FHP: The speed limit, myth and fact

FHP: The speed limit, myth and fact

  The Florida Highway Patrol said that education is the key when ensuring that the general public understands Florida traffic laws, and that they are doing everything possible to spread the word about traffic safety. On a daily basis, troopers say that there is one statement that they always hear: “I thought I was allowed to go […]

Fall Festival: Dancers wanted for Thrill the World Ocala 2015

The young and the young at heart are encouraged to attend and have a great time dancing.

Fall Festival: Dancers wanted for Thrill the World Ocala 2015

Ocala, Florida — Thrill The World Ocala is back for its fifth year this October. This is Ocala’s Biggest Fall Festival and you won’t want to miss it and is being sponsored by Extensions Dance Studio and Just Entertainment, Inc. Thrill the World Ocala is an annual attempt at the Largest Simultaneous Dance with Michael Jackson’s Thriller. […]

Ocala orthopedic surgeon killed in accident at his home

Ocala orthopedic surgeon killed in accident at his home

Ocala, Florida — Ocala orthopedic surgeon, Michael K. Riley, 49, was killed in a tragic accident over the weekend at his home located at 13025 South Highway 475, Ocala. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Riley was killed while attempting to attach a boat and trailer to his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at […]

FWC: Register for the 2016 Python Challenge

FWC: Register for the 2016 Python Challenge

  Official Press Release – Want to help conserve Florida’s unique Everglades ecosystem? Then sign up for the 2016 Python Challenge™ competition and join the Florida Fish and Conservation Commission (FWC), the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Inc. and partners to remove invasive Burmese pythons from public lands in south Florida. Starting Thursday, Oct. […]

The Ocala Police Department creates safe E-commerce Exchange Zone

The Ocala Police Department creates safe E-commerce Exchange Zone

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police Department Lieutenant Billy Woods has implemented a safer way for citizens to exchange money and goods when using Craigslist, eBay, Facebook groups,  and other websites. Lieutenant Woods said that OPD has designated parking spaces in it’s parking lot, which are video monitored. This area will be known as the “E-commerce Exchange Zone.” This will ensure the […]

Thrill The World Ocala 2015

Learn the dance

Thrill The World Ocala 2015

Ocala, Florida — Thrill The World Ocala is back for its fifth year this October. Thrill the World Ocala is an annual attempt at the Largest Simultaneous Dance with Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Every year, zombies get together and try to break Ocala’s record by dancing to Thriller on the downtown square. In 2014, they had over 130 zombies dancing, […]

$500 scholarship opportunity for students

$500 scholarship opportunity for students

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Legal Support Association is now accepting applications for the Mary Sullivan Scholarship Award in the amount of $500.00 for students interested in obtaining a degree in the legal field. Deadline to apply for the scholarship is December 1, 2015. For scholarship information and/or application packet, please contact Scholarship Chair, […]

To the Editor: Marion County is misleading, not inviting to good investors

Investors blame local governemt

To the Editor: Marion County is misleading, not inviting to good investors

Marion County was recently vetted as a potential site for a sunscreen (suntan lotion) manufacturing plant. The company would have brought more than 200 high paying jobs to the area. The initial plan was to renovate and revitalize some of the already vacant buildings in the area. To vet the area, three staff members, one investigator […]

Cloud 9 nightclub faces closure; nuisance to Ocala

Clean up the prostitutes, violence, and drugs or close

Cloud 9 nightclub faces closure; nuisance to Ocala

Ocala, Florida — On Wednesday, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office put the nightclub, Cloud 9, on notice — either clean it up or be shut down. MCSO sent a certified letter of Notice of a Potential Drug-Related Public Nuisance Abatement Action to nightclub owner, Anthony T. Pastorino. A nuisance abatement, as a legal term, is a […]

Mayor Kent Guinn retains his seat, Councilman John McLeod loses

Mayor Kent Guinn retains his seat, Councilman John McLeod loses

Ocala, Florida — Mayor Kent Guinn was re-elected Tuesday night, making this his third term as Ocala mayor. According to records, Guinn received nearly 65 percent of the votes, beating his opponent, William Gilchrist. Councilman John McLeod, who was a huge supporter of destroying Red Oak and Ocala Stud horse farms, also known as the […]

Six Gun Territory weekend

Six Gun Territory weekend

Williston, Florida — Thousands showed up Saturday and Sunday at Kirby Family Farm to experience what it was like in the Western days when Ocala had the very popular Six Gun Territory theme park. The park opened on February 2,1963, and remained open until 1984. This weekend, everyone was entertained by simulated gunfights and female cancan […]

9/11 – 14 years later

9/11 – 14 years later

[Last updated on September 11, 2015, at 9:35 p.m.] On Friday, September 11, 2015, 14 years after the Twin Towers fell in 2001, Marion County firefighters showed that they have not forgotten. MCFR firefighters and students started the day at the Florida State Fire College in Lowell, Florida. They showed their support by running up and […]

Ocala girl chosen to represent Florida; All-American National American Miss

NAM is not a beauty pageant; they are building tomorrow's leaders.

Ocala girl chosen to represent Florida; All-American National American Miss

Ocala, Florida — A young girl from Ocala has been chosen to represent Florida in the prestigious All-American National American Miss (NAM), which teaches young girls life skills and confidence. NAM is not a beauty pageant; they are building tomorrow’s leaders. From a very young age, Celia Rose Jeffreys, 10, wanted to be a dancer […]

Bad news for parents whose children are enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids program

Bad news for parents whose children are enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids program

Florida — Insurance rates for children enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids full pay insurance plan are going to almost double on October 1, 2015. In response, the Health Insurance Marketplace, or “Obamacare,” is extending its Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to allow families impacted by the rate increase to enroll in health insurance on Healthcare.gov. […]

Video: Man drives around school bus, tells parents to “get a f***ing job”

Video: Man drives around school bus, tells parents to “get a f***ing job”

[WARNING: Contains adult language. Video courtesy of Shannon Guinther] [Last updated on August 21, 2015, at 2:40 p.m.] Silver Springs, Florida — At approximately 10 p.m. Thursday night, following outrage from multiple parents, MCSO responded to Guinther’s home and took a written statement from him. MCSO also plans to interview other parents present during the incident. According […]