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Saturday, July 13, 2024
A 25-year-old Ocala man is facing several felony charges after he allegedly broke into a local smoke shop and stole over $1,500 worth of synthetic marijuana and cigars.
A new emergency room in northwest Ocala will open its doors to the public next week.

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

Miss Ocala’s Teen shines her way to top 3 finish at Miss Florida Teen

Miss Ocala's Teen, Noelle Schnacky, shined her way to a top-three finish at the Miss Florida Teen competition last month.

Ocala man arrested after bragging of sex with 13-year-old girl

An 18-year-old Ocala man who allegedly bragged about sexually battering a 13-year-old girl has been arrested on multiple felony charges.

Man arrested for attempting to scam elderly Marion woman

A 42-year-old man was arrested this week for his alleged involvement in a scam that targeted an elderly Marion County resident.

Marion County Fire Rescue releases action-packed recruitment video

Marion County Fire Rescue has released a new recruitment video to entice members of the community who believe they “have what it takes” to become a firefighter.

Dunnellon couple opens new cafe on wedding anniversary

A Dunnellon couple celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary in grand style last month with the opening of a new cafe.

174-home development in south Marion seeking final approval of master plan

Despite receiving approval in December 2020 to build a 174-home development in Belleview, the owners of a 51.52-acre property must seek final approval from Marion County officials for their master plan as a condition of the original approval.

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

36 parking spaces added to downtown Ocala after restrictions lifted on reserved lot

A previously reserved parking lot in downtown Ocala has been opened to the public, adding 36 more parking spaces to the area.

Ocala Fire Rescue adds ‘groundbreaking’ new fire truck to fleet

Ocala Fire Rescue recently welcomed a new state-of-the-art fire truck to its fleet.

Salvation Army suspends public meal distribution at downtown Ocala site

The Salvation Army has indefinitely suspended daily meal distribution at its site in downtown Ocala.

City settles lawsuits from police officer car accidents for $316,000

The city of Ocala is settling separate lawsuits stemming from car accidents caused by Ocala Police Department officers in 2021 for $316,000.

New critical care ambulance debuts for Marion County Fire Rescue

Marion County Fire Rescue has welcomed a new critical care ambulance to its fleet.

Ocala has the fastest-growing Hispanic population in the United States

Ocala has the fastest-growing Hispanic population among metropolitan areas in the United States with over 10,000 Hispanic residents.

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

Fast food chain gets approval for new mural on south Marion location

A fast food chain with over 500 locations across the country has gotten approval to add a new mural to one of its locations in south Marion County.

Poké Go opens new ramen, bubble tea restaurant on SR 200

A new restaurant specializing in poké bowls, ramen, and bubble tea recently opened along Ocala's busiest highway.

Popeyes opening soon at Ocala’s Paddock Mall

A new Popeyes location under construction at the Paddock Mall will "open soon."

New boutique features several ‘shoppes’ in east Ocala

A new boutique has opened in east Ocala, featuring products from local entrepreneurs who are making the transition from pop-ups and online sales to a brick-and-mortar store.

New Paddock Market cleared out as construction progresses towards fall opening

The site of a new artisan market at the Paddock Mall has been cleared as crews work to completely renovate the space.

New car wash company expanding into Ocala

A new car wash company that is planning to develop its first six locations in the state of Florida will open one of those establishments in southeast Ocala.

Photos
Photos in and around Ocala, Florida

Beautiful sunset over Cherrywood Estates in Ocala

Check out this beautiful sunset that was photographed over Cherrywood Estates in Ocala. Thanks to Melinda Given for sharing!

Beautiful sunset across Ocala National Golf Course at Golden Hills Country Club

Check out this beautiful sunset photograph across the Ocala National Golf Course at Golden Hills Country Club. Thanks to Cassandra McIntosh for sharing!

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

Rabies alert issued after cat tests positive in Marion County

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has issued a rabies alert after a cat tested positive for the disease.

Missing woman last seen entering woods near Ocala homeless camp

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing woman who was last seen at a homeless camp in Ocala on Thursday morning.

Marion Sheriff: ‘Worthless human being’ wanted on child molestation, sexual battery charges

In a video posted on social media this week, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods asked for the public’s help to locate a “worthless human being” who is wanted on multiple charges including sexual battery, molestation of a child, and human trafficking.

New storage facility nearing completion in south Marion, another on the way nearby

While construction of a new storage facility in south Marion County nears completion, another facility is planned for a different site a few miles south.

I-75 lane closures in Marion County through next week for milling, paving

Nightly lane closures will be in effect for stretches of northbound and southbound Interstate 75 in Marion County through next week as construction crews work on milling and paving the highway.

36 parking spaces added to downtown Ocala after restrictions lifted on reserved lot

A previously reserved parking lot in downtown Ocala has been opened to the public, adding 36 more parking spaces to the area.

Fort King hosting soap-making workshop this weekend

Children are invited to participate in a Fort King Youth Summer Workshop this weekend where they will learn how to make soap.

Reading with Rangers continues at Tuscawilla park this week

The Reading with Rangers & Friends program will make its next stop at Tuscawilla Park this week.

Ochella music event coming to downtown Ocala

The Ocala Downtown Market will host its inaugural "Ochella" experience this weekend, featuring live music, art, food, and local vendors. 

Resident shares thoughts on seafood options in Ocala

"Ocala needs that one unique place that caters to family; working family, and their budgets in offering a place that's comfortable, affordable, healthfully tasty, and a wow factor which fills the belly and pleases the blue-collar pallet" - An Ocala resident shares his opinion.

We need a Trader Joe’s in Ocala.

"About once a month, several friends and I drive to Gainesville just for Trader Joe's. It's a great store with healthy, fresh food and great wine. Ocala is no longer a sleepy town with beautiful horse farms. We have grown up and need more choices for groceries" - An Ocala resident shares her opinion.

The worst road in Ocala.

"I live on a property located on SW 30th Street. This is a public road that is shared with the neighboring manufactured housing community. We were told 14 years ago when we annexed into the City of Ocala that the road would be resurfaced two months after all of us annexed. Fourteen years later, and the road is the worst road in Ocala, according to the public works staff" - An Ocala resident shares his opinion.

Board approves ‘shocking’ $2.9 million contract for design of new school in Silver Springs Shores

After expressing shock at the overall price tag, Marion school officials approved a nearly $3-million contract on Tuesday evening for the design of a new middle school in Silver Springs Shores.

$2.9 million contract to design new middle school in Silver Springs Shores coming up for vote

The Marion County School Board will vote on whether or not to enter into a $2.9 million contract with a South Florida-based company that is hoping to design a new middle school in Silver Springs Shores.

Marion school officials say testing results show academic growth for students

Marion County school officials say students showed "notable improvements" during this year's Florida Assessment of Student Thinking test series compared with last year's results.

Violet Iozzino

Violet Iozzino enjoyed cooking and singing, volunteering at Hospice, and had a keen interest in the stock market and personal finance.

Billy Bert Bowen, Jr.

Billy Bowen, Jr. had a passion for the outdoors, he enjoyed fishing, and spending his evenings on golf cart rides stopping to talk with all his neighborhood friends.

Michael John Magamoll

Michael Magamoll loved fishing, hunting and golfing to his family, along with being a loyal Florida Gator and Atlanta Braves fan.
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