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  • AAUW hears about STEM

    By Patricia A. Woodbury
    The American Association of University Women, at its September meeting, had the pleasure of learning more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) from Jacqua Ballas. Ballas is the Science Program Specialist for the Marion County School District. She was a middle and high school teacher for 24 years and in her current position for the past 11 years. Her responsibilities are to work with the teachers on curriculum and implement the Science Fair each year.

  • Interfaith warehouse destroyed

     A fire ignited after a vehicle collided with Interfaith’s Emergency Services warehouse, located between NW 7th Street and NW 5th Avenue, destroyed the facility and damaged the majority of its inventory.

    At 3:45 AM Ocala Fire Rescue responded to reports of a car port fire. Within two minutes the first fire engine company was on site. Upon arrival firefighters found the fire scene was greater than anticipated, as the flames were not consuming a standalone car port, but the metal, wood framed structure that comprised Interfaith’s warehouse.

  • Cloud 9 suspect arrested

    On Monday, Sept. 21, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Special Investigations arrested and charged Laquan Ria’Mel Barrow 24, with second degree murder in the death of Benetria Robinson and attempted second degree murder.
    Barrow was located at 5465 SE 30th Place in Ocala on Monday morning and was brought into custody by multiple members of MCSO’s Crime Suppression Division along with the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force.
    He is being held without bond.

  • Vets to have new rental options

    Marion County veterans will soon have a new option to help secure affordable rental housing.
    The Volunteers of America of Florida will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony for the Ritz Reserve (1124 NE Second St., Ocala), a new housing development for veterans. The event is set for Friday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. and will include brief remarks, a success story and recognition of community partners.

  • ORMC ribbon-cutting
  • New fire chief appointed

    Marion County Fire Rescue operates under new leadership with the appointment of Paul Nevels as Fire Chief of Marion County Fire Rescue on Sept. 1. Nevels replaces Stuart McElhaney, who retired at the end of July.

  • Churches combine on mission project

    Christ’s Church of Marion County and Times Square Church of New York City are joining hands in a special mission project in Ocala, Marion County. Their goal is helping Sheepgate Ministries Ocala Foresquare Church.

  • New firefighters sworn in
  • Mary Poppins drops into Civic Theatre

    The musical Mary Poppins is live on stage to open the 2015-2016 season at Ocala Civic Theatre from Sept. 3 – Oct. 4.
    There’s only one word to describe it: “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” When the east wind blows magical and mysterious Mary Poppins (Angie Petty) into London, everyone is in for a jolly holiday. Her old friend, cheerful jack-of-all-trades Bert (Gregg Bleam), introduces us to the Banks family of 17 Cherry Tree Lane... a household in dire need of “the perfect nanny.”

  • Sheriff tries to help domestic violence victims