https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Mama, let your babies grow up to be OP Pickers https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/mama-let-your-babies-grow-be-op-pickers <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_9900.jpg" alt="OP Pickers are Dennis Noble and Bill Demarest, seated, and standing are Howard Stanfill, Gary Shepard, Fred Burgess, Dan Cole, Rick Marr and Hank Davis. " title="OP Pickers are Dennis Noble and Bill Demarest, seated, and standing are Howard Stanfill, Gary Shepard, Fred Burgess, Dan Cole, Rick Marr and Hank Davis. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By Barbara Dedics</p> <p> OP Correspondent</p> <p> &ldquo;Mama, Don&rsquo;t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys&rdquo; or in the case of Ocala Palms, &ldquo;Mama, Please Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be An OP Picker!&rdquo; Every couple of weeks in the OP Clubhouse, residents and friends are entertained by as many as eight men bringing their talents for a free night of pickin&rsquo;, grinnin&rsquo; and singin&rsquo;!</p> Thanksgiving's over and everyone's stuffed https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/thanksgivings-over-and-everyones-stuffed <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_quail_meadow_3132.jpg" alt="Aileen Trautman admires a gift she won in the auction. " title="Aileen Trautman admires a gift she won in the auction. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By Carolyn Flowers</p> <p> Quail Meadow Correspondent</p> <p> Thanksgiving is over, and everyone is stuffed! Many families in our community had family and friends with them for the holiday.</p> <p> The Holiday Dinner and Auction were very successful. Everyone was talking about how delicious the turkey dinner was &ndash; thank you chef Charles!</p> Florida Ladies Mid-State Golf Tournament: https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/florida-ladies-mid-state-golf-tournament <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_op_group_2018.jpg" alt="A group of 85 women participated Oct. 23 in the final Florida Ladies Mid-State Golf Tournament. Only Ocala Palms, SummerGlen and The Woods remained in the club." title="A group of 85 women participated Oct. 23 in the final Florida Ladies Mid-State Golf Tournament. Only Ocala Palms, SummerGlen and The Woods remained in the club." align="left" hspace="6" width="170" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Sadly, after 53 years, the Florida Ladies Mid-State Golfers made a decision to retire the club.</p> <p> It was first organized in 1965 with the following five golf clubs as participants: Gainesville Country Club, Golden Hills, Inverness, Paradise (Crystal River) later known as the Plantation and Silver Lake Golf Club.</p> <p> As years went by, five more clubs joined in: Brooksville, Mission Inn, Pine Meadows, Rainbow Springs and Seven Rivers.&nbsp;</p> <p> In addition, the past 18 years, several more clubs joined in the Mid-State Tournaments.</p> Ocala Palms turns 25 amid fanfare https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/ocala-palms-turns-25-amid-fanfare <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_wmm_op_jackie_cason.jpg" alt="There was a county fair atmosphere at Ocala Palms Saturday, Oct. 13, for the community&#039;s 25th anniversary. The “midway” setting was complete with large tents, live music, hot dogs, pizza, chicken and ice cream booths." title="There was a county fair atmosphere at Ocala Palms Saturday, Oct. 13, for the community&#039;s 25th anniversary. The “midway” setting was complete with large tents, live music, hot dogs, pizza, chicken and ice cream booths." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> By Barb Dedics</p> <p> OP Correspondent</p> <p> With the exception of a Ferris wheel, carousel, candy apples and cotton candy, you would think there was a county fair going on at Ocala Palms Saturday, Oct. 13. There indeed was the &ldquo;midway&rdquo; atmosphere with large tents, live music, hot dogs, pizza, chicken and ice cream booths. Needless to say, this was the huge 25th Birthday celebration of the establishment of OP.</p> Kosumo Morishita is the new music director for the Marion Chamber Music Society https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/kosumo-morishita-new-music-director-marion-chamber-music-society <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_kosumo_.jpg" alt=" Dr. Kosumo Morishita is beginning her first season as music director of the Marion Chamber Music Society, which opens its 37th season Sunday, Oct. 7, with a new professional group with a “local” connection, Ensemble D’Amore, put together by Ocala’s own, Charles McGee, oboist. " title=" Dr. Kosumo Morishita is beginning her first season as music director of the Marion Chamber Music Society, which opens its 37th season Sunday, Oct. 7, with a new professional group with a “local” connection, Ensemble D’Amore, put together by Ocala’s own, Charles McGee, oboist. " align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> Blessing of the Animals https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/blessing-animals <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc07881.jpg" alt="Carol Bellavia, The Villages, and Zipper, who came to Bellavia from racing via Greyhound Adoptions of Florida. Zipper had broken his right hind led on the first turn coming out of the gate. Zipper had broken his right hind led on the first turn coming out of the gate." title="Carol Bellavia, The Villages, and Zipper, who came to Bellavia from racing via Greyhound Adoptions of Florida. Zipper had broken his right hind led on the first turn coming out of the gate. Zipper had broken his right hind led on the first turn coming out of the gate." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Social conscience, politics, human morality and the spiritual relationship with God all converged Saturday during a blessing of the animals at the First Congregational United Church of Christ.</p> <p> Dr. Harold McSwain, pastor of the church, said the treatment of animals is often extremely cruel, particularly with greyhounds. Greyhounds are revved up on all kinds of meds and then treated very poorly when they are no longer useful for racing. That&rsquo;s not a way to treat an animal.&rdquo;</p> Woods warns seniors of cybercrimes https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/woods-warns-seniors-cybercrimes <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/smc_sr200_billy_woods_7782.jpg" alt="Former Marion County Commissioner Judy Johnson offers pro and con arguments on the 13 amendments at the Friday Forum, Friday, Sept. 14, at the Golden Corral on College Road." title="Former Marion County Commissioner Judy Johnson offers pro and con arguments on the 13 amendments at the Friday Forum, Friday, Sept. 14, at the Golden Corral on College Road." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods spoke of cybercrimes and two proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot during the SR 200 Coalition meeting Monday, Sept. 10, at TimberRidge Building 5000.</p> <p> He said criminals frequently change schemes.&nbsp;They realize one thing isn&rsquo;t working, then move onto something else.</p> 13 proposed constitutional amendments https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/13-proposed-constitutional-amendments <img src="https://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_ff_judy_johnson_7820.jpg" alt="Former Marion County Commissioner Judy Johnson offers pro and con arguments on the 13 amendments at the Friday Forum, Friday, Sept. 14, at the Golden Corral on College Road." title="Former Marion County Commissioner Judy Johnson offers pro and con arguments on the 13 amendments at the Friday Forum, Friday, Sept. 14, at the Golden Corral on College Road." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> EDITOR&rsquo;S NOTE: This story will continue over a period of weeks due to space constraints. This week is an overview of the 13 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution.</p> <p> By DAVID DAVIS</p> <p> Editor</p> <p> Former Marion County Commissioner Judy Johnson presented pros and cons of the 13 constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 General Election Ballot to the Friday Forum, Friday, Sept. 14.</p>