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Local News

  • Propane tank ties up traffic

    A 20-pound propane cylinder became lodged under the rear axle of a box truck, during morning traffic, on State Road 200 on Thursday, March 16..

    Engine No. 6 was dispatched, at 6:58 a.m., to SW College Road and SW 35th Terrace where a single vehicle accident was reported.

    Firefighters arrived to find a white Dodge diesel work truck, stopped in the median turn lane with a propane tank wedged underneath.

  • Alleged deserter found after 45 years

    By Jim Clark

    On Tuesday, March 21, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted agents with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations in locating Linley Benson Lemburg (DOB: 08/29/1941), who has allegedly been AWOL (Absent Without Leave) from the Air Force since 1972.

    Lemburg was living at 7847 SW 5th Place in The Falls in Ocala with his wife under the alias of William Michael Robertson, and had a fictitious date of birth of 08/29/1951.

  • State Road 200 development advances

    By Jim Clark

    The mammoth new subdivision planned for State Road 200 just north of the Citrus County line has cleared its first hurdle with the County Commission.

    Despite a barrage of complaints from the floor and an 80-person petition, all protesting the proposal, commissioners voted 4-0 to let the developers of the 5,400 single-family unit site, plus multi-family, independent living and assisted living facilities, advance the project to state officials for review from various agencies. Commissioner Michelle Stone did not attend.

  • Mayors protest air traffic privatization

    The Alliance for Aviation Across America released a letter to Congress from over 115 mayors in all 50 states expressing concern about the impact of air traffic control privatization on communities across the country, especially those in rural regions of the country.
    Mayor Kent Guinn of Ocala is among those who signed the letter.

  • Police kill man who shot at pipeline

    A shooting suspect died early Sunday afternoon after leading Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies on a chase from Marion County to Floral City.

    Calls came into Marion County around 9 a.m. reporting an individual shooting at the Sabal Pipeline and pipeline construction equipment with a high powered rifle. Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies, CCSO deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol all responded to the incident.

  • Airport expansion: no passenger service

    By Jim Clark
    A series of workshops Tuesday took place so architects could present several designs for a proposed new building for general aviation at the Ocala International Airport.
    Meetings were held during the day for airport officials and for the Ocala City Council. The evening event was publicized as one where the general public could take part.

  • SECO elects Muffett

    On Tuesday, Feb. 7, members voted to re-elect Earl Muffett to represent District 6 on SECO Energy’s Board of Trustees. Muffett, a Summerfield resident, has been a SECO member since 1979 and has served on the Board for over 25 years.

  • Trauma Center honored

    Ocala Health’s Trauma Center has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

  • Shooting in Florida Highlands

    Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives are seeking information about a shooting that occurred around the 8200 block of SW 151st Place in the Florida Highlands on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 4.
    A 21-year-old man told detectives he was riding his four-wheeler in the area of the “mudhole” with approximately 50-70 people present. This area is known to attract large groups of people on Super Bowl weekend.

  • Cattle call

    The annual cattle drive took place in Ocala on Saturday, Feb. 10.