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  • 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.

  • Canterfield plans open house

    Atlanta-based Medical Development Corp is pleased to announce the public grand opening of the latest addition to its award-winning Canterfield Senior Living Communities properties: Canterfield of Ocala.

    Grand opening festivities will take place the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 27, at Canterfield of Ocala, 9589 SW State Road 200, near the junction of SW County Road 484 and across from Walmart.

  • Protesters at Square

    At least 300 people showed up just before noon on Saturday at the Ocala square to demonstrate peacefully their support for programs they fear will disappear, and issues they fear will be ignored, under a Trump administration.  The crowd flowed onto the sidewalks surrounding the square for about an hour, carrying signs with messages ranging from "Fund Planned Parenthood" to "Climate Change is Real" to "Protect Medicare."  

  • Ocala Health expansion announced

    Ocala Health leadership has released details on a multi-faceted expansion project at Ocala Regional Medical Center, which will add nearly 35,000 square feet of new space and renovate 50,000 square feet of existing space. These projects represent an increase in capacity of approximately 15 percent (34 more inpatient beds).

    The project will include the below expansions.

    Addition of 34 inpatient beds, bringing the total to 256 inpatient beds.

  • National hysteria and the electoral votes

    By Jim Clark

  • Internet cafe on 200 robbed

    Patrons and workers at the Internet Cafe, 8585 SW State Road 200, faced two armed robbers Sunday at about 9:30 p.m.
    According to a report from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, two black men entered the store brandishing handguns. They were dressed in hoodies and had their faces covered, the report read.

  • Hospital approved for TimberRidge

    Munroe Regional Medical Center (MRMC) has received notice that the Agency for Health Care Administration approved its application for a certificate of need to build a new hospital at the site of the TimberRidge Emergency Center. This allows Munroe to proceed with plans for expanding health care services for western Marion County and the retirement communities located there, providing access to advanced treatments close to home.