Today's News

  • 'Santa' watches the gate at Pine Run

    Santa Claus doesn’t just deliver toys faster than the speed of light on Christmas evening ---  he also works the security gate at Pine Run.

    Or at least he was last Wednesday, on the 3 to 11 p.m. shift, just days before he was scheduled to make his yearly whirlwind tour of the world.

    On the other nights he works the gate he is known as Dave Sanders, a resident of Pine Run.

    Those coming through the gate during his shift were greeted with a cheery wave and perhaps a treat of homemade cookies.

  • Relay for Life being planned

    The holiday season is on the mind for most people, but for those with Marion County American Cancer Society, both staff and the 400 volunteers, there’s much more to think about.

    There’s the gift closet with wigs, turbans, hats, bras, scarves and prostheses to keep stocked. Those items go to cancer patients in need of such items to help improve the quality of their life. Those items are free to patients.

  • Kingdom of the Sun scores

    Thursday's Scores

    Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer 53, Cincinnati LaSalle 50 (championship)

    Fort Lauderdale University 55, Sparr North Marion 51 (3rd place)

    Leesburg 43, Gainesville P.K. Yonge 42 (5th place0

    Tampa Berkeley Prep 58, Orlando Evans 50 (7th place)


    Wednesday's Scores

    Tampa Berkeley Prep 55, Ocala Vanguard 29

    Orlando Evans 47, Tampa Wharton 41
    Leesburg 53, St. Pete Lakewood 47

  • Voluntary burn ban enacted

    The Marion County Multi-Agency Wildland Task Force decided to implement a voluntary burn ban for Marion County, effective immediately. The average drought index, based on a scale from 0 to 800, is 622 in Marion County. Any number above 500 is considered the wildfire danger zone. The drought index coupled with the recent hard freezes, dry weather, low humidity and gusting wind prompted the task force to take action.


  • Spruce Creek North 12-24-2010

    Christmas time has arrived and all the excitement and anticipation is over. Houses across the U.S. are a shamble with wrapping paper, toys, too much food , too much eating, a houseful of company, and we will do it all over again next year and love it!
                   Feature of this week

  • Palm Cay 12-24-2010

           We are a group of retired women of various ages, and we all love to play golf. Our abilities are also varied so we have four flights that are determined by our handicaps. We play every Thursday morning at Stone Creek. Our tee time is 9:45.

    Some of us stay after golf and have lunch. (We also love to eat.) The grill has a great “Golfer’s Special Lunch”.

    Our group has members from Pal Cay, Oak Run, Spruce Creek Preserve, Pine Run, Marion Landing, Spruce Creek North, and Top of the World.

  • Oak Run news 12-24-2010

    George Casey and Trey Dees Show


  • OTOW Happenings 12-24-2010

    Eloise Hollyfield


                Good deeds, travel event reminders, and a celebration gathering highlight this week’s On Top of the World news.


    American/Jewish Club


  • Pun Alley 12-24-2010

    Tonight is Christmas Eve. By now your shopping should be over and parents and grandparents worn to a frazzle. While kids anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus, take a break, relax and wander down Pun Alley for some punny stories.

    A kid’s vision

    A youngster drew a Christmas scene that showed Santa, sleigh and reindeer. There were the regular eight and Rudolph plus a strange looking tenth animal. The addition looked like a cross between a reindeer and a cow with a green nose. The youngster explained that it was Olive, the udder reindeer.

  • Marion Landing 12-24-2010

    Charlie Mock’s introduction of our recognized volunteer for December began, “Our volunteer this month is not an early morning person…” who really is…and wasn’t in the audience. But Charlie bravely completed his award presentation speech just the same.