Wet ‘n Wild closing for good

Wet ‘n Wild closing for good

Orlando, Florida — Wet ‘n Wild, America’s first water park, which opened in 1977 will permanently close on December 31, 2016. Universal Studios purchased the water park in 2013. Universal Orlando Resort Public Relations Vice President Tom Schroder wrote, “We’re grateful to our countless fans and team members for making Wet ‘n Wild such a […]

5 days of free medical, dental, and optical coming to Ocala

5 days of free medical, dental, and optical coming to Ocala

[Last updated on June 18, 2015, at 11:36 a.m.] Ocala, Florida — United Hands, Inc. has created FreeD.O.M. Clinic USA to address the growing need for dental, optical, and medical care to the indigent, homeless, and uninsured in America. Their unpaid volunteers are motivated by their love of people and their passion to share their […]

Citizens furious over clearing of the former Waldo police chief

Citizens furious over clearing of the former Waldo police chief

[Last updated on June 17, 2015, at 5:44 p.m.] Waldo — Despite five officers coming forward, hundreds of complaints from citizens, warnings from the American Automobile Association (AAA), and a book that ousted the Waldo Police Department; former Waldo Police Chief Mike Szabo has been cleared of any wrongdoing. In addition to the officers coming […]

Chicago Blackhawks win Stanley Cup

Chicago Blackhawks win Stanley Cup

The Chicago Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup trophy in the last three years when they beat the Lightning 2-0 in last night’s Game 6 in Chicago. Tampa Bay did not lose three straight games all season but ended their Stanley Cup hopes after losing their final three games of the series. What was once […]

Family heartbroken after family pet found slain

Family heartbroken after family pet found slain

Sparr, Florida — A family is grieving after the tragic loss of one of their two dogs. Madelyn Parker, of Sparr, said the last few days have been very traumatic for her family after they found that their pet dog, Ziek, had been shot dead. It has been especially devastating for her 5-year-old son, Easton. Parker […]

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 […]

Blackhawks even Stanley Cup Series

Blackhawks even Stanley Cup Series

The Chicago Blackhawks were able to beat a Tampa Bay Lightning team without their star goaltender Ben Bishop. Due to an undisclosed injury to Bishop, the Lightning were forced to start 20-year-old rookie goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. Vasilevskiy made an appearance in Game 2 where he ended up getting the victory. Vasilevskiy played very well in […]

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 […]

From the Editor: Ocala Post will not back down due to threats

From the Editor: Ocala Post will not back down due to threats

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Post recently received several e-mails and Facebook messages from individuals complaining about the names and photos of juvenile criminals, drug dealers, and a recently arrested business owner, being used in some of Ocala Post’s recent articles. One Facebook message called an article slander, defamation of character, and made mention that it was causing “pain […]

Two wanted for cell phone snatch and run at Verizon store

Two wanted for cell phone snatch and run at Verizon store

Marion County — On June 2, Ocala Police Officer Erica Reese responded to the Verizon Wireless, located at 3451 Southwest College Road, Ocala, in reference to a grand theft. Upon arrival, Officer Reese made contact with the store manager. The manager stated that two black males came into the store and had been talking with […]

Dog thief caught

Dog thief caught

Ocala, Florida — A pit bull that was stolen from the Humane Society while they were attending an adoption event at PetSmart on May 30, has been recovered. According to a press release, today, Ocala Police Officer Sergeant Erica Hay responded to the Marion County Humane Society to check on three dogs she had recently […]

Two killed in crash, one in critical condition

Two killed in crash, one in critical condition

[Last updated on June 8, 2015, at 9:13 a.m.] Ocala, Florida — A Sunday morning crash left two people dead and one in critical condition. The accident involved a white Mercury Grand Marquis, driven by Cedric Pinkney, 18, and a brown Mercury Monterey, driven by Thelma Sharbaugh, 86. Pinkney also had a rear passenger, Johnny “J-Tee” Taylor, 17. The crash […]

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