Local News

  • 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.

  • 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.