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Today's News

  • My military career

    One thing about being in the military is that when there is nothing else to write about, there is always the Navy.

  • 13 proposed constitutional amendments

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This story will continue over a period of weeks due to space constraints. This week is an overview of the 13 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution.

    By DAVID DAVIS

    Editor

    Former Marion County Commissioner Judy Johnson presented pros and cons of the 13 constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 General Election Ballot to the Friday Forum, Friday, Sept. 14.

  • What's this world coming to?

    What’s this world coming to?

    BLU3, a Pompano Beach Company has developed a line of ultra-portable tankless diving systems using surface-supplied air. The system supports a diver at its maximum depth of 10 feet for about an hour and it is compact enough to carry in a backpack.

    The first in the line is NEMO, which is in the Kickstarter phase. NOMAD and NEPTUNE are scheduled for launch in the summer and winter of 2019. Those two, which are still in development will allow divers to go deeper depths. NEPTUNE will enable multiple divers on a single system.

  • Words Matter

    Words matter.

    It was February 1972 when Gunners Mate Guns 1st Class David Clayton Thomas, sir, marched his first bootcamp company to Luce Auditorium at Naval Training Center, San Diego.

    The base theater didn’t look very big from the outside, but inside, it was cavernous, almost dank. It contained more seats in one place than I had ever seen in my life. Company 062 was one of that last to enter. There must have been 2,000 recruits in their seats, waiting for the cultural awareness program to begin.

  • Happenings 08-31-2018

    Now

    Master Choir

    The Central Florida Master Choir is looking for new members. Tuesday evening rehearsals for Dec. 9, 14 and 16 concerts start Sep. 4 at Countryside Presbyterian Church in Ocala. Major work will be Puccini’s Gloria Mass. Call Hal McSwain at 352-615-7677 to schedule an audition. cfmasterchoir.com.

    Saturday, Sept. 1

    Chess Club

    The Freedom Library Chess Club will meet from 10a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. The Library is located at 5870 SW 95th St. All players are welcome. Call 423-873-2276 for information.

  • Real American heroes

    EDITOR'S NOTE: I wrote this before Sen. John McCain died. It took a while to get it the way I wanted and rather than take a chance on fouling it up, I left it in present tense.

    I want to write about Sen. John McCain and how brave he is, but I can’t.

    I don’t know the Arizona senator.

  • Operation 'Can't Touch This’ nets 7 seeking sex with children online

    Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies recently assisted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in identifying and capturing offenders seeking sex with children online.

  • I won a Facebook drawing!

    It was unimaginable that Facebook founder and CEO Mark E. Zuckerburg would send me an email. Oh, it’s no surprise that he knows my email address. He probably knows the email address of everyone on earth. Still, the idea that he would ever send me an email instead of sending me an instant message on Facebook was unfathomable, yet there his name was in my inbox in bold, capitalized letters “MARK E. ZUCKERBERG.”

  • EEE continues to spread; 5 horses killed

    Marion County continues to experience new cases of eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, in June as additional animals became sick with the virus.

    The community remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory due to EEE activity in the county.

    The risk of disease spread from mosquitoes to humans through mosquito bites is currently increased due to the number of local EEE cases.

    Five horses and two emus have died of the virus in the county this year. Deaths in horses and emus are a sign of increased spread of the virus in a community.

  • West Marion is approved for more expansion

    Ocala Health announces it will add 36 more beds to West Marion Community Hospital’s campus. The 138-bed hospital will have 174 beds in early 2019 when the new floor opens.

    The West Marion Community Hospital facility opened as part of Ocala Health in 2002 with 70 beds. Since 2015, the hospital has added 68 beds and expanded its cardiac services and surgical technology with the addition of a robotic surgical system.