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  • Out to Pastor 10-07-2011

    I have read of people who testified to the fact that they have had an out-of-body experience. After meeting some of these people I can understand why they would want to abandon their body if only for a moment. My question is, why did they return? Whether this was a real experience or not, only their hairdresser knows for sure.
    I have made it one of the primary purposes of my life to stay in my body as long as I live. In fact, I have so developed my body so that there is ample room for my La-Z-Boy chair and me. I like to be comfortable.

  • The rest of the FEMA funding story

    Washington bureaucrats and politicians turn on their innocence and righteousness when facts get fuzzy. A recent example was the go-round between the House and Senate over additional funding for FEMA - the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
    Democrats in the Senate viewed more money for FEMA as an opportunity to affirm their righteous commitment to unlimited spending and vote gathering. They suggested an additional $7 billion for FEMA.

  • A final few words with Andy Rooney

    It seems that it’s becoming a regular occurrence to have something happen that makes me feel old. Of course, maybe that’s because I am old. But that’s another story.
    This past Sunday, 60 Minutes, the long-running series, said goodbye to one of its most identifiable personalities, as Andy Rooney signed off for the last time as a regular contributor. Of course, the world “regular” is vital here. He’ll probably be back from time to time.

  • Thanks for reading your local newspaper

    Congratulations. Even though you may not realize it, you’re helping us celebrate a big week throughout our industry. How? By reading a newspaper.
    This is National Newspaper Week, a yearly event noted by the nation’s publications as a time to remind people that the best source for local news remains a newspaper.

  • Upcoming events week of 10-7-2011

    Friday, Oct. 7

    Starting a French Club

    If you are interested in speaking or learning more French, come and join us for a new French Club. The first meeting will be Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. For information and directions, call Marie at 352-873-8626.

    Dine in the Dark

    The Florida Center for the Blind will host a “dining in the dark” event from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 that will benefit the Florida Center for the Blind, 7634 S.W. 60th Ave. Tickets are available by calling 352-873-4700

  • Marion County Sheriff's Reports for 10-07-2011

    An Ocala woman took down a robbery suspect who tried to give her money to provide him an alibi.
    The attempted robbery took place on the evening of Oct. 3 near 25th Avenue, when the victim told investigators he was walking away from an ATM and toward his car.
    The victim said a man later identified as John Ashua Meekin, 25, of Ocala, approached and asked for money. The victim said he didn’t have any money and Meekin pulled out a pistol and pointed it at the victim, who then put his car into gear and sped off.

  • Date nears for local rib sale

     Scrumptious! Delicious! Succulent! Mouth-Watering! These were some of the words that were used to describe the barbecued baby rack ribs that the Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest offered to the community last April. Before cooking, the ribs undergo a dry rub, imparting a flavor that can only be described as heavenly. Rotary President Herb Silverman says that the ingredients of the savory dry rub are a secret that’s as closely guarded as the Coca Cola recipe. You’ll need to eat the Rotary’s baby back ribs to experience the great taste.

  • Fire Rescue representative to speak to Coalition

    The State Road 200 Coalition will meet Monday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Collins Center at TimberRidge, Building 300.
    The speaker will be a representative from Marion County Fire Rescue, who is expected to speak about safety during Fire Prevention Month.
    The public is invited.

  • West Marion Business group to hold expo

    The West Marion Business Association’s Fall Business Expo will take place Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Cultural Center at On Top of the World.
    The event is free an open to the public.
    There will be a grand prize drawing of a $500 Visa gift card. Visitors must visit 20 booths to qualify for the drawing.
    There will also be more than 50 door prizes.
    Expo sponsors include the South Marion Citizen, SunTrust, Emeritus, Visiting Angels and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida.

  • Marion Landing 09-30-2011

    By Diane Bress