Local News

  • Fire engulfs home

    Ocala Fire Rescue responded to reports of a working fire Friday morning at 11:06 at 43 SW 21st Ave.

    Smoke was visible as units approached the home in flames. Upon arrival firefighters were informed that there were no occupants inside the home. A primary search was conducted to verify the claims as the attempts to knock down the fire began.

    The fire was completely knocked down at 11:24 a.m. No one was injured. The cause is under investigation.

  • Accidental shooting kills OPD officer

    Ocala Police Officer Jared Forsyth, 33, was killed Monday in an accidental shooting during firearms training at the range at Lowell.

    Reports said a gun discharged as another officer was unloading it. Forsyth was taken to ORMC, where he died.

    FDLE is investigating and no other information has been released.

  • Friday Forum to tackle issue of homeless

    The April 10 Friday Forum will explore homelessness in Marion County, both the immediate request of the Salvation Army to expand its facility three blocks north of the Ocala town square and the extent of our moral and ethical responsibilities as a community of self proclaimed compassion toward transients, those fallen unexpectedly on hard times through job loss or illness and the chronically homeless hidden in fields all around us.

  • Lawn decorations stolen in Cherrywood

    The Cherrywood community in Southwest Ocala was plagued by a series of lawn ornament thefts early this week.
    In all cases, the thief or thieves got away with small, inexpensive ornaments. All cases were classified as petit thefts by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
    Reports from deputies in the area were contained in material provided to the Citizen by the Sheriff’s Office. Here is a list of reported thefts:

  • Welcome home, Vietnam veterans

    Sunday was the national Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans day. Marion County did its part with a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, where vets were greeted with short speeches and a display from guests which featured posters and signs. The vets then walked through the crowd that had lined up on both sides of the sidewalk, receiving handshakes, hugs and high fives along the way.

  • Boil water order cancelled

    Marion County Utilities has rescinded the precautionary boil water notice for customers in the communities of Majestic Oaks, Bent Tree, Jasmine Park, Harvest Meadows, Boyd and Pidgeon Park. The water was determined safe to drink, following the standard bacteriological survey. Residents in these areas are being notified by door hanger and/or phone call. Customers with questions should call Utilities’ customer service line at 352-307-6000.

  • Boil water order issued

    Marion County Utilities has issued a precautionary boil water notice for customers in the communities of Majestic Oaks, Bent Tree, Jasmine Park, Harvest Meadows, Boyd and Pidgeon Park. Utilities advises that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute. As an alternative, residents may opt to use bottled water. Residents in these areas are being notified by door hanger.

  • Arts center groundbreaking held

    On Friday, March 6, the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and community members joined together to officially break ground on the Reilly Arts Center.
    The Reilly Arts Center, formerly the City Auditorium at Tuscawilla Park, will be the new home of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra as well as a unique venue that can be rented for various productions and events.
    The center has several rental spaces including the Live Oak Founders’ Club, Jenkins Auto Group Outdoor Stage, an art-deco style lobby, and the main stage auditorium.

  • It's time for cows on the streets of Ocala

    The city of Ocala has partnered with the Rotary Clubs in Marion County and the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association to present the third annual Rotary Discovery Fest Cracker Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round Up. This family-friendly event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    The Rotary Discovery Fest begins with a cattle drive which starts on SE First Avenue. Several viewing locations are set up along the route, which can be found at www.ocalafl.org/cowboy. The Cattle Drive will end at the Tuscawilla Park, where the fun will continue.

  • Home improvement expo Saturday at OTOW