Today's News

  • West Port student wants career in ballet


    By Augie Salzer

    There is one young man in Dunnellon with the brute strength, balance, flexibility, endurance and the strong core muscular development to be a professional dancer in the ballet.

    William Welch, 17, has been working diligently for the last seven years just to obtain this status.

  • Local teacher is state finalist

    Like any other school day, Mr. Fuentes and his students were focused on their lessons for the day. He had no idea that Friday was different and that he was about to receive the surprise of a lifetime! From a group of 73 teachers, Juan “Diego” Fuentes from Hillcrest School in Marion County was chosen as one of five finalists to compete for the 2018 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Award!

  • Quail Meadow 05-17-2017


    By Carolyn Slocumb

    Last call to get your tickets for the Pizza Party: Tickets are available from Grace Maguire and Dottie Hefferon. This is going to be a fun night at the Clubhouse, so make your reservations today!

  • Stone Creek news 05-17-2017


    By Patricia Gizzi

    Del Webb is excited to bring a new amenity to Stone Creek in June! The long awaited dog park is coming to Stone Creek.

    A group of dog lovers formed an advocacy group for the creation of the park. The group included the following people: Gloria and Charles Salvaggio, Frank Doughty and Rosemary Monahan.

  • Fun at the Park

    Sholom Park presents Fun at the Park: Music & Art Sunday, May 21, from 4-7 p.m. All are invited, free of charge, to attend Sholom Park’s upcoming event at the park’s 44-acre venue/7110 SW 80th Avenue in Ocala; 34481.

    Fun at the Park: Music & Art will provide a platform for musicians and artists locally-based and from surrounding regions.

  • Out to Pastor 05-17-2017


    By Rev. James Snyder

    I was waiting in line at the grocery store minding my own business, which is a full-time job these days. I have worked hard over the years to master this “minding my own business.” I have not been all that successful, but I still try.

    As I was standing in line I heard the woman behind me say, “Johnny, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

  • Burn ban now mandatory

    The Marion County Multi-Agency Wildland Task Force unanimously recommended a mandatory burn ban for Marion County.

    Marion County Administrator Mounir Bouyounes approved and signed the emergency declaration, making the burn ban effective as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

    The mandatory ban is due to the hot, dry and windy conditions that continue to exacerbate and threaten wildfires within Marion County.

    This measure is intended to help protect the health, safety and property of the citizens and visitors of Marion County.

  • 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.

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  • Message to the graduates 2017

    This is a yearly column, updated with latest information.

    This week is big for many young people in Marion County, as they leave high school and move on to the next phase of their lives.

    Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for local public high schools, a landmark day for a few hundred young adults who are ready to venture out into the world.