Docks closed at Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area

Docks closed at Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area

Damage from recent storm winds has closed two docks on Lake Weir in Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area, 13275 SE 115 Ave., Ocklawaha, according to a Marion County press release. The main, floating dock and the personal watercraft dock are unsafe and unusable. Park guests are urged to stay clear of the work zones […]

Free pet adoptions, four days only

Free pet adoptions, four days only

Marion County Animal Services is offering free pet adoptions from July 2 to July 6. Typically, the adoption fee for dogs and cats is $50. All animals are spayed/neutered and vaccinated. For more information call 352-671-8700.   Please follow and like us:

50th annual God and Country Day festival

50th annual God and Country Day festival

Ocala — This year will be the 50th annual God and Country Day festival the JCI Ocala Jaycees, Marion County’s largest firework show. Activities begin at 2 p.m. and will continue until the fireworks are over. Take your family and enjoy train rides, inflatable water slide, bounce houses, kid games, and more. Visit the arts […]

Chickens now allowed in city, regulations attached

Chickens now allowed in city, regulations attached

The City Council on June 18 voted in favor of residents to have backyard chickens. The vote passed 3-2 — Council members Brent Malever and Jay Musleh voted against the ordinance. Ocala residents will now be allowed to have up to six chickens as long as, what most call ridiculous legal requirements, are met. Chicken […]

Popular buffet allowed to reopen after being shutdown

Popular buffet allowed to reopen after being shutdown

Ocala — Golden Corral, located at 2111 SW College RD, Ocala, was immediately shut down after an emergency order was issued on June 20, following a consumer complaint. The restaurant was allowed to reopen on June 21, but will need a follow-up inspection after a time extension was given. The Department of Business and Professional […]

Man shoots mother, sets house on fire

Man shoots mother, sets house on fire

Ocklawaha — A man was arrested after it was determined that he shot his mother and set the house on fire. At approximately 3:20 a.m., Marion County Fire Rescue responded to a residential fire at 16663 SE 53rd Street, Ocklawaha. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home fully engulfed in flames. Once the fire was out, […]

OPD seeks information in shooting at mobile home park

OPD seeks information in shooting at mobile home park

Ocala — The Ocala Police Department is looking for information involving a shooting at White Oaks Mobile Home Park, located at 3920 Southwest 30th Street. Police responded to the MHP on June 18, after a woman reported that someone fired shots through her bedroom window. Police said that there were children present in the home […]

Free rapid HIV testing in Marion County

Free rapid HIV testing in Marion County

Marion County — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County will be offering free rapid HIV testing on National HIV Testing Day, Thursday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Walgreen’s, located at 807 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Individuals who take the test at this location will receive their results in […]

FHP ALERT — Fatal crash, I-75 northbound lanes closed

FHP ALERT — Fatal crash, I-75 northbound lanes closed

      [Last updated on June 18, 2019, at 4:05 p.m.] Marion County — A box truck vs tractor- trailer crash (with 1 confirmed fatality) on I-75 at the 340-mile marker in Marion County has all northbound lanes closed. Northbound traffic is being routed off at CR 484. Motorist should seek alternate roads to […]

Two arrested following bar shooting

Two arrested following bar shooting

Belleview, Florida — Two women suspected of having a gun during a bar fight Saturday have been arrested. in which another woman was shot in the leg. Shailya Maruca, 19, and Alexcia Tooley, 20, were taken into custody by the Belleview Police Department over the weekend. Police was called to Bumbers, located at 10837 South […]

Woman involved in 2018 attack arrested again

Woman involved in 2018 attack arrested again

Ocala — Julia Napiontek, who was accused of attacking multiple people in September 2018, — including an 11-year-old girl — was arrested Monday after she failed to appear in court. In 2018, Napiontek and Brandon Clanton, both 18 at the time, attacked four people — ages 11, 55, 47, and 48 in the parking lot […]

Upcoming traffic delays

Upcoming traffic delays

Be advised that Marion County residents traveling West Highway 316 will experience temporary lane closures between the intersections of North Highway 329 and Northwest 141st Court. The closure will be from June 10 to July 24, 2019, on weekdays and during daylight hours only, due to roadway repairs. County officials said that there will be […]

HEALTH ALERT: Hepatitis A vaccination recommended after Zaxby’s worker tested positive

HEALTH ALERT: Hepatitis A vaccination recommended after Zaxby’s worker tested positive

Ocala, Florida — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has identified a case of hepatitis A in a food service worker in Ocala. Per the department’s epidemiological investigation, the affected individual worked at Zaxby’s, located at 6033 SW Highway 200, while infectious from May 13 – June 2, 2019. The hepatitis A vaccine may […]

Burgers, flies, and more…McDonald’s forced to close

Burgers, flies, and more…McDonald’s forced to close

McDonald’s, located at 3595 West Silver Springs Boulevard Ocala, was immediately shut down after an emergency order was issued on May 23, following a routine inspection. The restaurant was allowed to reopen on May 24 but will need a follow-up inspection after a time extension was given. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation cites […]

Charges dropped for man dubbed as tattoo face

Charges dropped for man dubbed as tattoo face

Ocala, Florida — The charges were dropped for a real piece of…art, who was charged in May with Aggravated Battery by a Person in a Detention Facility. Robert Hardister, 27, dubbed tattoo face, had been incarcerated at the Marion County Jail from July 2018 to March 2019 on unrelated felony charges. During that time, he […]

Two teens injured in shooting

Two teens injured in shooting

Two boys — ages 16 and 17 — were shot Tuesday night after someone fired several shots through the front of the mobile home where they were staying. The shooting occurred in the 8500 block of Northwest 13th Court. Investigators said there were several children home playing video games when the shooting occurred. The two […]

Side of roach with your donut?

Side of roach with your donut?

Dunkin’ Donuts, located at 3622 West Silver Springs Boulevard Ocala, was immediately shut down after an emergency order was issued on May 23, following a routine inspection. The restaurant was allowed to reopen on May 24 but will need a follow-up inspection after a time extension was given. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation […]

Woman who smiled for her booking photo, sentenced

Woman who smiled for her booking photo, sentenced

Ocala, Florida — A woman who smiled for her booking photo following her May 10, 2018, DUI arrest was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison. Upon her arrest, Angenette Marie Welk, 44, A.K.A. Angenette Marie Missett, was charged with DUI with Serious Bodily Injury. On May 14, the victim, 60-year-old Sandra Clarkston, was removed […]