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Today's News

  • 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

    SHELTER RUMOR CONTROL

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Centers ramps up addiction fight

    By Nancy Kennedy

    Citrus County Chronicle

    Recovery from opiate or alcohol addiction is a fight.

    Even after the physical symptoms of withdrawal are over — and they are often brutal — a person is left dealing with the physiological changes in the brain.

    That’s when the danger of relapse is at a high risk.

    In May, Gov. Rick Scott officially declared the opioid epidemic in Florida a public health emergency, which authorizes him to release funds without the Legislature’s approval.

  • 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.

  • West Port student dies in crash

    In an accident last week shortly after midnight, a 15-year-old West Port High School student was killed.

    Destiny Tyler was a passenger in a 2007 Chevrolet driven by Jeffrey Foiles, also of Ocala. The car was eastbound on NE 90th Street Road about one mile east of NE 58th Avenue when, according to an FHP report, the driver was unable to maintain control coming out of a curve. The car struck a fence line and then struck a tree.

    Tyler was taken to Shands in critical condition, where she later died.

  • Here is the latest weather radar
  • 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.