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Today's News

  • A slam-bang thriller to keep awake

    Some die-hard fans of Michael Connelly have said that he frequently robs them of a full night’s sleep – particularly when they start one of his novels after 10 p.m. Surely, that must be the case for his latest, The Brass Verdict, in which he brings together two main characters from different series, a trend many mystery writers like Robert Parker are eagerly following.

  • A holiday good deed

    As they sat in the common area, 20 area residents awaited the arrival of the young boys with the big voices. With their holiday cheer and bright smiles, Cub Scout Pack 707 was coming to sing Christmas carols to the residents of the Quiet Oaks Distinctive Assisted Living facility.

    And it wasn’t hard to tell that resident Betty Journalist was enjoying the holiday festivities. She smiled throughout the program and sang along to some of the familiar carols. At the end of the show, Journalist said she loved it.

  • Hunting mistletoe for fun and ‘profit’

    Sitting here and seeing the wind move the now almost leafless trees brings back memories of past Christmas seasons and things that happened or were done to add a bit more spice to the holiday period. One such memory was our quest to gain or at best earn more liquid assets so that we might better enjoy the season’s offerings.

  • Obama cabinet looks like status quo

    In taking a look at our president-elect’s appointments you are first struck by all the familiar names, so many of them old-time President Bill Clinton cronies and recycled Washington insiders. You wonder if the president-elect’s transition committee just couldn’t find anyone who isn’t a beltway has-been.

  • Hammons celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

    Friends and neighbors want to congratulate Foy and Liz Hammons on their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married in Hope, Arkansas, on Dec. 29, 1948, and have three children; Foy III, Austin and Laura, all residing in Florida.

    Foy and Liz retired to Oak Run from Miami in 1989 and have enjoyed bowling, golf and bingo. We wish them many more years in Oak Run.

    Jewish Social Club

  • Determined burglar makes off with model trucks

    Not once, but twice in two days the alarm was activated at Rob’s Hobby World at approximately 1 a.m. On Dec. 15, a deputy arrived at the S.R. 200 business to find the front door glass smashed out, according to a sheriff’s report. The owner came to his shop but did not find anything missing.

    The following morning, Dec. 16, the hobby shop alarm in 103rd Street Plaza went off again. This time it was determined that merchandise was missing; two Traxxas brand remote control trucks valued at $389 each and a XTM remote control truck worth $219.

    Ropes taken from

  • Bring in the New Year at the Oasis

    Hello Readers: My goodness, another Christmas has come and gone. It is with hope that our readers had a wonderful time with family and friends. So many people reduced the way they celebrated due to the economy, but still had joy in their hearts to share.

  • What’s the total cost of attracting industry?

    Lockheed, the world’s largest "defense" contractor which in 2007 sold $41.8 billion worth of weapons throughout the world, needs $500,000 from Florida taxpayers to expand its capacity in Ocala to "ramp up" production of the Hellfire precision-guided missile that has been used widely in Iraq and Afghanistan to rain death and destruction not only on enemy tanks and installations but also upon thousands of helpless people who happen to get in the way.

  • Santa forced to sack reindeer

    Only a few days ago the outside decorations were finished, the tree put up with all its trimmings, and presents all wrapped. It all made me feel dead tired, so I settled in for some Christmas Eve television viewing. The news program started with, “Donner and Blitzen have elected to take the early reindeer retirement package, triggering a good deal of concern about whether they will be replaced, and about other restructuring decisions at the North Pole.”

  • Sadie adds color to the community

    Christmas is almost here and it is a joyous time of the year. Because it is a special time I wanted to feature a very special lady we have residing in Spruce Creek North. Her name is Sadie Horton and she is 96 years young. I do believe she is our community’s oldest resident.

    Sadie has had a remarkable life. She was born Sadie Adelaide Poyton on May 19, 1912 in Providence, Rhode Island. As a young girl she won a scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design.