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  • Driver injured in SW wreck

    By Jim Clark

    A 31-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition early Tuesday after his car smashed into a utility pole in Southwest Ocala.

    At 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, Marion County Fire Rescue Team was dispatched to reports of a motor vehicle accident near the intersection of Southwest 95th Street Road and Southwest 60th Avenue, Ocala. The 911 caller reported that a vehicle hit a power pole and the vehicle was possibly on fire.

  • New emergency director speaks at Friday Forum

    Preston Bowlin, newly appointed Marion County Emergency Management Director in the Sheriff’s Bureau of Support Services, appeared at the May 12 Friday Forum on his first day in that position to discuss hurricane and other disaster preparedness with three representatives of Marion County Public Schools. They were Dr. Craig Ham, Deputy Superintendent of Operations; Charles “Steve”Huffstutler, Emergency Coordinator and Risk Inspector; and Dennis McFatten, Safe Schools Coordinator.

  • Friday Forum to discuss storms

    Hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1 but the National Weather Service has declared this Hurricane Preparedness Week to make sure people give themselves enough time to put a plan in place to protect both their family and property from the effects of a potential natural disaster.

    Erin Miller , Deputy Director of Emergency Management in the Sheriff’s Office, will discuss local preparedness efforts and disaster relief when the May 12 Friday Forum of Marion County meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral, 2111 SW State Road 200, Ocala.

  • West Port student seeks future in ballet

     

    By Augie Salzer

    There is one young man in Dunnellon with the brute strength, balance, flexibility, endurance and the strong core muscular development to be a professional dancer in the ballet.

    William Welch, 17, has been working diligently for the last seven years just to obtain this status.

  • Burn ban now mandatory

    The Marion County Multi-Agency Wildland Task Force unanimously recommended a mandatory burn ban for Marion County.

    Marion County Administrator Mounir Bouyounes approved and signed the emergency declaration, making the burn ban effective as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

    The mandatory ban is due to the hot, dry and windy conditions that continue to exacerbate and threaten wildfires within Marion County.

    This measure is intended to help protect the health, safety and property of the citizens and visitors of Marion County.

  • Schools plan Holocaust events

    Marion County Public Schools and Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn join efforts to present three events designed to remember the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust and Nazi persecution.

    These “Days of Remembrance” events coincide with the country’s annual commemoration established by Congress and held in Washington, DC.

    This year’s local events include:

    Sunday, April 23 – Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony, West Port High School, 5 to 7 p.m.

  • Burn ban voluntary in Marion

    Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR), with the recommendation of the Marion County Multi-Agency Wildland Task Force, decided to implement a voluntary burn ban for Marion County, effective immediately.

    Governor Rick Scott has issued Executive Order 17-120, declaring a state of emergency following the recent wildfires and extreme fire danger faced by our state.

    Until further notice, firefighters are asking citizens to voluntarily delay any outside burning until Marion County receives significant rainfall over an extended period of time.

  • Tomyn to run state athletic association

    The Florida High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to approve George Tomyn as its executive director-elect at the Robert W. Hughes FHSAA Building. Contract negotiations begin immediately between Tomyn, FHSAA President Mark Marsala and Leonard E. Ireland Jr., the Association’s legal counsel. A contract is expected to be presented to the Board May 1.

  • 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.