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Today's News

  • The Centers ramps up addiction fight

    By Nancy Kennedy

    Recovery from opiate or alcohol addiction is a fight.

    Even after the physical symptoms of withdrawal are over — and they are often brutal — a person is left dealing with the physiological changes in the brain.

    That’s when the danger of relapse is at a high risk.

    In May, Gov. Rick Scott officially declared the opioid epidemic in Florida a public health emergency, which authorizes him to release funds without the Legislature’s approval.

  • Farmers market week

    By Rhea Landholm

    Center for Rural Affairs

  • Robbery suspect runs, shoots himself

    Sheriff’s Office news release
    Marion County Sheriffs Office (MCSO) detectives responded to an armed robbery at a convenience store located at the intersection of SW Highway 200 and SW 80th Street. As detectives arrived, they observed a masked gunman exit the store. The gunman, later identified as suspect Rodney F. Snow, 33, jumped into the passenger side of a waiting vehicle being driven by Christina Gaud, 40.

  • County rejects development on 200

    Sierra Club News Release

    In the third and final hearing on changes to the comprehensive plan for the 3,000 acre Development of Regional Impact (DRI), AZ Ocala Ranch, the Marion County Commissioners were left with more questions than answers about this sprawling development in the southwest corner of Marion County.

  • Car chase leads to arrest

     

    By Buster Thompson

    Citrus County Chronicle

    An Inverness man was arrested on a variety of charges Monday night after he led Marion and Citrus County deputies on a high-speed chase.

    At about 10:40 p.m. on Monday on State Road 200 in Marion County, Marion sheriff’s deputies were pursuing a vehicle driven by 57-year-old Michael Gordon Crabtree, reaching speeds of up to 75 mph, according to Crabtree’s arrest report.

  • Driver injured in SW wreck

    By Jim Clark

    A 31-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition early Tuesday after his car smashed into a utility pole in Southwest Ocala.

    At 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, Marion County Fire Rescue Team was dispatched to reports of a motor vehicle accident near the intersection of Southwest 95th Street Road and Southwest 60th Avenue, Ocala. The 911 caller reported that a vehicle hit a power pole and the vehicle was possibly on fire.

  • 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.

  • Homework is how you get ready for high school

    At the risk of bragging, I was a pretty smart kid when I was in elementary school (insert sarcastic comment “what happened since?” here).

    I don’t recall ever being told what grade level I was reading, but I knew I was ahead of all my friends.

    When I entered kindergarten, I was given the honor of setting the clock, since I was one of the few who could tell time.

    Along the way I won spelling bee titles, did well in a geography bee, etc.

  • Out to Pastor 08-09-2017

    During my high school career I was no thespian, however, I could act the fool when called upon. My friend was the thespian and starred in our senior high school play, “Finian’s Rainbow.” One of the musical numbers was, “When I’m not near the girl I love,

    I love the girl I’m near.”

  • There goes the sun; don't look at it

    Go back in time about 500 years or so and pretend you’re one of Marion County’s native inhabitants.

    You get up one morning, and your biggest worry is about getting some food. You don’t worry about traffic or pollution or North Korean bombs.

    But suddenly your day changes. It’s getting dark very early, and you stare up at the sky and there is a black circle moving across the sun. You watch mesmerized as the son disappears and you think that this is some sort of omen from the gods.