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Today's News

  • Pun Alley 12-18-2015

    By Dick Frank

  • He was there all the time

    Some time ago, Dr. Lee Niblock announced his resignation as the Marion County administrator. He was accepting a similar job in Alachua County.
    That set the wheels in motion to replace him in the county’s top job.
    A lot of money was spent in a nationwide search, and the delays were many. Finally, commission members settled on some finalists, and from that group one man was chosen as the top candidate.

  • 'Do Not Call' lists are a farce

    Years ago, the federal and state governments established what is commonly called “Do Not Call” lists. You can add your phone number to a list, and telemarketers, etc., are not supposed to call you.
    Like so many other government programs, these are a complete joke.
    I get so many calls on both my home phone and our office newsroom phone, both of which have been on the list for quite some time.

  • Oak Run news 12-18-2015

    By Laura Smith

  • Spruce Creek North 12-18-2015

    By Margie Beard
    We, at Spruce Creek North, have been celebrating Christmas all month. We stated out with a special day of Christmas crafting. Thanks to Muriel Caron for organizing this event for our ladies. Cookies, punch, and Christmas music were a welcome addition.
    On Dec. 8, the community welcomed Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe entertainers. The show and refreshments were compliments of our management. The show was outstanding and we thank our management for providing the great entertainment.

  • Church notices 12-18-2015

    Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
    After welcoming in the New Year, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church invites you to come and enjoy a pancakes, eggs and sausage breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 2, from 8 to 11 a.m. This is a great way to meet community members and get to know Our Redeemer. A $5 donation will be appreciated.

  • Out to Pastor 12-18-2015

    By Rev. James Snyder

  • Ocala West United Methodist

    Tuesday, Dec. 8, an awards dinner was held in Stanfield Hall at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala.

  • Bouyounes named county administrator

    Marion County Commissioners have found their new county administrator. Acting County Administrator Mounir Bouyounes will officially assume the county’s top administrative role in January at a regular commission meeting.

  • Sales tax going on ballot

    The Marion County Commission last week unanimously approved putting a sales tax option before county voters in the March 2016 presidential ballot.
    If passed, the 1 percent sales tax would fund public safety equipment needs for law enforcement, fire rescue and emergency medical services, as well as transportation capital road projects for Marion County and its municipalities (Belleview, Dunnellon, Ocala, Reddick and McIntosh).
    The temporary tax would be levied over a period of four years, starting on Jan. 1, 2017 and ending on Dec. 31, 2020.