Today's News

  • In the Garden



  • Bingo is a good call for fun

    Welcome 2009. Let’s hope this year is a happy, healthy and prosperous one for all.

    Spruce Creek North’s dinner dance was a big success. Our hats are off to Norm and Marge Simard, and Cindy Hutchins and her Social Committee plus an ambitious group of volunteers helping with the cooking, serving, and many other jobs. Everyone seemed to enjoy a gala evening.

    Too early to report on the New Years’ Eve party and dance. There is a Valentines’ Day Dance planned for Feb. 21. More information as it comes in.

    Bingo Bunch

  • And now for the rest of the story

    If we made any resolutions last year we don’t remember them. Aging has its prerogatives – a convenient memory being one of them.

    What should we do first this year? Grandma said in the old country it was against the law to read yesterday’s newspapers. So first thing we’ve got to do is sort through our clipping files and send old news to the recycler.

  • Come on, folks,

    buy American

    Now that two of the three American automobile corporations have been given some billions of our faithful taxpayers’ dollars, isn’t it about time we instituted a buy American campaign for American made automobiles? The bailout will do nothing for our auto industries unless we, the people, start buying their products.

    Thinking back, the good old days were when we had loyal Americans buying American products. Now we have every country in the world copying our cars and our people buying them.

  • Will real estate come out of the doldrums?

    Millions of homeowners and commercial property owners are asking when will real estate make its comeback? The evidence points to another disappointing year in 2009. Speculative real estate investing purchases and lax lending standards by many banks and mortgage companies led to a runaway real estate market that came crashing down when buyers were unable to afford their mortgages.

  • A fresh crop of yuks for the New Year

    Yesterday, on New Year’s Day, many probably got up to a spouse saying, “Wake up and smell the roses; the Rose Bowl parade is on.” After a night of celebrating the coming of 2009, perhaps with Four Roses, viewing a parade with its profusion of all kinds of flowers could be the best way to recover from a hangover.

    Today we’ll parade a few puns down the Alley – and see if any of them float your boat.

    Blooming Idiot

  • Blood drive in Candler and Indigo

    We choose our lives through awareness and change our lives by becoming aware of what isn’t working for us. Bad habits are the ones that die the hardest. We can change our lives by becoming more aware of how they are triggered.

    Each day for a week we can focus on just one. Each week we can decide to deal with another. Through awareness of how we react at those times, we can change our pattern of reacting.

  • Attempted robbery at Murphy store

    When an employee at the Murphy gas station near the Wal-Mart Supercenter walked out of the store to use the restroom the afternoon of Dec. 20, a man came up behind her, wrapped one arm around her body and the other around her mouth, hard enough to break a couple of her front teeth, according to a sheriff’s report. The robber then pulled out what appeared to be a Taser gun and guided her to the cash register inside the store.

  • Jump on the 'big red bus' this week

    Our next blood drive will be Wednesday, Jan. 7, from noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone who donated at Oak Run in November will be eligible on either date.

    In total we collected only 76 pints of life-saving blood in November. That’s about half of what we collected just a couple of years ago. Surely more Oak Runners are eligible and could find the time to help save up to three lives with one donation.

    Ambassadors’ Ball

  • ‘I didn’t really say everything I said’

    “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” baseball legend Yogi Berra is credited with saying. This summary of several financial reports is for informational purposes only. It is based on excerpts from broadcasts and speculation from some top banking officials: It has not been documented by or commented on by the treasury or the government.