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Friday, January 28, 2022
Marion County firefighters rescued a dog from a burning home in Belleview on Thursday night.
Dogs will be able to enjoy a frozen treat during an upcoming PAWS Ice Cream Social at Letty Towles Dog Park.

Headlines
News, events, politics, government in Ocala, Florida

City of Ocala seeks $1.7 million contract to purchase land for new downtown parking garage

The City of Ocala is seeking approval of a $1.7 million contract for the purchase of land which would become the site of a second parking garage in downtown Ocala.

Weirsdale man arrested after stealing car, fleeing from MCSO corporal

A Weirsdale man was arrested in Ocala after he fled from a Marion County Sheriff’s office corporal while driving a stolen vehicle.

WinePO social event bringing local young professionals to downtown Ocala next week

A social networking event for local young professionals (ages 21 to 45) is being held at The Keep Downtown in Ocala next week.

Ocala man steals lawnmowers, electric motor from thrift store in Fort McCoy

An Ocala man was arrested after stealing several push lawnmowers and an electric motor from a thrift store in Fort McCoy.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office looking for missing Dunnellon teenager

MCSO is turning to the public to help locate missing 13-year-old Isabella Jean Bowles. She was last seen walking from her home (5800 block of SW 178th Terrace in Dunnellon) on Thursday morning.

Two people injured in multi-vehicle crash at SW 26th Avenue, W Silver Springs Boulevard intersection

Two drivers were injured in a multi-vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of SW 26th Avenue and W Silver Springs Boulevard on Thursday.

Government
Government meetings, press releases, and Politics in Ocala, Florida

Marion County Jail seeking approval for $1.9 million construction projects

Marion County commissioners will vote next week on whether or not to approve a task order for multiple Marion County Jail construction projects that would cost $1.9 million.

Belleview mayor discusses community center improvements, upcoming events in letter to residents

Belleview Mayor Christine Dobkowski recently addressed city residents in a letter that discusses multiple topics including community center improvements and upcoming events.

102,000 pounds of litter collected in Marion County during December

The monthly Solid Waste Operations report for December shows that over 102,000 pounds of litter were collected in Marion County.

Daniels Lots, LLC seeks rezoning for proposed 4-acre multi-family development in southeast Ocala

Daniels Lots, LLC is seeking approval from Marion County officials to rezone a 4-acre property for the construction of a multi-family development in southeast Ocala.

Marion County job report shows area moving out of ‘COVID-19 slump’

Marion County’s jobless rate was reported at 4% for the month of December in 2021, and the labor force grew by over 7,500 compared to the same time in 2020.

Marion County soliciting quotes for contractor to provide tree services

Marion County is seeking a contractor to provide tree services at various sites located throughout the county.

Business
Business news, press releases and openings in Ocala, Florida

Early Learning Coalition opening new learning trail in Ocala

The Early Learning Coalition is opening a new Born Learning Trail in Ocala, and it will include 10 signs that contain activities designed to promote interaction between parents and children.

City of Ocala soliciting quotes for licensed contractor to demolish, remodel OPD’s 911 Dispatch Center

The City of Ocala is soliciting quotes for a licensed general or building contractor to demolish and remodel Ocala Police Department's 911 Dispatch Center.

Artist Cosby Hayes begins work on E.D. Croskey Center mural

After collecting input from the community, artist Cosby Hayes has begun work on the mural that will be located on the west and south-facing walls of E.D. Croskey Recreation Center.

Chief Greg Graham Legacy Walk returning to Zone Health and Fitness in Ocala

The Chief Greg Graham Legacy Walk returns to Zone Health and Fitness in Ocala this month, and proceeds from the event will benefit the Amnesty Program at Beacon Point, the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County, and the Chief Greg Graham Legacy Foundation.

Young professionals social networking event coming to downtown Ocala this week

A social networking event for local young professionals (ages 21 to 45) is being held at The Keep Downtown in Ocala this week.

Food Truck Fridays coming to Forest Community Center

Local food trucks will be heading to Forest Community Center in Ocklawaha for a 'Food Truck Friday' event next month.

