https://www.smcitizen.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Commission candidates state positions at SR 200 Coalition meeting https://www.smcitizen.com/content/commission-candidates-state-positions-sr-200-coalition-meeting <img src="https://www.smcitizen.com/sites/www.smcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/katrhy_bryant.jpg" alt="Kathy Bryant" title="Kathy Bryant" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Four of five candidates running for the Marion County Board of Commissioners in the second and fourth districts attended the State Road 200 Coalition Monday, June 11,&nbsp;</p> <p> Helen Due&ntilde;o, a Democrat, filed her application for Commission District 2 in July 2017 but she has not raised any money, nor has she appeared anywhere to the knowledge of SR 200 Coalition President Pat Gabriel. However, Due&ntilde;o is unopposed in the Democratic Primary on Aug. 28.</p> West Marion is approved for more expansion https://www.smcitizen.com/content/west-marion-approved-more-expansion <p> Ocala Health announces it will add 36 more beds to West Marion Community Hospital&rsquo;s campus. The 138-bed hospital will have 174 beds in early 2019 when the new floor opens.</p> <p> The West Marion Community Hospital facility opened as part of Ocala Health in 2002 with 70 beds. Since 2015, the hospital has added 68 beds and expanded its cardiac services and surgical technology with the addition of a robotic surgical system.</p> EEE continues to spread; 5 horses killed https://www.smcitizen.com/content/eee-continues-spread-5-horses-killed <p> Marion County continues to experience new cases of eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, in June as additional animals became sick with the virus.</p> <p> The community remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory due to EEE activity in the county.</p> <p> The risk of disease spread from mosquitoes to humans through mosquito bites is currently increased due to the number of local EEE cases.</p> <p> Five horses and two emus have died of the virus in the county this year. Deaths in horses and emus are a sign of increased spread of the virus in a community.</p> New hospital at TimberRidge https://www.smcitizen.com/content/new-hospital-timberridge <img src="https://www.smcitizen.com/sites/www.smcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_munroe_regional_medical_center_at_timberridge.jpg" alt="An artist’s rendering of the proposed 66-bed acute-care hospital at TimberRidge. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration cleared the way for the new facility at its June 1 meeting." title="An artist’s rendering of the proposed 66-bed acute-care hospital at TimberRidge. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration cleared the way for the new facility at its June 1 meeting." align="left" hspace="6" width="165" height="85" /><p> By Staff Reports</p> <p> The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration cleared the way for a 66-bed acute-care hospital at TimberRidge.</p> <p> 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:</p> Here come the Cruisers https://www.smcitizen.com/content/here-come-cruisers <img src="https://www.smcitizen.com/sites/www.smcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/navy_band.jpg" alt="America&#039;s Navy band can be seen here performing, and can be seen in-person at Circle Square Commons on July 4. Ocala is of seven cities in the state to host a performance by the United States Navy band during its 2018 tour." title="America&#039;s Navy band can be seen here performing, and can be seen in-person at Circle Square Commons on July 4. Ocala is of seven cities in the state to host a performance by the United States Navy band during its 2018 tour." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Special to the Citizen</p> <p> WASHINGTON &mdash; America&rsquo;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 &mdash; one of the signature outreach programs of the U.S. Navy.</p> <p> The United States Navy Band Cruisers performance is scheduled for July 4, at 5:30 p.m. at Circle Square Commons.</p> <p> As the U.S. Navy&rsquo;s premier popular music group, the Cruisers feature eight of the Navy&rsquo;s most dynamic performers.</p> State of Marion https://www.smcitizen.com/content/state-marion <p> 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.</p> <p> &ldquo;There are so many exciting things that have happened lately in Marion County and there&rsquo;s so much more ahead,&rdquo; said Kathy Bryant, Chairman of the Marion County Commission. &ldquo;This event is all about sharing that exciting momentum with our citizens and celebrating the amazing place we get to live, work and play.&rdquo;</p> A president says goodbye to a WWII buddy https://www.smcitizen.com/content/president-says-goodbye-wwii-buddy <img src="https://www.smcitizen.com/sites/www.smcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/a_president_says_goodbye.jpg" alt="George H. W. Bush, is sixth from the left on the top row and William Donovan is the first on that row. The future president and Donovan served in the same Naval Squadron during WWII. " title="George H. W. Bush, is sixth from the left on the top row and William Donovan is the first on that row. The future president and Donovan served in the same Naval Squadron during WWII. " align="left" hspace="6" width="103" height="85" /><p> 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.</p> County welcomes traveling Vietnam wall https://www.smcitizen.com/content/county-welcomes-traveling-vietnam-wall <img src="https://www.smcitizen.com/sites/www.smcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vietnam_wall_5323.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="157" height="85" /><p> 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.</p>