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Monday, December 5, 2022
The Florida Department of Health has released its virus summary for the week of Friday, November 25 through Thursday, December 1, and it shows that new COVID-19 cases in Marion County have increased for the third consecutive report. As of December 1, a cumulative total of 101,227 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Marion County.
A driver was extricated by firefighters on Monday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision that occurred near an intersection in Ocala.

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

Traffic stop leads to Ocala man’s arrest after deputy finds drugs, paraphernalia in vehicle

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 58-year-old Ocala man after methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were found inside his pickup truck during a traffic stop.

Fordham Early Learning Academy expands enrollment to include first grade students

The Fordham Early Learning Academy will expand its programs for the 2023-2024 school year to include first grade along with voluntary pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, and enrollment is now open.

College of Central Florida accepting artist proposals through December 31 for campus art project

Local artists have until the end of the month to submit their proposals for a new art piece that will be designed and installed at one of the College of Central Florida’s campuses.

MCSO identifies Dunnellon homicide victim, person of interest sought for questioning

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the male victim who was killed in Dunnellon on Monday, November 28. 

Ocala National Forest offering permits to cut down Christmas trees

The Ocala National Forest is offering permits to visitors who would like to cut down their own Christmas trees.

Marion County issues precautionary boil water notice for Hunters Trace, Pine Ridge Estates communities

Marion County Utilities has issued a precautionary boil water notice for commercial and residential customers within the Hunters Trace and Pine Ridge Estates communities due to a temporary drop in water pressure.

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

Ocala Christmas Parade returns next weekend, road closures and detours announced

The Ocala Christmas Parade will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, and the City of Ocala has provided a list of the road closures and detours that will be effective on the day of the festive event.

‘Bring the Harvest Home’ culminates this Friday on Ocala Downtown Square

For the past several weeks, public agencies, businesses, and residents throughout Marion County have partnered to collect donations for local families in need, and those efforts will culminate on Friday, December 2 with a holiday food drive on the Ocala Downtown Square.  

Ocala providing free parking in downtown area through January 2

To help celebrate the holidays and support local businesses, the City of Ocala is providing free parking in all metered spaces in downtown Ocala beginning today, December 1, 2022, through Monday, January 2, 2023.

Marion County Fire Rescue hiring support personnel

Marion County Fire Rescue is currently looking to hire support personnel to fill positions within the organization's Administration and Logistics divisions.

Ocala’s final public session on redistricting to be held on November 30

The City of Ocala will host its final informational public session this week to cover the process of redistricting, including demographic information and map utilization, along with the city’s proposed redistricting maps.

Ocala seeks contractor to provide citywide pest control services

The City of Ocala is currently soliciting quotes for an experienced contractor to provide monthly pest control services for city buildings supporting the Facilities Management department.

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

Darrell’s Diner in Ocala temporarily closed for 18 health code violations during failed inspection

Darrell’s Diner in Ocala was forced to close its doors after a health inspector found 18 health code violations, including four that were considered high priority.

Good Time Bar & Grill in Belleview temporarily closed after health inspector finds roaches

The Good Time Bar & Grill in Belleview was temporarily closed last week after a health inspector observed roach activity inside the restaurant.

Ocala Downtown Diner temporarily closed after health inspection failure

The Ocala Downtown Diner was forced to temporarily close its doors last week after an inspector found over a dozen health code violations, including the presence of roach activity.

The Jerk Bowl in Ocala temporarily closed after several failed health inspections

The Jerk Bowl in Ocala was forced to close its doors after a health inspector found over a dozen health code violations, including the presence of roach activity.

‘Paychecks for Patriots’ job fair returning to Marion County Public Library

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion has announced that its annual “Paychecks for Patriots” job fair will be held on Thursday, November 10 as part of a statewide effort to connect Florida’s veterans with employment opportunities.

Curaleaf opens second medical marijuana dispensary in Ocala

Curaleaf, an international provider of consumer cannabis products, has opened its second medical marijuana dispensary in Ocala. The 3,216 square-foot facility is the company's 52nd location in Florida and 144th nationwide.

Photos
Photos in and around Ocala, Florida

Moon Rising Over Ocala Water Tower

It was a beautiful sight to see the moon rising over the Ocala Water Tower at sunset when leaving the Reilly Arts Center. Thanks to Josh Knauer for sharing!

