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Today's News

  • New hospital at TimberRidge

    By Staff Reports

    The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration cleared the way for a 66-bed acute-care hospital at TimberRidge.

    The state agency approved the Certificate of Need at its June 1 meeting, pending submission of a building permit and subsequent issuance of the TimberRidge Hospital license by the Agency for Health Care Administration and the following conditions:

  • Here come the Cruisers

    Special to the Citizen

    WASHINGTON — America’s Navy is coming to Ocala, Florida, one of seven cities in the state to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2018 tour — one of the signature outreach programs of the U.S. Navy.

    The United States Navy Band Cruisers performance is scheduled for July 4, at 5:30 p.m. at Circle Square Commons.

    As the U.S. Navy’s premier popular music group, the Cruisers feature eight of the Navy’s most dynamic performers.

  • State of Marion

    Marion County is excited to announce that the 2018 State of the County address will be delivered by Commission Chairman Kathy Bryant at 6:30 p.m. on June 11 at the Reilly Arts Center in Ocala.

    “There are so many exciting things that have happened lately in Marion County and there’s so much more ahead,” said Kathy Bryant, Chairman of the Marion County Commission. “This event is all about sharing that exciting momentum with our citizens and celebrating the amazing place we get to live, work and play.”

  • A president says goodbye to a WWII buddy

    President George H. W. Bush and William Donovan served together in WWII. Donovan passed Sunday evening at the Legacy House, but not before he received military respects Friday at a Veterans Pinning Ceremony by volunteer Scott Traxler, and a surprise phone call on Saturday from none other than President George H. W. Bush.

  • County welcomes traveling Vietnam wall

    Marion County Veterans Services hosted a four-day event from May 25 to 28 to honor fallen, missing, and imprisoned U.S. service members at Ocala/Marion County Veterans Memorial Park in observation of Memorial Day. Each day, the public had the opportunity to appreciate different military traditions and ceremonies. Veterans Memorial Park featured static displays, which include military vehicles and aircraft. Veterans Services also coordinated a flyover on Memorial Day.

  • Vera receives Eagle after years of hard work

    Roberto Vera, a member of Troop 707, received his Eagle May 20 after years of hard work. He completed the 13 required merit badges as well as many electives. With help from his troop and others, he constructed a fire pit for Ocala West United Methodist Church, which sponsors the troop. He was honored by his family, friends and members of his troop. Several Eagle Scouts from this troop participated in the ceremony.

  • OTOW Lions Club installs new officers
  • Cooper litter pick up
  • MCFR Battles Oak Run Structure Fire
  • CERT gives excellent presentation

    Our Community Emergency Response Team gave an outstanding presentation last Saturday in the clubhouse. Along with the CERT team, about forty-five residents joined in to learn what to do in an emergency situation. The program began with Robert Busha showing a slide show as an introduction. From there, the information flowed concerning how to deal with natural disasters.