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Today's News

  • In-Vehicle Infotainment Distracts Old Drivers

    Staff Report

    Now that texting while driving is illegal in Florida, drivers are now more likely than ever to utilize voice-to-text or other in-vehicle infotainment systems. However, new research from AAA shows that this technology still creates potentially dangerous distractions for all drivers, yet the risk is highest among older adults.

  • ‘Clothing-Optional’ Pickleball in Oak Run on Fridays?

    More than 100 players participate in the Oak Run Pickleball Club. “We’re old. We can’t play baseball,” Patti Herold said.

  • Gas Prices May Drop by Up to 15 Cents

    Staff Report

    The summertime seesaw at the pump continues this week. After rising 7 cents early last week, Florida gas prices are moving lower once again.

    The average price for Florida gasoline is $2.67 per gallon. The state average is 4 cents more than this time last week and 23 cents more than a month ago. However, Florida drivers are paying 13 cents less than this year's high, and 10 cents per gallon less than this time last year.  

  • West Marion Community Hospital, Citrus Memorial Hospital Get High Marks

    A national healthcare ranking organization has given West Marion Community Hospital a B rating, the hospital’s third consecutive B since 2018.

    Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness received its fourth consecutive B rating since the fall of 2017, also making it one of the best-ranked hospitals in the area.

  • Man Killed While Pushing Disabled Car

    A man was killed late Thursday while attempting to push a disabled car on State Road 40 near Southwest 60th Avenue, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Authorities reportedly pronounced Guadalupe Guillermo, 20, of Ocala, dead at the crash scene.

    Three men, including Guillermo, were pushing and steering a disabled vehicle west on the outside lane of State Road 40 toward a gas station at the intersection, according to a report. 

    The other men were Esgar Nunez, 20, and Samuel Lopez, 21, both of Ocala.

  • Summer Gas Prices Heating Up Across the Country

    Gas prices are heating up alongside summer temperatures. In the last 15 days, state averages have jumped, pushing up the national average nearly a dime to $2.75. In addition to rising gasoline demand, 13 states this month have introduced new gas taxes that have contributed to the national average increase. Those states include California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vermont.

  • How Hot is It and What Does the Heat Index Mean?

    Forecasting the weather may not be an exact science. The meteorologist announces it’s going to be sunny and cool, and storm clouds dampen your day.

    With recent temperatures lingering and loitering in the upper 90s, managing your time in the Florida sun can get complicated. Recently recorded heat indexes (what it feels like) have climbed well into the triple digits – in some areas reaching nearly 120.

  • Record-Breaking 2.6 Million Floridians to Travel this Independence Day

    Staff Report

    More Americans than ever recorded by AAA made plans to honor the red, white and blue with an Independence Day getaway this year. An estimated 48.9 million Americans are traveling 50 miles or more for the holiday weekend; 2.6 million of those will be Floridians.

    Key Takeaways

  • Giving Peace a Chance at Sholom Park

    Sholom Park’s 44 acres is at 7110 SW 80th Ave., Ocala. The park has 36 Olive trees and the Koi Pond, which sets at the entrance of the Enchanted Forest and the Prairie Trail. The park has six trails totaling about two miles. Sholom is a Hebrew greeting for peace.

  • Artists and Mathematicians: The Marvel of Quilting

    Members of the newly formed Southwest 200 Quilters Guild showed off their creations at the group’s monthly meeting June 14. The guild was formed last January as a way to consolidate the various community groups in the south and west Marion County areas, said publicity director Joanne Hartrim.