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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Come fly with me? We don't think so

    Last week was a bad one for two major airlines, United and American. Both had incidents that make you realize how arrogant some of the personnel who work for these companies are, and why they need to be reined in. Both raised all sorts of questions.

    First, United. Take your favorite and biggest sports facility.Let’s say it seats thousands of people for baseball and basketball, more for the National Football League, or the University of Florida football for about 80,000.

  • Dunedin has baseball and we don't?

    Vacations are a good thing. They give you a break from the routine and let your mind and body get refreshed while you supposedly spend some time doing some activities that you don’t normally get to do.

    Vacations are also a bad thing. Why? Because they end.

    Last week I spent a few days in the Clearwater-Dunedin area. If you know me at all, you might guess that it had something to do with baseball. And you would be right.

  • Yoho town hall: People behaved well

    Sometimes you go to cover an event not knowing what to expect. That was me just a couple of weeks ago.

    One of our Congressmen, Republican Ted Yoho, was holding a town hall meeting at North Marion Middle School. Many GOP representatives have run into major protests across the country, so I was ready for a big afternoon.

    It didn’t happen.

    Except for a couple of people in the audience who felt they had to interject loud comments over other people, the crowd was a bit tame.

  • Cherrywood news 04-21-2017

    By John Everlove

    Our Cherrywood range day was a complete success. Sixteen shooters came out to improve their marksmanship and weapon familiarity including first time shooter Joan Siegel. From all reports, she did excellent and enjoyed herself.

  • Out to Pastor 04-21-2017

    By Rev. James Snyder

    At times, it seems as if there is absolutely no justice in this world, and then something wonderful happens making up for almost everything. This past week I was fortunate enough to experience one of those rare jewels of life.

    I must say not all weeks are like this. My weeks usually range from bad to worse to when will this ever stop?

  • Schools plan Holocaust events

    Marion County Public Schools and Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn join efforts to present three events designed to remember the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust and Nazi persecution.

    These “Days of Remembrance” events coincide with the country’s annual commemoration established by Congress and held in Washington, DC.

    This year’s local events include:

    Sunday, April 23 – Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony, West Port High School, 5 to 7 p.m.

  • Burn ban voluntary in Marion

    Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR), with the recommendation of the Marion County Multi-Agency Wildland Task Force, decided to implement a voluntary burn ban for Marion County, effective immediately.

    Governor Rick Scott has issued Executive Order 17-120, declaring a state of emergency following the recent wildfires and extreme fire danger faced by our state.

    Until further notice, firefighters are asking citizens to voluntarily delay any outside burning until Marion County receives significant rainfall over an extended period of time.

  • Tomyn to run state athletic association

    The Florida High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to approve George Tomyn as its executive director-elect at the Robert W. Hughes FHSAA Building. Contract negotiations begin immediately between Tomyn, FHSAA President Mark Marsala and Leonard E. Ireland Jr., the Association’s legal counsel. A contract is expected to be presented to the Board May 1.

  • Propane tank ties up traffic

    A 20-pound propane cylinder became lodged under the rear axle of a box truck, during morning traffic, on State Road 200 on Thursday, March 16..

    Engine No. 6 was dispatched, at 6:58 a.m., to SW College Road and SW 35th Terrace where a single vehicle accident was reported.

    Firefighters arrived to find a white Dodge diesel work truck, stopped in the median turn lane with a propane tank wedged underneath.