• By Bill Koch, editor

    She lay their screaming, uttering highly uncomfortable and very unlady-like phrases, threatening the destruction of all mankind if she survived your arrival.

    She sweated. She growled. She spat. And she wept – and not for your little darlingness.

    You were the pain. You were the problem. You were the cause of it all – you and that dang father of yours!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Patricia A. Woodbury RN, MSN

    If your hands tremble occasionally, it may be just a fleeting nervous situation.  But, if it happens frequently and spontaneously, and cannot be controlled, it could be a condition called essential tremor (E.T.).

    E.T is the most common movement disorder, afflicting up to 10 million people in the United States.  It is a chronic progressive condition that usually affects the hands, but can also disrupt other parts of the body including, the head, arms, vocal cords and less commonly the lower body.

  • Pat Wellington


    By Brad Parks

    Tommy Jump’s acting career is probably behind him even though he’s only 27.  Too short to play romantic leads, he’s starting to go bald so he can no longer play children or teenagers. His fiancée is pregnant and he can’t tell her how bleak their future is –at least not now.

  • Pat Wellington

    The Wedding Guest

    By Jonathan Kellerman

  • Pat Wellington

    The Wedding Guest

    By Jonathan Kellerman

  • Dr. James L. Snyder

    Even as old as I am, there are still things I fear. I do not want to make a list, I’m afraid to.

    This is not true of the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. As far as I know, she fears nothing, but many things and people fear her. I am the president of that Fear Group. She has a subtle way of expressing her fear and each day I am learning more of that subtlety.

  • By Dick Frank


    Sunday is Easter, an important day for Christians as they commemorate the resurrection of their savior, Jesus Christ, after his crucifixion on Good Friday. It’s also a fun day for children as they get baskets from the Easter bunny and go on Easter egg hunts. Our travel down Pun Alley brings us some appropriate tales.

    Fluffy no more

  • Dr. James L. Snyder

    Someone recently said to me, “You sure are naïve.” I’m not sure what the incident was about at the time, and I was a little bit hurt by that saying.

    What did he mean that I am naïve? I have been giving this some thought and at this point, I remember quite a few people labeling me as naïve. Therefore, if people are right, it must be true.

    Yet, is it really that bad?

  • During my high school career I was no thespian, however, I could act the fool when called upon. My friend was the thespian and starred in our senior high school play, “Finian’s Rainbow.” One of the musical numbers was, “When I’m not near the girl I love,

    I love the girl I’m near.”

  • By Marty Hoffman

    A strange thing happens every Winter in Florida.  No, it is not that the roads get full nor the stores crowded.  Rather a group of individuals reach back into their closets and pull out wool uniforms, dust off their muskets, and check their camping gear for the Living History season.  
    All over Florida, from Fort Clinch on the Georgia line, to Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West events are held portraying life during the period of our Nation’s history known as the Civil War.

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • African Violets were on display and on sale at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion last weekend.

  • By Patricia A. Woodbury
    One of the goals of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Ocala branch is to establish an AAUW student organization at The College of Central Florida (CF).
    The members were very pleased when they received an invitation to participate in a couple of events, on campus, the week of Sept. 12. This was the opportunity they needed to meet the students, share information about the association and get their interest in signing up for a potential student group.

  • By Patricia A. Woodbury RN MSN

  • By Rev. James Snyder
    When I was young, I always looked forward to my birthday. I could not wait until it came around and usually it was in the summer. I distinctly remember graduating from the age of nine to the double-digit number of 10, I thought I had arrived.
    When I hit the age of 16 and got my driver’s license and started driving around, of course my driving around was contingent upon my father allowing me to borrow his car. When I turned 18, however, I bought my own car.

  • The College of Central Florida has released its 2015-2016 Performing Arts Series schedule. All performances are at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
    The series kicks off Friday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dassance Fine Arts Center with the Distinguished Men of Brass playing and singing popular music with their own distinctive beat. The group’s audition on the television show “America’s Got Talent” sent the act to the Las Vegas round.

  • By Rev. James Snyder