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Ocala Fire Rescue Engines responded to a tractor-trailer fire on I-75 on Friday.
With a new Trulieve in Crystal River, there are now at least 20 marijuana dispensaries located within 50 miles of Ocala, five of which are within city limits and ten of which are in Gainesville. 

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News, events, politics, government in Ocala, Florida

Ocala Fire Rescue responds to tractor-trailer fire on I-75

Ocala Fire Rescue Engines responded to a tractor-trailer fire on I-75 on Friday.

New Trulieve opens doors in Crystal River

With a new Trulieve in Crystal River, there are now at least 20 marijuana dispensaries located within 50 miles of Ocala, five of which are within city limits and ten of which are in Gainesville. 

Ocala man arrested after cyberstalking, threatening to jeopardize woman’s custody over child

An Ocala man is being charged with cyberstalking after a victim claims he cut his wrist in front of her and threatened to reveal he is a sexual predator to her ex-husband so she would lose custody of her child.

Ocala City Council member says audit shows Ocala Fire Rescue Chief termination followed protocol

Ocala City Council member Jay Musleh says he asked the city auditor to conduct an audit of the recent firing of former Ocala Fire Rescue Chief Shane Alexander. Musleh says the firing followed protocol.

Appleton Museum announces mobile photography contest winners

The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, announced the winners of the seventh annual “Mobile Photography Contest & Exhibition.”

City Gallery showcases completed, ongoing projects across Ocala

The City Gallery at Ocala City Hall highlights recently completed and ongoing projects across the city. Visit city hall at 110 SE Watula Avenue to see it in person.

Photos
Photos in and around Ocala, Florida

Fiery Sunset In Dunnellon

Now is a great opportunity to enjoy summer tubing in Dunnellon. Thanks to Jodie Mahns for sharing!

Summertime Tubing In Dunnellon

Now is a great opportunity to enjoy summer tubing in Dunnellon. Thanks to Annette Spehar for sharing!

Early Moon Rising Over Southeast Ocala

Check out the early moon rising over southeast Ocala above the setting sun horizon over a horse farm in western Marion County. Thanks to Brian Richards for sharing!

Heavenly Beauty Above I-75

This beautiful shot of the sun shining through the rainstorm was captured above I-75 off of the 484 exit. Thanks to Crystal Arnhold for sharing!

Stormy Evening Over Northwest Ocala

It was a stormy evening over northwest Ocala. Thanks to Donna Candow for sharing!

Beautiful Day On Ocala Horse Farm

It was a beautiful day for fishing on this Ocala Horse Farm. Thanks to Alexandrea Baker for sharing!

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

City Gallery showcases completed, ongoing projects across Ocala

The City Gallery at Ocala City Hall highlights recently completed and ongoing projects across the city. Visit city hall at 110 SE Watula Avenue to see it in person.

Ocala resident asks city council for path forward to keep pigeons

A resident of northwest Ocala is hoping the city will make an exception for his pet pigeons after he was instructed he could no longer keep them.

Agendas are the ‘grocery lists’ of Ocala government meetings

Agendas are the “grocery lists” that keep Ocala, and all local government meetings, from veering out of focus. An agenda sets forth the topics to be discussed at any meeting of a governmental body. Across the county, every meeting of the Ocala City Council, local advisory boards, the Marion County Commission, or any other governmental agency or department has an agenda list.

Marion County Public School Teacher recognized nationally as ‘Gold Star Teacher of the Year’

Jenny Hoosac, a fourth-grade teacher at Sunrise Elementary School, has been awarded the first ever "Gold Star Teacher of the Year" from a national organization for educators. A 12-year teaching veteran and Dunnellon High School graduate, Hoosac will receive thousands of dollars in prizes, including a cash scholarship for her classroom and a three-day Disney vacation. Leave your thanks and congratulations to Hoosac for a job well done.

Ocala City Council, city attorney to discuss possible settlement of homeless lawsuit

The Ocala City Council with meet with the City Attorney’s office in a shade meeting to discuss potentially settling a lawsuit brought about by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of multiple, local homeless individuals who say the city's panhandling laws are unconstitutional.

Ambleside School of Ocala reattains ‘historic landmark’ designation

The Ambleside School was approved as a Local Historic Landmark during the July 20 meeting of the Ocala City Council.

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News, events, politics, government in Ocala, Florida

Agendas are the ‘grocery lists’ of Ocala government meetings

Agendas are the “grocery lists” that keep Ocala, and all local government meetings, from veering out of focus. An agenda sets forth the topics to be discussed at any meeting of a governmental body. Across the county, every meeting of the Ocala City Council, local advisory boards, the Marion County Commission, or any other governmental agency or department has an agenda list.

