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Today's News

  • Some days are ‘normal’

    When he turns on the ignition and heads to work at 6 a.m., he never really knows what the day will bring. For John Rawls, a master deputy for the Marion County Sheriff’s Southwest District, he starts each working day with a sort of routine.

    Rawls, who has been employed at MCSO since 1998, said if he does not have to relieve a nighttime deputy he routinely does his security checks at local businesses to make sure nothing has been disturbed. This is especially important on the weekends, because some businesses are closed.

  • Ballroom dance classes start anew

    Some of us started our New Year with a birthday. There are many who start with the Jewish New Year. The majority started yesterday.

    Whenever our New Year began, we all have the same problems with setting up goals. Many of us are good at figuring out what we hope to accomplish.

    We find it difficult to stick to our goals for as long as it takes to reach them. We all start with the best of intentions but somehow get sidetracked along the way.

  • Covenant changes are mandated

    Changes in Florida State Statute 720 make it necessary to revise our Marion Landing Covenants to conform with the new rules and regulations. Our Architectural Control and Documents committees have been working long and hard to bring our covenants up to snuff and want to share their progress with you.

    So …  mark your ever lovin’ calendars for a Jan. 9 workshop to review proposed covenant changes.

  • Potluck socials have new chairperson

    Hello Readers: It seems impossible that another year has come and gone. May 2009 bring you special blessings, good health and prosperity. Let us also remember those who are in far- away places, with particular attention to those serving in the armed forces. Thank you seems so inadequate.

  • A few more hands needed for breakfast

    Many “happy holidays” and “merry Christmas” greetings were exchanged at the last breakfast. Thanks go to Nancy Stablein who donated her 50/50 winnings back to the kitchen.

    The next Cherrywood breakfast will be Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Juice, fruit cup, French toast, sausage, coffee and tea is $3 per person.

    Larry and the crew still need a few more extra helping hands so we can rotate volunteers each month. For tickets, see Geri at the office or Nancy Archer at Bingo.

    Blood Drive

  • A caroling they did go

    Just down the road apiece Preservist Rosemary Spaay submitted the following for inclusion in this week’s Preserve column.

    On Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, forty-six gaily dressed people in golf carts and autos paraded through Spruce Creek spreading Christmas cheer. Christmas carols were sung at 29 homes.

  • A new threat to America: ‘Common-ism’

    With our country mired in the worst economic situation since the depression of 1929, due to our government’s “bailout” of, first, Wall Street firms, banks and mortgage companies, they then shift the program to credit cards, college loans and auto loans, to finally the big three auto makers. We will reserve judgment on all of this at this time because we’ve discovered, thanks to Tom DeWeese, a far more sinister threat to our way of life. It’s hard to believe it’s coming out at just this time of our lives.

  • Another mission of mercy planned

    Tim and Daphne Delaney are still working with the mission in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua but hurricane survivors in Haiti have become a second concern. They have been in touch with Pastor Pierre Almonor, who is trying to care for 300 impoverished children in one of the poorest nations in the world.

    The Delaneys are planning a trip to Haiti, possibly in February, to help rebuild the mission’s school and bring as much material aid with them as they can. Donations of nonperishable food, clothing or money are welcome.

  • Beware of redheads on New Year’s

    Today is Boxing Day. Next week on this day we will already be in a new year, Jan. 2, 2009. Many will have sung Auld Lang Syne, or part of it, on New Years’ Eve.

    But there is another song, now lost, which was sung in England along with Burns’ well-known poem. If memory serves correctly,  it goes something like the following:

    I saw the old homesteads and faces I loved,

    I saw England’s valleys and dells.

    I listened with joy as I did when a boy,

    to the sound of the old village bells.

    The log was burning brightly,

  • More Martin, live on FM

    His voice is a familiar one; and after more than 15 years on a Citrus County radio station, the Gene Martin Show has moved to Dunnellon. Oak Run resident and popular radio personality Gene Martin switched stations after being laid off from his former radio job.

    A few weeks before Christmas, Martin learned the news of his departure. But after the word spread his phone started to light up with offers. However, they were all from AM radio stations and Martin wanted to be on an FM station.