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Today's News

  • How good are things we amended?

    Everybody is analyzing last week's election results, and a lot of those people are much more familiar with the candidates, especially on the national level, than I am.

    But the one bit of the election that I did an awful lot of research on ahead of time was the choice of amendments on the Florida ballot.

  • Legislative delegation to meet

    Those concerned about proposed legislation at the state level or want to remind legislators about the importance of funding a cause close to their heart will have the opportunity Nov. 30.

    The 2010 Marion County Legislative Delegation Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1 to 6 p.m. for the purpose of taking public testimony on issues facing the State of Florida and the consideration of local bills.

    The meeting is at The Klein Conference Room in the Ewers Century Center, the College of Central Florida, 3001 S.W. College Road.

  • Upcoming events

    Friday, Nov. 5

    Yard sale at Friendship Baptist

    A “gigantic yard sale” will take place at Friendship Baptist Church, 9510 S.W. 105th St., Ocala, on Friday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    This includes a food and bake sale, household items, clothes, yard equipment, exercise equipment, hand painted pictures, shop vacs, toys, antique furniture, and much more.

    There are tables for rent at $10 per day. For details, call Larry at 352-812-3749.

    Woods and Meadows garage sale

  • Zalak, Bryant win county posts

    Marion County is now totally Republican on its County Commission.

    The lone Democrat, current chair Barbara Fitos, was soundly defeated by Carl Zalak, who received 48.86 percent of the vote to Fitos’ 34.97 percent on Tuesday. The two others in the race were Owen Hayden at 10.50 percent and Wayne King at 5.66 percent.

  • Palm Cay news

    Palm Cay artists are some of the local artists who have been busy painting for the “Seats to Saddles” fundraiser benefiting the Stirrups ‘n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center. “Seats to Saddles” is a silent auction in which local artists donate painted items to be auctioned on Nov. 6 at the Paddock Mall. The items have been on display for silent auction starting on Nov. 1 until the 6th at the Belk entrance. The silent auction ends at 3 p.m. on Nov. 6.

  • OTOW happenings

    This is my last article. Hopefully, someone will be taking over temporarily until late December or January. If there’s someone who would like to take this over permanently, that would be great also. There are so many people living here that there must be a few people who would like to try their hand writing this column. A writer’s background is not needed – just someone who likes to write.

  • Fire damages building at college

    Firefighters battled a blaze at the Aquatic Center at the College of Central Florida Tuesday night.

    The building was damaged by the flames and smoke.

    Public safety officers at the school notified the fire department at 9:03 p.m. and firefighters responded one minute later, finding approximately 30 percent of the building involved in fire. Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control, although much of the building was damaged by smoke.

  • My proposed new rules for elections

    The most prevalent word on my caller ID at home during the past few weeks was “unknown,” as political calls of every ilk invaded my privacy and left me with recordings that made no sense, especially when you only listen to the first six words or so.

    Amid all the other silliness that ended Tuesday with the elections, that’s just one of the most annoying things about politics in this state and nation.

  • Stop saving daylight, start saving lives

    This Sunday, the twice-a-year chore that befalls most Americans has to be done.

    The clocks have to be changed.

    By now everyone around here knows it’s “spring forward, fall back.” That means that at 2 a.m. on Sunday (you have permission to do it Saturday night) you turn your clocks back an hour.

    It also means you get an hour’s extra sleep that night, reclaiming the hour you lost last spring.

  • Oak Run news

    Many of us here in Oak Run are truly fortunate, in reasonably good health, enough money to live on, etc. Why not express thanks for your situation by helping other Oak Runners who need just a little help? Viola Connelly is putting out a plea for help with the Reach Out volunteers. If Reach Out doesn't get some new volunteers soon, they are going to have to disband. There is a particularly big need for the home repair services. If you live alone and aren't in great shape, even changing a light bulb in a ceiling fixture or lamp post could be a big problem.