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  • Democratic sheriff hopefuls square off

    By JIM CLARK
    Democratic candidates for sheriff in Marion County visited the State Road 200 Coalition on Monday, and the first question showed that the people are demanding answers from the hopefuls.
    Former sheriff Ed Dean was the recipient of the first query, and there were no punches pulled as he was asked if he would rehire “some of his cronies” if he were elected. Dean replied that he would promise a job to no one.

  • Visiting the Appleton

    By Diane Dobry
    While most of the country is outdoors enjoying the sunshine and warmth of the summer, we in Florida are looking for ways to beat the heat. A day at the Appleton Museum in Ocala offers not only a reprieve from the weather, but plenty of creative stimulation, glimpses of history, hands-on activities for the young and not-so-young, films, music and social events.

  • 'Stuff the Bus' campaign ready to roll

    The largest school supply drive in Marion County celebrates its 15-year anniversary by giving to students in need this summer.  
    “Stuff the Bus” started in 2002 as a summer drive to gather school supplies for Marion County’s homeless students.  Today, the program helps approximately 2,500 needy students throughout Marion County Public Schools.
    The annual program is co-sponsored by Marion County Public Schools and local military organizations.  

  • Multi-county ballots set

    Election qualifying for those seeking office in multi-county districts recently closed. Here are some of the results.
    In Congressional District 3, there will be no primary. However, three people will be on the ballot in November: incumbent Ted Yoho, Republican, and challengers Ken McGurn, Democrat, and Tom Wells, no party affiliation.

  • Local election qualifying ends

    By Jim Clark
    The ballots for the August primary and the November general election are becoming more clear after qualifying for local elections ended Friday at noon.
    The most talked-about race will undoubtedly be for sheriff.

  • Man, 95, killed crossing highway

    A 95-year-old man was killed Tuesday when the scooter he was riding was struck by a pickup truck in Ocala.
    Richard W. Field of Ocala was riding a personal mobility device at 12:12 p.m. when it was struck by a 2007 Chevy truck driven by 26-year-old Edward McDaniel III of Belleview at the intersection of SW 44th Court and State Road 200, according to the Ocala Police Department.

  • Candidate drops out

    By Jim Clark

  • LPGA event may be gone

    The LPGA Tour has been making an early-season stop in Ocala for each of the last two years, but a third year appears to be in jeopardy.
    The tour said last Tuesday that the Coates Golf Championship will not take place at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club in 2017. The club is owned by R+L Carriers, a freight-shipping company that is the presenting sponsor of the event.
    Coates Golf will also not return as title sponsor of the event despite signing a three-year deal to have their name on the event.

  • Re-election possible for Blair

    By Jim Clark
    When election time rolls around on Aug. 30, suspended Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair could still be on the ballot, and could still be elected.
    Supervisor of Elections Wesley Wilcox, at the Memorial Day event at Veterans Park, was asked if Blair could be elected, and answered simply “yes.”
    As of Wednesday, Blair is still listed as “active, prefiled” on the elections website.
    He would have to qualify in July to get on the primary ballot in August.

  • Changes at the Sheriff's Office

    By Jim Clark
    Marion County has a new sheriff after Chris Blair was suspended following his indictment on perjury charges, and he has already started to clean house.
    Late Friday afternoon, it was announced that Blair had been arrested and bonded out about an hour earlier.