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Local News

  • 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.

  • End-of-Summer Bash at Tuscawilla

    Local residents marked the end of summer with a “bash”  with a Jimmy Buffett theme at Tuscawilla Park on Saturday, Sept. 17. At right, a boy named Henry whose mother would not supply his last name, swats an oversized ball, while above, a “parrothead” spokesman speaks to visitors.

  • Write-ins withdraw; Maier elected

    By Jim Clark

    Heidi Maier is now officially elected as Marion County Superintendent of Schools.

    The Republican candidate eliminated incumbent George Tomyn in the Aug. 30 primary.

    There were two write-in candidates, Kelly Taub and Pamela Archer, and that closed the primary to non-Republican voters.

    But now Taub and Archer have both withdrawn, effective Sept. 12 and 13, and that means that Maier is elected and will not appear on the November ballot.

  • Statue of slain deputy unveiled

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office held an unveiling of the newly restored statue of MCSO Deputy Brian Litz, and his K-9 companion, “Justice”, on Friday, Sept. 9 at the MCSO Southwest District Office. Litz was killed in the line of duty 12 years ago and his monument has been a fixture in the Marion County community to remember and honor him for his ultimate sacrifice.

  • Walk to end Alzheimer's

    The Walk to End Alzheimer's tok place on Saturday, Sept. 10, with the finish at Tuscawilla Park. Here are some scenes from the finish area.

  • Noise issues raised at meeting

    By Jim Clark
    The Florida Department of Transportation on Tuesday briefed the public on plans to widen State Road 200 in Marion County from County Road 484 to the Withlacoochee River at the Citrus County line, but don’t expect to see any construction in the near future.

  • Widening of 200 is topic of meeting

    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will have a public hearing about the plans to reconstruct and widen the segment of State Road (SR) 200 from north of the Citrus County Line to south of County Road 484 in Marion County.
    FDOT is proposing to widen the existing two lane roadway to four lanes, with the addition of a 40-foot grass median.
    Further improvements include bridges for wildlife, pedestrian trail access and equestrians, and the installation of a wildlife fence on portions of FDOT right-of-way.