http://www.smcitizen.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Message on school safety http://www.smcitizen.com/content/message-school-safety <p> Hello, Marion County, I&#39;m your Sheriff, Billy Woods.</p> <p> I want to take a moment to talk to our citizens&hellip; and our parents&hellip; about the horrible tragedy that occurred at a Broward County High School in South Florida yesterday. I want to tell you what we do here in Marion County to protect our children and to give you a sense of comfort during these worrisome times.</p> School Board disenfranchising some voters http://www.smcitizen.com/content/school-board-disenfranchising-some-voters <p> The Marion County School Board has decided to put the renewal of a local tax on the primary ballot in August.<br /> So if you&rsquo;re a snowbird who will leave to go up north this summer, and you&rsquo;re registered to vote here, make sure you get information about absentee ballots before you leave.<br /> The issue will be decided before you come back.<br /> Pedestrian killed on SR200 http://www.smcitizen.com/content/pedestrian-killed-sr200 <p> On Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7:48 a.m., the Florida Highway Patrol was notified of a traffic crash on SR 200 at SW 88th Terrace in Marion County. The crash involved a Nissan pickup vs. a pedestrian.</p> <p> It is believed that the pedestrian was struck by the front of a 2008 to 2011 Nissan Frontier truck, that is white in color. The pedestrian was killed and the truck that struck the victim fled the scene.</p> Human trafficking Part 3 http://www.smcitizen.com/content/human-trafficking-part-3 <p> <em><strong>By Patricia A. Woodbury</strong></em></p> Forum on human trafficking http://www.smcitizen.com/content/forum-human-trafficking <p> The public forum on Human Trafficking will be Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Ocala Police Department Community Room 402 S. Pine Ave., sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Please note the change in venue. For more information about this upcoming forum, call 352-236-3926.</p> Human trafficking Part 2 http://www.smcitizen.com/content/human-trafficking-part-2 <p> <strong>By Patricia A. Woodbury</strong></p> <p> Who are these victims of human trafficking? Can you recognize them among the people you see each day? Probably not! Some would say that they are probably foreigners or poor people. However the experts say that Human Trafficking victims can be of any age, race, gender, nationality, and come from any socio-economic group.</p> Human trafficking Part 1 http://www.smcitizen.com/content/human-trafficking-part-1 <p> <strong>By Patricia A. Woodbury</strong></p> <p> Twenty million people are enslaved throughout the world with 2.5 million located here in the United States. Slavery was supposed to end with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 and the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865. However statistics show that slavery is still alive and flourishing through the entire world.</p> Ocala Kmart to close http://www.smcitizen.com/content/ocala-kmart-close <p> Sears Holding announced Thursday that Kmart stores in Ocala, Belleview (both in Marion County, and Clermont in Lake County will close in the next few months. Employees were notified Thursday.</p> <p> Sears in Ocala was not on the list.</p> <p> Earlier in the day, Macy&#39;s Inc. said the store at The Oaks Mall in Gainesville will close down. Macy&#39;s in Ocala was not affected.</p>