Today's News

  • Visiting Don Garlits'

    To continue our Marion County museum series, suppose I told you Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is different from any other car museum. Suppose I said it is because Don’s museum doesn’t have any cars.

    He displays dragsters. And a dragster certainly isn’t a car, being mostly a monstrous engine bolted onto rails under a next-to-nothing body and having dinky bicycle wheels up front plus huge slick tires in back.

  • Driver arrested after crash

    On May 31, a sheriff’s deputy went to a single-vehicle accident on S.W. 38th Street and S.W. 51 Terrace. When he arrived, he saw a 2004 Ford on the shoulder of the road, parked at a 90-degree angle with the engine still running, according to a sheriff’s report.

    The driver, Manuel Eugene Turner, 55, of Ocala, was still behind the wheel, he smelled of alcohol and had “glossy” eyes, the arrest report said. The deputy had to help the man out and assist him in walking to a level part of the road.

  • Humane Society Trip

    “Shelter medicine with a heart.” That’s how Bruce Fishalow, executive director of the Humane Society of Marion County, described his philosophy to 14 SPCA members who recently took a field trip to the beautiful animal shelter in northwest Ocala.

    Since Bruce took over leadership in 2007, he and his 20 employees and numerous volunteers have turned this once shabby, sanctuary-like shelter into a viable, solvent organization that has seen adoptions soar to over 1,500 a year.

  • Sotomayor is the pick, but is she the right selection?

    Some readers might think that it’s too early to be trying to expose the type of person that 54-year-old Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the President’s Supreme Court nominee would make if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She is Hispanic which covers a lot of Spanish speaking groups, including both those from Mexico and Puerto Rico. This lady was one of six contenders for the Court seat. The President picked the most liberal, so this is just the first preliminary report.

  • Baby Boomers benefit dance features Dedbeatz

    The Oak Run Baby Boomers are sponsoring a dance to benefit a local food bank. Admission is (at least) one can of food. Come to the Palm Grove Club on Saturday, June 20, from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be live old time rock and country music by "The Dedbeatz." BYOB and munchies.

    Showcase of the Stars

    The Showcase’s June evening of musical entertainment will be on Saturday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at the Palm Grove Club. Come hear talented fellow Oak Runners perform for your pleasure. As always, there is no admission charge.

    Fourth of July Celebration

  • Park contest entries keep rolling in

    More than a week into the contest to name the newest county park on S.R 200, about 145 entries have already been submitted.

    In fact, Marion County Parks and Recreation Department received so many responses in such a short period of time that the e-mail system locked up, said Cynthia Fifelski, administrative assistant for the parks department. The system, which was set up to receive 100 suggestions, was down for about four to five hours on Monday. To ensure it does not happen again, the e-mail has been changed to receive more entries.

  • Every child is a winner Every child is a winner in church youth sports

    This is the theme at the second youth sports activity this year sponsored by Joy Lutheran Church.

    Since the public schools have had to cut back on sports activities, programs like this are important in the community. There are few Upward Christian sports programs in the area and the one at Joy Lutheran Church is the only one in southwest Ocala.

  • Letters to the editor: June 19, 2009

    Bigotry, hatred and racism

    still with us

  • It’s time to celebrate Flag Day again

    Sunday, June 14, is Flag Day. Though it is not a standout in the hierarchy of American holidays, Flag Day has a history, traditions and still attracts a share of support.

    Unfortunately for Flag Day, it splits the hectic days of early summer between Memorial Day and 4th of July. It is overshadowed by graduations and runs up on Father’s Day.

    In these busy times, Flag Day can easily pass unnoticed. And falling on a Sunday (this year) doesn’t help.

  • Letters to the Editor - June 12, 2009

    When working for a

    company meant something

    Does anyone besides me remember when you worked faithfully with a company for 30 or 40 years and they took care of you for life?

    They appreciated your loyalty to the point where every employee received a decent wage, good working conditions, paid vacations, health benefits and a retirement system that followed you and your spouse to the grave.