Local News

  • 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
  • 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.