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Today's News

  • 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.

  • SECO elects Muffett

    On Tuesday, Feb. 7, members voted to re-elect Earl Muffett to represent District 6 on SECO Energy’s Board of Trustees. Muffett, a Summerfield resident, has been a SECO member since 1979 and has served on the Board for over 25 years.

  • African Violet show

    African Violets were on display and on sale at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion last weekend.

  • 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.

  • Shooting in Florida Highlands

    Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives are seeking information about a shooting that occurred around the 8200 block of SW 151st Place in the Florida Highlands on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 4.
    A 21-year-old man told detectives he was riding his four-wheeler in the area of the “mudhole” with approximately 50-70 people present. This area is known to attract large groups of people on Super Bowl weekend.