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Today's News

  • Area returning to normal

    By Jim Clark

    The area continues to recover from the effects from Hurricane Irma, which had lost its clout by the time it reached our area.

    All surrounding weather stations report a lack of hurricane force winds in the area. However, the statistics for wind at the Ocala station could not be found, and it appears that the wind reports are not available.

    Gainesville reported wind gusts to 61, and The Villages at 54. No tornadoes were reported in the area.

    Rainfall was about 10 inches.

  • Warning issued for SR 200 area
  • Mobile, modular home evacuations ordered

    Due to the current projected path of Hurricane Irma, Marion County Emergency Management officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order for those living in mobile homes and modular-type homes within Marion County. Emergency Management officials urge those living in these type homes to be evacuated by 8 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 9.

  • Shelter list released by Sheriff's Office

    SHELTER RUMOR CONTROL

    There is an INCORRECT list of public school shelters that is going around right now. Below is the list of schools that will be available as shelters starting today at 5pm. If any of that information changes we will post it to our Facebook. Please see the shelters listed below, at this time they are the ONLY ones that will be open.

  • Marion state of emergency declared

    The Marion County Board of County Commissioners declared a state of local emergency on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in anticipation of the potential for severe weather resulting from Hurricane Irma’s approach toward the Sunshine State. This local state of emergency is issued under the provisions provided by Florida Statutes and follows Gov. Rick Scott’s declaration for all 67 counties in Florida on Labor Day.

  • We want your photos for Discover

    The Citrus Publishing Company Marion County newspapers, including the South Marion Citizen, West Marion Messenger and Riverland News, are planning the third annual special section for this fall called “Discover Marion County.”

    The section will carry information to guide people around the various things that the county has to offer. It will include lists, some stories and photos, lots of photos.

  • Budget hearings set

    Share your thoughts at upcoming public hearings as the Marion County Board of County Commissioners moves toward final decisions on next fiscal year’s budget. The budget public hearings are on Thursdays, Sept. 7 and 21, beginning at 7 p.m.

    “Marion County’s annual budget touches every part of our community,” said Carl Zalak, III, Chairman of the Marion County Commission. “With this in mind, it is so important that we hear from residents regarding their vision for the budget each year.”

  • Sen. Nelson's wife visits

    Grace Nelson, wife of Florida’s senior Sen. Bill Nelson, celebrated Women’s Equality Day Aug. 26 with 120 enthusiastic guests of the Democratic Women’s Club of Marion County at the Silver Springs Shores Community Center .

    Women’s Equality Day commemorates the ratification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution which gave women the right to vote after a long and difficult journey that included horrendous challenges along the way.

  • Out to Pastor 09-01-2017

    By Dr. James L. Snyder

    During a recent lottery shindig, everybody was watching to see who was going to win all that money. Even I got all caught up in the excitement and was on the edge of my seat too.

    “Why,” the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said, “are you so interested in that lottery?”

    “Well,” I said as soberly as possible, “what if I win all that money? Wouldn’t that be tremendous?” Then I flashed a gracious million-dollar smile at her.

  • Upcoming events posted 09-01-2017

    Friday, Sept. 1

    Bowling leagues forming

    Queen of Peace League

    We are recruiting bowlers for our Queen of Peace Bowling League at the Galaxy West Bowling Center for our next season. The center is at the intersection of Easy Street and 17th Street. The new season will start on Friday, Sept .8th at noon, with practice starting 10 minutes earlier, then progressing for 30 weeks with four major holiday weekends off.