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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
A 36-year-old Belleview woman was arrested after she was caught allegedly using fentanyl and heroin in an Ocala Wawa bathroom.
In partnership with the the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks department, the Seminole Tribe of Florida has constructed a new, authentic Chickee at the Fort King National Historic Landmark.

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News, events, politics, government in Ocala, Florida

Belleview woman found using fentanyl, heroin at Ocala Wawa

A 36-year-old Belleview woman was arrested after she was caught allegedly using fentanyl and heroin in an Ocala Wawa bathroom.

Seminole tribe constructs authentic Chickee at Fort King National Historic Landmark

In partnership with the the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks department, the Seminole Tribe of Florida has constructed a new, authentic Chickee at the Fort King National Historic Landmark.

Marion Supervisor of Elections warns against inaccurate voter registration letters

"Prior mailings have resulted in pre-filled voter registration applications sent to already registered voters, deceased persons, minor children, and even pets. The mailings from VPC and CVI continue to erode voter confidence and increase suspicion, mistrust, and anger among Florida voters" - Marion County Supervisor of Elections Wesley Wilcox is warning residents of new voter registration mailings he says may be "misleading and inaccurate."

Democratic Women of Marion County staging pro-choice rally opposing Texas abortion law

The Democratic Women's Club of Marion County is staging a pro-choice rally this weekend to oppose a new Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks.

Ocala teen arrested for bloodying girlfriend during physical altercation

An Ocala teenager was arrested after allegedly bloodying her girlfriend during a physical altercation.

Marion County Schools report decline in positive COVID-19 cases, quarantines

Marion County Schools reported fewer positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines during the last week of school, continuing a downward trend since a spike at the beginning of the school year. 

Photos
Photos in and around Ocala, Florida

Squirrel On Tree In Northwest Ocala

This squirrel was hanging out on a tree in northwest Ocala. Thanks to Troy Hancock for sharing!

Sunset Over Cow Pasture In Dunnellon

Check out this beautiful sunset over a cow pasture near the Florida Highlands neighborhood in Dunnellon. Thanks to Barbara Minton for sharing!

Color Guard Practice At Sholom Park

It was a beautiful afternoon to enjoy watching color guard practice on the grass at Sholom Park in Ocala. Thanks to Josh Knauer for sharing!

Birds At Polly Palmer Park In Ocala

How many types of birds will you see when you visit Polly Palmer Park in Ocala? Thanks to Wendy Melnyk for sharing!

Rainbow Over Horse Farm In Ocala

Check out this beautiful rainbow over a horse farm on SW 110th Street in northwestern Ocala. Thanks to Valerie Hancock for sharing!

Evening Reflection From Sun On Cloud At Rolling Hills In Ocala

Check out this beautiful evening reflection from the sun on a cloud at the Rolling Hills community in Ocala. Thanks to Marta Varnell for sharing!

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

Democratic Women of Marion County staging pro-choice rally opposing Texas abortion law

The Democratic Women's Club of Marion County is staging a pro-choice rally this weekend to oppose a new Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks.

Marion county officials certify hand, machine vote counts for Ocala City Council election

The Marion County Supervisor of Elections has certified the results of last week's Ocala City Council election.

OEU raffling bill credits, other prizes at customer appreciation event

Ocala Electric Utility will raffle off bill credits as prizes during a customer appreciation event next week. The event is free and open to the public and will feature a variety of prizes, entertainment, family-friendly activities, educational items, and individually portioned grab-and-go meals provided by Mojo Grill and Catering Company.

New water, wastewater rates go into effect next week

The 8% increase to water and wastewater rates approved by Ocala City Council members in January will go into effect next Friday. The rate will increase each October over the next four years, representing a total increase of 47% through 2025. 

Ocala National Forest cleanup this Saturday

The U.S. Forest Service of Florida is hosting a cleanup day at the Ocala National Forest this Saturday in recognition of National Public Lands Day.

Ocala City Council Districts 3 and 4 will see run-off election this November

After a tightly contested race in Ocala City Council Districts 3 and 4, no candidate received a majority of the vote and the city is poised to host a run-off election in just under eight weeks.. Incumbent Jay Musleh will face off against Ty Schlichter in District 3, while Kristen Dreyer and Lori Martin Gregory will face off for the District 4 seat.

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News, events, politics, government in Ocala, Florida

Marion County Sheriff’s Office looking for man who burglarized Summerfield home

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to identify a man who was caught on video surveillance stealing jewelry, money, and frozen food from a Summerfield home.

Hispanic Senior Wellness Fair in downtown Ocala this weekend

The city of Ocala will host a Hispanic Senior Wellness Fair in downtown Ocala on Saturday, October 2, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Ocala.

