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  • AAUW discusses human trafficking

    By Patricia A. Woodbury
    Human Trafficking is modern day slavery! This was the topic of discussion at the January meeting of the American Association of University Women-Ocala Branch.
    The guest speaker for this meeting was Detective Zackary Hughes, Bureau of Special Investigations of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Detective Hughes is on the Human Trafficking Task Force for the county. This task force was established in 2010 for the purpose of education and advocacy about and for victims of human trafficking.

  • Four Chaplains honored

    It may have been Super Bowl Sunday, but for those gathered at Veterans Memorial Park on the afternoon of Feb. 1, something far more important to them was being remembered.
    There was a Four Chaplains ceremony that attracted a small crowd to a corner of the park near the plaque honoring the four men of God who sacrificed so much during an attack on a ship in World War II.
    The four men saved many sailors whose ship had been torpedoed by the Germans. The ship didn’t have a chance, going down in a very short time.

  • City Auditorium to be renovated, expanded

    The Ocala Symphony Orchestra (OSO) is pleased to announce that the Ocala City Council has approved lease agreement amendments that will allow construction of the Reilly Arts Center, formerly the City Auditorium, to begin immediately.
    “We are extremely grateful for the support from City Council and in particular the opportunity to work with interim city manager, John Zobler,” said OSO Executive Director, Pamela Calero.  

  • McClain to run for State House

     Stan McClain announced his candidacy for State Representative. McClain, a three-term Marion County Commissioner and small businessman, is pledging to run on a platform of fiscal responsibility, economic growth, and conservative values. Among his highest priorities is insuring the clean water of Florida for future generations.

  • School tax oversight members sought

    Marion County’s School Board is seeking legal residents of Marion County who want to be considered as members of a financial oversight committee reviewing a recently-approved one mill tax referendum.
    The committee will verify funds collected, as a result of the additional millage approved by voters back in November, are appropriately allocated and spent.

  • Not too late to get flu shots

    As doctor’s offices, urgent care centers and hospitals are seeing, flu season is active, with hospitalization rates close to what they were two years ago. Flu is one of the nation’s leading causes of death, with roughly 24,000 people a year dying from flu and its complications. Latest figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show the flu hitting hard in all but seven states.

  • Candidates already starting campaigns

    By Jim Clark
    The 2016 August primary is still more than a year away, but already candidates are starting to file notices of intent to run for office in Marion County.
    Wesley Wilcox, Supervisor of Elections, announced a system whereby candidates’ notices are immediately released
    On Tuesday, it was announced that William “Billy” Woods, a Republican, intends to challenge Sheriff Chris Blair, who is in his first term as sheriff.

  • Theatre Students showcase talent

    The Marion County Center for the Arts at West Port High School will present Lucille Fletcher’s one-act thriller, Sorry, Wrong Number, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. The play will be followed by a showcase of monologues, scenes, and musical theatre performances by students in the school’s Thespian troupe. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. The West Port High School Performing Arts Center is at 3733 SW 80th Ave. in Ocala.

  • Firefighters collecting toys

     For more than 10 years, Marion County Fire Rescue firefighters have helped meet the needs of families who are struggling to eat, stay warm and bring joy into their homes during the holiday season. As part of this annual effort, MCFR firefighters are asking the community to partner with their Holiday Helpers Drive by donating clothing, toys and non-perishable goods to underprivileged children this season.

  • Porsche Club forms

    The Porsche Club of America (PCA) is forming the Florida Thoroughbred Region encompassing Marion, Lake, Levy, Sumter, and Citrus counties. Headquarters will be located in Ocala. Porsche of Ocala is taking a supporting role in the development and ongoing activities of the region.