Today's News

  • Mama, let your babies grow up to be OP Pickers

    By Barbara Dedics

    OP Correspondent

    “Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” or in the case of Ocala Palms, “Mama, Please Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be An OP Picker!” Every couple of weeks in the OP Clubhouse, residents and friends are entertained by as many as eight men bringing their talents for a free night of pickin’, grinnin’ and singin’!

  • Thanksgiving's over and everyone's stuffed

    By Carolyn Flowers

    Quail Meadow Correspondent

    Thanksgiving is over, and everyone is stuffed! Many families in our community had family and friends with them for the holiday.

    The Holiday Dinner and Auction were very successful. Everyone was talking about how delicious the turkey dinner was – thank you chef Charles!

  • Florida Ladies Mid-State Golf Tournament:


    Sadly, after 53 years, the Florida Ladies Mid-State Golfers made a decision to retire the club.

    It was first organized in 1965 with the following five golf clubs as participants: Gainesville Country Club, Golden Hills, Inverness, Paradise (Crystal River) later known as the Plantation and Silver Lake Golf Club.

    As years went by, five more clubs joined in: Brooksville, Mission Inn, Pine Meadows, Rainbow Springs and Seven Rivers. 

    In addition, the past 18 years, several more clubs joined in the Mid-State Tournaments.

  • Ocala Palms turns 25 amid fanfare

    By Barb Dedics

    OP Correspondent

    With the exception of a Ferris wheel, carousel, candy apples and cotton candy, you would think there was a county fair going on at Ocala Palms Saturday, Oct. 13. There indeed was the “midway” atmosphere with large tents, live music, hot dogs, pizza, chicken and ice cream booths. Needless to say, this was the huge 25th Birthday celebration of the establishment of OP.

  • Kosumo Morishita is the new music director for the Marion Chamber Music Society
  • Blessing of the Animals

    Social conscience, politics, human morality and the spiritual relationship with God all converged Saturday during a blessing of the animals at the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

    Dr. Harold McSwain, pastor of the church, said the treatment of animals is often extremely cruel, particularly with greyhounds. Greyhounds are revved up on all kinds of meds and then treated very poorly when they are no longer useful for racing. That’s not a way to treat an animal.”

  • Woods warns seniors of cybercrimes

    Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods spoke of cybercrimes and two proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot during the SR 200 Coalition meeting Monday, Sept. 10, at TimberRidge Building 5000.

    He said criminals frequently change schemes. They realize one thing isn’t working, then move onto something else.

  • 13 proposed constitutional amendments

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This story will continue over a period of weeks due to space constraints. This week is an overview of the 13 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution.



    Former Marion County Commissioner Judy Johnson presented pros and cons of the 13 constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 General Election Ballot to the Friday Forum, Friday, Sept. 14.

  • MCSO solves 30-year-old murder

    MCSO Media


    Press release

    Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives have closed the missing person case of Sherry Yon Petersen, Feb. 22, 1950, who was last seen on Christmas Eve, 1992.

  • Accused killer is arrested; victims' body dismembered

    MCSO Media Relations

    Press Release

    Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives have arrested Christopher Lee Takhvar, 45, for the murder of Belleview resident Robin Lee Upson, 63.

    The investigation began when Robin’s dismembered and decapitated remains were located in the Ocala National Forest in June. After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that Takhvar, Robin’s business partner and friend of approximately 20 years, had murdered her, then dismembered and disposed of her body.