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Today's News

  • 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.

  • See you at the Christmas parade, tonight

    Hello Readers: I’ve been going over the dates and checking them twice. I hope the chosen new date for our Christmas parade is not naughty but nice.

    Friday evening, Dec. 19, we are lining up at the Oasis at 5:45. Everyone bundle up and look like Santa ...

    Thanks again for your interest and involvement to help make Palm Cay the “greatest” place to live in Florida ... and merry Christmas.

    Submitted by Harry Chambers.

    Pancake Breakfast

  • Do corporations have an afterlife?

    Have you talked directly to your bank corporation lately? How about your insurance corporation, your telephone corporation, your investment corporation or your credit card corporation?

    “Silly,” you say? You are right. Corporations have no ears, no tongue, and no bodily functions. They do have relatives and offspring, however. They’re called holding companies and subsidiary corporations.

  • Ocala woman

    arrested at Bealls

    On Dec.1, a loss prevention employee for the Beall’s Outlet spotted a shopper selecting two toys and then putting them into a bag, according to a sheriff’s report. The woman then passed all points of sale without stopping and was apprehended outside the store.

    Anita C. Lesner, 49, of Ocala, was arrested and charged with petty retail theft. She was given a notice to appear in court.

    The toys were valued at $58.95.

    Suspect takes

    off with vodka

  • Heroes keep light of hope burning

    They were a ragtag group of Jewish farmers led by an aged priest and religious leader. They had no training in warfare and their religion promoted peace.

    In the beginning of their struggle they refused to fight on the Sabbath, incurring many casualties as a result. They dared to take on the mightiest army of their day and for three years waged guerilla warfare against their foes, culminating in victory.