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Today's News

  • Sheriff assigns deputy to agriculture

    Since entering the office of Sheriff, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods has been evaluating the many needs of Marion County’s vast agricultural community. According to the Florida Agriculture Crime Intelligence Unit, Marion County produces approximately $188 million in agricultural exports annually, the highest in North Central Florida and many surrounding counties.

  • Burn ban voluntary in Marion

    Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR), with the recommendation of the Marion County Multi-Agency Wildland Task Force, decided to implement a voluntary burn ban for Marion County, effective immediately.

    Governor Rick Scott has issued Executive Order 17-120, declaring a state of emergency following the recent wildfires and extreme fire danger faced by our state.

    Until further notice, firefighters are asking citizens to voluntarily delay any outside burning until Marion County receives significant rainfall over an extended period of time.

  • Schools plan Holocaust events

    Marion County Public Schools and Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn join efforts to present three events designed to remember the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust and Nazi persecution.

    These “Days of Remembrance” events coincide with the country’s annual commemoration established by Congress and held in Washington, DC.

    This year’s local events include:

    Sunday, April 23 – Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony, West Port High School, 5 to 7 p.m.

  • Quail Meadow 04-05-2017

    By Carolyn Slocumb

    The Red Hot Fillies of the Meadow enjoyed a great lunch at McAlister’s last week. If you have never eaten there, be prepared for huge servings! You have never seen such humongous baked potatoes! There were only 12 ladies able to attend the luncheon. It’s hard to find a day and time when everyone can attend.

    You know, once you retire, you are busier than you ever were when you were working.

  • Fairfield Village 04-05-2017

    By Priscilla Barnett

    Many of us take issue with the use of the word “fool” because we were taught as children that the use of the word was not only very demeaning but also very wrong by Biblical standards. However, if it does not bother one, the act of pulling jokes on others on April 1 is just a comical tradition capped off by playing a fairly obvious trick and then announcing “April Fool”!

  • Stone Creek 04-05-2017

    By Patricia Gizzi

  • First Friday Art Walk this week

    The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, April 7 and will include the following special performances and activities:  
    •6 to 9 p.m. – Live music by Nino Castaneda
    •6 to 9 p.m. – Interactive demonstrations with Bliss Yoga
    •7 p.m. – Live performance by XRT Dance Crew
    •8 p.m. – Live Medieval fighting demonstration by Canton of Armurgorod

  • Learn about blood pressure

    Did you know one in four American adults has high blood pressure?

    This silent killer increases in probability with age and affects nearly 60 percent of those with diabetes.

    Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service and Marion Senior Services partner to bring a free, four-week educational series on the “ups and downs” of blood pressure to the Marion Café, 1101 SW 20th Court, Ocala.

    Learn ways your lifestyle affects preventing, developing and monitoring high blood pressure from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays on April 12, 19, 26 and May 3.

  • Here is the latest weather radar
  • FDOT has you driving in circles

    Way back in the dark ages, when I was a little kid, I lived in northern New Jersey. Nearby, at the Cresskill-Dumont border, there was a tall Washington Monument-like obelisk called the Camp Merritt Monument.

    It was centered in a large (at least to a little kid it seemed large) traffic circle where two low-speed roads, Madison Avenue and Knickerbocker Road, intersected.

    As I got older and got a driver’s license, I learned to hate that circle.