Today's News

  • 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
  • Panic: Where's My Phone?

    Saturday morning dawned beautifully clear but a little cool. So I grabbed my jacket, which I hadn’t worn since last winter, and headed out to the Fine Arts Festival of Ocala, better known as FAFO.
    I took my cell phone and put it into the inside security pocket of the jacket, you know, the one you have so pickpockets can’t get to you.

  • 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.

  • Can you write positive letters?

    In the old days of television, there was the “Perry Como Show,” which featured a segment where the introduction went like this:
    “Letters, we get letters, we get stacks and stacks of letters. Dear Perry, would you be so kind, to fill a request and sing a song we like best?”
    We may have to adopt that as our theme song. We get lots of letters, many of which are nasty containing personal insults, etc. of politicians.

  • Don't ignore the races close to home

    After suffering through another “debate” Sunday night, I’ve come to the conclusion that nothing I say or do is going to make a darn bit of difference in this political race.
    However, I do feel that a lot of people locally are ignoring the important races, the ones that can affect us every day.
    On the ballot in Marion County we have one County Commission race, various state legislative races and the sheriff’s race.
    There are also Congressional races and a U.S. Senate race.