Beautiful Morning Sunrise Over Maricamp In Ocala

This beautiful morning sunrise was photographed from the Maricamp area in Ocala. Thanks to Sylvia Mashburn for sharing!

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News, events, politics, government in Ocala, Florida

MCSO human trafficking investigation leads to arrest of married couple

A human trafficking investigation by the Marion County Sheriff's Office has led to the arrest of an Ocala man and his wife.

MCSO Master Corporal passes away after lengthy cancer battle

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced this afternoon that an MCSO Master Corporal has sadly passed away after a lengthy and hard-fought battle with cancer.

‘Science Matters’ exhibit at Discovery Center to close on December 3

This Saturday will be the last chance to experience ‘Science Matters’ at the Discovery Center before the exhibit comes to an end.

Sparr man accused of choking woman on back porch, preventing her from calling 911

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 50-year-old Sparr man after he was accused of choking a woman on the back porch of a local residence and preventing her from calling 911.

Early Learning Coalition of Marion County collects over 100,000 diapers during donation drive

The Early Learning Coalition of Marion County has announced that over 100,000 diapers were donated by generous members of the community during the nonprofit organization's countywide diaper drive, which was held from October 15 through November 5.

Gainesville convicted felon sentenced to over 27 years in prison for firearm, drug offenses

A 41-year-old convicted felon from Gainesville was sentenced to over 27 years in federal prison after he was convicted at trial of drug trafficking and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon on April 8, 2022.

College of Central Florida accepting artist proposals through December 31 for campus art project

Local artists have until the end of the month to submit their proposals for a new art piece that will be designed and installed at one of the College of Central Florida’s campuses.

‘Science Matters’ exhibit at Discovery Center to close on December 3

This Saturday will be the last chance to experience ‘Science Matters’ at the Discovery Center before the exhibit comes to an end.

Marion County Parks and Recreation hosting kayak trip to Chassahowitzka River

The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department’s monthly kayaking program will continue next week with a leisurely trip down the Chassahowitzka River, and registration is now open.

Ocala teenager asks for climate action

"As a teenager in Ocala, I’m shocked that we’re now able to see the direct effects of our carelessness in real time. Natural disasters are hitting us one after another. Our temperatures are hitting record highs and record lows. According to research, almost half of our planet’s vital signs are code red. No matter how severe, these are all warnings that we are receiving from our panicking earth," says Ocala resident Esperance Han in a Letter to the Editor.

Ocala resident wants ice rink instead of another gas station or apartment complex

"I agree that we want to keep Ocala small and quaint and we want to preserve our land. So, as a request to the city, may we please vote to put in an ice rink instead of another Wawa or apartment complex? Can we accommodate the current residents instead of the future ones? Can we bring back some of the attractions and revenue we once had?" says Ocala resident Danielle Alotta in a Letter to the Editor.

Ocala resident wants increased police presence on SW 49th Avenue to catch speeders

"People are speeding all the time, and the SW 49th Avenue corridor has become so dangerous to pull out of your driveway because the people from Marion Oaks commute through this two-way lane. The sheriff's department has been notified, but they never post up to catch those who are speeding on this road. There have been so many accidents and still nothing has been done," says Ocala resident Ivan Monge in a Letter to the Editor.

Fordham Early Learning Academy expands enrollment to include first grade students

The Fordham Early Learning Academy will expand its programs for the 2023-2024 school year to include first grade along with voluntary pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, and enrollment is now open.

Early Learning Coalition of Marion County collects over 100,000 diapers during donation drive

The Early Learning Coalition of Marion County has announced that over 100,000 diapers were donated by generous members of the community during the nonprofit organization's countywide diaper drive, which was held from October 15 through November 5.

MCPS hosting Engage virtual session on school safety

Marion County Public Schools will host its next Engage MCPS virtual session for parents and families at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, and the free online event will focus on the topic of school safety.

Bernard J. Kelly

Bernard Kelly was a School Administrator for over 30 years. His hobbies included playing bridge, golf, and reading.

Mary Margaret Snyder

Besides playing bridge, euchre, bingo and bunco, Mary Margaret Snyder also enjoyed reading, dancing and being with family as well as rooting for her Indiana basketball and football teams.

Roger Edward Morrison

Roger Morrison loved UF Gator football, playing golf, working in his yard, fishing, and spending time with his family.
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