• The Creation of Social Security and Other “Old People” Programs

    Part 2 in a continuing series

    By Bill Koch

    The early years of the 20th century brought some interesting – but not especially hopeful – opportunities to older folks looking for some rest and relaxation in their golden years.

    Although the concept of retirement – and retirement communities – seemed strange, even unworldly, an increasing number of older workers found themselves contemplating the principle, if only out of necessity.

  • Remembrance of fallen officers

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    In Florida 10 law enforcement agents have lost their lives in the line of duty this year.

    Those men and women as well as the other 729 officers, since records were kept, were remembered during a special Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Ceremony in front of the Fallen Officers Memorial at the McPhearson Government Complex on May 12.

  • Republican announces sheriff's candidacy

    Sheriff’s Chief of Staff Dan Kuhn, a Republican, formally announced his candidacy for the sheriff’s position in Marion County. He made the announcement Saturday at a noon rally at the Downtown Square in Ocala.

    Sheriff Ed Dean has said he will not run again in 2012.

    With his family watching, Kuhn was the featured speaker, telling the crowd of approximately 200 people he was “fully invested in the future of our community.”

  • Ocala man helps in Iraq

    Long time Ocala resident Barbara Jaggers is always proud of her children but she is especially proud this week.

    Her oldest son Robert “Bob” Morrissette delivered 30 wheelchairs to Iraqi children earlier this month. Up until the delivery those children getting the wheelchairs had been carried around by family members.

    In 2005 the program was started and since then 850 pediatric wheelchairs have gone to the Iraqi children.