Photos
Photos in and around Ocala, Florida

Unique Clouds Over Silver Springs

Check out this unique cloud formation spotted over Silver Springs. Thanks to Ann Dale for sharing!

Frosty Leaves In Ocala

These leaves were covered in frost on a chilly morning in Ocala. Thanks to Taylor Berry for sharing!

More Headlines
News, events, politics, government in Ocala, Florida

Ocala Cultural Arts seeking artists for upcoming Sculpture Stroll Celebration

The Ocala Cultural Arts department is seeking artists who are interested in participating in next month's Tuscawilla Sculpture Stroll Celebration.

Woman arrested after attempting to cash forged check at First Federal Bank

A woman was arrested after attempting to cash a forged check at First Federal Bank located at 910 SW 1st Avenue in Ocala.

Dunnellon resident donates $50,000 toward Dunnellon Little League sports complex repairs, improvements

A Dunnellon resident recently donated $50,000 toward various repairs and improvements at the Dunnellon Little League sports complex, and Marion County is matching the donation with an additional $50,000.

Ocala police asking for help identifying Paddock Mall jewelry store theft suspects

Ocala police are turning to the public to help identify two individuals who stole gold chains valued at over $9,000 from a Paddock Mall jewelry store.

102,000 pounds of litter collected in Marion County during December

The monthly Solid Waste Operations report for December shows that over 102,000 pounds of litter were collected in Marion County.

Ocala VA Clinic now open in southwest Ocala

The new Ocala VA Clinic is now open in southwest Ocala and offers a wide variety of services, including primary care, mental health care, optometry, and more.

Dog-themed ice cream event coming to Letty Towles Dog Park

Dogs will be able to enjoy a frozen treat during an upcoming PAWS Ice Cream Social at Letty Towles Dog Park.

Ocala Cultural Arts seeking artists for upcoming Sculpture Stroll Celebration

The Ocala Cultural Arts department is seeking artists who are interested in participating in next month's Tuscawilla Sculpture Stroll Celebration.

Friday Foodie Fest bringing numerous food trucks to Lake Lillian Park

A variety of food trucks are heading to Lake Lillian Park this week for Friday Foodie Fest.  

Several more Ocala residents share concerns on roadside trash

"So, other citizens besides me know there’s a problem in this county, and I'm sure the county leaders read these articles and comments about the amount of trash throughout Ocala. So, why isn’t something being done?" says Ocala resident Vicki Briggs in a Letter to the Editor.

More Ocala residents discuss city’s roadside trash issue

"Some of the garbage, like an old white broken plastic chair, has been there for at least nine months. That shows that not a single piece of garbage has been cleaned up since then. There are pieces of plastic from cars involved in previous accidents, among a multitude of other trash," says Ocala resident Joseph Alberti in a Letter to the Editor.

Ocala resident discusses roadside trash issue

"These people that throw trash out the window are everywhere in the United States. I think most do it because they don’t want to dirty their cars up and there are no containers or places in vehicles to place unwanted items and trash," says Ocala resident J. R. Frederik in a Letter to the Editor.

Marion County School Board approves over $16,000 in school donations

The Marion County School Board approved over $16,000 in cash and tangible donations to various schools during Tuesday's meeting.

Marion County schools report over 1,000 positive COVID-19 cases, 1,800 quarantines during last week of school

During the last week of school, Marion County Public Schools reported over 1,000 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,800 quarantines.

City of Ocala announces paid internship program for high school students

The City of Ocala is offering a paid summer internship program for 11th and 12th grade students.

Emily Bonfiglio

Emily “Queenie” Bonfiglio, 92, of Ocala, was creative, and enjoyed floral arranging, needlepoint, travel and fashion.  She was an avid reader, and loved old movies.

Bernadette Marie Dumond

Bernadette Marie Dumond, age 76, of Ocala, Florida passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2022.

Cecelia Wilkerson Bailey

Cecelia Wilkerson Bailey, of Ocala, passed away January 6, 2022.
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