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  • 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.

  • Hurricane season ends, but...

     The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) marked the end of a relatively quiet 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Sunday by reminding Floridians that emergency preparedness does not end with the hurricane season.

  • Fire board member honored

    The Friendship Volunteer Fire Department honored Lenny Klatt at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 1. Lenny, who is a long time attorney in Ocala, served on the Fire Department’s Board of Directors for 13 years. He was voted unanimously by the membership to honorary member status. He was presented with a certificate for his years of service, as well as his badge mounted in a shadow box. Lenny's wife was presented with a flower arrangement. We now have an opening for a board member. If interested, please call 352-897-1427.

  • West Marion Business Association Christmas mixer

    The West Marion Business Association will host its annual Christmas After-Hours Mixer on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Beef O’Brady’s.
    Members of the networking organization and their guests are invited to drop in between 5:30 and 7 p.m.
    The group will gather on the back porch.
    This is a cash bar event with the organization providing appetizers.
    The first meeting of 2015 is set for Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m. at the State Road 200 office of the Marion County Sheriff’s office.

  • Coalition party Monday

    The State Road 200 Coalition will hold its annual Christmas Party for members at its regular meeting site, Timberidge Building 5000, Suite 5001, on Monday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. The club will supply the main dish, but members are asked to bring some other food to share. Gifts are also on the agenda.