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Born: September 6. 1944  — Asheville, Alabama

Died: October 21, 2023           -Ocala, Florida

Surviving Spouse: Tamara Lynn Howard Hutto  -married (37 years);

Daughter: Calley Hutto Copeland (Clay Copeland)(son) Josh Hutto (Lauren)

Grandchildren: Anja and Ian Hutto

Brother: Don Hutto (Vikki), Ocala, Florida

Sister: Barbara Christensen Lumberton, Texas

Education: Jacksonville State University –  BS – Business, MonteVallo University – BBA – Marketing

University of Alabama – Graduate work and Military Service: Vietnam 1967 – 1968 Continue reading

On Veteran’s Day, The Ocali Society, Children of the American Revolution in conjunction with the Ocala Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution launched an activity book to engage young people from elementary through high school in learning our local contributions to the nation’s war efforts. Samuel Coventry, President of the Ocali Society, N.S.C.A.R. was on hand with other members of the society and the Ocala Chapter Daughters to help assist young people as they worked through the books. Upon successful completion of the activity books, the kids are awarded a dog tag featuring Ocala Victory life-preserver, declaring them DAR/CAR Junior War Historians. For more information about this new program, contact Bill Ehrhart with the Marion County Veterans Services at the Exhibit and Education Center by calling (352) 671-8433.

To the Publisher TomL

Thomas – I know God is not done with America yet. It’s no secret that I am a steadfast Christian and man of God! Our nation began with the bold declaration that all men are created equal by God and that our rights derive from Him and not the government.

The founders insisted that faith must remain central to our national identity because, as George Washington summarized, “religion and morality are indispensable supports” of our republic. Like so many American households through the generations, in our house, we instill faith in the hearts of our children, serve God, and serve people.

I know our country is in desperate need of prayer.

Dear Friends of the Ocala Library,

We are having a book Sale in December!

The Sale is located in the Ocala Public Library meeting rooms

Paperbacks 25 cents, Hardback 50 cents, Children 25 cents

Friday December 1

Book Sale Friends Members shop 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Saturday December 2

Book Sale Everyone shops 10:00am – 2:00pm

Please share this information with friends and family. All funds earned will be used for adult and children programs at the Ocala, Reddick and Fort McCoy libraries

The City of Ocala seeks unique, thought-provoking exhibits that are appropriate for a public City space, where work will be viewed by citizens and guests of all ages. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Viewer engagement, artist intent, originality of ideas, and use of media and technique are all considered when an application is being reviewed for approval.

The City of Ocala recommends that artist(s) plan on delivering a minimum of 20 works to be exhibited. The gallery selection for displaying accepted works will be determined by the City based on the works submitted, space available, and needs of each gallery space. The City of Ocala will work with artists on the layout of the exhibit, however the City reserves the right to adjust the layout as appropriate for the space and based on past experience in the gallery space. Continue reading

Citizens’ Circle | 151 SE Osceola Ave.

Join us for the inaugural Brick City Bluegrass Festival in beautiful downtown Ocala! This all-ages, outdoor music festival will feature both nationally known and local bluegrass bands, including headliner Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers.  Named Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in 2019, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers have consistently delivered chart-topping radio hits and energetic performances for nearly 15 years.

In addition to live music and entertainment, the event will feature a variety of food trucks. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Coolers will not be permitted inside the event area.


$15 Early Bird Pricing – On sale now until Nov. 26 
$20 Advanced Tickets – Price increases Nov. 27 to Jan. 19
$25 Tickets at the Gate
Kids 8 and under and Veterans are free!

Chelsea Art Center Opening Reception for John Elliott’s International Photography Exhibit from two of his series, The Human Pulse, and Walls and Spaces spanning  the past 40 years. Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit during normal business hours October 15 through December 18, 2023.  Both Photo’s by CK Johnson.

Photo is of John Elliott and Barbara Fife owner and director of the Art Center.

Leo Magiera flew 21 missions as a Waist Gunner over Italy in WWII. That means the middle of the plane. Which probably was the hot spot.

He was born September 5th, 1923 in Illinois outside of Chicago and was raised on a farm. One if 8 or 9 children. Polish descent. He never married and moved some 38 years or so ago to Florida. Loves animals. He was our pet sitter until he has to give up this car.

This is the second year hosting the Health Expo Fundraiser for breast cancer. Our VIPcare primary care physician, Dr. Stephen Seecharan, (highlighted with his staff in the pictures below) graciously agreed to campaign for a second year as the Real Men Wear Pink candidate.  Last year, we raised $4,625 dollars for the American Cancer Society and this year we have raised $5,500 so far. The attendance at the Health Expo Fundraiser for breast cancer last year was 90 people, this year we had 110 community members attend this event. ALL the proceeds went to the American Cancer Society.

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This is a celebration of pets and the people who love and care for them!

The SRFofOcala is proud to showcase this annual event which features a vast array of services and products, food trucks, music, and demonstrations. Both dogs and kids of all ages enjoyed a fun-filled day!

The event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC and proceeds will benefit the local Meals on Wheels program and Marion County Animal Services. The people loved it! The people loved it and two charity  received help.

(Ocala, Florida) – The Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala (SRFofOcala,) a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, held the 3rd Annual Bark In The Park – A Doggy Expo on Sunday, October 15 from 1 PM until 4 PM at the Ocala Downtown Market (403 SE Osceola Ave.) Pet enthusiasts and owners gathered at a joyous, free public event to celebrate the special bond between pets and people. On Friday, October 19th, the Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala presented two $3,000 checks. One check was to Jennifer Martinez, the Executive Director of Marion Senior Services, and the other to Kyle Lynch, the Animal Services Director of Marion County Animal Services. The money was donated by local companies and individuals to support these two remarkable agencies in the Ocala area. SRFofOcala has given $20,000 in the last three years. The Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala is designed to include seniors in all aspects of 21st-century life. From active participation in fundraising events to learning today’s technology, we encourage an engaged presence and a forward-looking perspective.

Photos by CKJ-13 Kay Johnson

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