Today's News

  • Prescription drug take-back is Oct. 28

    Local law enforcement agencies will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

  • Fine Arts Festival is Oct. 28-29

    Fine Arts For Ocala’s 51st annual Ocala Arts Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Ocala.

    Presenting sponsor is Palm Chevrolet.

    FAFO is bringing 180 artists from all over the country to exhibit their beautiful pieces in downtown Ocala. Artists compete for $22,000 worth of Award money presented to the winners which are selected by two prestigious judges.

  • Remembering the fallen

    Each year, fallen firefighters from around the state are remembered at the State Fire College north of Ocala. The night before, a parade and gathering are held at the Public Square in downtown Ocala. Here are some scenes from that event.

  • Area returning to normal

    By Jim Clark

    The area continues to recover from the effects from Hurricane Irma, which had lost its clout by the time it reached our area.

    All surrounding weather stations report a lack of hurricane force winds in the area. However, the statistics for wind at the Ocala station could not be found, and it appears that the wind reports are not available.

    Gainesville reported wind gusts to 61, and The Villages at 54. No tornadoes were reported in the area.

    Rainfall was about 10 inches.

  • Warning issued for SR 200 area
  • Mobile, modular home evacuations ordered

    Due to the current projected path of Hurricane Irma, Marion County Emergency Management officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order for those living in mobile homes and modular-type homes within Marion County. Emergency Management officials urge those living in these type homes to be evacuated by 8 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 9.

  • Shelter list released by Sheriff's Office


    There is an INCORRECT list of public school shelters that is going around right now. Below is the list of schools that will be available as shelters starting today at 5pm. If any of that information changes we will post it to our Facebook. Please see the shelters listed below, at this time they are the ONLY ones that will be open.

  • Marion state of emergency declared

    The Marion County Board of County Commissioners declared a state of local emergency on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in anticipation of the potential for severe weather resulting from Hurricane Irma’s approach toward the Sunshine State. This local state of emergency is issued under the provisions provided by Florida Statutes and follows Gov. Rick Scott’s declaration for all 67 counties in Florida on Labor Day.

  • We want your photos for Discover

    The Citrus Publishing Company Marion County newspapers, including the South Marion Citizen, West Marion Messenger and Riverland News, are planning the third annual special section for this fall called “Discover Marion County.”

    The section will carry information to guide people around the various things that the county has to offer. It will include lists, some stories and photos, lots of photos.

  • Budget hearings set

    Share your thoughts at upcoming public hearings as the Marion County Board of County Commissioners moves toward final decisions on next fiscal year’s budget. The budget public hearings are on Thursdays, Sept. 7 and 21, beginning at 7 p.m.

    “Marion County’s annual budget touches every part of our community,” said Carl Zalak, III, Chairman of the Marion County Commission. “With this in mind, it is so important that we hear from residents regarding their vision for the budget each year.”