Local News

  • Camera catches suspects in grand theft

    Two suspects were caught by a security camera stealing a $45,000 fifth-wheel travel trailer. This incident happened around 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 at 9052 SW 38th Avenue, Ocala. The suspects had to cut through a lock to get to the trailer.
    Witnesses say a white "dually" pickup truck was parked on the property over by the fence.

  • Stone Creek team lifts up brothers, sisters

    Are we our Brothers' Keeper?  Many residents of Stone Creek would say, "Yes, we are!"

    Brother's Keeper is the social service outreach ministry of Blessed Trinity parish. They have been assisting the needy of their parish and of our Ocala community since the early 1970's.  Many of Stone Creek residents work at the Soup Kitchen on Tuesday.  The Tuesday or blue team get to the kitchen around 8 am and they will find the chef, Bret Ellis and his assistant chef, Delores Sasser already at work.

  • Guardian Ad Litem training to start

    A serious need exists for Guardian ad Litem volunteers in Marion County, and training is scheduled for Feb. 8, 11,18 & 22, 2011. The 5thJudicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program will be offering free training for anyone who is interested in becoming a Guardian ad Litem.


  • Copper stripped from units at Fellowship, Siloam Baptist

    Marion County Sheriff’s Office detectives are searching for the person or team who hit two churches stripping the copper from the air conditioning unit.

    The two churches, Fellow Baptist Church and Siloam Baptist Church, are just a few miles apart.

  • New show highlights young stars

    Getting on-the-job experience has taken on new meaning at Ocala Models and Talent.

    Four of their talented young adults will debut in a new television show Thursday, Jan. 27, on Cox Cable.

    The show is called “Living the Dream at OMT” and stars, Katelynn Poehler, Kody Poehler, Marvin Perez and Emily Bullard.

    The half-hour show will include a scripted segment written by Kody and then an interview with a local or visiting celebrity.

    “This isn’t a reality TV show though. This is a sitcom,” Marvin said.

  • Benefits outweighs winnings

    One neighbor insisted he be released from the hospital in time to see the show. A cousin without television in the mountains of Colorado went to visit a friend so she could see the show.

    The show was “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” and the reason for the excitement among family and friends was Priscilla Geissal of Ocala. Geissal, columnist for the West Marion Messenger, was on the show.

    Priscilla herself, along with husband, Phil watched the televised version of the show in their Fairfield Village home.

  • Messenger columnist on Millionaire show, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m.

    Priscilla Geissal,  a retired high school English teacher from Ocala, FL will be a contestant on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” on TUESDAY, JANUARY 25


    Hosted by the Emmy Award-winning Meredith Vieira, Millionaire can be seen in the Orlando area on WFTV (ABC), weekdays at 10:00am with a repeat episode from a previous season at 10:30am.

  • Copper stripped from Fellowship Baptist AC unit

    Marion County Sheriff’s Office detectives are searching for the person or team who hit two churches separated by a few miles. A total of 11 air conditioning units were destroyed when the suspect(s) stripped the units of copper and aluminum.

  • Workshop Tuesday on Silver Springs

    Workshop Tuesday on Silver Springs

    County-shaped management may be coming for a traditional Marion County landmark. The Marion County Board of County Commissioners discussed the possibility of executing a lease agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the operation of Florida’s Silver Springs Attraction during today’s regularly scheduled board meeting.The board will continue discussion on the subject at a workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in the CountyCommissionauditorium.

  • Nominations accepted for scenic roads


    Residents will soon have a chance to label new roadways “scenic.” Marion County Growth Management (Planning Division) will begin accepting nominations for scenic road designations on Jan. 1, 2011. Eligible roads include any roads under Marion County’s jurisdiction, which excludes state or municipality-run roadways. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 28, 2011.