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  • 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.

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  • Electric car charger installed on Square

    After two years of research and planning, Ocala Electric Utility, working with community partnerships, is helping the city of Ocala take one step closer in efforts to improve the environment by installing the first electric car charging station in downtown Ocala.
    The AeroVironment electric charger, generously donated by Pearson Nissan was installed on the north side of the downtown square earlier this month. The charger was officially unveiled by city management, Mayor Kent Guinn and Pearson Nissan.

  • Wi-Fi now available at city parks

    The City of Ocala Telecommunications Department has been in the process of implementing complementary Wi-Fi in the majority of city parks. The E.D. Croskey Recreation Center (1510 NW Fourth St.), Tuscawilla Park (899 NE Sanchez Ave.) and Jervey Gantt Park (2200 SE 36th Ave.) currently have operational access points.  
    To gain access to the city’s Wi-Fi, the user is requested to search for the signal “Parks Guest.”
    To use the Wi-Fi the user must accept the limitations and disclaimer information.

  • Art Walk finale is Friday, May 1

    The final First Friday Art Walk of the 2014-15 season will take place Friday, May 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.
    The Art Walk will take a summer break during June, July and August, and will return for the next season Friday, Sept. 4.
    May’s Art Walk will feature more than 40 art displays by artists and organizations, live entertainment and extended shopping hours throughout the central business district.  
    Special additions include:
    The Ocala Storytelling Guild will provide storytelling lessons on the downtown square, 6 to 9 p.m.

  • Law Enforcement Torch Run

    The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics took place last week at the Ocala Police Dept. The runners started the run along Pine Avenue, while some of those who participated chose to ride.

  • Tornado smashes Oak Run, Palm Cay

    The National Weather Service has confirmed that the storm which struck southwest Marion County on Monday afternoon was an EF1 tornado,  capable of producing winds from 86 to 109 mph.

    The tornado caused homes to lose their roofs, carports and awnings. Fallen trees also damaged some homes.

    Marion County Fire Rescue on Monday afternoon responded to weather-related incidents reported in two neighboring subdivisions. Approximately 55 homes in the Oak Run and Palm Cay subdivisions suffered damages resulting from downed trees and wind. No injuries were reported.