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Today's News

  • AAUW shares the Christmas spirit

    By Patricia Woodbury

  • County pushes recycling

    In two short weeks, the festive whirlwind of the wintertime holidays will be over. Many homes will be left with trash bags full of wrapping paper and holiday newspaper ads, a bare and brittle Christmas tree and several strands of burned out lights. But wait, don’t haul this holiday clutter to the garbage can just yet.
    “During the holidays, residents throw away more material than any other time of the year,” Solid Waste director Mike Sims said. “We want to encourage residents to recycle as much of that holiday waste as possible.”

  • Standoff on 80th Street

    At approximately 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit assisted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in serving warrants on two people at a residence at 7060 SW 80th St. in Ocala.
    One wanted subject, Christine Johnson, 26, who had a warrant for custody order -remand for driving while license suspended or revoked, came out and surrendered to authorities while Elvis Williams, Jr., 26, refused to cooperate and hid inside the home.

  • Marion Landing news 12-18-2015

    By Diane Bress

  • Cherrywood news 12-18-2015

    By John Everlove

  • Upcoming events week of 12-18-2015

    Friday, Dec. 18

    The Circle of French Friends

    Le Cercle Des Amis Français meets on the third Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Marion County Sheriff’s Office Community Conference Room located at 9048 Highway 200, about ¼ mile from Walmart.
    The club promotes all things French: language, culture and fun. You do not have to be a fluent speaker to join the group.
    The next meeting will be on Dec. 18 at 11 a.m.
    Guests are welcome at any meeting. Call Marie McNeil at 352-854-7397 for more information.

  • 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