$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, 2016. No application fee. For scholarship information and/or application packet, please […]

North Marion student arrested for having weapons on campus

North Marion student arrested for having weapons on campus

Ocala, Florida — A North Marion High School student was arrested after school officials searched the student’s vehicle and found a loaded gun. On Tuesday, May 26, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy at North Marion Middle School received information that North Marion High School student, Douglas Hurteau, II. 17, was allegedly storing a […]

Public school will start a week earlier

Public school will start a week earlier

Marion County — The Marion County School Board announced that Marion County public schools will now start on August 17 — a week earlier than normal. Previously, the start date was scheduled for August 24. The school board actually wanted to change the start date to August 10, but they revised the plan and settled […]

50 shades of what were you thinking

50 shades of what were you thinking

A Pennsylvania school district is under fire after they distributed a word search puzzle based on the sexual novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The word search was passed out to Monessen middle school students and contained the terms “spanking,” “bondage,” “submissive,” and many other words that were more explicit in nature. Ocala Post contacted the […]

Student killed while walking to school

Student killed while walking to school

Eagle Lake, Florida — On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, around 6:10 a.m., Codey Kierstead, 15, from Lake Region High School in Eagle Lake, was walking to school when he decided to cross U.S. Hwy 17 southbound just south of the intersection at CR 540 (Winter Lake Road), in lieu of using either of the two […]

Suspicious packages / envelopes have been received

Suspicious packages / envelopes have been received

Ocala, Florida — Suspicious packages/envelopes have been received at several locations throughout Marion County. Lake Weir High School (County) Forest High Schoool (County) Belleview High School (County) Hillcrest School ( City) Marion County Court House (City) Ocala Star Banner (City) Elk’s Lodge (City) Westport High School (City) Blessed Trinity School (City) Marion County School Board […]

Mom allegedly threatens to blow up Belleview Middle School; Mom says school is neglecting her son

Mom allegedly threatens to blow up Belleview Middle School; Mom says school is neglecting her son

Belleview, Florida — On May 14, 2014, Christina Cochran, 30, of Summerfield, was arrested and booked into the Marion County Jail for making a bomb threat. This incident started when Belleview Middle School officials called Cochran to talk about her child. A Marion County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer could hear the call, according to […]

Rooftop High Brings Three Juveniles Down

Rooftop High Brings Three Juveniles Down

  Marion Oaks, Florida — On April 15, 2014 at approximately 1 a.m. Deputies Azure and Newbanks responded to Horizon Academy in Marion Oaks in reference to a 911 hang-up. Upon arrival, deputies blacked out their patrol vehicles and approached the property on foot. As they were walking up to the school they observed three […]

Two teens broke into Lake Weir Middle School and tortured a sheep

Two teens broke into Lake Weir Middle School and tortured a sheep

  Ocala, Florida — Jacob McClain, 17, and Jacob Morris, 16, were arrested after they broke into Lake Weir Middle school, vandalized it, then tortured a sheep. School officials said once the crimes were noticed, the entire school day was interrupted. On February 3, 2014, the pair broke into Lake Weir Middle School because they […]

Criminal That Targets Elementary Schools Is On The Run

Criminal That Targets Elementary Schools Is On The Run

  Polk County, Florida — A serious warning for parents and teachers in Polk County and surrounding areas. 38-year-old Don Cornelius Stephens, 39, described as being approximately 5’06” with an average build, and having a clean shaven head and face, has been identified as the suspect who entered three Polk County Schools removing personal property […]

The Florida Digital Classroom Initiative

The Florida Digital Classroom Initiative

  Lutz, Florida – Florida Senate Education Chairman John Legg (R-Lutz) filed Senate Bill 790 (Education Technology). Senate Bill 790 creates a framework for Florida’s digital classrooms through establishing a statewide policy centered on local control. The Florida Digital Classroom Initiative (SB 790 Educational Technology) includes the following highlights: •Provides key funding focused on improving […]

Government Urges Teachers To Go Easy On Misbehaved Children

Government Urges Teachers To Go Easy On Misbehaved Children

  Washington — Obama and his administration are now telling American schools that their discipline tactics are too hard on black and Hispanic students. The recommendations from the Obama administration came today with Reverand Al Sharpton side-by-side with Eric Holder. The civil rights advocates are claiming that the “school-to-prison” trend is due to overzealous school […]

Marion County Schools Could Lose Its Sports Programs

Marion County Schools Could Lose Its Sports Programs

    When the Marion County school district meets with the teachers union to discuss this year’s budget, coaches and club directors could be asked to take as much as a 30 percent pay cut. Supplemental contracts are paid to the coaches and others who lead the school districts extracurricular activities, and those payments range […]

Winter Springs Elementary School Smoked Out

Winter Springs Elementary School Smoked Out

An evacuation has taken place at Winter Springs Elementary School after an issue with the electrical system caused the school to smoke. The smoke was reported just before 10:30 a.m., Friday and the Seminole County fire department has been working every since to solve the problem. Students have been relocated to other buildings on campus […]