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Monday, October 25, 2021
It is bear watching season across state parks, including the Ocala National Forest. Do you have photo or video of a black bear that you've seen in Marion County recently? Share it with us!
Declining COVID-19 case numbers have now made face coverings optional for students, staff members, campus visitors, and volunteers in all Marion County public schools.

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

Ocala man arrested after threatening to shoot up school

An 18-year-old Ocala man was arrested after making threats to shoot up a school.

Art exhibit celebrating local Afro-American and Latinx artists begins in November

A new art exhibit celebrating Afro-American and Latinx artists in the Ocala community will be held November 5-27 at Brick City Center for the Arts.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office still looking for 15-year-old missing since April

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is still looking for 15-year-old Stephen Lane, who has been missing since April.

Ocala Code Enforcement department hosting Downtown Fall Festival

The Ocala Code Enforcement department will host a Downtown Fall Festival this Friday, October 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Citizens' Circle.

Doe Lake at Ocala National Forest stocked with thousands of catfish

Doe Lake at Ocala National Forest has been stocked with thousands of new catfish, according to a recent social media post from the U.S. Forest Service of Florida.

Ocala man facing drug trafficking charges after high speed chase

An 27-year-old Ocala man was arrested after leading a deputy on a high speed chase in southwest Ocala. He faces six felony charges, including drug trafficking.

Photos
Photos in and around Ocala, Florida

Beautiful Sunrise At Ocala Preserve

Check out this beautiful sunrise over Ocala Preserve. Thanks to Kim Knapp for sharing!

Beautiful Orange Sunset Over Summercrest In Ocala

Check out this beautiful orange sunset over Summercrest in Ocala. Thanks to Doug Donley for sharing his photo!

Beautiful Sunrise Over Fairfield Village In Ocala

Enjoy this beautiful sunrise over Fairfield Village in Ocala. Thanks to Gary Bielak for sharing!

Sunrise Over Fort McCoy School

Check out this beautiful sunrise over the Fort McCoy School in Marion County. Thanks to Kim Williams for sharing!

Cool, Crisp Morning In Ocala

Check out this cool, crisp morning sunrise off of SR 200 and 60th Avenue in Ocala. Thanks to Claribel Sagastume for sharing!

Sunrise Over Stone Creek Golf Club In Ocala

Check out this beautiful sunrise over the Stone Creek Golf Club in Ocala. Thanks to Maria Halagan for sharing!

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

Residents voice concerns on road improvement projects approved by Marion County officials

Despite concerns from residents, Marion County officials voted to move forward with two neighborhood road improvement projects in Belleview and Ocala.

Ocala Fire Rescue employee recognized for 15 years of service

At the beginning of last night's city council meeting, Beth Antis was presented with a service award commemorating her fifteen years of service to the city.

Marion County Board of Commissioners lists legislative priorities for 2022

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners identified the county's legislative priorities for next year in a letter submitted to Senator Jennifer Bradley. Those priorities include building a nursing home for veterans in Marion County and extending a centralized water system into Lowell to provide clean drinking water.

City of Ocala approves $900,000 in lawn maintenance contracts during city council meeting

During today's city council meeting, members voted unanimously to award over $900,000 in lawn maintenance contracts to multiple businesses that are part of the city’s Diverse Small Business Enterprise.

City soliciting quotes for new wall along Heritage Trail

The city of Ocala is soliciting quotes for the construction of a new wall along Heritage Trail. 

Dunnellon Chamber receives city funds to develop website to promote tourism

The Dunnellon Chamber and Business Association was granted $2,000 by Dunnellon City Council members to make improvements to its website and promote tourism to the city.

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

Ocala man facing drug trafficking charges after high speed chase

An 27-year-old Ocala man was arrested after leading a deputy on a high speed chase in southwest Ocala. He faces six felony charges, including drug trafficking.

Ocala Walmart employee recognized for 30 years of employment

Congratulations to Lesia Moseley, who was recently recognized by Walmart for her 30 years of employment. Moseley currently works at the Walmart located at 4980 East Silver Springs Boulevard.

Cantina Tex-Mex finishes construction at new downtown Ocala location

The Cantina Tex-Mex and Tequila restaurant has completed renovations on its new downtown Ocala location. The new restaurant recently released its menu, which will feature Mexican grilled corn, nachos, quesadillas, and burritos, among other dishes.

