• Social Security questions and answers

    By Ruqayyah Nicholas
    Social Security District Manager Gainesville

    How do you replace a damaged Social Security card?
    While you can replace your Social Security card for free if it is lost or stolen, you may not have to do so. Knowing your Social Security number is what is most important. You may need a new card if you are starting a new job and your employer asks to see the card. For more information about getting a replacement card, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.


  • It’s not witty or daring–it’s just my life

    I never thought my life was anything out of the ordinary. Sure I’ve had some random adventures over the years, but who hasn’t?
    However, this past month was one I’m ready to put behind me–once and for all. It was an October to remember–and forget.
    But I suppose it started a week before that. I developed a little cough, along with a sinus headache. Ah, September, I thought. Allergy time.

  • Summer Farewell

    I think it is safe to say that by this time of year most of us Floridians are ready to let summer go. Cooler days and nights are almost within reach and the change of season for me is always anticipated.

  • Q&A from Social Security

    Alice Moses-Turner  


    What is the earliest age that I can apply for Social Security retirement benefits?


  • Inside a hospice care unit: comforts of home

    Diane Wayne

    An inpatient hospice care center offers all the comforts of home, as well as the compassion and care that patients and families need during an especially challenging time. While most hospice patients prefer to be at home, a care center provides “a home away from home” when patients require more intensive symptom management and pain relief than they can receive at home or in a hospital. It’s also a place where a caregiver who needs a break can trust that a loved one will be in good hands.

  • Should I enter into a pre-nuptial agreement?

      By Pierce Kelley

  • Social Security covers every season of life

    By Paul Barnes

  • Telltale dashboard light

    Modern technology is wonderful, except when it scares the heck out of you.

    This week I was filling in at our Williston newspaper, my former home paper, in between getting the South Marion Citizen material put together.

    That meant extra traveling. My car is only nine months old, so I wasn’t worried about driving between the two offices, providing I could avoid the West Port High and Williston Elementary school zones.

  • Bringing us together

    Leonard Pitts Jr.

    Lyndon Johnson once said of Gerald Ford that he “played too much football with his helmet off.”

    Theodore Roosevelt once called William Howard Taft “a fathead with the brains of a guinea pig.”

    Harper’s Weekly once described Ulysses S. Grant as “a drunken Democrat dragged out of the Galena (Ill.) gutter.”

  • Time to resurrect the dots

    Thursdays were special days when I was growing up. That was the day our county paper, then the Pike County News, was on the street. After my parents thumbed through it, it was passed to me and I read it–cover to cover–even as a youngster.
    One of my favorite regular pieces each week was a column called “The Personal Touch”, written by Lucille Sadd Smith.
    In “The Personal Touch”, Mrs. Smith wrote short paragraphs about the social scene in our county seat.