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  • Art Walk is Friday

    The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include the following special performances and activities:

    • 6 to 9 p.m. – Live music by Macey Mac on the main event stage located at the downtown square near the gazebo. Macey is a 13-year-old artist who channels a unique combination of LeeAnn Rimes, Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin.

    • 7 and 8 p.m. – Enjoy modern fusion and gypsy-style belly dancing with swords, hula hoops, fire props and fire breathing by Belly Artist Dance Studio.

  • Light Up Ocala to brighten downtown

    Light Up Ocala returns to downtown Ocala Saturday, Nov. 18 from 4 to 9 p.m.

    This year’s event will feature four stages throughout the downtown area with entertainment and more than 100 vendors the whole family will enjoy. Entertainment will include live music, dance, food, crafts, and of course, the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony at approximately 6:30 p.m.

    • Stage One – Sponsored by Ocala Health and WOCA, D owntown Square – SE Broadway and Magnolia Avenue

  • West Marion Hospital names nursing officer

    Ocala Health announces the appointment of Michelle Farris, MSM, BSN, RN-C to Chief Nursing Officer for West Marion Community Hospital.

  • Prescription drug take-back is Oct. 28

    Local law enforcement agencies will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

  • Fine Arts Festival is Oct. 28-29

    Fine Arts For Ocala’s 51st annual Ocala Arts Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Ocala.

    Presenting sponsor is Palm Chevrolet.

    FAFO is bringing 180 artists from all over the country to exhibit their beautiful pieces in downtown Ocala. Artists compete for $22,000 worth of Award money presented to the winners which are selected by two prestigious judges.

  • Remembering the fallen

    Each year, fallen firefighters from around the state are remembered at the State Fire College north of Ocala. The night before, a parade and gathering are held at the Public Square in downtown Ocala. Here are some scenes from that event.
     

  • Area returning to normal

    By Jim Clark

    The area continues to recover from the effects from Hurricane Irma, which had lost its clout by the time it reached our area.

    All surrounding weather stations report a lack of hurricane force winds in the area. However, the statistics for wind at the Ocala station could not be found, and it appears that the wind reports are not available.

    Gainesville reported wind gusts to 61, and The Villages at 54. No tornadoes were reported in the area.

    Rainfall was about 10 inches.

  • Warning issued for SR 200 area
  • Mobile, modular home evacuations ordered

    Due to the current projected path of Hurricane Irma, Marion County Emergency Management officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order for those living in mobile homes and modular-type homes within Marion County. Emergency Management officials urge those living in these type homes to be evacuated by 8 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 9.