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Today's News

  • Burn ban voluntary in Marion

    Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR), with the recommendation of the Marion County Multi-Agency Wildland Task Force, decided to implement a voluntary burn ban for Marion County, effective immediately.

    Governor Rick Scott has issued Executive Order 17-120, declaring a state of emergency following the recent wildfires and extreme fire danger faced by our state.

    Until further notice, firefighters are asking citizens to voluntarily delay any outside burning until Marion County receives significant rainfall over an extended period of time.

  • Tomyn to run state athletic association

    The Florida High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to approve George Tomyn as its executive director-elect at the Robert W. Hughes FHSAA Building. Contract negotiations begin immediately between Tomyn, FHSAA President Mark Marsala and Leonard E. Ireland Jr., the Association’s legal counsel. A contract is expected to be presented to the Board May 1.

  • Propane tank ties up traffic

    A 20-pound propane cylinder became lodged under the rear axle of a box truck, during morning traffic, on State Road 200 on Thursday, March 16..

    Engine No. 6 was dispatched, at 6:58 a.m., to SW College Road and SW 35th Terrace where a single vehicle accident was reported.

    Firefighters arrived to find a white Dodge diesel work truck, stopped in the median turn lane with a propane tank wedged underneath.

  • Alleged deserter found after 45 years

    By Jim Clark

    On Tuesday, March 21, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted agents with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations in locating Linley Benson Lemburg (DOB: 08/29/1941), who has allegedly been AWOL (Absent Without Leave) from the Air Force since 1972.

    Lemburg was living at 7847 SW 5th Place in The Falls in Ocala with his wife under the alias of William Michael Robertson, and had a fictitious date of birth of 08/29/1951.

  • State Road 200 development advances

    By Jim Clark

    The mammoth new subdivision planned for State Road 200 just north of the Citrus County line has cleared its first hurdle with the County Commission.

    Despite a barrage of complaints from the floor and an 80-person petition, all protesting the proposal, commissioners voted 4-0 to let the developers of the 5,400 single-family unit site, plus multi-family, independent living and assisted living facilities, advance the project to state officials for review from various agencies. Commissioner Michelle Stone did not attend.

  • Out to Pastor 03-17-2017

    It has taken me quite a while to get adjusted to this idea of “Spring Forward” and “Fall Backward.” I get the idea falling backwards, but I do not know what it means to spring forward. Moreover, why can’t we spring backward and fall forward one year? After all, there is this issue of equal rights.

    It has taken me a while to get adjusted to these kinds of time changes.

  • Mayors protest air traffic privatization

    The Alliance for Aviation Across America released a letter to Congress from over 115 mayors in all 50 states expressing concern about the impact of air traffic control privatization on communities across the country, especially those in rural regions of the country.
    Mayor Kent Guinn of Ocala is among those who signed the letter.

  • Police kill man who shot at pipeline

    A shooting suspect died early Sunday afternoon after leading Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies on a chase from Marion County to Floral City.

    Calls came into Marion County around 9 a.m. reporting an individual shooting at the Sabal Pipeline and pipeline construction equipment with a high powered rifle. Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies, CCSO deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol all responded to the incident.

  • Airport expansion: no passenger service

    By Jim Clark
    A series of workshops Tuesday took place so architects could present several designs for a proposed new building for general aviation at the Ocala International Airport.
    Meetings were held during the day for airport officials and for the Ocala City Council. The evening event was publicized as one where the general public could take part.

  • 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.