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  • Vandals damage school property

    Over the Christmas / winter break, several vandals broke into a storage area owned and used by Marion County Public Schools. The vandals destroyed thousands of dollars in brand new pajamas, prom dresses (some new with tags), books, toys, and children’s clothing that would have benefitted local homeless students. The vandals also discharged fire extinguishers inside the building.

  • Pun Alley 01-01-2016

    By Dick Frank

  • Hoofin' It for Hospice at OTOW

      Get those walking shoes ready and limber up those leg muscles and get in shape to do a little two-mile leisurely walk around a few On Top of the World Neighborhoods for the annual Hoofin’ It for Hospice Walk that will benefit Hospice’s Legacy House. This is the 16th year this event has taken place in our community with a huge success each time.
    The event will be held Feb. 6 from the lower level of the Recreation Center at promptly 9 a.m. for registration and the walk will begin after registration has been completed.

  • OTOW Lions fight hunger

    The need for help doesn’t stop after the Holidays. There are still those people who need our help. In conjunction with Lions International, the Ocala On Top of the World Lions will be joining a World Wide Week of Service to fight Hunger and Poverty. We will be collecting Non-Perishable foods at several locations on State Road 200. We hope that the residents will help us fill the shelves at Interfaith so those less fortunate will have food.
    You can drop off your donations at the following locations.
    n The lobby of the Recreation Ballroom at On Top of the World.

  • No room at shelter for drop-off cats

    Due to necessary renovations to the cat rooms at the animal center, Marion County Animal Services has temporarily suspended intake of owner-surrendered cats. Beginning in January, the cat adoption and stray rooms will be hard hat-only areas as crews work to replace the roofs, and no cats will be able to be housed there for the duration of re-roofing activities.

  • Jeb visits OTOW

    By Mike Wright
    Citrus County Chronicle
    Former Gov. Jeb Bush may be languishing in the polls, but he looked and sounded like his old self among faithful Monday afternoon.
    About 400 people crammed into the Circle Square Cultural Center in Ocala’s On Top of the World community for a town hall meeting during which Bush spoke of supporting military veterans, senior citizens, the mentally ill and having the gumption to destroy the country’s most serious terrorist threat.

  • AAUW shares the Christmas spirit

    By Patricia Woodbury

  • County pushes recycling

    In two short weeks, the festive whirlwind of the wintertime holidays will be over. Many homes will be left with trash bags full of wrapping paper and holiday newspaper ads, a bare and brittle Christmas tree and several strands of burned out lights. But wait, don’t haul this holiday clutter to the garbage can just yet.
    “During the holidays, residents throw away more material than any other time of the year,” Solid Waste director Mike Sims said. “We want to encourage residents to recycle as much of that holiday waste as possible.”

  • Standoff on 80th Street

    At approximately 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit assisted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in serving warrants on two people at a residence at 7060 SW 80th St. in Ocala.
    One wanted subject, Christine Johnson, 26, who had a warrant for custody order -remand for driving while license suspended or revoked, came out and surrendered to authorities while Elvis Williams, Jr., 26, refused to cooperate and hid inside the home.

  • Ocala West United Methodist

    Tuesday, Dec. 8, an awards dinner was held in Stanfield Hall at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala.