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Local News

  • Sales tax holiday starts Friday

    Florida’s 2015 back-to-school sales tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 7 and lasts through Aug. 16.
    During this holiday period, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax (also known as discretionary sales surtax) will be collected on purchases of:
    • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item,
    • Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and

  • Interim county administrator resigns

    Interim Marion County Administrator Bill Kauffman is heading in a new direction. On Friday, July 17, Kauffman announced his intention to resign, effective by Aug. 15, 2015. He will be joining the City of Ocala in the role of assistant city manager.

  • Reilly Arts Center tickets available

    Tickets are now on sale for “Opening Night at the Reilly Arts Center” the one-night-only, inaugural concert in the renovated city auditorium.  The performance takes place on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reilly Arts Center, 836 NE Sanchez Ave. Tickets range from $35 to $75 and can be purchased online at www.ocalasymphony.com or by calling the office at 352-351-1606.

  • Civic Chorale welcomes director

    Marion Civic Chorale welcomes its new director, Dr. John Guarente, and its new accompanist, Vicky Juliano.

    For 28 years the dedicated musicians of The Marion Civic Chorale have brought to Marion County a wide repertoire of classical and popular music. It is time now to welcome new director, Dr. John Guarente, to lead, and new accompanist, Vicky Juliano, to accompany, the group in its musical endeavors.

    John Guarente, Director

  • Hancock to run for County Commission

    Note: The following was taken from a news release supplied by the candidate.

    Richard Hancock recently filed to run for Marion County Commission, District 5 as a Republican. The former CEO of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association, and businessman, has vowed to serve the citizens of Marion County with integrity and common sense leadership.

  • Pun Alley 06-12-2015

    By Dick Frank

  • Running series scheduled

    The Ocala Runner’s Club unveiled a new racing series today to coincide with National Running Day. The Big Hammock Race Series will feature seven local races that runners can participate in to receive a special race series shirt, medal and awards at the end of the series.

  • Growth coming to State Road 200 area

    By JIM CLARK
    The continuing growth along the major highway in the southwest part of Marion County was emphasized Monday at the meeting of the State Road 200 Coalition.
    Pat Gabriel, president of the group, gave a summary of business activity along the “Corridor” to a crowded room at the Collins Center at TimberRidge.
    Starting at the area of 200 and 484 and working her way toward the city of Ocala, she told members what was under way, what was planned and what was likely to happen.

  • OBS sale catalog available

    The catalog for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age is now available via the OBS website at obssales.com. The website features a sortable master index for the catalog and pedigree updates occurring since the catalog was printed.

  • Residents urged to take health care survey

    Marion County residents are invited to share their views on health and health care in their community by taking a 10 to 15 minute survey.
    A partnership of health care facilities and WellFlorida Council, the region’s health council and consultant for health causes, are conducting the survey from April to June.
    Residents’ input will be used to assess Marion County’s most pressing health needs and to develop a community health improvement plan for the county.