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  • Shooting at Forest High

    By Jim Clark
    South Marion Citizen
    OCALA -- A 17-year-old student was injured and his assailant was taken into custody in a shooting at Forest High School Friday morning.
    The 19-year-old non-student suspect, Sky Bouche of NW 7th Ave., Crystal River,  was confronted by the school resource officer, Deputy Jim Long, 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.

  • Debris dumping not permitted

    Marion County residents are reminded that storm-related yard waste that does not occur due to a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or tornado, is the responsibility of the resident to deal with the debris as they would deal with normal occurrences of yard waste. No declared natural disaster occurred this past weekend. Individuals placing debris caused by the rain and wind this weekend in the right-of-way may be fined if witnessed doing so.

  • Judge discusses eldercare

    By Delphine Herbert

    Not everyone has Barbara Bush’s ability and family support which allowed her to make her own health care decisions at the age of 92. Many of the ageing find themselves in high conflict situations at the very time they and their families are most in need of peace rather than long overdue attempts to resolve implacable positions from which principals frequently will not budge.

  • Hospice celebrates 35 years of volunteering

    Hospice of Marion County (HMC) celebrated 35 years of volunteer support to kick off National Volunteer Week with an Awards and Recognition Luncheon on Friday, April 13 at the Klein Center on the campus of College of Central Florida.
    Dr. David Elliott who, along with four volunteer nurses, helped found Hospice of Marion County in 1983, opened the celebration. He summarized the vital role of volunteers across the years. Volunteer contributions enable exceptional compassionate care to over 3,000 patients a year.

  • Winn Dixie to close

    Two Ocala stores are among the Winn Dixie stores slated to be closed, accoring to a list provided by the parent company.
    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.
    No date for the closings was announced.
    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.

  • Debating the gun issue

    By Delphine Herbert
    Stating that “we see the future and it is now” 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.

  • Murder-suicide in the Forest
  • Message on school safety

    Hello, Marion County, I'm your Sheriff, Billy Woods.

    I want to take a moment to talk to our citizens… and our parents… 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.

  • Pedestrian killed on SR200

    On Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7:48 a.m., the Florida Highway Patrol was notified of a traffic crash on SR 200 at SW 88th Terrace in Marion County. The crash involved a Nissan pickup vs. a pedestrian.

    It is believed that the pedestrian was struck by the front of a 2008 to 2011 Nissan Frontier truck, that is white in color. The pedestrian was killed and the truck that struck the victim fled the scene.

  • Human trafficking Part 3

    By Patricia A. Woodbury