Marion county officials certify hand, machine vote counts for Ocala City Council election

The Marion County Supervisor of Elections has certified the results of last week's Ocala City Council election.

Woman defends herself from Citra man with multiple battery convictions

A Citra man with multiple battery convictions and a collection of battery and DUI arrests was arrested after a victim says she was able to defend herself and give him a black eye in the process.

Bearded Browncoat Comics & Games opens new location in Belleview

Bearded Browncoat Comics & Games has opened a new location in Belleview. Like its sister location in Ocala, the new business offers a variety of comic books, video games, board games and collectibles.

Marion County reports lowest COVID-19 case average since summer spike

Last week's COVID-19 report from the Florida Department of Health shows that from Friday, September 17, to Thursday, September 23, the county reported an average of 148 new COVID-19 cases each day.

Ocala woman arrested after tossing TEC-9 from vehicle, fleeing police

A 21-year-old Ocala woman was arrested after allegedly tossing a TEC-9 firearm from her vehicle before leading police on a brief pursuit.

Great Pumpkin Festival in Anthony this weekend

The Anthony Community Park will host "It's The Great Pumpkin" Fall Festival this weekend. The event will feature food trucks and vendors, and will benefit the park and the Anthony Woman's Club.

Marion County School Bus involved in accident in southwest Ocala

No injuries were reported after a Marion County School Bus with 11 students on board was involved in an accident with a pickup truck in southwest Ocala this morning.

Health professionals hosting Steering Clear of Cancer management livestream event

The Cancer Alliance of Marion County will host a Steering Clear of Cancer livestream event on Wednesday, September 29 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Health care professionals will speak on lifestyle, screenings, early detection, self advocacy, mental wellness, and stress management in an effort to help residents fight cancer.

Mutiny opens new pirate-themed bar in downtown Ocala

Mutiny has opened its new location in downtown Ocala. The pirate-themed bar serves specialty drinks and plans to begin serving food this week.

Ocala Christmas Light Spectacular coming to Florida Horse Park

The Ocala Christmas Light Spectacular will kick off at the Florida Horse Park later this fall, bringing over 1 million lights, food trucks, and a photo station with Santa.

Resident asking that Tuscawilla tennis courts be pressure-washed

"For over a year, I've been complaining, to no avail, to the city about pressure cleaning the tennis courts and removing the weeds that are all over the place. I thought that maybe you can motivate them to take care of it. It's such a beautiful park and the condition of the tennis courts makes it look abandoned" - Amable Trujillo shares her experience in a letter to the editor. Are there other amenities that you think need attention? Share your thoughts in a letter to the editor.

Local residents offer additional comments on retailers in Ocala

"Ocala deserves to be recognized by the companies other letters mention. We are not a small, sleepy community. We are home to a number of nationally recognized businesses: Amazon, Fedex, Dollar General, and others have all seen fit to locate facilities here" - residents like Charles Hess believe national vendors like Costco, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's are overlooking Ocala's potential. Share your thoughts in a letter to the editor.

Trains could play a major role in our future

"Trains made America great and they could play a major role in our future. This country is lacking a good train system to move products and people across this huge country of ours. The energy efficiency of a train is many times that of trucks and cars" - John Lazaruis shares his thoughts in a letter to the editor. Share your opinions and letters to the editor.

Bearded Browncoat Comics & Games opens new location in Belleview

Bearded Browncoat Comics & Games has opened a new location in Belleview. Like its sister location in Ocala, the new business offers a variety of comic books, video games, board games and collectibles.

Kashmin’s Kitchen serving Caribbean cuisine in new Belleview location

Kashmin’s Kitchen and Caribbean Foods is serving up classic, traditional west Indian cuisine out of a new Belleview location.

National chains closing locations in east Ocala

Dollar General, Little Caesars, and Pizza Hut are among the many national chains that have closed up shop on some of their Ocala locations in recent years.

Stephen Douglas Schmidt

After high school, Steve joined the United State Marine Corps and served his country in Vietnam from 1969-1971. When he returned from war, Steve met and married the love of his life Carla Barrett on October 15th 1973. If Steve wasn’t spending time with his family, you could find him in a tree stand hunting, fishing, or cheering on his Florida Gators.

Ernest David McQuaig

David married his high school sweetheart Barbara in August 4, 1951.  He loved his family deeply and was an avid fisherman, hunter, and doing yard work, 

Carla Jo Gardner

Carla is survived by her father Allen, siblings Jennifer Elledge (Mark), Cathy Parsley (Jim), Tike Gardner (Cynthia), Dusty (Cassandra), Chad (Shannon), 8 nieces and nephews, 1 great nephew, and her faithful companion Diesel her dog.
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