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Friday, May 20, 2022
The Florida Department of Health’s latest bi-weekly COVID-19 report shows that Marion County experienced another increase in newly reported cases with a daily average of 59 new infections.
A woman from Summerfield is facing a felony charge for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after she allegedly stabbed a male victim with a pair of scissors.

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

Region’s jobless rate for month of April drops to 2.9%

The jobless rate in the three-county region (Marion, Citrus, and Levy) dropped to 2.9% in April 2022, a decrease of 2.3 percentage points from a year ago.

City of Ocala soliciting quotes for vendor to repair vehicles on as-needed basis

The City of Ocala is soliciting quotes for an experienced vendor to provide automobile and truck body repair work on an as-needed basis.

Plant City man arrested in Ocala after stealing relative’s vehicle

An 18-year-old Plant City man was arrested in Ocala after he was spotted behind the steering wheel of a stolen vehicle that belonged to one of his relatives.

Tonight’s Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series concert moving indoors to E.D. Croskey Recreation Center

For the second consecutive week, the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series is moving its concert to the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center due to expected inclement weather. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. and will feature music from the Drifters Greatest Hits Show (R&B/Soul).

MCPS seeking community’s help to name new Early Learning Academy

Marion County Public Schools is seeking input from the community to help name a new Early Learning Academy that will be opening in Ocala for the 2022-2023 school year.

Downtown Ocala parking garage closing for scheduled maintenance

The downtown Ocala parking garage will experience partial closures beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 23 through 7 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25. During this time, the parking garage will undergo extensive deep cleaning.

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

City of Ocala to host public meeting on Edgewood Park drainage retention area improvements

The City of Ocala will be hosting a public meeting on Monday, May 23 to discuss improvements to the drainage retention area at Edgewood Park.

Marion County’s safety program receives Member Safety Award

On Tuesday, Marion County's safety program became the most recent recipient of the annual Member Safety Award. This award recognizes the program's efforts to decrease preventable accidents across the county by bringing attention to the county’s safety needs and promoting participation in safe workplace practices.

Evergreen Cemetery in need of volunteers for cleanup day on May 21

The Evergreen Cemetery is in need of volunteers for a cleanup day that will take place on Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Marion County recognizes Building Safety Month

Throughout the month of May, Marion County will be celebrating Building Safety Month, a nationally recognized awareness effort that aims to promote the importance of strengthening, repairing, and modernizing buildings and infrastructure.

Residents have multiple options to view, participate in Ocala City Council meetings

The City of Ocala is providing residents with a variety of options to view and participate in its city council meetings, which are held at 4 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Ocala City Hall (110 SE Watula Avenue).

City of Ocala seeking approval of nearly $295,000 payout to former City Manager Sandra Wilson

The City of Ocala is seeking approval from council members to provide a nearly $295,000 payout to its former City Manager, Sandra Wilson. Her annual salary was over $239,000, and the proposed payout includes severance for 20 weeks of pay, administrative leave equal to 3 months of pay, and unused Extended Leave Bank and Paid Time Off hours.

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

Epic Flight Academy opens satellite pilot training center in Ocala

Epic Flight Academy recently celebrated the grand opening of its satellite pilot training center at the Ocala International Airport.

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice preparing to open second location in Ocala

On April 26, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice will celebrate the grand opening of its newest West Ocala location at 9121 SW State Road 200, Suite 4.

Firehouse Urban Axe Throwing opens this week inside Paddock Mall

Firehouse Urban Axe Throwing will be celebrating the grand opening of its new facility inside the Paddock Mall on Friday, April 15.

Wok ‘N Roll in Ocala temporarily closed after health inspection failure

Wok ‘N Roll in Ocala was temporarily closed last week after a health inspector found five high priority health code violations, including the presence of over 200 rodent droppings and gnaw marks on bags of breadcrumbs and flour.

Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop to celebrate grand opening in downtown Ocala

Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop, which features a $5 candy buffet, will be opening the doors to its newest location in downtown Ocala this week.

City of Ocala soliciting quotes for private entity to operate café inside Mary Sue Rich Community Center

The City of Ocala is soliciting quotes for a private entity to operate a 185 square-foot café inside the two-story Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place.

