Local News

  • 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.

  • 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