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  • Farmers market week

    By Rhea Landholm

    Center for Rural Affairs

  • The Centers ramps up addiction fight

    By Nancy Kennedy

    Recovery from opiate or alcohol addiction is a fight.

    Even after the physical symptoms of withdrawal are over — and they are often brutal — a person is left dealing with the physiological changes in the brain.

    That’s when the danger of relapse is at a high risk.

    In May, Gov. Rick Scott officially declared the opioid epidemic in Florida a public health emergency, which authorizes him to release funds without the Legislature’s approval.

  • Sales tax holiday this weekend
  • Robbery suspect runs, shoots himself

    Sheriff’s Office news release
    Marion County Sheriffs Office (MCSO) detectives responded to an armed robbery at a convenience store located at the intersection of SW Highway 200 and SW 80th Street. As detectives arrived, they observed a masked gunman exit the store. The gunman, later identified as suspect Rodney F. Snow, 33, jumped into the passenger side of a waiting vehicle being driven by Christina Gaud, 40.

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  • Boil water notice ends in Oak Run

    Marion County Utilities has rescinded a precautionary boil water notice for 3,400 customers in the Oak Run community that had been put in place due to a 12-inch water main break that appears to have been caused by a lightning strike.
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection standard survey requires two consecutive days of satisfactory bacteriological samples taken upstream and downstream of the loss of pressure. Following the satisfactory completion of the standard 48-hour bacteriological survey, the water was determined to be safe to drink.

  • Stuff the Bus

    The annual Stuff the Bus campaign to provide school supplies for homeless students is ongoing. Last Saturday the bus was at Walmart on State Road 200. On the left is Heidi Maier (Superintendent) and on the right is Suzanne McGuire (Director Family, School & Community Engagement). They are holding some of the donated items.

  • County rejects development on 200

    Sierra Club News Release

    In the third and final hearing on changes to the comprehensive plan for the 3,000 acre Development of Regional Impact (DRI), AZ Ocala Ranch, the Marion County Commissioners were left with more questions than answers about this sprawling development in the southwest corner of Marion County.

  • Car chase leads to arrest

     

    By Buster Thompson

    Citrus County Chronicle

    An Inverness man was arrested on a variety of charges Monday night after he led Marion and Citrus County deputies on a high-speed chase.

    At about 10:40 p.m. on Monday on State Road 200 in Marion County, Marion sheriff’s deputies were pursuing a vehicle driven by 57-year-old Michael Gordon Crabtree, reaching speeds of up to 75 mph, according to Crabtree’s arrest report.

  • Out to Pastor 06-28-2017

    By Rev. James Snyder

    After about a million days of toil, sweat and aggravation, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I decided to take a few days off and relax.

    I am not a real expert when it comes to relaxing. I have not pursued a Ph.D. in relaxing and therefore it is a foreign theme to me.

    Of course, I have advised many people to chill out, relax a little bit and not get so excited about things. What doctor do you know who takes his own medicine? Or, what pastor do you know that listens to his own sermon?