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Today's News

  • Pillowcase burglars' links to murders probed

    By Buster Thompson
    Investigators from several agencies are still sifting through a cache of goods believed stolen by an Ocala couple suspected of burglarizing over 60 homes around central Florida.
    Darren Decker, 41, and his 44-year-old wife Jessica Baker were arrested April 18 during a traffic stop in Marion County on an arrest warrant stemming from a burglary that happened that day in Sumter County.
    They are being held without bond at the Sumter County Detention Center on charges of unarmed burglary and grand theft.

  • Where should the I-75 connector go?

    By Mike Wright
    The Suncoast Parkway’s biggest cheerleader wants Citrus County’s political leaders on board for a proposed parkway extension to Interstate 75.
    Work on extending the Suncoast Parkway from U.S. Highway 98 to State Road 44 is expected to begin in the summer. Citrus County officials are being asked to support extending the road further to I-75.

  • Lost a child?

    The Ocala Chapter of The Compassionate Friends welcomes bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings to attend the 2016 Spring Picnic & Butterfly Release on Saturday, April 23 – R.S.V.P. Immediately at (352) 804-7082 or (352) 840-0051!

  • Sheriff's candidates visit Coalition

    By Jim Clark
    The three Republican candidates for sheriff appeared Monday at the State Road 200 Coalition meeting, and incumbent Chris Blair had to defend his operation of the office after attacks by challengers Billy Woods and Kerry Crawford.
    Democratic candidate Dennis McFatten attended, but did not take part in the forum. Once the Republican nominee is selected, the Coalition will hold another forum with the finalists.
    Woods, a 26-year veteran of the Ocala Police Department, led off, as each candidate had 10 minutes to speak.

  • Old algebra: What's in it for me?

    Back when I was in a college prep high school, my classes were pretty well set. The few choices I had involved which language to take (I took Spanish), or whether I would take Latin 3 or chemistry (either way, I was in trouble).
    Don’t get me wrong. I had to take two years of Latin, and I think everyone should take at least one year. It is the language upon which much of our vocabulary is built, and people need to understand the background of words to become a more effective speaker of English.

  • Welcome home, Vietnam vets

    A Welcome Home event for Vietnam veterans, the third annual gathering, took place under threatening skies Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocala. Those who gathered were welcomed with rows of flags at the ramp leading up to the gazebo, where the ceremonies took place.

  • Reluctantly, a vote for the sales tax

    Accountability. It’s a word we’ve heard a lot this campaign season and, although it’s a bit late, it’s starting to creep in to the discussion about the local option sales tax.
    Next Tuesday, March 15, the presidential primary will take place in Florida. Here in Marion County, there’s an additional item on the ballot – an initiative to raise the amount of the local sales tax one percent.

  • Flu shots still needed

    It’s not too late to get your flu shot! Flu season may have started slowly, but we are now seeing increased influenza activity throughout the U.S. and Florida, particularly in children. Increased activity in children typically comes ahead of increased influenza activity in other age groups.

  • Serving the blind

    By Laura Smith
    and Jessica Nisbette

  • Think traffic's bad here? Try Lakeland

    It may be a promise that’s hard to keep, but I’m going to do my darndest never to complain again about traffic in Ocala and Marion County, particularly on State Road 200.
    You see, I just spent a weekend in Lakeland.
    I moved out of Lakeland just under 35 years ago. I was the news editor of The Ledger and was named editor at another paper in the same group in Palatka.