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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.