http://www.smcitizen.com/todaysnews/rss.xml/todaysnews/rss.xml en State Road 200 development advances http://www.smcitizen.com/content/state-road-200-development-advances <img src="http://www.smcitizen.com/sites/www.smcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0324_pic_ranch.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> <em><strong>By Jim Clark</strong></em></p> <p> The mammoth new subdivision planned for State Road 200 just north of the Citrus County line has cleared its first hurdle with the County Commission.</p> <p> Despite a barrage of complaints from the floor and an 80-person petition, all protesting the proposal, commissioners voted 4-0 to let the developers of the 5,400 single-family unit site, plus multi-family, independent living and assisted living facilities, advance the project to state officials for review from various agencies. Commissioner Michelle Stone did not attend.</p> Alleged deserter found after 45 years http://www.smcitizen.com/content/alleged-deserter-found-after-45-years <img src="http://www.smcitizen.com/sites/www.smcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/deserter1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em><strong>By Jim Clark<br /> </strong></em></p> <p> On Tuesday, March 21, Marion County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office deputies assisted agents with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations in locating Linley Benson Lemburg (DOB: 08/29/1941), who has allegedly been AWOL (Absent Without Leave) from the Air Force since 1972.</p> <p> Lemburg was living at 7847 SW 5th Place in The Falls in Ocala with his wife under the alias of William Michael Robertson, and had a fictitious date of birth of 08/29/1951.</p> Propane tank ties up traffic http://www.smcitizen.com/content/propane-tank-ties-traffic <img src="http://www.smcitizen.com/sites/www.smcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0324_pic_propane.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="138" height="85" /><p> 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..</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> Firefighters arrived to find a white Dodge diesel work truck, stopped in the median turn lane with a propane tank wedged underneath.</p> Tomyn to run state athletic association http://www.smcitizen.com/content/tomyn-run-state-athletic-association <img src="http://www.smcitizen.com/sites/www.smcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tomyn_george_color_2013_0.jpg" alt="George Tomyn" title="George Tomyn" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> The Florida High School Athletic Association&rsquo;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&rsquo;s legal counsel. A contract is expected to be presented to the Board May 1.</p> Mayors protest air traffic privatization http://www.smcitizen.com/content/mayors-protest-air-traffic-privatization <img src="http://www.smcitizen.com/sites/www.smcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0310_pic_guinn.jpg" alt="Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn." title="Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn." align="left" hspace="6" width="59" height="85" /><p> The Alliance for Aviation Across America released a letter to Congress from over 115 mayors in all 50 states expressing concern about the impact of air traffic control privatization on communities across the country, especially those in rural regions of the country.<br /> Mayor Kent Guinn of Ocala is among those who signed the letter.<br /> Airport expansion: no passenger service http://www.smcitizen.com/content/airport-expansion-no-passenger-service <p> <em><strong>By Jim Clark</strong></em><br /> A series of workshops Tuesday took place so architects could present several designs for a proposed new building for general aviation at the Ocala International Airport.<br /> Meetings were held during the day for airport officials and for the Ocala City Council. The evening event was publicized as one where the general public could take part.<br /> Police kill man who shot at pipeline http://www.smcitizen.com/content/police-kill-man-who-shot-pipeline <img src="http://www.smcitizen.com/sites/www.smcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0303_pic_pipeline_probe.jpg" alt="A crime scene technician with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office photographs the weapon left behind at the scene of Sunday’s shooting incident at a Sabal Trail Pipeline construction site on State Road 200, north of the Citrus-Marion county line. The suspect in the shooting led law enforcement authorities on a chase into Citrus County, where they crashed. Subsequently, the suspect was shot and killed by law enforcement authorities." title="A crime scene technician with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office photographs the weapon left behind at the scene of Sunday’s shooting incident at a Sabal Trail Pipeline construction site on State Road 200, north of the Citrus-Marion county line. The suspect in the shooting led law enforcement authorities on a chase into Citrus County, where they crashed. Subsequently, the suspect was shot and killed by law enforcement authorities." align="left" hspace="6" width="145" height="85" /><p> A shooting suspect died early Sunday afternoon after leading Citrus County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office (CCSO) deputies on a chase from Marion County to Floral City.</p> <p> Calls came into Marion County around 9 a.m. reporting an individual shooting at the Sabal Pipeline and pipeline construction equipment with a high powered rifle. Marion County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office deputies, CCSO deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol all responded to the incident.</p> Cattle call http://www.smcitizen.com/content/cattle-call-0 <img src="http://www.smcitizen.com/sites/www.smcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0217_pic_cattle1.jpg" alt="The cattle are herded up Southeast First Avenue." title="The cattle are herded up Southeast First Avenue." align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> The annual cattle drive took place in Ocala on Saturday, Feb. 10.</p>