Today's News

  • Murder-suicide in the Forest
  • Message on school safety

    Hello, Marion County, I'm your Sheriff, Billy Woods.

    I want to take a moment to talk to our citizens… and our parents… about the horrible tragedy that occurred at a Broward County High School in South Florida yesterday. I want to tell you what we do here in Marion County to protect our children and to give you a sense of comfort during these worrisome times.

  • State's time change law may not be workable

    There are two weekends that I despise every year. Many others talk about changing them, but one is here again. Can you guess what they are?
    Here’s a hint: Turn your clocks ahead this weekend.
    I have railed against the time change for years. I want it one way, I don’t care which, just be consistent.
    The state Legislature has taken up the cause, and this year considered different proposals. However, I was not in favor of any of them.

  • Let's put God back in our schools

    It’s a little tough to write anything that hasn’t been said after Valentine’s Day’s terrible shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, in which 14 students and three faculty members were killed. But I’m going to give it a try.

    Fifty-five years ago, the Supreme Court, under liberal Earl Warren, ruled against prayer in the public schools. Since then public school educators are almost paranoid about teaching any type of morality in the schools, lest some misguided parent go after them if they do.

  • School Board disenfranchising some voters

    The Marion County School Board has decided to put the renewal of a local tax on the primary ballot in August.
    So if you’re a snowbird who will leave to go up north this summer, and you’re registered to vote here, make sure you get information about absentee ballots before you leave.
    The issue will be decided before you come back.

  • Pedestrian killed on SR200

    On Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7:48 a.m., the Florida Highway Patrol was notified of a traffic crash on SR 200 at SW 88th Terrace in Marion County. The crash involved a Nissan pickup vs. a pedestrian.

    It is believed that the pedestrian was struck by the front of a 2008 to 2011 Nissan Frontier truck, that is white in color. The pedestrian was killed and the truck that struck the victim fled the scene.

  • Human trafficking Part 3

    By Patricia A. Woodbury

  • Forum on human trafficking

    The public forum on Human Trafficking will be Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Ocala Police Department Community Room 402 S. Pine Ave., sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Please note the change in venue. For more information about this upcoming forum, call 352-236-3926.

  • Human trafficking Part 2

    By Patricia A. Woodbury

    Who are these victims of human trafficking? Can you recognize them among the people you see each day? Probably not! Some would say that they are probably foreigners or poor people. However the experts say that Human Trafficking victims can be of any age, race, gender, nationality, and come from any socio-economic group.

  • Human trafficking Part 1

    By Patricia A. Woodbury

    Twenty million people are enslaved throughout the world with 2.5 million located here in the United States. Slavery was supposed to end with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 and the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865. However statistics show that slavery is still alive and flourishing through the entire world.