Dr. Asad Qamar; accusations of fraud, bribery, and illegal political donations

Dr. Asad Qamar; accusations of fraud, bribery, and illegal political donations

[Last updated on June 18, 2015, at 12:44 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Florida cardiologist Dr. Asad Qamar could be forced to close the doors to his physician group, the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), following the suspension of the group’s Medicare reimbursements in March. In January, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) […]

DOH: No need for panic over a potentially deadly bacteria in Florida seawater

DOH: No need for panic over a potentially deadly bacteria in Florida seawater

Florida —This week, several media outlets published stories that contained inaccuracies about the safety of Florida’s beach water related to cases of Vibrio vulnificus infections. Vibrio vulnificus is a potentially deadly bacteria. While it can destroy tissue, officials said it is not a flesh-eating disease, as some media outlets have stated. Annually, the Florida Department […]

Intermittent lane closures

Intermittent lane closures

Oclala, Florida — Motorists will continue to experience temporary, intermittent lane closures at the intersection of Northeast 36th Avenue and Northeast 35th Street from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 26, during weekdays only, due to a water main extension. Crews will place barricades and signage to direct traffic through the work zone. Travelers […]

Florida Association of Counties provided misleading data for MCFR and EMS

Florida Association of Counties provided misleading data for MCFR and EMS

Ocala, Florida — A report recently issued by the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), claimed that Marion County is among the top Florida counties when it comes to funding fire rescue and emergency medical services. The findings were released on June 3 as an alleged compilation of fire control and EMS expenditures and rankings for […]

To the Editor: It takes a big guy to be a GAL

To the Editor: It takes a big guy to be a GAL

  Fathers’ Day is upon us and like Mothers’ Day, it brings to mind the importance of parents and especially fathers and fathering. I’m fortunate to be a Father, Grandfather and no less important, a Guardian ad Litem who advocates for and befriends children who have been removed from their parents due to abuse, neglect […]

Boil water notice has ended

Boil water notice has ended

Marion County, Florida – On Thursday morning, Marion County Utilities rescinded the precautionary boil water notice for customers in the communities of Majestic Oaks, Bent Tree, Jasmine Park, Harvest Meadows, Boyd, and Pidgeon Park. The water was determined safe to drink, following the standard bacteriological survey. Residents in these areas are being notified by door hanger […]

Boil water notice for multiple communities

Boil water notice for multiple communities

Marion County — Marion County Utilities has issued a precautionary boil water notice for customers in the communities of Majestic Oaks, Bent Tree, Jasmine Park, Harvest Meadows, Boyd, and Pidgeon Park. Utilities advises that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes be brought to a rolling boil for at least […]

Free swimming classes for kids and CPR classes for adults

Free swimming classes for kids and CPR classes for adults

Ocala, Florida — The Safe Kids Coalition of Marion County is providing free summer swimming lessons to 100 Marion County children, and free CPR and water safety classes to their parents. The program, funded by a grant from Kids Central, Inc., is a partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Marion County, Kids Central, the […]

Churchill Dentistry in Ocala has been sold

Churchill Dentistry in Ocala has been sold

Ocala, Florida — Marion County residents no longer have to worry about Michael or Rebecca Tarver performing dental work on children. On Wednesday, Ocala Post received multiple e-mails that stated Churchill Dentistry — formerly Polliwog Dental — had been sold to Heart of Florida Health Center. Ocala Post was able to confirm the sale on Thursday. HFHC will […]

Department of Health warns Floridians and visitors to avoid 64 massage establishments

Department of Health warns Floridians and visitors to avoid 64 massage establishments

Florida — The Florida Department of Health, with support from local law enforcement agencies, carried out Statewide Operation Trigger Point May 13 through 15. The operation to stop the dangerous practice of providing health care without proper licensure culminated in 64 cease-and-desist notices served to individuals and establishments practicing massage or operating a massage establishment […]

Marcel “Butch” Verrando removed from advisory board for racial remarks

Marcel “Butch” Verrando removed from advisory board for racial remarks

[Last updated on May 19, 2015, at 5:50 p.m.] Marion County — In a unanimous vote during a regularly-scheduled meeting on May 19, 2015, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners removed an appointee to the Marion County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) following objectionable remarks made by the appointee on a social media forum. Marcel […]

Upcoming March Against Monsanto event in protest of GMOs

Upcoming March Against Monsanto event in protest of GMOs

Ocala, Florida — On Saturday, May 23, 2015, Marion County will unite with citizens from all over the world in protest of genetically modified foods (GMOs). This year will mark the third annual “March Against Monsanto,” in which over 400 cities throughout the world hold demonstrations to raise public awareness and bring increasing political pressure to […]

Marion County Fire Rescue fire chief announces retirement

Marion County Fire Rescue fire chief announces retirement

Ocala, Florida — First on Ocala Post — Marion County Fire Rescue fire chief M. Stuart McElhaney announced today that he is retiring after 21-years of service. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with our crews, citizens staff, and county leadership in both of my roles as fire chief and assistant county administrator,” McElhaney said. “I […]

Big win for citizens: Staffing back at fire station 21, but not out of woods yet

Big win for citizens: Staffing back at fire station 21, but not out of woods yet

Marion County — Staffing levels at Marion County Fire Rescue station 21 are to return to normal on May 16 after citizens from On Top of the World and the surrounding areas made phone calls, sent emails, and went to county commission meetings to raise concerns over the reduction of services. In March, due to staffing […]

Woman fired from job and blocked from Facebook after she stomped on American Flag

Woman fired from job and blocked from Facebook after she stomped on American Flag

WARNING: Videos contain adult language Some might have heard of the Eric Sheppard Jr. challenge, which is an anti-American knock-off of the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. You also might have heard of Erica Walker. She is one of Eric Sheppard’s followers. Walker is a black female, who also supports the New Black Panthers Party. She […]

Re-organization of county administration derailed, for now

Re-organization of county administration derailed, for now

[Last updated on May 6, 2015, at 11:35 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — On Tuesday, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners would not support a motion to move forward with the re-organization of the county’s administration. Many believe the Board’s decision was because the community came together and demanded change after Ocala Post published an […]

Firefighters, EMTs, and residents get a slap in the face; you won’t believe why

Firefighters, EMTs, and residents get a slap in the face; you won’t believe why

[Last updated on May 5, 2015, at 4:10 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — This coming Tuesday, May 5, Marion County commissioners will vote to approve a complete re-organization of county management, which includes appointing a fire chief without an application process or a review of qualifications. County Administrator Bill Kauffman proposed the re-organization. This re-organization is […]