Local News

  • 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.

  • Bouyounes named county administrator

    Marion County Commissioners have found their new county administrator. Acting County Administrator Mounir Bouyounes will officially assume the county’s top administrative role in January at a regular commission meeting.

  • Sales tax going on ballot

    The Marion County Commission last week unanimously approved putting a sales tax option before county voters in the March 2016 presidential ballot.
    If passed, the 1 percent sales tax would fund public safety equipment needs for law enforcement, fire rescue and emergency medical services, as well as transportation capital road projects for Marion County and its municipalities (Belleview, Dunnellon, Ocala, Reddick and McIntosh).
    The temporary tax would be levied over a period of four years, starting on Jan. 1, 2017 and ending on Dec. 31, 2020.

  • Sheriff: Got a permit? Carry your gun

    By Jim Clark
    Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair is urging residents who have gun permits to carry their weapons.

  • Bobby James to chair School Board

    Members of the Marion County School Board elected Bobby James as their new chair during an annual organizational meeting recently.

    Board members also elected Kelly King as the vice-chair.

    James returns to the chair position for the third time, having previously served in 2008-2009 and 2013-14.  James was appointed to the board in 2007 and is currently in his second elected four-year term. He represents district three which includes 15 schools predominantly in West Ocala and Southwest Marion County.

  • State Road 200 helps United Way

    United Way of Marion County is pleased to announce that the community has currently reached 50 percent of the 2015 campaign goal. Recently, United Way invited some retirement communities located on State Road 200 to be a part of the community campaign, not an area of outreach in past years..

  • Nugent won't seek re-election

    U.S. Rep Rich Nugent, R-Brooksville, announced Monday that he will not seek re-election. He outlined his reasons for stepping down in the following news release:

    “It is with decidedly mixed emotions that I am announcing today that I will not be seeking another term in Congress. 

  • 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.