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Today's News

  • Keep your pet safe during the holidays

    The holidays are a time for fun, food, decorations and activities with friends and families. While you enjoy the season keep in mind that many of our winter habits and holiday traditions pose potential hazards to our pets.

    Here are some tips to keep in mind to insure your pets stay healthy and happy during the holidays.

    In this season of overeating you need to keep your pet on a normal diet. Even one meal of greasy, spicy or fatty foods can give your pet severe indigestion and/or diarrhea. So no leftovers for Rover, no matter how much he begs.

  • Times have changed but people haven't

    As this New Year dawns, the changing face of the Corridor is apparent to those who have been here a while. Several years ago the community had a strong rural identity.

    Today that dynamic has changed as more people have moved into the gated and ungated developments, and the area feels more like a small city instead of a few isolated neighborhoods along a two-lane country road.

  • Quilt will make scratch for library

    During its regular meeting Dec. 17, the Freedom Quilters donated to the library an impressive king-size quilt and a wall hanging in a chicken scratch design. These works of art were created by most of the group’s 32 members, says group leader Jeannine Sirkoch.

  • Is there any Christmas cheer left?

    The Christmas season is over, finally. The only aide memoire is the Christmas tree mutely standing in the corner of our living room. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly were sitting in the living room drinking our morning cup of coffee and silently staring at the ghost of Christmas recently passed.

    Silence tiptoed down the hall. Almost out of nowhere, I heard a deep sigh from the only other occupant of the room. Then she said, “I’m glad Christmas is over.”

  • Nettie Jane Davis,

    71, of Ocala

    Nettie Jane Davis, 71, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 at Hospice Legacy House in Ocala. She was born in Wilmore, Ky. and moved to Ocala in 1963 from Lexington, Ky. She was a homemaker.

    She is survived by Travis, her husband of 50 years; son, Travis M. Davis Jr.; daughters, Kathy Davis, Roxanna Simpson, Wanda Robinson, Roetta Coller, and Theresa Vega all of Ocala; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • Square dancing is unique to America

    Pssst – well it’s no secret, square dancing is one of the best all-around activities for all age groups. Wait a minute, how can anything with the word “square” being part of it be all that great? Well modern western square dancing is not quite what you may have learned in school. This puppy rocks!

    It’s a party every time you go as it brings people together for fun and fellowship – even during class lessons. The fun starts right from the beginning, meeting new people and making new friends and continues the more you dance.

  • My doll was clothed in lessons of love

    My Chanukah memory happened more than 50 years ago. It was a gentler time and much less technologically advanced. There were no cell phones, personal computers, fax machines or microwaves, and if you wanted a toy to do something, well, you had to do it yourself.

  • Marion firefighters celebrate 30th anniversary

    Thirty years ago, Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) did not exist. Instead, 20-plus independent volunteer fire departments were scattered around the county.

    Each department was staffed with its own firefighters, owned its own apparatus and was headed by its own fire chiefs and boards of directors. Turf wars pervaded most districts, and jurisdictional lines hindered response.

  • ‘Tis the season to parade

    Just down the road apiece the early morning silence was broken recently by peals of goodwill heralding from the many fun-loving Preservists gathered in the Preserve parking lot to gear up for their annual Christmas parade. Forty-seven fantastically decorated units – golf carts, autos, trucks, boats, bikes, etc. lined up for the best-ever Preserve extravaganza.

  • Buy American cars

    to offset auto bailout

    I wonder how many engaged in the domestic automobile industry are driving domestic cars. If all who are not now doing so would convert to their own product it would strengthen their job considerably.

    If the taxpayers who are about to bail out American car manufacturers bought domestics maybe their contribution to any bailout would be less.

    Don Pixley

    Ocala

    Who cares about

    the little people?