Today's News

  • Light Up Ocala to brighten downtown

    Light Up Ocala returns to downtown Ocala Saturday, Nov. 18 from 4 to 9 p.m.

    This year’s event will feature four stages throughout the downtown area with entertainment and more than 100 vendors the whole family will enjoy. Entertainment will include live music, dance, food, crafts, and of course, the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony at approximately 6:30 p.m.

    • Stage One – Sponsored by Ocala Health and WOCA, D owntown Square – SE Broadway and Magnolia Avenue

  • Ocala Palms 97-year-old resident is quite the ‘Firecracker’

    By Barb Dedics

    Rose Werner has been a resident of Ocala Palms for the past 17 years, having moved here from her home state of Illinois. This 97-plus-year-old lady and working mother has seen many changes in the country and has survived her two siblings. She is an avid lover of animals having raised the infamous spotted Dalmatians, some of which were champions in several competitions before moving to Florida. It is believed she is the oldest lady living at Ocala Palms.

  • County adopts budget

    The Marion County Board of County Commissioners on Sept. 21 adopted the final budget for next fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018. The total adopted budget is $640,336,480. This includes the countywide budget of $444,987,795 and the budgets of non-countywide entities ($195,348,685).

    During its Sept. 21 final budget public hearing, the commission adopted the countywide millage rate of 4.02 mills. A millage rate of 4.02 equates to $4.02 for each $1,000 of taxable property value. The countywide millage rate funds:

  • Area returning to normal

    By Jim Clark

    The area continues to recover from the effects from Hurricane Irma, which had lost its clout by the time it reached our area.

    All surrounding weather stations report a lack of hurricane force winds in the area. However, the statistics for wind at the Ocala station could not be found, and it appears that the wind reports are not available.

    Gainesville reported wind gusts to 61, and The Villages at 54. No tornadoes were reported in the area.

    Rainfall was about 10 inches.

  • Mobile, modular home evacuations ordered

    Due to the current projected path of Hurricane Irma, Marion County Emergency Management officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order for those living in mobile homes and modular-type homes within Marion County. Emergency Management officials urge those living in these type homes to be evacuated by 8 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 9.

  • Shelter list released by Sheriff's Office


    There is an INCORRECT list of public school shelters that is going around right now. Below is the list of schools that will be available as shelters starting today at 5pm. If any of that information changes we will post it to our Facebook. Please see the shelters listed below, at this time they are the ONLY ones that will be open.

  • Marion state of emergency declared

    The Marion County Board of County Commissioners declared a state of local emergency on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in anticipation of the potential for severe weather resulting from Hurricane Irma’s approach toward the Sunshine State. This local state of emergency is issued under the provisions provided by Florida Statutes and follows Gov. Rick Scott’s declaration for all 67 counties in Florida on Labor Day.

  • Hoverboard fire

    A Hoverboard caught fire Sunday while charging in an Ocala home garage.

    At 6:44 p.m., Ocala Fire Rescue was dispatched to the 5000 block of SW 41st Street, where a residential structure fire was reported. Firefighters arrived to a single-story house with smoke coming from the garage. Making entry and identifying a Hoverboard as the source of the fire, crews extinguished the fire within two minutes of arrival, preventing spread from the point of origin to the home. No injuries were reported.

  • Lifelong resident turns 100

    By Jim Clark

    Hawthorne Village Assisted Living residents turned out in force to honor one of their own.

    Bertha Gaskin, a lifelong Marion County resident, turned 100 this weekend, and her fellow residents held a birthday party for her last Thursday.

    Surrounded by family and friends, she listened as the crowd sang to her as an entertainer paused from playing memorable songs.

    Estates Manager of Hawthorne, Christy Edwards, posed with the honoree.

  • Congressman meets constituents

    By Mike Wright

    Citrus County Chronicle

    The Sheppard children’s first lesson of the new school year came with a field trip.

    Troy and Sarah Sheppard, who home-school their six children, brought them Thursday morning to U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster’s “listening session” in Beverly Hills.

    “I wanted them to get an American government lesson,” Troy Sheppard said.