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Today's News

  • 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?

  • A slam-bang thriller to keep awake

    Some die-hard fans of Michael Connelly have said that he frequently robs them of a full night’s sleep – particularly when they start one of his novels after 10 p.m. Surely, that must be the case for his latest, The Brass Verdict, in which he brings together two main characters from different series, a trend many mystery writers like Robert Parker are eagerly following.

  • A holiday good deed

    As they sat in the common area, 20 area residents awaited the arrival of the young boys with the big voices. With their holiday cheer and bright smiles, Cub Scout Pack 707 was coming to sing Christmas carols to the residents of the Quiet Oaks Distinctive Assisted Living facility.

    And it wasn’t hard to tell that resident Betty Journalist was enjoying the holiday festivities. She smiled throughout the program and sang along to some of the familiar carols. At the end of the show, Journalist said she loved it.

  • Hunting mistletoe for fun and ‘profit’

    Sitting here and seeing the wind move the now almost leafless trees brings back memories of past Christmas seasons and things that happened or were done to add a bit more spice to the holiday period. One such memory was our quest to gain or at best earn more liquid assets so that we might better enjoy the season’s offerings.

  • Obama cabinet looks like status quo

    In taking a look at our president-elect’s appointments you are first struck by all the familiar names, so many of them old-time President Bill Clinton cronies and recycled Washington insiders. You wonder if the president-elect’s transition committee just couldn’t find anyone who isn’t a beltway has-been.

  • Hammons celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

    Friends and neighbors want to congratulate Foy and Liz Hammons on their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married in Hope, Arkansas, on Dec. 29, 1948, and have three children; Foy III, Austin and Laura, all residing in Florida.

    Foy and Liz retired to Oak Run from Miami in 1989 and have enjoyed bowling, golf and bingo. We wish them many more years in Oak Run.

    Jewish Social Club

  • Determined burglar makes off with model trucks

    Not once, but twice in two days the alarm was activated at Rob’s Hobby World at approximately 1 a.m. On Dec. 15, a deputy arrived at the S.R. 200 business to find the front door glass smashed out, according to a sheriff’s report. The owner came to his shop but did not find anything missing.

    The following morning, Dec. 16, the hobby shop alarm in 103rd Street Plaza went off again. This time it was determined that merchandise was missing; two Traxxas brand remote control trucks valued at $389 each and a XTM remote control truck worth $219.

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