Transgender bathroom ban passes 4-1

Transgender bathroom ban passes 4-1

Ocala, Florida — The resolution to ban transgender bathrooms in Marion County schools has been officially adopted. During a Tuesday emergency resolution meeting, the Marion County School Board passed the resolution with a  4-1 vote. Marion County Public School Public Relations Officer, Kevin Christian, said, “The resolution limits school bathrooms to students based on birth […]

1st Annual Ocala Amazing Race

1st Annual Ocala Amazing Race

Ocala, Florida — During the 1st Annual Ocala Amazing Race teams can experience Ocala like never before. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, and when the tasks are completed at each location,  that team will receive a clue to the next destination. The first team to arrive at each […]

Marion County School Board supports transgender bathroom ban

Marion County School Board supports transgender bathroom ban

Ocala, Florida — In an e-mail, the Marion County School Board confirmed that they will aim to make sure that school bathrooms used by students who claim to be transgender will be based on the biology of a student’s sex instead of their identity. Marion County Public School Public Relations Officer, Kevin Christian, said, “In […]

Reminder about closed boat ramps

Reminder about closed boat ramps

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners wants to remind the public about boat ramp closures for the month of April. Marion County Parks and Recreation announced that boat ramps will be closed at the Moss Bluff South park for repairs from April 11 to April 22, 2016. The following boat ramps will be available during […]

Temporary lane closure, expect delays

Temporary lane closure, expect delays

Ocala, Florida  – on March 23, motorists traveling along Southeast 36th Avenue — between the intersections of Southeast Highway 484 and Southeast 95th Street — will experience a temporary lane closure from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The closure is due to utility work. Motorists should expect delays and use alternate routes when possible. Adverse […]

Annual Ocali Country Days Festival

Annual Ocali Country Days Festival

Ocala, Florida — Save the date! The 2015 festival will be on Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th. Ocali Country Days started in 1995 as a fundraiser for the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center and has become a very popular annual event. The first three days of the festival are open to […]

To the Editor: Domestic violence victim was deaf and at my doorstep

"I was completely vulnerable and helpless."

To the Editor: Domestic violence victim was deaf and at my doorstep

Note: Before readers jump to conclusions and attack the writer, readers should realize that this information was addressed with the Sheriff’s Office first and posted to their Facebook page. The post was later deleted. The Sheriff’s Office stated that they do not have a need for an interpreter. Ocala, Florida — I usually keep to […]

Authorities need your help locating missing Ocala girl

Authorities need your help locating missing Ocala girl

Ocala, Florida — The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has issued an alert for a missing Ocala teen. Destiny was last seen on October 28, 2015. She may be in the company of an adult male. Authorities believe that Destiny may still be in the Ocala area. Destiny is a black female, approximately 5 foot 7 inches […]

Firefighters host annual Holiday Helpers Drive

Firefighters host annual Holiday Helpers Drive

Marion County – For more than 12 years Marion County Fire Rescue firefighters have helped meet the needs of families who are struggling to stay warm and bring joy into their homes during the holiday season. As part of this annual effort, MCFR firefighters are asking the community to partner with their Holiday Helpers Drive […]

Lake Weir Kiwanis presents: Trivia Night & Spaghetti Dinner

Lake Weir Kiwanis presents: Trivia Night & Spaghetti Dinner

Marion County – The Lake Weir Kiwanis Club will be hosting a Trivia Night & Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, November 6, 2015. Kiwanis park is located at 15380 Southeast 140th Avenue Road, Weirsdale. Starting at 6:00 p.m. – Spaghetti dinner (spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, drink; homemade desserts available for donation). Then, at 7:00 p.m. – Trivia (1st, […]

Multiple burglaries in Raven Glen Subdivision

Multiple burglaries in Raven Glen Subdivision

Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department is urging residents who live in the Raven Glen Subdivision to lock their vehicles. According to reports, there have been multiple vehicle burglaries in the area. In all of the cases, the victim’s vehicle was left unlocked. Ocala police recently placed an electronic sign on Northeast 26th Court, […]

The Ocala Pumpkin Run Fall Festival 2015

The Ocala Pumpkin Run Fall Festival 2015

Ocala, Florida — ‘Horsepower in Horse Country’ returns as Ocala becomes the backdrop for a premier car show and Fall Festival at Castro Farms. The Ocala Pumpkin Run Car Show and Fall Festival will take place on the weekend of October 23 through the 25th, 2015, at Castro Farms, located at 7700 N US Highway […]

Ocala-Marion County Veterans Memorial Park vandalized

Ocala-Marion County Veterans Memorial Park vandalized

Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department is asking for the public’s help in trying to find out who vandalized the Ocala-Marion County Veterans Memorial Park. The park was vandalized sometime between 4:00 p.m. Monday, October 12, and 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, October 13. According to OPD, someone broke two American Bald Eagle statues that were […]

FHP: The speed limit, myth and fact

FHP: The speed limit, myth and fact

  The Florida Highway Patrol said that education is the key when ensuring that the general public understands Florida traffic laws, and that they are doing everything possible to spread the word about traffic safety. On a daily basis, troopers say that there is one statement that they always hear: “I thought I was allowed to go […]

Fall Festival: Dancers wanted for Thrill the World Ocala 2015

The young and the young at heart are encouraged to attend and have a great time dancing.

Fall Festival: Dancers wanted for Thrill the World Ocala 2015

Ocala, Florida — Thrill The World Ocala is back for its fifth year this October. This is Ocala’s Biggest Fall Festival and you won’t want to miss it and is being sponsored by Extensions Dance Studio and Just Entertainment, Inc. Thrill the World Ocala is an annual attempt at the Largest Simultaneous Dance with Michael Jackson’s Thriller. […]

Thrill The World Ocala 2015

Learn the dance

Thrill The World Ocala 2015

Ocala, Florida — Thrill The World Ocala is back for its fifth year this October. Thrill the World Ocala is an annual attempt at the Largest Simultaneous Dance with Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Every year, zombies get together and try to break Ocala’s record by dancing to Thriller on the downtown square. In 2014, they had over 130 zombies dancing, […]

$500 scholarship opportunity for students

$500 scholarship opportunity for students

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Legal Support Association is now accepting applications for the Mary Sullivan Scholarship Award in the amount of $500.00 for students interested in obtaining a degree in the legal field. Deadline to apply for the scholarship is December 1, 2015. For scholarship information and/or application packet, please contact Scholarship Chair, […]

To the Editor: Marion County is misleading, not inviting to good investors

Investors blame local governemt

To the Editor: Marion County is misleading, not inviting to good investors

Marion County was recently vetted as a potential site for a sunscreen (suntan lotion) manufacturing plant. The company would have brought more than 200 high paying jobs to the area. The initial plan was to renovate and revitalize some of the already vacant buildings in the area. To vet the area, three staff members, one investigator […]