http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Shooting at Forest High, not West Port http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/shooting-forest-high-not-west-port <p> <strong>By Jim Clark</strong><br /> <em>South Marion Citizen</em><br /> OCALA -- A 17-year-old student was injured and his assailant was taken into custody in a shooting at Forest High School Friday morning.<br /> The 19-year-old non-student suspect was confronted by the school resource officer within three minutes of the 8:39 shooting. During the capture of the shooter, no shots were fired, according to Sheriff Billy Woods, who briefed the media around noon. He added that the suspect offered no resistance.<br /> Debating the gun issue http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/debating-gun-issue <img src="http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0321_pic_forum.jpg" alt="Afreka Ebanks" title="Afreka Ebanks" align="left" hspace="6" width="59" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Delphine Herbert</strong><br /> Stating that &ldquo;we see the future and it is now&rdquo; West Port student activists Maurice Gilbert and Afreka Ebanks are among the many Ocalans joining Parkland survivors and young people everywhere in militating for increased safety in all our public institutions through more stringent restrictions on the purchase and control of widely available weapons of war and more mental health counseling and treatment.<br /> Winn Dixie to close http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/winn-dixie-close <p> Two Ocala stores are among the Winn Dixie stores slated to be closed, accoring to a list provided by the parent company.<br /> The local stores include one near Quail Meadow at 4417 NW Blitchton Road, Ocala, and another near On Top of the World at 8445 SW Highway 200 #131, Ocala.<br /> No date for the closings was announced.<br /> Previous store closings annoounced include Toys-R-Us on SW College Road, just west of 27th Avenue, and Kmart on East Silver Springs Blvd. just east of NE 36th Avenue.</p> Message on school safety http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/message-school-safety <p> Hello, Marion County, I&#39;m your Sheriff, Billy Woods.</p> <p> I want to take a moment to talk to our citizens&hellip; and our parents&hellip; about the horrible tragedy that occurred at a Broward County High School in South Florida yesterday. I want to tell you what we do here in Marion County to protect our children and to give you a sense of comfort during these worrisome times.</p> State's time change law may not be workable http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/states-time-change-law-may-not-be-workable <p> There are two weekends that I despise every year. Many others talk about changing them, but one is here again. Can you guess what they are?<br /> Here&rsquo;s a hint: Did you turn your clocks ahead this weekend.<br /> I have railed against the time change for years. I want it one way, I don&rsquo;t care which, just be consistent.<br /> The state Legislature has taken up the cause, and this year considered different proposals. However, I was not in favor of any of them.<br /> Let's put God back in our schools http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/lets-put-god-back-our-schools <p> It&rsquo;s a little tough to write anything that hasn&rsquo;t been said after Valentine&rsquo;s Day&rsquo;s terrible shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, in which 14 students and three faculty members were killed. But I&rsquo;m going to give it a try.</p> <p> Fifty-five years ago, the Supreme Court, under liberal Earl Warren, ruled against prayer in the public schools. Since then public school educators are almost paranoid about teaching any type of morality in the schools, lest some misguided parent go after them if they do.</p> School Board disenfranchising some voters http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/school-board-disenfranchising-some-voters <p> The Marion County School Board has decided to put the renewal of a local tax on the primary ballot in August.<br /> So if you&rsquo;re a snowbird who will leave to go up north this summer, and you&rsquo;re registered to vote here, make sure you get information about absentee ballots before you leave.<br /> The issue will be decided before you come back.<br /> Human trafficking Part 2 http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/human-trafficking-part-2 <p> <strong>By Patricia A. Woodbury</strong></p> <p> Who are these victims of human trafficking? Can you recognize them among the people you see each day? Probably not! Some would say that they are probably foreigners or poor people. However the experts say that Human Trafficking victims can be of any age, race, gender, nationality, and come from any socio-economic group.</p>