Today's News

  • Commission candidates state positions at SR 200 Coalition meeting

    Four of five candidates running for the Marion County Board of Commissioners in the second and fourth districts attended the State Road 200 Coalition Monday, June 11, 

    Helen Dueño, a Democrat, filed her application for Commission District 2 in July 2017 but she has not raised any money, nor has she appeared anywhere to the knowledge of SR 200 Coalition President Pat Gabriel. However, Dueño is unopposed in the Democratic Primary on Aug. 28.

  • West Marion is approved for more expansion

    Ocala Health announces it will add 36 more beds to West Marion Community Hospital’s campus. The 138-bed hospital will have 174 beds in early 2019 when the new floor opens.

    The West Marion Community Hospital facility opened as part of Ocala Health in 2002 with 70 beds. Since 2015, the hospital has added 68 beds and expanded its cardiac services and surgical technology with the addition of a robotic surgical system.

  • Encephalitis continues to spread; 5 horses killed

    Marion County continues to experience new cases of eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, in June as additional animals became sick with the virus.

    The community remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory due to EEE activity in the county.

    The risk of disease spread from mosquitoes to humans through mosquito bites is currently increased due to the number of local EEE cases.

    Five horses and two emus have died of the virus in the county this year. Deaths in horses and emus are a sign of increased spread of the virus in a community.

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    What’s wrong with this picture?  And June events

  • Cruisers on tour

    WASHINGTON — America’s Navy is coming to Ocala, one of seven cities in the Florida to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2018 tour — one of the signature outreach programs of the U.S. Navy.

    The United States Navy Band Cruisers performance is scheduled for July 4, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. at Circle Square Commons.

  • Turnpike official says Coastal Connector routes under review

    Michael D. Bates

    Special to the Messenger

    When pressed by Citizens Advisory Committee members about scrapping the controversial Coastal Connector routes, Rebecca Bolan carefully straddled the line.

    Bolan, the Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise project manager, didn’t say yes. But she didn’t say no, either.

    “These are the (routes) that we have on the table currently,” Bolan said. “That doesn’t mean they will be the ones on the table permanently.”

  • Ocala Palms appreciates teachers

    By Barb Dedics

    Ocala Palms

    The Community of Ocala Palms has some 40-plus residents who retired from the workforce as educators. Several others are still teaching in local area schools. Among these individuals, they have hundreds of years of experience and most surely have made a positive impact on many of our lives.

  • Notice anything missing this month?

    Have you noticed anything missing? Think back – this is the month of May, and what usually visits us this month? That’s right – Love Bugs! For those of you who are new to Central Florida, the love bugs usually visit us in September and again in May. As of this writing none have been spotted in our neighborhood! No one is complaining about the absence – they are very annoying creatures.

  • Backstage tour of the Ocala Civic Theater

    Recently Beverly Wiggins, Buckhead neighborhood resident, organized a backstage tour of the Ocala Civic Theater. Only 11 residents took advantage of this most informative tour of the theater.

  • Red Hat Fillies celebrate Mother's Day

    The Red Hat Fillies of Ocala Palms celebrated Mother’s Day at Ivy On The Square, Wednesday, May 8. 

    The luncheon was hosted by Carol Pellett and Pat Kettel who presented everyone with a lovely pink silk rose mounted on a paper butterfly and lace.

    Everyone enjoyed their lunch and the atmosphere at this newly-opened restaurant on the square.