held its last car show and chicken barbecue of the season Friday, March 4, and the Boy Scout troop held a hot dog cookout at the same time. Beautiful weather brought out many people to admire some of the unusual cars that included a 1953 MG TD, a Plymouth Prowler, bottom left photo, and a member of the National Tin Bucket Alliance. In the top right photo is a Tin Lizzy. Over in the food area, bottom right photo, people gathered around tables enjoying the chicken barbecue. 

  • I know nothing of horse racing

    NOTE: I normally would not write this for an introduction, but as I wrote on the front page, I am trying to put together four newspapers until the end of this month.

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    Justify won the 144th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville Saturday on the muddiest track in the history of the race. I watched on TV as the 3-year-old bested the field of 20 horses. When it was over, the winner did not have a speck of mud on him. 

  • Ready or not, here I am

    Hello.

    My name is David Davis, your new editor. “New” is not the correct word, because I’m getting up in years. Maybe current is a better adjective, but that’s not right either, because there are many, many topics on which I am not current. How about if I say, “ready or not, here I am.”

  • Just what does -30- mean to a writer?

    Back in the dark ages, as the younger members of my family call it, we used to type stories on manual typewriters.
    We typed on 8 1/2- inch paper, usually with carbon paper in between, so you would have a copy of what you wrote when you handed it in.
    At the bottom of each page you typed -more- so the typesetter on the Linotype machine knew there was another page.

  • Woman gets 50 years

    By Buster Thompson
    Citrus County Chronicle

    Circuit Judge Richard “Ric” Howard said Jessica Baker could have easily turned her cohort Darren Decker over to police as his murderous home-burglary spree ran rampant in Florida.
    But Baker didn’t and that’s why Howard sentenced the 46-year-old Ocala woman to 50 years in prison for her role in the 2016 home invasion and murder of Citrus County resident Don “Terry” Plumeri and nine other home burglaries from Marion County.