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Today's News

  • 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.

  • A Christmas trophy worth the trouble

    Every family has those traditions and days that help define their family. I personally know some families (although I shall not divulge any names unless there is enough cash offered) that are adequately defined by April 1.

    Christmas Eve clearly defines me. It means many things to me. For one, it means shopping. Yes, it is true, I do all my Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve. It cuts down on the stress. Some people spend weeks shopping and their life is full of stress.

    Personally, I focus all that stress of shopping into one 24-hour period.

  • Can Obama clean up

    the conservative mess?

    It took President Clinton eight years to clean up the Reagan-Bush mess that he inherited. He left office leaving the new Bush with a fantastic surplus. So what happens?

    These “new” business-oriented conservative Republicans came in and practically destroyed our country. They lied us into a no-win, no way out war.

  • ‘Tis the season, no matter your reason

    This following week is a very big one for all kinds of celebrations. It is evidence of the diversity of human beliefs.

    On Dec. 21 winter begins. It’s the year’s shortest day and longest night. It’s called the Winter Solstice.

    Hanukkah this year starts Dec. 22. It’s also called the Festival of Lights. This eight-day Jewish holiday marks the rededication of the Second Temple.

    Christmas on Dec. 25 commemorates the birth of Jesus. There is much gift-giving, food, and time with family and friends.

  • Giving is a Preserve tradition

    Many thanks to Preservist Ethel Kleiner for submitting the following information for inclusion in the South Marion Citizen column.

    Each year the Nor’easters club here in Spruce Creek Preserve raffles Baskets of Cheer. The proceeds go to gift cards for needy families. This year’s basket winners are Larry Kirk, Doris Drouin and Margaret McKeivier.

    This tradition has been going on now for about five or six years. It started with the help of an employee here at SCP and a person she found to help us locate suitable families.

  • Net unrealized appreciation: The untold story

    If you participate in a 401(k), ESOP, or other qualified retirement plan that lets you invest in your employer’s stock, you need to know about net unrealized appreciation – a simple tax deferral opportunity with an unfortunately complicated name. When you receive a distribution from your employer’s retirement plan, the distribution is generally taxable to you at ordinary income tax rates.

  • Irene Marie Radke,

    56, of Oak Run

    Irene Marie Radke, 56, of Oak Run, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at her residence. She was born in Syracuse, N.Y. and lived in Ocala since August 2008.

    Mrs. Radke was a hotel clerk. She was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church. She enjoyed exercising and walking on the beach.