Public school will start a week earlier

Public school will start a week earlier

Marion County — The Marion County School Board announced that Marion County public schools will now start on August 17 — a week earlier than normal. Previously, the start date was scheduled for August 24. The school board actually wanted to change the start date to August 10, but they revised the plan and settled […]

Dunnellon Police Chief Joanne Black resigns, MCSO steps in

Dunnellon Police Chief Joanne Black resigns, MCSO steps in

Dunnellon, Florida — Dunnellon Police Chief Joanne Black has resigned her position as police chief of the Dunnellon Police Department. City Manager Eddie Esch Sr. said Chief Black’s resignation was for personal reasons. According to a press release, the letter of resignation was effective for May 11, 2015. Esch requested that the Marion County Sheriff’s […]

Staffing shortages caused 3 ambulances to shut down Saturday

Staffing shortages caused 3 ambulances to shut down Saturday

Marion County — Persistent staffing shortages have been the cause for Marion County Fire Rescue to shut down ambulances over the last few months. This event, called a “brown out,” has been putting a strain on the ambulance system. The “brown out” has forced MCFR to empty out response zones that are both paid for […]

Woman wanted on numerous warrants was followed

Woman wanted on numerous warrants was followed

Ocala, Florida — On Friday, Ocala Post reported that Melissa Snyder, 25, was wanted on several warrants in Marion County. On Saturday, Less than 24-hours after the article was published, Snyder was arrested by Ocala Police. A bail bondsman, who read the article and had knowledge of the warrants, told Ocala Post that he followed […]

Lake Weir reopens with precautions

Lake Weir reopens with precautions

Lake Weir — It has been a week since more than a thousand dead fish washed-up on the shore of Lake Weir prompting beach closures. The Florida Department of Health closed the beaches after the water tested positive for high levels of cyanobacteria. On Friday, the Florida Department of Health in Marion County lifted its […]

To the Editor: This is a life and death decision for us

To the Editor: This is a life and death decision for us

I recently read an article about many positive efforts to improve the economy of Marion County. I also read, and am experiencing, the results of one area of negative impact on the economy of Marion County. And that is the continuing exodus of our fire and EMS personnel caused by the embarrassing low salaries — […]

Officials: Walmart closing is very suspicious

Officials: Walmart closing is very suspicious

The closing of several Walmart stores has left nearly 2,000 employees jobless and looking for answers, while some say they believe it is military related. On April 13, 2015, several Walmart stores suddenly closed. A sign was taped to the door of the businesses that read: “We apologize for the inconvenience. This location will close for […]

Investigation: Driver gives deputies middle finger; gets pulled over by military-type armored vehicle

Investigation: Driver gives deputies middle finger; gets pulled over by military-type armored vehicle

Gainesville, Florida — The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has launched an internal investigation after deputies in a Lenco BearCat Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), or Light Armored Vehicle (LAV), conducted a traffic stop. The deputies that occupied the APC were dressed in tactical clothing. The man they pulled over, Lucas A. Jewel, 23, was stopped after […]

City Council overturns Mayor Guinn’s veto; 401-acres will be destroyed

City Council overturns Mayor Guinn’s veto; 401-acres will be destroyed

[Audio Clip from meeting]   Ocala, Florida — Despite his best efforts, Mayor Kent Guinn’s veto on the Trinity Lane project was overturned by the City Council Tuesday. Councilman Jim Hilty, who has been against the project from the beginning, also held his position on the development. However, greed within the city council prevailed, and […]

Services for Ocala Police Officer Jared Forsyth

Services for Ocala Police Officer Jared Forsyth

[Last updated on April 10, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Ocala Post has received multiple e-mails asking about the services for Ocala Police Officer Jared Forsyth. This information that was provided by OPD Public Information Officer Sergeant Angy Scroble should answer any questions the public might have.     Please follow and like […]

Ocala couple faces the pain of infertility

Ocala couple faces the pain of infertility

  Ocala, Florida — The stress of trying to conceive a baby can be an emotional roller coaster for both a woman and a man. And although National Infertility Awareness Week® doesn’t start until April 19, 2015, Ocala Post met with an Ocala couple who is facing the realities of infertility. This year, RESOLVE.ORG is […]

County commissioners looking at privatizing part of Fire Rescue

County commissioners looking at privatizing part of Fire Rescue

Ocala, Florida — In an e-mail to county commissioners and Marion County Fire Rescue employees, fire chief and assistant county administrator Stuart McElhaney announced to the agency that the county commissioners have directed staff to hold the line on taxes and look for ways to re-prioritize spending to direct more revenue to the ambulance service. […]

Boil water advisory for several areas in Marion County

Boil water advisory for several areas in Marion County

[Last updated on March 23, 2015, at 10:50 a.m.] At 8:04 p.m., Marion County Utilities issued a precautionary boil water notice for customers in the communities of Majestic Oaks, Bent Tree, Jasmine Park, Harvest Meadows, Boyd and Pidgeon Park. Marion County Utilities advised that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or […]

MCSO receives salary adjustment for entry-level deputies

MCSO receives salary adjustment for entry-level deputies

Ocala, Florida — For the first time in 11 years, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) increased the agency’s starting salary for entry-level deputies – from $28,520 to $32,094. The increase went into effect on January 25, 2015. Existing deputies received a 3 percent raise on October 1, 2014. The funding for the salary adjustment […]