Today's News

  • It Ain’t About You

    By Bill Koch

    Did you never notice how the favorite subject of many columnists is themselves?

    After all, what better subject for the forlorn writer than to delve into the archives of personal experience and observation and opine on the meaning – or meaningless – of life?

     What makes better fodder to fill the white spaces of news print and web sites than the lonely meanderings of introspective scribes?

  • Florida Celebrates Senior Day Today

    By Bill Koch

    More than 1,500 seniors and elder advocates are gathering in Tallahassee and thousands more in communities throughout Florida today for the 2019 Florida Senior Day.

    The annual celebration marks the contributions Florida’s seniors have made on the state and the nation and brings awareness to the concerns of elders.

    Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs and United Way of Florida are hosting the event in the state’s Capitol.

  • Sunshine Week fading light

    First Amendment Foundation


    WAYNESVILLE, Mo. — Five minutes late, Darrell Todd Maurina sweeps into a meeting room and plugs in his laptop computer. He places a Wi-Fi hotspot on the table and turns on a digital recorder. The earplug in his left ear is attached to a police scanner in his pants pocket.

    He wears a tie; Maurina insists upon professionalism.

    He is the press — in its entirety.

  • OTOW Concert Chorus in performance

    The On Top of the World Concert Chorus will be performing its spring concert on Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, 

    March 24, at 3 p.m. in the Recreation Center Ballroom. .  This chorus, of more than 35 resident members, has worked hard to provide an entertaining selection of Disney classics for their show entitled “Magical Musical Melodies.” 

  • Summer Expo scheduled

    OCALA — The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, and the Ocala Civic Theatre will host the second annual Summer Camp Expo on March 24.

    Join the museum and theatre for an afternoon of fun to learn about summer opportunities for children of all ages. 

  • Briefs

    Arnett declares school board candidacy

    Shelia Arnett has filed to run for School Board District 1 in the 2020 election.


    Candidate files to run for county commission 

    Republican Craig Curry filed to run for the office of County Commissioner, District 1, in the 2020 election.


    Dementia Workshop Set 

    for March 19

  • Police looking for boat, trailer thieves

    By Bill Koch


    Thieves have been stealing utility trailers and boats in communities along State Road 200, Marion County sheriff’s Lt. C.T. Welch said earlier this week.

    “We got (an image) of the guy on video,” Welch said. 

    Investigators believe the person in the image may be responsible for the trailer thefts. They haven’t been able to identify the person yet.

  • Forum discusses women's accomplishments

    By Delphine Herbert

  • Daylight Savings Time stole an hour of sleep

    By Bill Koch


    Blame it on Ben.  

    That would be Benjamin Franklin. 

    He first proposed the bright idea in a 1784 essay in Journal de Paris. 

    Looking back to Sunday, clocks were turned ahead an hour; that means the sleepy heads among us are still lamenting their lost hour of bedtime slumber. 

  • Club Prepares for Spring Adventures


    Travel Toppers

    By Anne Parker

    With the weather so beautiful here in On Top of the World, this is the perfect time to plan trips. We received so much positive feedback on two recent trips, one to Renninger's and the other to the Just for Laughs Dinner Theater. If you have suggestions for further trips, please let Linda Hein know at (352) 861-9880 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.