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Local News

  • Two die in OTOW shooting

    A possible murder-suicide in On Top of the World had the community on edge for a while Thursday morning.
    Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies were dispatched to 8747 SW 93rd Place in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies discovered
    June Jackson, 60, on her neighbor’s front lawn suffering from a gunshot wound. Jackson was immediately transported to the hospital and was later pronounced dead.

  • Coalition meets on Monday

    The State Road 200 Coalition will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, May 9, at 1 p.m. at the Collins Center, TimberRidge Building 5000, Suite 5001.
    School Board and superintendent candidates have been invited.
    The meeting is open to the public.

  • Pillowcase burglars' links to murders probed

    By Buster Thompson
    Investigators from several agencies are still sifting through a cache of goods believed stolen by an Ocala couple suspected of burglarizing over 60 homes around central Florida.
    Darren Decker, 41, and his 44-year-old wife Jessica Baker were arrested April 18 during a traffic stop in Marion County on an arrest warrant stemming from a burglary that happened that day in Sumter County.
    They are being held without bond at the Sumter County Detention Center on charges of unarmed burglary and grand theft.

  • Where should the I-75 connector go?

    By Mike Wright
    The Suncoast Parkway’s biggest cheerleader wants Citrus County’s political leaders on board for a proposed parkway extension to Interstate 75.
    Work on extending the Suncoast Parkway from U.S. Highway 98 to State Road 44 is expected to begin in the summer. Citrus County officials are being asked to support extending the road further to I-75.

  • Lost a child?

    The Ocala Chapter of The Compassionate Friends welcomes bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings to attend the 2016 Spring Picnic & Butterfly Release on Saturday, April 23 – R.S.V.P. Immediately at (352) 804-7082 or (352) 840-0051!

  • Sheriff's candidates visit Coalition

    By Jim Clark
    The three Republican candidates for sheriff appeared Monday at the State Road 200 Coalition meeting, and incumbent Chris Blair had to defend his operation of the office after attacks by challengers Billy Woods and Kerry Crawford.
    Democratic candidate Dennis McFatten attended, but did not take part in the forum. Once the Republican nominee is selected, the Coalition will hold another forum with the finalists.
    Woods, a 26-year veteran of the Ocala Police Department, led off, as each candidate had 10 minutes to speak.

  • Welcome home, Vietnam vets

    A Welcome Home event for Vietnam veterans, the third annual gathering, took place under threatening skies Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocala. Those who gathered were welcomed with rows of flags at the ramp leading up to the gazebo, where the ceremonies took place.

  • Flu shots still needed

    It’s not too late to get your flu shot! Flu season may have started slowly, but we are now seeing increased influenza activity throughout the U.S. and Florida, particularly in children. Increased activity in children typically comes ahead of increased influenza activity in other age groups.

  • Serving the blind

    By Laura Smith
    and Jessica Nisbette

  • Task force leans toward I-75 expansion

    By Mike Wright
    Members of an transportation group tasked with finding solutions to current and future Interstate 75 traffic congestion are warming to ideas that stick to freeway expansion.
    Several I-75 Relief Task Force members said they prefer significant upgrades to the interstate, including truck-only lanes, to building a new roadway north from the Suncoast Parkway.