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Today's News

  • Many millennials unaware of Holocaust

    There’s an old quote with many variations that is one of my favorites. Here’s one of many choices: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
    In our schools, both public and private, we are great in STEM, science, technology, engineering and math. It seems that we have gotten away from some of the core learning that many of us experienced when we were in school.
    I’ve always felt that English and related subjects should be emphasized. Social media have destroyed grammar and spelling. Is anyone still teaching these?

  • Upcoming events

    Saturday, April 21

    Tennis at Golden Ocala

    Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club will host the Sixth Annual Marion Tennis Masters on Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22. It will include divisions 6.0, 7.0 and 8.0, as well as open divisions, with every participating athlete guaranteed two matches consisting of men’s, women’s or mixed doubles.

  • Out to Pastor 04-20-2018

    My favorite time of the year is summer and I don’t care what the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage says. Summer is what I live for especially here in Florida.
    As soon as fall arrives in full steam I am looking forward to summer with uncontrollable anticipation.
    One thing that attracts me to summer has to do with the weather.

  • Winn Dixie to close

    Two Ocala stores are among the Winn Dixie stores slated to be closed, accoring to a list provided by the parent company.
    The local stores include one near Quail Meadow at 4417 NW Blitchton Road, Ocala, and another near On Top of the World at 8445 SW Highway 200 #131, Ocala.
    No date for the closings was announced.
    Previous store closings annoounced include Toys-R-Us on SW College Road, just west of 27th Avenue, and Kmart on East Silver Springs Blvd. just east of NE 36th Avenue.

  • Debating the gun issue

    By Delphine Herbert
    Stating that “we see the future and it is now” West Port student activists Maurice Gilbert and Afreka Ebanks are among the many Ocalans joining Parkland survivors and young people everywhere in militating for increased safety in all our public institutions through more stringent restrictions on the purchase and control of widely available weapons of war and more mental health counseling and treatment.

  • State's time change law may not be workable

    There are two weekends that I despise every year. Many others talk about changing them, but one is here again. Can you guess what they are?
    Here’s a hint: Turn your clocks ahead this weekend.
    I have railed against the time change for years. I want it one way, I don’t care which, just be consistent.
    The state Legislature has taken up the cause, and this year considered different proposals. However, I was not in favor of any of them.

  • Let's put God back in our schools

    It’s a little tough to write anything that hasn’t been said after Valentine’s Day’s terrible shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, in which 14 students and three faculty members were killed. But I’m going to give it a try.

    Fifty-five years ago, the Supreme Court, under liberal Earl Warren, ruled against prayer in the public schools. Since then public school educators are almost paranoid about teaching any type of morality in the schools, lest some misguided parent go after them if they do.

  • Murder-suicide in the Forest
  • Message on school safety

    Hello, Marion County, I'm your Sheriff, Billy Woods.

    I want to take a moment to talk to our citizens… and our parents… about the horrible tragedy that occurred at a Broward County High School in South Florida yesterday. I want to tell you what we do here in Marion County to protect our children and to give you a sense of comfort during these worrisome times.

  • School Board disenfranchising some voters

    The Marion County School Board has decided to put the renewal of a local tax on the primary ballot in August.
    So if you’re a snowbird who will leave to go up north this summer, and you’re registered to vote here, make sure you get information about absentee ballots before you leave.
    The issue will be decided before you come back.