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  • Hey kids! Open wide, it's free

    Drs. Brian Winterman, Carol Fiola, Michael Swindasz and team at The Dentist Place will be providing free basic dental services to children in our community in honor of Give Kids A Smile.
    The event is for children ages 5 to 12 in our community. It will take place on Friday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Dentist Place, 2760 SE 17th St., Suite 600, Ocala.
    Free dental services provided to children on Give Kids A Smile Day will include cleanings, sealants, fluoride, desensitize, emergency care and more.

  • Charlie Stone gets House post

    Florida House Majority Leader Dana Young (R-Tampa) and Majority Whip Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) today announced the appointment of Representatives Colleen Burton (R-Lakeland), Julio Gonzalez (R-Venice), David Santiago (R-Deltona), and Charlie Stone (R-Ocala) as House Majority Deputy Whips for the 2015-2016 Legislative Term.

  • Candidate from Sumter to run

    Sumter County Commissioner Don Hahnfeldt has announced his candidacy for State House District 33, currently held by Rep. Marlene O’Toole, who is term limited and cannot run for re-election. Hahnfeldt has a respected history of service in business, government, and the military. Before retirement from the United States Navy, Hahnfeldt’s final assignment included being the commander of the strategic submarine squadron in the Pacific.”

  • Power Plant Incubator adds two businesses
  • 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.