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Local News

  • EEE continues to spread; 5 horses killed

    Marion County continues to experience new cases of eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, in June as additional animals became sick with the virus.

    The community remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory due to EEE activity in the county.

    The risk of disease spread from mosquitoes to humans through mosquito bites is currently increased due to the number of local EEE cases.

    Five horses and two emus have died of the virus in the county this year. Deaths in horses and emus are a sign of increased spread of the virus in a community.

  • West Marion is approved for more expansion

    Ocala Health announces it will add 36 more beds to West Marion Community Hospital’s campus. The 138-bed hospital will have 174 beds in early 2019 when the new floor opens.

    The West Marion Community Hospital facility opened as part of Ocala Health in 2002 with 70 beds. Since 2015, the hospital has added 68 beds and expanded its cardiac services and surgical technology with the addition of a robotic surgical system.

  • Commission candidates state positions at SR 200 Coalition meeting

    Four of five candidates running for the Marion County Board of Commissioners in the second and fourth districts attended the State Road 200 Coalition Monday, June 11, 

    Helen Dueño, a Democrat, filed her application for Commission District 2 in July 2017 but she has not raised any money, nor has she appeared anywhere to the knowledge of SR 200 Coalition President Pat Gabriel. However, Dueño is unopposed in the Democratic Primary on Aug. 28.

  • Out to Pastor

    With all the sad news in our country today, it is about time for some good news. However, the way things are going I am not going to hold my breath.

    We just finished supper and the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I was watching some television. We like to try to catch up on the news after a day of working.

    I was drifting off into Whatever Land and just chilling when I heard from across the room some gasping.

  • Health Corner

    “There is little scientific basis for stating a daily requirement for eight glasses of water,” says Irwin H, Rosenberg, MD, University Professor at the Tufts University Friedman School. “Actual fluid needs vary widely among individuals, and depend upon body size and energy expenditure through exercise, among other factors.”

  • Pun Alley

    The 118th U.S. golf Open Championship will be on June 14–17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Shinnecock Hills, New York. Here at Pun Alley we take some swings with our driver and putter to see if any golf stories are a hit with you.

    Put or putt

    “My doctor told me I needed to exercise and lose weight,” a man was telling his friend, “so I took up golf.”

    “That’s great,” said his friend. “How’s it going?”

  • Crane's Corner

    Great minds agree that we become what we think about. For example, when we focus on our aches and pains, we become the pain. Imagine if when everyday challenges arise, you could remain calm instead of being negatively affected. Imagine letting go of the pain, self-pity, emotional imbalances, and staying focused and in control of your mood and your decisions.

    This is not a lobotomized state. It’s choosing to act constructively with discernment.

  • State of Marion

    Marion County is excited to announce that the 2018 State of the County address will be delivered by Commission Chairman Kathy Bryant at 6:30 p.m. on June 11 at the Reilly Arts Center in Ocala.

    “There are so many exciting things that have happened lately in Marion County and there’s so much more ahead,” said Kathy Bryant, Chairman of the Marion County Commission. “This event is all about sharing that exciting momentum with our citizens and celebrating the amazing place we get to live, work and play.”

  • Here come the Cruisers

    Special to the Citizen

    WASHINGTON — America’s Navy is coming to Ocala, Florida, one of seven cities in the state to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2018 tour — one of the signature outreach programs of the U.S. Navy.

    The United States Navy Band Cruisers performance is scheduled for July 4, at 5:30 p.m. at Circle Square Commons.

    As the U.S. Navy’s premier popular music group, the Cruisers feature eight of the Navy’s most dynamic performers.

  • New hospital at TimberRidge

    By Staff Reports

    The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration cleared the way for a 66-bed acute-care hospital at TimberRidge.

    The state agency approved the Certificate of Need at its June 1 meeting, pending submission of a building permit and subsequent issuance of the TimberRidge Hospital license by the Agency for Health Care Administration and the following conditions: