Local News

  • Protesters at Square

    At least 300 people showed up just before noon on Saturday at the Ocala square to demonstrate peacefully their support for programs they fear will disappear, and issues they fear will be ignored, under a Trump administration.  The crowd flowed onto the sidewalks surrounding the square for about an hour, carrying signs with messages ranging from "Fund Planned Parenthood" to "Climate Change is Real" to "Protect Medicare."  

  • Ocala Health expansion announced

    Ocala Health leadership has released details on a multi-faceted expansion project at Ocala Regional Medical Center, which will add nearly 35,000 square feet of new space and renovate 50,000 square feet of existing space. These projects represent an increase in capacity of approximately 15 percent (34 more inpatient beds).

    The project will include the below expansions.

    Addition of 34 inpatient beds, bringing the total to 256 inpatient beds.

  • National hysteria and the electoral votes

    By Jim Clark

  • Internet cafe on 200 robbed

    Patrons and workers at the Internet Cafe, 8585 SW State Road 200, faced two armed robbers Sunday at about 9:30 p.m.
    According to a report from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, two black men entered the store brandishing handguns. They were dressed in hoodies and had their faces covered, the report read.

  • Hospital approved for TimberRidge

    Munroe Regional Medical Center (MRMC) has received notice that the Agency for Health Care Administration approved its application for a certificate of need to build a new hospital at the site of the TimberRidge Emergency Center. This allows Munroe to proceed with plans for expanding health care services for western Marion County and the retirement communities located there, providing access to advanced treatments close to home.

  • Students mark Veterans Day

    By Jim Clark

    More than 2,000 students from Marion County schools gathered at Veterans Park for a ceremony honoring those who have or are still serving in our Armed Forces.

    There was patriotic music, readings and speeches from some of those attending. The Ocala Police Dept. conducted a 21 plus 1 gun salute, and there was a flyover by a quintet of War-birds from Leeward Air Ranch.

    The ceremony takes place each year as students, who attend school that day, get an education into the service and sacrifice of local veterans.

  • School leadership changes announced

    Incoming Superintendent of Schools Heidi Maier is announcing her appointments to the two highest positions in her administration. 

  • Marion voters set tone for Florida

    By Jim Clark

    Marion County voters followed the district, state and national trends Tuesday as Republicans swept the down-ballot votes.

    Voter turnout was massive, with 76.66 percent of the registered voters casting ballots.

    Billy Woods easily won the office of sheriff, replacing Chris Blair, who withdrew from the race in a plea deal following charges of perjury filed against him. Woods defeated Democrat Dennis McFatten by getting nearly 63 percent of the vote.

  • Click here for Marion election results
  • Trump rallies crowd in Ocala

    By Buster Thompson

    Donald Trump worked to get his Florida supporters fired up as the presidential election draws just four weeks away.

    Speaking Wednesday at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala in front of several thousand cheering supporters, the Republican presidential nominee finished up the last of his campaign rallies in the electoral battleground state.