Local News

  • Widening of 200 is topic of meeting

    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will have a public hearing about the plans to reconstruct and widen the segment of State Road (SR) 200 from north of the Citrus County Line to south of County Road 484 in Marion County.
    FDOT is proposing to widen the existing two lane roadway to four lanes, with the addition of a 40-foot grass median.
    Further improvements include bridges for wildlife, pedestrian trail access and equestrians, and the installation of a wildlife fence on portions of FDOT right-of-way.

  • Incumbents Arnett, Tomyn fall

    By Jim Clark
    There will be some new faces in Marion County government and school leadership after the results of Tuesday’s primary were tabulated.
    Voted out of office were School Superintendent George Tomyn and District 5 County Commissioner Earl Arnett, both of whom were seeking their second terms.
    The only incumbent to win in the primary was District 1 County Commissioner David Moore, who beat Daniel Owen with 53 percent of the vote. He will face a “no party affiliation” candidate in November.

  • Election results coming in

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  • Final push for county candidates

    By Jeff Bryan
    More than a dozen candidates, their supporters and area residents packed themselves into the American Legion Post No. 58 hall on Tuesday night for the Dunnellon Business Association-sponsored Candidate Forum, as they began their final push before the Aug. 30 Primary.

  • Task force discusses I-75 relief

    By Mike Wright
    The I-75 Relief Task Force wrapped up its work Friday with a recommendation that the state upgrade the freeway and current road networks before it thinks of extending the Suncoast Parkway.
    The group met at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala.
    The group, represented by officials and others from six counties appointed by Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold, was charged with finding a long-term solution to Interstate 75 congestion issues between Gainesville and Wildwood.

  • Early voting begins

    As a convenience to the voter, a voter may cast their ballot prior to Election Day at a location designated by the Supervisor of Elections as an Early Voting site. These sites are located throughout Marion County.
    Early Voting beganSaturday, Aug. 20 and ends Saturday, Aug. 27. Early Voting sites are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Voters can cast a ballot at any early voting site within Marion County when the site is open.
    Early Voting Sites in Marion County:
    Election Center, 981 NE 16th St., Ocala

  • Munroe to expand at TimberRidge

    Munroe Regional Medical Center (MRMC) filed a letter of intent with the Agency for Health Care Administration yesterday to apply for a certificate of need (CON) to build a second acute care hospital of up to 100 beds on the TimberRidge Emergency Center campus at 9521 SW State Road 200, Ocala, 34481. The proposed hospital is in addition to ongoing plans for the main campus.


  • Plea deal: Blair quits job, campaign

    After reaching a plea agreement with the State Attorney’s Office, former Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair has dropped out of the race for sheriff in this year’s election and, since he was still sheriff despite being suspended, has resigned from the Sheriff’s Office.
    Blair was indicted for perjury and official misconduct on May 20 and was immediately suspended by Gov. Rick Scott. Emery Gainey was appointed to serve out the remainder of Blair’s term, which expires after this year’s election.

  • A Father's Day to remember

    Special to the Citizen
    This is the conclusion to the story published Sept. 25, 2015 about the adoption of our new Ukrainian grandchildren.

  • Democratic sheriff hopefuls square off

    Democratic candidates for sheriff in Marion County visited the State Road 200 Coalition on Monday, and the first question showed that the people are demanding answers from the hopefuls.
    Former sheriff Ed Dean was the recipient of the first query, and there were no punches pulled as he was asked if he would rehire “some of his cronies” if he were elected. Dean replied that he would promise a job to no one.