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  • The Myths about Social Security

    By Bill Koch

    While Social Security serves as a financial safety net for more than 60 million Americans, the federally insured retirement system has suffered from a variety of rumors, misinformation and unusual tales.

    Following President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing Social Security into law on Aug. 14, 1935, the myths began circulating, many of them warranted and based on political promises.

  • The Growth of Social Security

    Part 3 in a continuing series

    By Bill Koch

    A Benjamin in 1940 would be worth nearly $350 today. That’s about what Ida M. Fuller received on Jan. 31, 1940: $22.54.

    That was her first Social Security check. In fact, Fuller was the first regular Social Security recipient under the new old-age benefit enacted into law some five years prior by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on Aug. 14, 1935.

  • The Creation of Social Security and Other “Old People” Programs

    Part 2 in a continuing series

    By Bill Koch

    The early years of the 20th century brought some interesting – but not especially hopeful – opportunities to older folks looking for some rest and relaxation in their golden years.

    Although the concept of retirement – and retirement communities – seemed strange, even unworldly, an increasing number of older workers found themselves contemplating the principle, if only out of necessity.

  • Start Celebrating Mom Now!

    By Bill Koch, editor

    She lay their screaming, uttering highly uncomfortable and very unlady-like phrases, threatening the destruction of all mankind if she survived your arrival.

    She sweated. She growled. She spat. And she wept – and not for your little darlingness.

    You were the pain. You were the problem. You were the cause of it all – you and that dang father of yours!

  • Come sail away with me

    The clock is ticking. Time is running out. The highways and the blue skies are beginning to fill with travelers making their way northward – to settled lands hundreds and thousands of miles from the Sunshine State.

    Who are these people and why do they do it?

    Most people call them “snowbirds,” but the name for many rings with sour connotations. They prefer to call themselves “seasonal residents.” It’s a more apt description of their twice-yearly sojourning to their home states.

  • Retirement: In the Beginning

    Part 1 in an ongoing series

    By Bill Koch


    Methuselah supposedly lived to 969. More than five millennia later, Jeanne Calment was just a toddler by comparison. The Frenchwoman spent only 122 years on Earth. She died in 1997. Scholars put Methuselah’s birth at 3317 BC.

  • Del Webb Stone Creek Gets $1.5 Million Upgrade

    Stone Creek

    The look is fresh and the atmosphere exciting at Del Webb Stone Creek where Del Webb has completed a $1.5 million-plus beautification of amenities at one of its largest communities.

     The modernization includes a top-to-bottom transformation of Elan Spa, Reunion Clubhouse and Stone Creek Grille at the Golf Club.

  • Returning to unusual times

    By Bill Koch

    They called him “Captain Ed.” His real name is Edwin Armbruster. He’s retired now and he lives in Oak Run. He still works part time providing piloting instructions. He and his wife, Jean, are also travel agents for cruises.

    He also writes. He recently self-published “Unusual Attitudes, A Flight Instructor’s Memoirs of the US Panama Canal Zone.” A more apt name for his book may be Unusual Altitudes.

  • AAA: March Pump Prices Highest in 5 Years

    Staff Report

    Rising demand and tightening fuel supplies led to a significant jump at the pump last week. Florida gas prices rose an average of 14 cents, before slipping a penny over the weekend. 

    Florida drivers are currently paying an average price of $2.75 per gallon for regular unleaded. Sunday's state average is 13 cents more than a week ago, nearly 30 cents more than last month, and nearly 10 cents more than this time last year. 

  • 2 Killed, 4 Injured in SR 200 Crash

    Staff Report

    Two people were killed early Monday afternoon and four, including two children, taken to hospitals with serious injuries following a crash on State Road 200 and County Road 484.

    According to a Marion County sheriff’s report, a GMC Terrain was heading east on County Road 484 while a Lexus RX350 was heading in an unspecified direction on State Road 200. The two collided in the intersection. The Lexus overturned before stopping in an upright position.