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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Office seeks Halloween candy

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Southwest District, 9048 State Road 200, is accepting donations of Halloween candy for its annual Halloween Party. Candy should be individually wrapped. For further information call 402-6060.

  • One Ocala, One America schedule

    A variety show, a children’s event, an outdoor movie and a festival at Citizens’ Circle will highlight the annual One Ocala One America Week happening Oct. 5 to 8.
    The observance is designed to promote racial harmony and cultural awareness. It is coordinated by the City of Ocala’s Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Force, which is chaired by City Councilwoman Mary Sue Rich. The task force is composed of City staff and local volunteers of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
    The public is invited to attend the following complimentary events:

  • Photos being sought for Discover section

    The South Marion Citizen and West Marion Messenger are preparing to publish their second annual “Discover” section this fall.
    Once again we are soliciting scenic photos and, if you wish, feature stories concerning locations and activities within Marion County.
    All items must be submitted on a volunteer basis, and submission implies approval to publish the stories and/or photos.

  • Widening of 200: NIMBY or NIML

    Last week the Florida Department of Transportation held a public hearing concerning the proposed widening of State Road 200 from County Road 484 to the Withlacoochee Bridge, which is at the county line with Citrus County.

  • Upcoming events week of 09-23-2016

    Thursday, Sept. 22

    Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support

    Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group will meet on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon at Summerfield Suites Assisted Living Facility, 17421 SE 109th Terrace Road, Summerfield. Onsite respite care available. Call 352-873-7400, ext. 1201 to RSVP.

    Friends 3-Day book sale

  • Upcoming church events week of 09-23-16

    Christ’s Church of Marion County
    Friday, Sept.  23: Soup Kitchen, 11:30 a.m.
    Sunday,  Sept.  25: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m., Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.
    Monday, Sept.  26: Small Group, 10 a.m.
    Monday, Sept.  26: DOERS Men’s Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, Sept.  27: Women’s Crafts and Fellowship, 9 a.m.
    Wednesday, Sept. 28: Singles Small Group, l:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, Sept. 28: Small Groups.
    Thursday, Sept. 29: Praise and Prayer Group, 9 a.m.

  • Out to pastor 09-16-2016

    By Rev. James Snyder

  • Drivers caught by red light cameras seek refunds

    Motorists from 65 Florida cities and counties want their money back after paying red light camera tickets that a state appeals court deemed illegal two years ago.
    Last week, a federal appeals court said not so fast.
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, overseeing Florida, Georgia and Alabama, denied a ticket refund worth more than $200 million. But it also denied the local governments’ request to dismiss the class-action lawsuit, thereby allowing it to proceed.
    A final decision won’t happen anytime soon.

  • End-of-Summer Bash at Tuscawilla

    Local residents marked the end of summer with a “bash”  with a Jimmy Buffett theme at Tuscawilla Park on Saturday, Sept. 17. At right, a boy named Henry whose mother would not supply his last name, swats an oversized ball, while above, a “parrothead” spokesman speaks to visitors.

  • Write-ins withdraw; Maier elected

    By Jim Clark

    Heidi Maier is now officially elected as Marion County Superintendent of Schools.

    The Republican candidate eliminated incumbent George Tomyn in the Aug. 30 primary.

    There were two write-in candidates, Kelly Taub and Pamela Archer, and that closed the primary to non-Republican voters.

    But now Taub and Archer have both withdrawn, effective Sept. 12 and 13, and that means that Maier is elected and will not appear on the November ballot.