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Today's News

  • Out to Pastor 10-28-2011

    Is it just me, or do others have trouble catching up? Just when it looks like I am almost caught up with some project or my to-do-list, something happens setting me back a few paces. One step forward, as they say and for me 17 steps backward. Or, so it seems.
    I don’t have any problem whatsoever catching a cold. I once even caught a fly in my mouth while preaching, and it is as easy as New York style cheesecake to catch the dickens from the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. Catching up is another matter all together.

  • Please keep it safe this Halloween

    This is Halloween weekend, the time for Trick or Treating all across the land. Children of all ages, sizes and shapes will dress up and look for goodies.
    The problem is that the caution that children are taught the other 364 days of the year usually goes out the window, as they approach strangers’ houses and unfamiliar neighborhoods looking for rewards.
    In this day and age, that’s not a good idea.

  • Protecting turf, at our expense

    It was hardly more than a footnote on last week’s County Commission agenda, but the county accepted a letter from the city of Ocala pulling out of the negotiated agreement to combine emergency dispatch services. The county had little choice.

  • Upcoming events week of 10-28-2011

    Friday, Oct. 28

    HarvestFest at Christ’s Church

    The third annual HarvestFest will be Friday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. at Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St., off State Road 200. There will be pictures and games in the foyer. Show time is 6:30 p.m., followed by a costume contest for children. It will be fun for the whole family.
    For information call 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.

    High Twelve Club meets

  • Halloween activities

    Halloween at the
    Sheriff’s Office
    The Southwest District Office of the Marion County Sheriff’s Dept. will hold its annual Halloween carnival from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. There will be food, games, music, candy and visits by special departments of the Sheriff’s Office and Marion County Fire Rescue.
    The event is free and open to the public. Parking is to the east (to the left as you look at the office).

    Halloween at
    Our Redeemer

  • Thriller takes the stage at West Port High School

    Marion County Center for the Arts’ Omega Theatre Company will present the play Wait until Dark, Nov. 4-6 at the West Port High School Performing Arts Center, 3733 S.W. 80th Ave. in Ocala. Performances are Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. Parental discretion is strongly advised. This play contains violent content. The theatre will be completely dark for several minutes during the performance. For reservations, call -352-438-8368.

  • Attracting Orville Wright's attention

    By Jim Clark
    Editor

    When Margaret Kender was a young lady in Dayton, Ohio, she used to get off work, take a streetcar, then get off and walk past a lab where a man would be out front.
    “He would talk, but I wouldn’t stop. I thought he was flirting with me.” After a short pause, Margaret said, “Maybe he was.”
    That man in Dayton was Orville Wright, whose work in places such as that lab helped lead us to where we are in air travel today.

  • Medication Take Back Day is Saturday

    On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Ocala Police Department and in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), will participate in the National Pill Take Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a uniformed officer will be stationed at the following “no questions asked” collection sites:
    • Marion County Sheriff’s Main Operations Center, 692 N.W. 30th Ave., Ocala.
    • Marion County Sheriff’s Office Southwest District Office, 9048 S.W. State Road 200/

  • Rape suspect arrested

    A suspect in a series of rapes in Alachua and Marion counties was arrested early Thursday, Oct. 20.

    Michael Alan Frye, 37, of 7865 W. State Road 40, Lot 178, Ocala, was accused of sexual battery and kidnapping in connection with a case worked by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

    The Ocala Police Department is also investigating after two other incidents within the city.

  • Rape suspect arrested

    A suspect in a series of rapes in Alachua and Marion counties was arrested early Thursday, Oct. 20.

    Michael Alan Frye, 37, of 7865 W. State Road 40, Lot 178, Ocala, was accused of sexual battery and kidnapping in connection with a case worked by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

    The Ocala Police Department is also investigating after two other incidents within the city.