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Today's News

  • Robbery suspects face more charges

    An armed robbery suspect and his female accomplice who were apprehended by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in July 2017 are being charged with 9 additional armed robberies they allegedly committed in Marion County. Since their arrests, Rodney Snow, 33 and co-defendant Cristina Gaud, 30, have given confessions to multiple armed robberies beginning in January 2017 in order to sustain their cocaine addiction, sheriff’s officials said.

    Additionally, Gaud allegedly provided detectives with a list of 18 robberies she and

  • Homework is how you get ready for high school

    At the risk of bragging, I was a pretty smart kid when I was in elementary school (insert sarcastic comment “what happened since?” here).

    I don’t recall ever being told what grade level I was reading, but I knew I was ahead of all my friends.

    When I entered kindergarten, I was given the honor of setting the clock, since I was one of the few who could tell time.

    Along the way I won spelling bee titles, did well in a geography bee, etc.

  • Farmers market week

    By Rhea Landholm

    Center for Rural Affairs

  • Out to Pastor 08-09-2017

    During my high school career I was no thespian, however, I could act the fool when called upon. My friend was the thespian and starred in our senior high school play, “Finian’s Rainbow.” One of the musical numbers was, “When I’m not near the girl I love,

    I love the girl I’m near.”

  • There goes the sun; don't look at it

    Go back in time about 500 years or so and pretend you’re one of Marion County’s native inhabitants.

    You get up one morning, and your biggest worry is about getting some food. You don’t worry about traffic or pollution or North Korean bombs.

    But suddenly your day changes. It’s getting dark very early, and you stare up at the sky and there is a black circle moving across the sun. You watch mesmerized as the son disappears and you think that this is some sort of omen from the gods.

  • The Centers ramps up addiction fight

    By Nancy Kennedy

    Recovery from opiate or alcohol addiction is a fight.

    Even after the physical symptoms of withdrawal are over — and they are often brutal — a person is left dealing with the physiological changes in the brain.

    That’s when the danger of relapse is at a high risk.

    In May, Gov. Rick Scott officially declared the opioid epidemic in Florida a public health emergency, which authorizes him to release funds without the Legislature’s approval.

  • Sales tax holiday this weekend
  • Robbery suspect runs, shoots himself

    Sheriff’s Office news release
    Marion County Sheriffs Office (MCSO) detectives responded to an armed robbery at a convenience store located at the intersection of SW Highway 200 and SW 80th Street. As detectives arrived, they observed a masked gunman exit the store. The gunman, later identified as suspect Rodney F. Snow, 33, jumped into the passenger side of a waiting vehicle being driven by Christina Gaud, 40.

  • Robbery suspect runs, shoots himself

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  • Boil water notice ends in Oak Run

    Marion County Utilities has rescinded a precautionary boil water notice for 3,400 customers in the Oak Run community that had been put in place due to a 12-inch water main break that appears to have been caused by a lightning strike.
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection standard survey requires two consecutive days of satisfactory bacteriological samples taken upstream and downstream of the loss of pressure. Following the satisfactory completion of the standard 48-hour bacteriological survey, the water was determined to be safe to drink.