Ocala residents lend support for former fire chief, Ocala City Manager

“Ocala is much divided. We are here attacking the city manager. We don’t have all the facts" - Multiple Ocala residents showed up to this week’s Ocala City Council meeting to lend their support behind both former Ocala Fire Rescue Chief Shane Alexander and Ocala City Manager Sandra Wilson, who terminated Alexander from his position earlier this year.

Marion County Public School Teacher recognized nationally as ‘Gold Star Teacher of the Year’

Jenny Hoosac, a fourth-grade teacher at Sunrise Elementary School, has been awarded the first ever "Gold Star Teacher of the Year" from a national organization for educators. A 12-year teaching veteran and Dunnellon High School graduate, Hoosac will receive thousands of dollars in prizes, including a cash scholarship for her classroom and a three-day Disney vacation. Leave your thanks and congratulations to Hoosac for a job well done.

Ocala City Council, city attorney to discuss possible settlement of homeless lawsuit

The Ocala City Council with meet with the City Attorney’s office in a shade meeting to discuss potentially settling a lawsuit brought about by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of multiple, local homeless individuals who say the city's panhandling laws are unconstitutional.

Pointe Grand Apartments approved for 360 units in southwest Ocala

Pointe Grand Apartments received approval for a new 360-unit apartment complex along Ocala.

Ocala man pawns nearly $35,000 worth of stolen tools

A 24-year-old Ocala man is facing 20 charges after a victim, whose daughter bonded the man out of jail in late June, claims he stole $35,000 worth of tools owned by her late husband.

Shooting at Promenade apartments is second reported in 24 hours

A second reported shooting at a local apartment complex in less than 24 hours has left one victim dead and another suffering from gunshot wounds at a local hospital.

Ocala teenager killed in fatal car accident

Thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Isaiah Wiggins, a 19-year-old Marion Technical College student who was killed in a crash this week at the intersection of NE 3rd Street and NE 10th Avenue.

Ambleside School of Ocala reattains ‘historic landmark’ designation

The Ambleside School was approved as a Local Historic Landmark during the July 20 meeting of the Ocala City Council.

Marion County Public Schools receives five national honors for public relations efforts

Marion County Public Schools is being honored for its public relations efforts during the last school year by the National School Public Relations Association.

Attorney representing former Ocala Fire Chief cites termination letter as ‘abrupt, lacking truth’

“It’s very concerning, the lack of truth that’s placed in this letter. The reasoning that’s placed in this letter isn’t substantiated...There isn’t an announced investigation, this was abrupt" - An attorney representing former Ocala Fire Chief Shane Alexander addressed the city’s termination letter during a recent meeting of the Ocala City Council.

Marion Public Schools will reopen with voluntary face coverings

Marion County Public Schools will start the new school year on August 10 with optional face coverings, full-capacity athletic and arts events, and common student spaces. Face coverings can be worn by any student, staff member, or campus visitor/volunteer who feels it necessary to do so.

Ocala residents write more letters requesting Costco

"It seems that it is a moot point to keep begging for a Costco here in Ocala. I just don’t understand the reasons for not getting one. I know the population could more than sustain the business. Someone help me understand please!" - Ocala residents have flooded Ocala-News.com with dozens of letters in recent weeks regarding their desire to see a Costco move into the area.

Southwest Ocala needs bakery, Chick-fil-A, water park

A resident of southwest Ocala says she'd like to see a "mom and pop" bakery, a Chick-fil-A, a water park, and infrastructure funds for roads come in her area. Share your thoughts in a letter to the editor.

Do not touch the Ocala National Forest or Silver Springs

The forest and springs are special both for their history and wildlife. Don’t believe developer talking points about "green areas" and not destroying these areas. Their green areas are dollar bills" - Reddick resident Jackie White shares an opinion about development in the Ocala National Forest and Silver Springs areas. What are your thoughts? Share them in a letter to the editor.

Pointe Grand Apartments approved for 360 units in southwest Ocala

Pointe Grand Apartments received approval for a new 360-unit apartment complex along Ocala.

Marion County Public Schools receives five national honors for public relations efforts

Marion County Public Schools is being honored for its public relations efforts during the last school year by the National School Public Relations Association.

Optimum RV headquarters in Ocala to receive $150,000 economic grant

Optimum RV will receive a $150,000 economic grant from the city of Ocala for renovations to their new headquarters in southeast Ocala. 

Robert Earle Curtiss

Bob Curtiss spent his professional career as a claims adjuster with Nationwide, Integon, and finally as an independent before retiring to enjoy his passion of boating, the outdoors, and traveling.

Timothy Eugene Williams

Timothy Williams loved gardening and became a Marion County Florida Master Gardener. He had managed a Farmer's Market on Magnolia Street in Ocala.

Joseph Vincent Mazzurco

Joe Mazzurco was the owner of Diamond Construction & Concrete, LLC. 
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