• Who Are You?

    By Bill Koch

    We’ve never met. Well, we’ve probably never met. I only know a handful of people in the communities our two newspapers serve in Marion County.

    We reach a lot of eyeballs: 40,000-60,000. (That’s assuming most of our readers have two eyes.) Many, many minds are currently pondering the deeper meaning of the content – and the ads – we regularly deliver to our readers.

  • The Importance of Reading

    By Florence Pritchard

    Freedom Public Library

    Recently, I attended a meeting of the Belleview Friends in their historic library building. Someone said the states’ prison agencies use third-grade reading scores to plan for the number of prison beds that will be needed in upcoming years. The lower the scores, the more beds they plan for.

  • Upcoming Church events 12-20-2017

    Christ’s Church of Marion County
    Join us for Christmas Eve Services at Christ’s Church of Marion County on Sunday, Dec. 24. We will begin the morning with Sunday School classes all ages at 9:30 a.m. followed by our Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. During the 10:30 service, our Worship Choir will present special music and Pastor David Bellows will deliver a message titled “Wrapped in Green.”

  • Upcoming local events

    Thursday, May 18

    Dementia 101 at Freedom Library

    On May 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. a Caregivers Workshop at Freedom Public Library, 5870 SW 95th St.,Ocala, a new series starts with the lead off session titled "Dementia 101- What Is It and How Do I deal With It."

    As always there is no fee, excellent materials provided, and workshop participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and connect with others dealing with similar challenges.

  • Happenings 04-05-2017

    Friday, April 7

    Ocala West car show

    Ocala West UMC Men’s Fellowship Car Show and Chicken barbecue will be held in church parking lot next to the pavilion Friday, April 7 from 5-7 p.m. Chicken will be available for sale until the supplies run out.

    The Men’s Fellowship will be serving chicken barbecue to eat in or take out prices: $7 for 1/2 chicken dinner with baked beans, coleslaw, and roll, $5 for ½ chicken or 1/4 chicken dinner. Boy Scout Troop 707 sponsored by OWUMC will be selling hot dogs with chips and a drink for $4.

  • Upcoming Events as of 02-15-2017

    Saturday, Feb. 18

    Pancake breakfast

    The Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest invites you to the Applebee's restaurant at 2615 SW 19th Ave. from 8 to 10 a.m. for our Flapjack Fundraiser. Proceeds go to the Cheryl Deamer-Boykin Nursing Scholarship at the College of Central Florida. $7 per person. Call (352) 509-4942 for your ticket.

    University women will meet

  • Happenings 12-28-2016

    Friday, Jan. 6

    First Friday Art Walk returns

    The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, Jan. 6 and will include the following special performances and activities:  
    • 6 to 9 p.m. – Live music by Adam Rountree
    • 6:30 p.m. – Live performance by West Port High School’s Marion County Center for the Arts (MCCA) Dance Program
    • 7:30 p.m. – Live performance by Xtraordinary Rising Talent Dance Crew

  • Upcoming events as of 10-12-2016

    Friday, Oct. 14

    Candidates at Friday Forum

    All candidates for state, federal and local office are invited to participate in the Oct. 14 Friday Forum at the Golden Corral, 2111 SW State Road 200 in Ocala.
    Attendees are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m in order to select and pay for their meals before the program begins at noon.
    Moderator will be Henry DeGeneste, former Superintendent of Police and Director of Public Safety for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

  • Happenings week of 09-21-2016

    Thursday, Sept. 22

    Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support

    Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group will meet on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon at Summerfield Suites Assisted Living Facility, 17421 SE 109th Terrace Road, Summerfield. Onsite respite care available. Call 352-873-7400, ext. 1201 to RSVP.

    Friends 3-Day book sale

  • Upcoming church events week of 09-21-16

    Christ’s Church of Marion County
    Friday, Sept.  23: Soup Kitchen, 11:30 a.m.
    Sunday,  Sept.  25: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m., Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.
    Monday, Sept.  26: Small Group, 10 a.m.
    Monday, Sept.  26: DOERS Men’s Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, Sept.  27: Women’s Crafts and Fellowship, 9 a.m.
    Wednesday, Sept. 28: Singles Small Group, l:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, Sept. 28: Small Groups.
    Thursday, Sept. 29: Praise and Prayer Group, 9 a.m.