A four-day operation led by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, with assistance from Ocala police and Homeland Security Investigations, resulted in the arrest of six individuals on multiple child pornography charges.
Three elected officials will be sworn in during the Ocala City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 5, and the city is providing several options for citizens to observe and participate in the public meeting.
Marion County is encouraging residents and businesses to help those in need this holiday season by taking part in the 12th annual “Bring the Harvest Home” holiday food drive, which culminates this Friday at the Ocala Downtown Square.
A physical therapist licensed at the College of Central Florida has opened her own therapy and rehabilitation space in east Ocala to help locals suffering from pain, dizziness, and vestibular afflictions.
"No matter how clean you keep your pooch, they are nasty and do carry diseases and other parasites. Don't believe it? Look it up on the internet. When you put your pet in a grocery cart or other store cart, they are slobbering, shedding, and putting their nasty butt in places that other people are putting their food, clothes, other items, and children in," says Dunnellon resident J. David Griffin, Jr. in a Letter to the Editor.
"The person who let their dog poop in the store and tried to leave it should have had to pay a fine for the cleanup and disinfecting required after such an error. If fines are imposed, perhaps it will help to control the amount of animals going into stores that are truly not needed. The poor dog is not to be blamed," says Belleview resident Shirley Long in a Letter to the Editor.
"I’m in favor of having a Costco in Ocala. I hate traveling all the time to Orlando, when my hometown is in Ocala. We need more competition. Sam's Club is a nightmare a lot of the time where they are located," says Ocala resident Judith Velez in a Letter to the Editor.
Five local teachers received Golden Apples during surprise classroom visits on Wednesday, placing them in the running for Marion County’s 2024 Teacher of the Year. The Public Education Foundation of Marion County, which announces the Golden Apple teachers, also honored one teaching newcomer as the Rookie Teacher of the Year.