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 […]

Plans to destroy 401-acres of farmland vetoed

Plans to destroy 401-acres of farmland vetoed

Ocala, Florida — Today, Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn, vetoed Triniy Lane development plans that would destroy 401-acres of farmland at the corner of Southwest 27th Avenue and Southwest 42nd Street, Ocala. This is the second time Mayor Guinn has “stepped up” and vetoed the development plans presented by developer John J. Brunetti. In March of […]

Dental clinic to care for children

Dental clinic to care for children

Ocala, Florida —Community collaboration continues as the Florida Department of Health in Marion County has partnered with the Head Start and Early Head Start programs to open a dental clinic to care for children. Children through age 5 who are enrolled in Head Start are eligible. Children can receive exams, preventive care, fillings, extractions, and […]

Residents express their concerns at Marion Oaks meeting

Residents express their concerns at Marion Oaks meeting

Ocala, Florida — Despite the cold weather, Marion Oaks residents came out by the dozens to attended the Town Hall meeting Thursday night at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair said, “These events allow my command staff and I to hear directly from you regarding any complaints, suggestions, concerns, or other […]

Ex-employees come forward & inspection described as laughable after eagle poisoning

Ex-employees come forward & inspection described as laughable after eagle poisoning

[Last updated on February 19, 2015, at 9:32 p.m.] Correction: A previous version of this article stated “the animal shelter euthanizes anything under three pounds,” when it is actually two pounds. Also, the word “allegedly” was added before the word “poisoned.” Statements from Marion County Public Information Manager, Barbra Hernández, APR have also been included. […]

MCSO BOLO: Man attempted to abduct autistic boy

MCSO BOLO: Man attempted to abduct autistic boy

[Last updated January 30, 2015, at 9:01 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who attempted to abduct a 15-year-old autistic child. The incident happened in the Silver Springs Shores area. According to reports, a newer two-door black Chevy Silverado with chrome accents pulled up to the victim’s […]

MCSO: Monumental change within the sheriff’s office

MCSO: Monumental change within the sheriff’s office

Ocala, Florida — In light of recent terrorist attacks, increased chatter, and intelligence about “lone-wolf” terrorists — both foreign and domestic — the Marion County Sheriff’s Office plans to deter any threats against Marion County by being prepared. Ocala Post recently reported that the FBI alerted multiple local law enforcement agencies, advising them to be […]

Spring Manor Apartments officially considered a nuisance property

Spring Manor Apartments officially considered a nuisance property

Ocala, Florida — Citizens of Ocala that wanted Spring Manor Apartments shut down, might soon get their wish. Back in June, Ocala Post was the first to tell you about the possibility of the City of Ocala filing a Nuisance Abatement Order. Well, the city did just that; however, Spring Manor property owners failed to […]

Curfew warning; keep children off the streets after dark

Curfew warning; keep children off the streets after dark

Ocala, Florida — In May, Ocala Post told you about the curfew being enforced by the Ocala Police Department. However, some parents seem to have ignored the issue. According to OPD, many parents are allowing their children to roam the streets at night. While the problem is mostly with teens; children as young as 9-years-old […]

City Council will discuss destroying farmland and Outside Sales Ordinance

City Council will discuss destroying farmland and Outside Sales Ordinance

Ocala, Florida — Tonight, January 20, 2015, the Ocala City Council will be holding several public meetings. The meetings will cover the Trinity Lane mixed-use development that would destroy the farmland at Red Oak and Ocala Stud farms, for the purpose of development. The farms are located off of Southwest 27th Avenue. Jennifer L. Hoefsmit, […]

Package thieves arrested

Package thieves arrested

Marion Oaks, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes Detectives have arrested and charged Christopher Velez, 23, and Brian Vargas, 27, for three counts of Grand Theft, Petit Theft, and three counts of Dealing in Stolen Property. During the Christmas season, there were multiple thefts of UPS and Fed-EX packages from homes in the […]

DOJ investigation: Dr. Asad Qamar, Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE) and Dr. Humeraa Qamar

DOJ investigation: Dr. Asad Qamar, Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE) and Dr. Humeraa Qamar

Ocala, Florida — Department of Justice Official Press Release — The government has intervened in two lawsuits against a Florida cardiologist, Dr. Asad Qamar, and his physician group, the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), alleging that Qamar and ICE billed Medicare for medically unnecessary peripheral artery interventions and paid kickbacks to patients by waiving […]

911: It is supposed to save lives, not cost you your life

911: It is supposed to save lives, not cost you your life

Ocala, Florida — Since the transfer of 911 dispatch services from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to the county commissioners control that took place in 2012, many local residents have voiced their opinions that MCSO losing control of the service was a detriment to the community. Recently, Misty Lloyd, a tax paying citizen of Marion […]