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Today's News

  • County rejects development on 200

    Sierra Club News Release

    In the third and final hearing on changes to the comprehensive plan for the 3,000 acre Development of Regional Impact (DRI), AZ Ocala Ranch, the Marion County Commissioners were left with more questions than answers about this sprawling development in the southwest corner of Marion County.

  • Car chase leads to arrest

     

    By Buster Thompson

    Citrus County Chronicle

    An Inverness man was arrested on a variety of charges Monday night after he led Marion and Citrus County deputies on a high-speed chase.

    At about 10:40 p.m. on Monday on State Road 200 in Marion County, Marion sheriff’s deputies were pursuing a vehicle driven by 57-year-old Michael Gordon Crabtree, reaching speeds of up to 75 mph, according to Crabtree’s arrest report.

  • Driving downtown? Check your shock absorbers

    For years, I’ve been questioning some of the moves made in downtown Ocala. I wondered whether some of them serve the majority of residents in this area.

    When I moved here almost 20 years ago (and my folks lived here long before that), the Square was the focal point of downtown. There were some great gatherings and festivals, crowds abounded and the area seemed to flourish.

    Gradually, things started to change, not necessarily for the better. Not necessarily in chronological order are:

  • Out to Pastor 06-28-2017

    By Rev. James Snyder

    After about a million days of toil, sweat and aggravation, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I decided to take a few days off and relax.

    I am not a real expert when it comes to relaxing. I have not pursued a Ph.D. in relaxing and therefore it is a foreign theme to me.

    Of course, I have advised many people to chill out, relax a little bit and not get so excited about things. What doctor do you know who takes his own medicine? Or, what pastor do you know that listens to his own sermon?

  • Driver injured in SW wreck

    By Jim Clark

    A 31-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition early Tuesday after his car smashed into a utility pole in Southwest Ocala.

    At 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, Marion County Fire Rescue Team was dispatched to reports of a motor vehicle accident near the intersection of Southwest 95th Street Road and Southwest 60th Avenue, Ocala. The 911 caller reported that a vehicle hit a power pole and the vehicle was possibly on fire.

  • Message to the graduates 2017

    This is a yearly column, updated with latest information.

    This week is big for many young people in Marion County, as they leave high school and move on to the next phase of their lives.

    Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for local public high schools, a landmark day for a few hundred young adults who are ready to venture out into the world.

  • New emergency director speaks at Friday Forum

    Preston Bowlin, newly appointed Marion County Emergency Management Director in the Sheriff’s Bureau of Support Services, appeared at the May 12 Friday Forum on his first day in that position to discuss hurricane and other disaster preparedness with three representatives of Marion County Public Schools. They were Dr. Craig Ham, Deputy Superintendent of Operations; Charles “Steve”Huffstutler, Emergency Coordinator and Risk Inspector; and Dennis McFatten, Safe Schools Coordinator.

  • Friday Forum to discuss storms

    Hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1 but the National Weather Service has declared this Hurricane Preparedness Week to make sure people give themselves enough time to put a plan in place to protect both their family and property from the effects of a potential natural disaster.

    Erin Miller , Deputy Director of Emergency Management in the Sheriff’s Office, will discuss local preparedness efforts and disaster relief when the May 12 Friday Forum of Marion County meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral, 2111 SW State Road 200, Ocala.

  • West Port student seeks future in ballet

     

    By Augie Salzer

    There is one young man in Dunnellon with the brute strength, balance, flexibility, endurance and the strong core muscular development to be a professional dancer in the ballet.

    William Welch, 17, has been working diligently for the last seven years just to obtain this status.

  • Burn ban now mandatory

    The Marion County Multi-Agency Wildland Task Force unanimously recommended a mandatory burn ban for Marion County.

    Marion County Administrator Mounir Bouyounes approved and signed the emergency declaration, making the burn ban effective as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

    The mandatory ban is due to the hot, dry and windy conditions that continue to exacerbate and threaten wildfires within Marion County.

    This measure is intended to help protect the health, safety and property of the citizens and visitors of Marion County.