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Today's News

  • Cattle call

    The annual cattle drive took place in Ocala on Saturday, Feb. 10.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Why do we need proclamations?

    The Marion County Commission has gotten itself into a bind in a situation involving a proclamation for Black History Month.

    One group submitted a proposed proclamation, but commissioners, led by Chairman Carl Zalak, changed the wording.

    That didn’t go over very well.

    I’m not going to dwell on this one proclamation, but I will dwell on the whole process. For the most part, I don’t understand why we need proclamations.

  • African Violet show

    African Violets were on display and on sale at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion last weekend.

  • Behavior in D.C. was poor

    It’s a heck of a way to spend a holiday weekend, yet that’s what I did … reading the attorneys’ report on the conclusion into the investigation of Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham, all 35 pages of it.

    While clearing Graham of harassment charges, thereby allowing for his reinstatement, it contains descriptions of some other activities that are not what we should expect of our city employees, whether or not they are police officers.

  • Sheriff's Office: new beginning

    By Sheriff Billy Woods

  • 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."