Today's News

  • County forwards EAR to state

    The very first thing commissioners said during public discussion Tuesday is the “Coastal Connector is dead in Marion County.”

    Commission Chair Michelle Stone said she saw, “a lot of inaccuracies – and saw a lot of social media urging you to be here to stop the toll road. Thank you for being here, but we are not talking about a toll road today.”

  • Draft horses are on tap Feb. 1

    The Grandview Invitational is Feb. 1-3 at the Florida Horse Park, 8 miles from On Top of the World. This three-day event that is a true must see. It is the “biggest” horse show in Ocala. Gates open 8 a.m. The show starts at noon and runs to around 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 per adult with free parking.

  • In Cherrywood: John Everlove's legacy continues

    By Mary Busha

    Cherrywood Correspondent

    In the June 29th edition of Citizen, John Everlove, who wrote this column for many years, said goodbye to his readers. Due to illness, he was no longer able to carry on his love for writing. In his final column, he gave thanks to his readers for their “loyalty, laughter, support, and compliments.”

  • Veterans need you

    Veterans Need You!

    Veterans Helping Veterans assists veterans and their families with food, clothing and other personal needs. We are looking for variously skilled volunteers to help in the resource center. Hours and days at your convenience. 

    Call Anthony or Linda at 352-433-2320 ext. 100 and leave a message for a return call.

    Marion County Veterans Helping Veterans Inc. is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization formed in 1997 for the purpose of assisting veterans.

  • Lopsided

    By David Davis


    Marion County voted overwhelmingly along Republican Party lines in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Voters favored all of the proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution and approved a local referendum giving the school board the authority to appoint and employ the superintendent of schools.

  • Fall is for craft fairs
  • Some vets too proud to ask for help

    Marion County is home to a whopping 45,000 United States military veterans; each with their own unique stories of trials and triumphs.

    So why are their benefits identical? Well, they’re not!

    According to Steve Jacobs, a veterans services officer with the county, lack of communication is one of the reasons veterans don’t receive all the benefits they earned.

    “They compare themselves to each other,” said Jacobs. “And the fact is, benefits can vary based on every aspect of your service.”

  • Dr. Morishita is new music director of of the Marion Chamber Music Society
  • Blessing of the Animals

     Social conscience, politics, human morality and the spiritual relationship with God all converged Saturday during a blessing of the animals at the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

    Dr. Harold McSwain, pastor of the church, said the treatment of animals is often extremely cruel, particularly with greyhounds. Greyhounds are revved up on all kinds of meds and then treated very poorly when they are no longer useful for racing. That’s not a way to treat an animal.”

  • MIA/POWs remembered

    By David Davis


    On Sept. 21, the stark black and white banner symbolizing America’s Missing in Action and Prisoners of War flew over the White House and other locations across the country.

    President Donald Trump stated in a proclamation that, “We do this, each year, to recognize those who have suffered the horrors of enemy captivity, those who have still not returned from war, and the families who have yet to lay their loved ones to rest with the honor and dignity they deserve.”