Today's News

  • Legislative delegation meets

    “Be careful what you wish for.” That was the comment from State Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, early in Tuesday’s legislative delegation meeting at the College of Central Florida.
    A finishing comment by Ocala Mayor Randy Ewers, who is not up for re-election on Oct. 18, started the discussion of redistricting of the Legislature, and that led to Hays’ short response.
    Ewers said he supported “compact redistricting,” where Marion County would not be carved among so many legislators. Nine were on the dais Tuesday.

  • Marion Landing 09-16-2011

  • Pun Alley 09-16-2011

    Fall is coming. Actually a lot of falls have just started and more are coming. Football season has started with college, high school, and exhibition professional games already being played for several weeks.
    Follow the ball as it gets passed down Pun Alley’s own football field. We make it through the goal posts and sometimes the pun police throw the flag.

    Backfield in motion

  • Judi's Journal 09-16-2011

    It is 5772 (well, almost!) and in a few days, Jews all over the world will be ushering in a New Year. This year, the holidays come later (last year Rosh Hashanah was two days after Labor Day) and the first day of the New Year is actually in the seventh month of the year! How can this be? And how can this be 5772 when most calendars record the year as 2011? The answers to these questions lie in the calculation of the Jewish calendar and its fascinating history.

  • Out to Pastor 09-16-2011

    As I was listening to the president give his speech on the country’s economy last week I was simultaneously trying to balance my checkbook. Math was never my strong suit. In fact, when it comes to math, I do not wear a suit at all. I would wear my birthday suit but it is too wrinkled and believe me, spandex is stretching it too much.
    Oddly enough, my checkbook balance is never the same as the balance on the statement from the bank. My bank’s haughty assumption is that they are right and I am wrong.

  • OTOW Happenings 09-16-2011

    By Eloise Hollyfield

    Entertainment and services dominate this week’s OTOW Happenings.

    Big Red Bus
    It’s time for the Florida Blood Center’s bloodmobile to come to our community again. On Oct. 3, the Big Red Bus will be in the Health and Recreation parking lot from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Oak Run news 09-16-2011

    Now is the time to get your flu shot. You’ll have the opportunity right here in Oak Run on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Palm Grove.
    Medicare covers the cost of the inoculations. Private pay is $30 for a flu shot, and if needed, $65 for a pneumonia shot.
    Other insurance carriers may also cover the costs; please check with your provider. Maxim Health is administering the shots and the event is coordinated by the Oak Run Medical Team.
    All Oak Run residents, their guests and DECCA employees are welcome to come to the clinic.

  • Is there a double dip in our future?

    To recapture the White House in 2012, Republicans will have to defeat the most clever U.S. politician since Bill Clinton, who managed to get re-elected in 1996 despite scandals, investigations, and persistent political sniping. Like movies, political campaigns attract fans with hoopla and charisma.
    Last week, in his seventh call for an attack on unemployment since entering the White House in 2008, President Obama made an invigorating re-election campaign speech about jobs and economic recovery to a national audience.

  • Baseball strikes out

    One of the most moving ceremonies this past weekend remembering the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was the pregame event at Citi Field in New York before the Major League Baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. ESPN did a great job covering all aspects of the remembrance.
    A group called Tuesday’s Children, made up of youngsters who lost a parent on 9/11, took part, with each player taking the hand of a child as they came out on the field, and other children displaying a huge American flag in the outfield.

  • And the band played on ... we hope

    When I was a young sportswriter, I used to cover high school football games, and barely noticed the band. They were just something to listen to during halftime while I added up my first-half statistics.
    Then something funny happened. I became a band parent … for 12 straight years.
    No, it wasn’t one child who had trouble getting out of high school. I had three sons, four years apart, who were all band members, so when one graduated, there was another to take his place.