New retailer coming to Ocala, taking applications

New retailer coming to Ocala, taking applications

Ocala, Florida — A new store is opening in Ocala. Ollie’s Bargain Outlet is coming to Ocala and is currently accepting applications for the new store set up. Those hired will be considered for permanent positions once the store is open. Ollie’s Bargain Outlet will be located at 3101 Southwest 34th Avenue, #500. The corner of Southwest […]

2016 Fireworks: 47th annual God and Country Day festival

2016 Fireworks: 47th annual God and Country Day festival

Ocala, Florida — This year will be the 47th annual God and Country Day festival, Marion County’s largest firework show. Activities begin at noon and will continue until the fireworks are over. Take your family and enjoy old fashioned sack races, balloon toss, ceremony of the flags, train rides, inflatable water slide, bounce houses, kid […]

Marion County residents can take advantage of prediabetes program

Marion County residents can take advantage of prediabetes program

Adults living in Marion County who are overweight and diagnosed with prediabetes can take advantage of a program proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. National Diabetes Prevention Program classes are offered by Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are scheduled to start at […]

Kiwanis Beach closed until further notice

Kiwanis Beach closed until further notice

Marion County – Kiwanis Beach, located at 15380 Southeast 140th Avenue Road, Lake Weir, will be closed as of April 27, 2016. The Marion County Department of Health announced Wednesday that the beach should be closed to the public due to high levels of bacteria. The high concentration of bacteria was detected during recent monthly […]

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, […]