Today's News

  • 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

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    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

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    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.

  • Temple B’nai Darom nears fall completion

    Temple B’nai Darom was founded in 1888 by the United Hebrews of Ocala and had its beginning on NE Second Street.  In 1976 B’nai Darom (which translates to “Children of the South”) relocated to Banyan Course. Demographics indicate that growth of the Jewish community is in the SW 200 corridor and so the Board of Temple B’nai Darom, with mixed emotions, made the decision that to grow and thrive, it too should move to the SW 200 area, where many of its members now reside.

  • Amendments are topics at Friday Forum, SR 200 Coalition

    Former County Commissioner Judy Johnson will speak Monday, Sept. 10, at the SR 200 Coalition meeting and Friday, Sept. 14, at Friday Forum on the pros and cons of proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution on the November ballot. Numbers have varied drastically from 64 down to the current 13 of which three are still under court appeal.

  • FDOT scraps Coastal Connector

    After a torrent of backlash from citizens and public officials about its plan for the “Coastal Connector,” the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) informed public officials and citizens it is abandoning its plans for the Coastal Connector alternative study and instead focus on direct improvements to Interstate 75, according to Mike Dew, secretary of FDOT in a letter issued local officials released to the public last Friday.

  • Sholom Park Gets "buggie"

    Sholom Park’s Fun at the Park: Let’s Get Buggy! is from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14.

    A ladybug release highlights the festivities.

    Sholom Park’s Fun at the Park event will have all the excitement of live music, food trucks, games, education and great family-friendly fun, admission free.

    Guests will be invited to help Park staff release 10s of thousands of itsy-bitsy colorful ladybugs into the Sholom Park environment, where the harmless – yet mighty – spotted beetles will begin hunting for their dinner.