Today's News

  • MCSO solves 30-year-old murder

    MCSO Media


    Press release

    Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives have closed the missing person case of Sherry Yon Petersen, Feb. 22, 1950, who was last seen on Christmas Eve, 1992.

  • Accused killer is arrested; victims' body dismembered

    MCSO Media Relations

    Press Release

    Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives have arrested Christopher Lee Takhvar, 45, for the murder of Belleview resident Robin Lee Upson, 63.

    The investigation began when Robin’s dismembered and decapitated remains were located in the Ocala National Forest in June. After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that Takhvar, Robin’s business partner and friend of approximately 20 years, had murdered her, then dismembered and disposed of her body.

  • Temple B’nai Darom nears fall completion

    Temple B’nai Darom was founded in 1888 by the United Hebrews of Ocala and had its beginning on NE Second Street.  In 1976 B’nai Darom (which translates to “Children of the South”) relocated to Banyan Course. Demographics indicate that growth of the Jewish community is in the SW 200 corridor and so the Board of Temple B’nai Darom, with mixed emotions, made the decision that to grow and thrive, it too should move to the SW 200 area, where many of its members now reside.

  • Amendments are topics at Friday Forum, SR 200 Coalition

    Former County Commissioner Judy Johnson will speak Monday, Sept. 10, at the SR 200 Coalition meeting and Friday, Sept. 14, at Friday Forum on the pros and cons of proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution on the November ballot. Numbers have varied drastically from 64 down to the current 13 of which three are still under court appeal.

  • FDOT scraps Coastal Connector

    After a torrent of backlash from citizens and public officials about its plan for the “Coastal Connector,” the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) informed public officials and citizens it is abandoning its plans for the Coastal Connector alternative study and instead focus on direct improvements to Interstate 75, according to Mike Dew, secretary of FDOT in a letter issued local officials released to the public last Friday.

  • Circle Square Commons Farmer's Market

     The Circle Square Commons Farmer’s Market provides healthy, fresh, seasonal local produce and other assorted products to residents and visitors, bridging the gap between consumers and farmers.

    April Norris of Red Wagon Produce holds colorful bell peppers in her hand. The photos of the other fruits and vegetables are also from Red Wagon Produce.

    Annie Smith of Granny Squirrel Soap holds handmade soap she creates.

  • OTOW Lions attend 1st District meeting
  • What's this world coming to?

    What’s this world coming to?

    BLU3, a Pompano Beach Company has developed a line of ultra-portable tankless diving systems using surface-supplied air. The system supports a diver at its maximum depth of 10 feet for about an hour and it is compact enough to carry in a backpack.

    The first in the line is NEMO, which is in the Kickstarter phase. NOMAD and NEPTUNE are scheduled for launch in the summer and winter of 2019. Those two, which are still in development will allow divers to go deeper depths. NEPTUNE will enable multiple divers on a single system.

  • Words Matter

    Words matter.

    It was February 1972 when Gunners Mate Guns 1st Class David Clayton Thomas, sir, marched his first bootcamp company to Luce Auditorium at Naval Training Center, San Diego.

    The base theater didn’t look very big from the outside, but inside, it was cavernous, almost dank. It contained more seats in one place than I had ever seen in my life. Company 062 was one of that last to enter. There must have been 2,000 recruits in their seats, waiting for the cultural awareness program to begin.

  • Happenings 08-31-2018


    Master Choir

    The Central Florida Master Choir is looking for new members. Tuesday evening rehearsals for Dec. 9, 14 and 16 concerts start Sep. 4 at Countryside Presbyterian Church in Ocala. Major work will be Puccini’s Gloria Mass. Call Hal McSwain at 352-615-7677 to schedule an audition. cfmasterchoir.com.

    Saturday, Sept. 1

    Chess Club

    The Freedom Library Chess Club will meet from 10a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. The Library is located at 5870 SW 95th St. All players are welcome. Call 423-873-2276 for information.