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  • Students mark Veterans Day

    By Jim Clark

    More than 2,000 students from Marion County schools gathered at Veterans Park for a ceremony honoring those who have or are still serving in our Armed Forces.

    There was patriotic music, readings and speeches from some of those attending. The Ocala Police Dept. conducted a 21 plus 1 gun salute, and there was a flyover by a quintet of War-birds from Leeward Air Ranch.

    The ceremony takes place each year as students, who attend school that day, get an education into the service and sacrifice of local veterans.

  • School leadership changes announced

    Incoming Superintendent of Schools Heidi Maier is announcing her appointments to the two highest positions in her administration. 

  • Marion voters set tone for Florida

    By Jim Clark

    Marion County voters followed the district, state and national trends Tuesday as Republicans swept the down-ballot votes.

    Voter turnout was massive, with 76.66 percent of the registered voters casting ballots.

    Billy Woods easily won the office of sheriff, replacing Chris Blair, who withdrew from the race in a plea deal following charges of perjury filed against him. Woods defeated Democrat Dennis McFatten by getting nearly 63 percent of the vote.

  • Click here for Marion election results
  • Trump rallies crowd in Ocala

    By Buster Thompson

    Donald Trump worked to get his Florida supporters fired up as the presidential election draws just four weeks away.

    Speaking Wednesday at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala in front of several thousand cheering supporters, the Republican presidential nominee finished up the last of his campaign rallies in the electoral battleground state.

  • Don't ignore the races close to home

    After suffering through another “debate” Sunday night, I’ve come to the conclusion that nothing I say or do is going to make a darn bit of difference in this political race.
    However, I do feel that a lot of people locally are ignoring the important races, the ones that can affect us every day.
    On the ballot in Marion County we have one County Commission race, various state legislative races and the sheriff’s race.
    There are also Congressional races and a U.S. Senate race.

  • Sheriff's Office seeks Halloween candy

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Southwest District, 9048 State Road 200, is accepting donations of Halloween candy for its annual Halloween Party. Candy should be individually wrapped. For further information call 402-6060.

  • One Ocala, One America schedule

    A variety show, a children’s event, an outdoor movie and a festival at Citizens’ Circle will highlight the annual One Ocala One America Week happening Oct. 5 to 8.
    The observance is designed to promote racial harmony and cultural awareness. It is coordinated by the City of Ocala’s Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Force, which is chaired by City Councilwoman Mary Sue Rich. The task force is composed of City staff and local volunteers of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
    The public is invited to attend the following complimentary events:

  • Photos being sought for Discover section

    The South Marion Citizen and West Marion Messenger are preparing to publish their second annual “Discover” section this fall.
    Once again we are soliciting scenic photos and, if you wish, feature stories concerning locations and activities within Marion County.
    All items must be submitted on a volunteer basis, and submission implies approval to publish the stories and/or photos.

  • Drivers caught by red light cameras seek refunds

    Motorists from 65 Florida cities and counties want their money back after paying red light camera tickets that a state appeals court deemed illegal two years ago.
    Last week, a federal appeals court said not so fast.
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, overseeing Florida, Georgia and Alabama, denied a ticket refund worth more than $200 million. But it also denied the local governments’ request to dismiss the class-action lawsuit, thereby allowing it to proceed.
    A final decision won’t happen anytime soon.