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  • We want your photos for Discover

    The Citrus Publishing Company Marion County newspapers, including the South Marion Citizen, West Marion Messenger and Riverland News, are planning the third annual special section for this fall called “Discover Marion County.”

    The section will carry information to guide people around the various things that the county has to offer. It will include lists, some stories and photos, lots of photos.

  • Budget hearings set

    Share your thoughts at upcoming public hearings as the Marion County Board of County Commissioners moves toward final decisions on next fiscal year’s budget. The budget public hearings are on Thursdays, Sept. 7 and 21, beginning at 7 p.m.

    “Marion County’s annual budget touches every part of our community,” said Carl Zalak, III, Chairman of the Marion County Commission. “With this in mind, it is so important that we hear from residents regarding their vision for the budget each year.”

  • Sen. Nelson's wife visits

    Grace Nelson, wife of Florida’s senior Sen. Bill Nelson, celebrated Women’s Equality Day Aug. 26 with 120 enthusiastic guests of the Democratic Women’s Club of Marion County at the Silver Springs Shores Community Center .

    Women’s Equality Day commemorates the ratification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution which gave women the right to vote after a long and difficult journey that included horrendous challenges along the way.

  • Oak Run news 08-25-2017

    By Laura Smith

  • Sabal Trail loses in court

    An appeals court rejected federal regulators’ approval of a $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline project on Tuesday over the issue of climate change.

    The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) failed to fully consider the impact of greenhouse gas emissions from burning the fuel that would flow through the Southeast Market Pipelines Project when the commission approved the project in 2016.

  • Robbery suspects face more charges

    An armed robbery suspect and his female accomplice who were apprehended by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in July 2017 are being charged with 9 additional armed robberies they allegedly committed in Marion County. Since their arrests, Rodney Snow, 33 and co-defendant Cristina Gaud, 30, have given confessions to multiple armed robberies beginning in January 2017 in order to sustain their cocaine addiction, sheriff’s officials said.

    Additionally, Gaud allegedly provided detectives with a list of 18 robberies she and

  • Farmers market week

    By Rhea Landholm

    Center for Rural Affairs

  • The Centers ramps up addiction fight

    By Nancy Kennedy

    Recovery from opiate or alcohol addiction is a fight.

    Even after the physical symptoms of withdrawal are over — and they are often brutal — a person is left dealing with the physiological changes in the brain.

    That’s when the danger of relapse is at a high risk.

    In May, Gov. Rick Scott officially declared the opioid epidemic in Florida a public health emergency, which authorizes him to release funds without the Legislature’s approval.

  • Sales tax holiday this weekend
  • Robbery suspect runs, shoots himself

    Sheriff’s Office news release
    Marion County Sheriffs Office (MCSO) detectives responded to an armed robbery at a convenience store located at the intersection of SW Highway 200 and SW 80th Street. As detectives arrived, they observed a masked gunman exit the store. The gunman, later identified as suspect Rodney F. Snow, 33, jumped into the passenger side of a waiting vehicle being driven by Christina Gaud, 40.