Local News

  • New fire chief appointed

    Marion County Fire Rescue operates under new leadership with the appointment of Paul Nevels as Fire Chief of Marion County Fire Rescue on Sept. 1. Nevels replaces Stuart McElhaney, who retired at the end of July.

  • Churches combine on mission project

    Christ’s Church of Marion County and Times Square Church of New York City are joining hands in a special mission project in Ocala, Marion County. Their goal is helping Sheepgate Ministries Ocala Foresquare Church.

  • New firefighters sworn in
  • Mary Poppins drops into Civic Theatre

    The musical Mary Poppins is live on stage to open the 2015-2016 season at Ocala Civic Theatre from Sept. 3 – Oct. 4.
    There’s only one word to describe it: “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” When the east wind blows magical and mysterious Mary Poppins (Angie Petty) into London, everyone is in for a jolly holiday. Her old friend, cheerful jack-of-all-trades Bert (Gregg Bleam), introduces us to the Banks family of 17 Cherry Tree Lane... a household in dire need of “the perfect nanny.”

  • Sheriff tries to help domestic violence victims
  • Sales tax holiday starts Friday

    Florida’s 2015 back-to-school sales tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 7 and lasts through Aug. 16.
    During this holiday period, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax (also known as discretionary sales surtax) will be collected on purchases of:
    • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item,
    • Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and

  • Interim county administrator resigns

    Interim Marion County Administrator Bill Kauffman is heading in a new direction. On Friday, July 17, Kauffman announced his intention to resign, effective by Aug. 15, 2015. He will be joining the City of Ocala in the role of assistant city manager.

  • Reilly Arts Center tickets available

    Tickets are now on sale for “Opening Night at the Reilly Arts Center” the one-night-only, inaugural concert in the renovated city auditorium.  The performance takes place on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reilly Arts Center, 836 NE Sanchez Ave. Tickets range from $35 to $75 and can be purchased online at www.ocalasymphony.com or by calling the office at 352-351-1606.

  • Civic Chorale welcomes director

    Marion Civic Chorale welcomes its new director, Dr. John Guarente, and its new accompanist, Vicky Juliano.

    For 28 years the dedicated musicians of The Marion Civic Chorale have brought to Marion County a wide repertoire of classical and popular music. It is time now to welcome new director, Dr. John Guarente, to lead, and new accompanist, Vicky Juliano, to accompany, the group in its musical endeavors.

    John Guarente, Director

  • Hancock to run for County Commission

    Note: The following was taken from a news release supplied by the candidate.

    Richard Hancock recently filed to run for Marion County Commission, District 5 as a Republican. The former CEO of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association, and businessman, has vowed to serve the citizens of Marion County with integrity and common sense leadership.