Ocala police encouraging public to use exchange zone for online transactions

The Ocala Police Department is encouraging the public to use its E-Commerce Exchange Zone for online transactions from Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and other sites.

Ocala Park Rangers hosting animal tracking class at Scott Springs Park

Ocala Park Rangers will host an Animal Tracking and Identification class at Scott Springs Park this morning. Find out the details and get over to the park to participate:

Ocala woman arrested after sending threatening texts to police officer, swallowing handcuff key

An 18-year-old Ocala woman was arrested after sending threatening text messages to an Ocala Police Department officer.

Ocala Arts Festival causing downtown road closures, detours this weekend

The 54th Annual Ocala Arts Festival will cause road closures and detours throughout downtown Ocala this weekend.

Woman killed in single-vehicle accident in southeast Ocala

A 33-year-old woman was killed in a single vehicle accident in southeast Ocala this morning. Her vehicle drove off the road through a wire fence, struck a tree, and burst into flames.

Elevation 89 celebrates grand opening, serving breakfast, lunch, and gourmet dinner

Elevation 89 features a wide variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including wings, sandwiches, and gourmet dishes like Osso Bucco and braised short ribs.

Marion County homeschooler receives National Merit Scholar honor

Faith Broersma, a Marion County student that switched over to homeschooling, joins five other Ocala high school seniors who were recently honored by the National Merit Scholarship program. Leave your congratulations for Faith and these other outstanding students!

Bark In The Park brings kid, dog costume contests to Ocala Downtown Market next week

Bark In The Park brings kid and dog costume contests, candy, food trucks, and music to Ocala Downtown Market on October 31.

Ocala Drive-In hosting free movie night in honor of Red Ribbon Week

The Ocala Drive-In will host a free movie night beginning at 5 p.m. today in honor of Red Ribbon Week. The movies include Space Jam, Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, and Jungle Cruise.

Ocala resident with diabetes shares COVID-19 recovery journey

"I remember every day and every symptom. It was like giving birth, something you never forget. I want to feel like I did prior to COVID, but in some respects I know this is the new me. It would be great to have a group of listeners to share the stories so we all don’t think we are crazy," says Ocala resident Francis Benson in a Letter to the Editor. Share your letters and experiences with us.

Ocala residents share thoughts on boredom and finding entertainment in the city

"I have only been in Ocala for two years and I can say it's boring. Where is the attraction besides being the great horse capitol of the world? This is Florida and we need an actual real water park like Sun Splash in Cape Coral or a small Aquatica, not a small splash pad with a rinky-dink slide" - Ocala resident Josh Swartz shares his thoughts in a letter to the editor.

Ocala resident shares her lingering health issues months after recovering from COVID-19

"I had Covid this year around the second week of July. We are now in October and I have been to two hospitals with signs of a heart attack and vertigo. They have run tests and they come back negative, showing that there is nothing wrong with me. The doctors look at me and I feel they are not taking me serious." Ocala resident Nedya Torres shares her thoughts on dealing with lingering effects from COVID-19 months after testing positive.

Ocala Walmart employee recognized for 30 years of employment

Congratulations to Lesia Moseley, who was recently recognized by Walmart for her 30 years of employment. Moseley currently works at the Walmart located at 4980 East Silver Springs Boulevard.

Cantina Tex-Mex finishes construction at new downtown Ocala location

The Cantina Tex-Mex and Tequila restaurant has completed renovations on its new downtown Ocala location. The new restaurant recently released its menu, which will feature Mexican grilled corn, nachos, quesadillas, and burritos, among other dishes.

Elevation 89 celebrates grand opening, serving breakfast, lunch, and gourmet dinner

Elevation 89 features a wide variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including wings, sandwiches, and gourmet dishes like Osso Bucco and braised short ribs.

Thomas Michael

Thomas Michael and his wife moved to Ocala, Florida in 1981 and were active members of their church and community.

Carol Ann Wheeler

Carol enjoyed her cats, her quiet and her extended family. Carol will be greatly missed.

Dominic Boetto

Dom was voted world's best dad by his children with whom he spent the majority of his free time. He was active in building the Arabian horse industry in Florida with his daughter Laura and acted as president for several years.
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