Photos
Photos in and around Ocala, Florida

Squirrel Visiting Back Porch In Belleview

This squirrel decided to climb on a back porch screen in Belleview to say good morning. Thanks to Kathleen Coyne for sharing!

Gorgeous Pink Sunset Over Belleview

This gorgeous pink sunset was on full display over Belleview. Thanks to Kevin Robert for sharing!

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

Marion County Fire Rescue announces multiple promotions

On Wednesday, Marion County Fire Rescue was proud to announce that several firefighters/paramedics (Joshua Dobbs and Daniel Laxton) and lieutenants (Bethany Smith, Brian Fugate, and Andrew Bragoli) have received promotions.

Temporary lane closure on SE 54th Court in Marion County through May 24

Marion County motorists can expect a temporary lane closure on SE 54th Court, between the intersections of SE 141st Street and SE 140th Street, through May 24 due to the removal and installation of overhead power poles.

Evergreen Cemetery in need of volunteers for upcoming cleanup day

The City of Ocala Public Works Department is hosting a cleanup day at the Evergreen Cemetery on Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and volunteers are needed.

DeSantis signs bill authorizing open containers in downtown Ocala during designated events

Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 1429 on Wednesday which allows for downtown Ocala businesses to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption during designated events within a 34-block "event zone."

Florida man with prior battery convictions arrested after allegedly grabbing, slapping female victim

A man with several prior battery convictions was arrested after he allegedly grabbed and slapped a female victim inside a Marion County residence.

Ocala Recreation and Parks Department hosting DIY art classes for ages 50 and up

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will be hosting a series of DIY art classes at the Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center for residents who are over the age of 50.

Tonight’s Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series concert moving indoors to E.D. Croskey Recreation Center

For the second consecutive week, the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series is moving its concert to the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center due to expected inclement weather. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. and will feature music from the Drifters Greatest Hits Show (R&B/Soul).

Classic Albums Live performing Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Damn The Torpedoes

The 2021-2022 season of Classic Albums Live is concluding this week at Reilly Arts Center with a performance of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Damn The Torpedoes.

Ocala Recreation and Parks Department hosting DIY art classes for ages 50 and up

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will be hosting a series of DIY art classes at the Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center for residents who are over the age of 50.

More residents share their opinions on growth of Ocala/Marion County

"In regards to the individual that feels our 'pastures and cows are being threatened by growth': sorry, but I think that most people would rather have a more convenient way to get onto the turnpike or more shopping conveniences than watch a cow grazing in the pasture," says Ocala resident Robert Ira in a Letter to the Editor.

Ocala resident says growth is threatening city’s beautiful pastures

"We moved from rural Texas to this area to be closer to family. To my dismay, posted over CR 484 and 140 are signs for the Florida Turnpike/Sunshine Parkway extension. The beautiful pastures with horses and cows are being threatened with so-called paved progress," says Ocala resident Pam Bush in a Letter to the Editor.

More residents from Ocala submit letters regarding Ocala/Marion County’s growth

"The county officials seem to be unaware regarding the need to improve the intersections. Drive 66th Street in the morning, heading west towards 200, and look at the traffic heading to 475A which is coming from the new opening off 49th Avenue. It's crazy," says Ocala resident Chris Haussman in a Letter to the Editor.

MCPS seeking community’s help to name new Early Learning Academy

Marion County Public Schools is seeking input from the community to help name a new Early Learning Academy that will be opening in Ocala for the 2022-2023 school year.

Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary School opens time capsule from 1997

Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary School recently unveiled a time capsule that was buried in front of the school by students in 1997.

Marion County School Board temporarily adopts new meeting times through September

The Marion County School Board will be holding its second meeting of the month at 9 a.m. through September 2022 in an effort to increase community input and participation.

Eleanor June Hostetler Hargrove

Eleanor Hargrove treasured her family, was an avid gardener, and enjoyed painting and genealogy.

Nicholas Leonard James

Nick James worked as a heavy mechanic in the coal mining industry.

Merrilynn (Smith) Fickell

Lynn Fickell enjoyed reading, playing games & cards with family and bowling on a team for a few years with co-workers.
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