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  • Forum on human trafficking

    The public forum on Human Trafficking will be Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Ocala Police Department Community Room 402 S. Pine Ave., sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Please note the change in venue. For more information about this upcoming forum, call 352-236-3926.

  • Human trafficking Part 2

    By Patricia A. Woodbury

    Who are these victims of human trafficking? Can you recognize them among the people you see each day? Probably not! Some would say that they are probably foreigners or poor people. However the experts say that Human Trafficking victims can be of any age, race, gender, nationality, and come from any socio-economic group.

  • Human trafficking Part 1

    By Patricia A. Woodbury

    Twenty million people are enslaved throughout the world with 2.5 million located here in the United States. Slavery was supposed to end with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 and the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865. However statistics show that slavery is still alive and flourishing through the entire world.

  • Ocala Kmart to close

    Sears Holding announced Thursday that Kmart stores in Ocala, Belleview (both in Marion County, and Clermont in Lake County will close in the next few months. Employees were notified Thursday.

    Sears in Ocala was not on the list.

    Earlier in the day, Macy's Inc. said the store at The Oaks Mall in Gainesville will close down. Macy's in Ocala was not affected.

  • Chewy.com to hold Ocala hiring event next Wednesday

    Career seekers with dogged determination may find working for Chewy.com is tail-waggin’ good – or purrfect, as the case may be.
    The pet supply e-retailer, now owned by PetSmart, is seeking to add “Chewtopians” to its “Wow Team” as it prepares to open the new Ocala Fulfillment Center.
    In partnership with CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, Chewy.com will hold a hiring event for warehouse and fulfillment center associates (also known as “agents of awesome”).

  • McCall to head School Board

    Beth McCall, the newest member of the Marion County School Board, now serves as the board chair for the next year. Board members unanimously elected her to the post.

    Electing a vice chair, however, proved to be more difficult. Board members tied when it came to whether Angie Boynton or Kelly King should sit in the number two spot. The vice-chair tie was prompted by Board Member Nancy Stacy’s absence from  annual reorganization meeting.

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  • Art Walk is Friday

    The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include the following special performances and activities:

    • 6 to 9 p.m. – Live music by Macey Mac on the main event stage located at the downtown square near the gazebo. Macey is a 13-year-old artist who channels a unique combination of LeeAnn Rimes, Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin.

    • 7 and 8 p.m. – Enjoy modern fusion and gypsy-style belly dancing with swords, hula hoops, fire props and fire breathing by Belly Artist Dance Studio.

  • Light Up Ocala to brighten downtown

    Light Up Ocala returns to downtown Ocala Saturday, Nov. 18 from 4 to 9 p.m.

    This year’s event will feature four stages throughout the downtown area with entertainment and more than 100 vendors the whole family will enjoy. Entertainment will include live music, dance, food, crafts, and of course, the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony at approximately 6:30 p.m.

    • Stage One – Sponsored by Ocala Health and WOCA, D owntown Square – SE Broadway and Magnolia Avenue

  • West Marion Hospital names nursing officer

    Ocala Health announces the appointment of Michelle Farris, MSM, BSN, RN-C to Chief Nursing Officer for West Marion Community Hospital.