Today's News

  • Bring some bright ideas to Island Club meeting

    At this month’s meeting of the Canine Club on Thursday, May 28, at 7 p.m. at the Island Club, members will be encouraged to suggest an activity for the June meeting, perhaps an outing or a picnic or something new to be enjoyed at the Island Club. Be ready with lots of bright ideas. Following this short business meeting, we will welcome Mrs. Terry Stootoff, wife of Dr. Stootoff, as our speaker. Dr. Stoothoff is unable to attend due to a prior commitment and Terry has graciously offered to fill in for him.

  • Police Report - May 21, 2009

    Man reportedly batters

    a woman on S.R. 200

    On May 13, a witness called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a battery on S.R. 200. The man reported the driver and passenger appeared to be fighting over an object. The witness reported that he saw the man put the woman in a headlock and slapped her head several times, according to a sheriff’s report.

  • Stang Op-Ed cartoon - May 21, 2009

    Excuse me!                            

  • Successful fashion show draws about 30 people

    We had about 30 people at the last luncheon for the year.  Our fashion show was a big success.  We would like to thank Peggy Bradshaw and Debbie of  Second Chance Consignment, and Denise of Designing Woman. I'd also like to thank our six models – Phyllis, Sue, Cindy, Mary Alice, and Maria. The food was great as usual. I would also like to thank the team that helped me out this year: Norma Briggs, Phyllis Yagnesak, and Carol Henn.

  • Sometimes, retirees need to enhance free time

    Retirees often find there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done or the time to enjoy their hobbies and social life. Or are there? Too many people have what can aptly be called a “Loser Zone” where too much time is spent.

    This happens when something that produces no significant improvement in your life takes up way too much of your time. For many, it’s watching too much TV. It could also be aimlessly chatting on the phone or surfing the Internet. For me, it’s playing too many games of computer solitaire.

  • Our prisons are full, but the stupidity continues

    For reasons they would prefer not to discuss, politicians and bureaucrats become addicted to failed ideas. The so-called “war on drugs” is an example of political obsession – clinging to a bad idea, no matter how long it fails.

    We do not mean to denigrate the efforts and sacrifices of those who have served valiantly in the trenches. They are fighting a problem that continues to get worse and has no conceivable end. 

  • Requests for personal information causes concern

    Recently, I have received and have been told about various messages on cell phones in the form of a text message supposedly from Alarion Bank and an e-mail request supposedly from Community Bank and Trust asking people to verify their personal information.

  • Mimouna: A unique holiday celebrated by Moroccan Jews

    Every year, at the conclusion of the Passover holiday, Moroccan Jews celebrate a unique holiday called Mimouna. The festival has interesting origins and customs which give it a quality all its own.

  • Meditation: A good way to help reduce stress

    May is National Meditation Month. Meditation is a good way to reduce the stress in life. There are many different meditation techniques, so it’s not difficult to find what works best for each person.

    It is an excellent way to find peace, gentleness and joy within and to offer it back to the world. Meditation can make it possible to be more aware of each moment, to be more focused, and to appreciate what is around you.

  • Blind center becoming more visible

    It is free for the visually impaired.

    The Florida Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers its students skills to help them in their daily lives. The provide instruction in cooking, independent living and offer mobility classes. So, with a variety of services offered at the center, why aren’t more people taking advantage of it?

    It might be because they are not aware of it.