Local News

  • Sales tax going on ballot

    The Marion County Commission last week unanimously approved putting a sales tax option before county voters in the March 2016 presidential ballot.
    If passed, the 1 percent sales tax would fund public safety equipment needs for law enforcement, fire rescue and emergency medical services, as well as transportation capital road projects for Marion County and its municipalities (Belleview, Dunnellon, Ocala, Reddick and McIntosh).
    The temporary tax would be levied over a period of four years, starting on Jan. 1, 2017 and ending on Dec. 31, 2020.

  • Sheriff: Got a permit? Carry your gun

    By Jim Clark
    Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair is urging residents who have gun permits to carry their weapons.

  • Bobby James to chair School Board

    Members of the Marion County School Board elected Bobby James as their new chair during an annual organizational meeting recently.

    Board members also elected Kelly King as the vice-chair.

    James returns to the chair position for the third time, having previously served in 2008-2009 and 2013-14.  James was appointed to the board in 2007 and is currently in his second elected four-year term. He represents district three which includes 15 schools predominantly in West Ocala and Southwest Marion County.

  • State Road 200 helps United Way

    United Way of Marion County is pleased to announce that the community has currently reached 50 percent of the 2015 campaign goal. Recently, United Way invited some retirement communities located on State Road 200 to be a part of the community campaign, not an area of outreach in past years..

  • Nugent won't seek re-election

    U.S. Rep Rich Nugent, R-Brooksville, announced Monday that he will not seek re-election. He outlined his reasons for stepping down in the following news release:

    “It is with decidedly mixed emotions that I am announcing today that I will not be seeking another term in Congress. 

  • AAUW hears about STEM

    By Patricia A. Woodbury
    The American Association of University Women, at its September meeting, had the pleasure of learning more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) from Jacqua Ballas. Ballas is the Science Program Specialist for the Marion County School District. She was a middle and high school teacher for 24 years and in her current position for the past 11 years. Her responsibilities are to work with the teachers on curriculum and implement the Science Fair each year.

  • Interfaith warehouse destroyed

     A fire ignited after a vehicle collided with Interfaith’s Emergency Services warehouse, located between NW 7th Street and NW 5th Avenue, destroyed the facility and damaged the majority of its inventory.

    At 3:45 AM Ocala Fire Rescue responded to reports of a car port fire. Within two minutes the first fire engine company was on site. Upon arrival firefighters found the fire scene was greater than anticipated, as the flames were not consuming a standalone car port, but the metal, wood framed structure that comprised Interfaith’s warehouse.

  • Cloud 9 suspect arrested

    On Monday, Sept. 21, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Special Investigations arrested and charged Laquan Ria’Mel Barrow 24, with second degree murder in the death of Benetria Robinson and attempted second degree murder.
    Barrow was located at 5465 SE 30th Place in Ocala on Monday morning and was brought into custody by multiple members of MCSO’s Crime Suppression Division along with the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force.
    He is being held without bond.

  • Vets to have new rental options

    Marion County veterans will soon have a new option to help secure affordable rental housing.
    The Volunteers of America of Florida will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony for the Ritz Reserve (1124 NE Second St., Ocala), a new housing development for veterans. The event is set for Friday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. and will include brief remarks, a success story and recognition of community partners.

  • ORMC ribbon-cutting