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Officials with the Ocala Water Resource Department have issued a precautionary boil water notice for parts of the city due to a drop in pressure while a contractor was installing a fire line on Wednesday afternoon.
After an Ocala-News.com reader submitted a photo of the night sky over Silver Springs Shores recently, other readers wrote in to share their thoughts about a holy figure they saw in the clouds.

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

Nursing center taking shape at College of Central Florida

A new nursing center at a local college is taking shape and should be completed later this year, just in time to host its first classes in January.

Deputies: Man armed with shotgun threatens, attacks neighbor in Marion County

A physical altercation in a Marion County neighborhood led to the arrest of a 67-year-old man after he allegedly grabbed a shotgun and threatened to kill one of his neighbors.

Bigfoot conference coming to Ocala next week

The fourth annual Great Florida Bigfoot Conference will be held at an Ocala venue next week.

Dogs, reptiles killed in southeast Ocala mobile home fire

A family’s dogs and reptiles were killed early Wednesday morning after a fire ignited inside their mobile home in southeast Ocala.

Sherri A. Martin

Sherri Martin was an artist and enjoyed gardening, puzzles, and sunsets.

Heavily intoxicated man tampers with traffic lights at Ocala intersection

A 45-year-old Ocala man who has been arrested more than 40 times since 2008 is back behind bars after he allegedly tampered with the signal box controlling the traffic lights at a major intersection in southwest Ocala.

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

New campground opens next to Southeastern Livestock Pavilion

A new campground next to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion has officially opened.

Mayor awards first ‘Citizen of the Month’ award to former WNBA player helping county’s ‘most vulnerable’

Ocala's mayor doled out his first "Citizen of the Month" award to a former professional basketball player who founded a nonprofit that helps children in foster care. 

City sells 115-acre property at Ocala International Airport for $12 million

Ocala City Council members approved the sale of a 115-acre property at the Ocala International Airport for just over $12 million, going against the Airport Advisory Board's recommendation to deny the sale and lease the land.

Ocala’s drinking water earns ‘best tasting’ award at regional competition

The City of Ocala was awarded the best-tasting drinking water at a regional competition that took place earlier this week in Marion County.

City officials cut ribbon on future community hub at Tuscawilla Park

Ocala officials broke ground last week on a new "Heart of the Park" community space that they hope will serve as a community hub for residents from all across the city.

City accepting $20,000 for drone show on July 4th

Ocala officials will likely accept and appropriate $20,000 from the county this week to advertise and promote the city's inaugural Fourth of July drone show, which will feature 300 drones lighting the sky over Tuscawilla Park.

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

Ocala brewery seeking liquor license for new 15,000 sq. ft. facility

The owners of a new, 15,000-square-foot brewery under construction in Ocala's Tuscawilla Historic District are seeking approval for their liquor license as they prepare to open to the public.

Todd and Shelly’s Cafe opens newly relocated restaurant in Ocala

A restaurant that grew a name for itself throughout Belleview over the years just celebrated the grand opening of its newly relocated establishment in Ocala.

New soap and bath shop coming to Ocala plaza

A soap and bath company with 40 franchises around the country will add its first location in Ocala soon.

Event center, medical facility, 6th indoor arena under construction at World Equestrian Center

New photos from the World Equestrian Center show multiple projects in various stages of construction, including a new event center, medical facility, sixth indoor arena, and seven outdoor arenas.

Crumbl Cookies announces opening date of Ocala location

Crumbl Cookies says it will hand out free chocolate chip cookies throughout the opening day of its new location in Ocala, which is its first in Marion County.

New Italian American cafe opening in north Marion

An Italian American cafe named after a Philadelphia sports team will open a new location in north Marion County soon.

Photos
Photos in and around Ocala, Florida

Beautiful sunset over Double Diamond Farm in Ocala

Check out this beautiful sunset taken from Double Diamond Farm in Ocala. Thanks to Brian J. Richards for sharing!

Red-shouldered hawk at Toms Park in Ocala

This red-shouldered hawk was spotted in the morning at Toms Park in Ocala. Thanks to Rafael Wagner for sharing!

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News, events, politics, government in Ocala, Florida

Ocala assistant police chief, MCSO deputies remembered 69 years after dying in the line of duty

The Ocala Police Department honored the memory of three law enforcement officials who lost their lives during the line of duty 69 years ago, including an assistant chief of police whose great-grandson joined OPD in 2013.

Cajun seafood restauranteurs working on new Ocala location

The owners of a popular cajun seafood restaurant in Crystal River are in the midst of renovating a new location in Ocala.

SuperWash opening new car wash in southeast Ocala ‘soon’

RaceWash will open its sixth location in Ocala soon under a different name than its predecessors.

I-75 rest area undergoing significant renovations

A rest area on Interstate 75 in Marion County in between the roadway's interchanges with two popular roadways is currently undergoing a series of significant renovations.

Full lineup released for ‘Rock The Country’ festival in Ocala area next week

The full performance schedule has been released for an upcoming country music festival in the Ocala area that will feature headliners Kid Rock and Jason Aldean.

PHOTOS: A look back at Michael Seegobin’s journey through MasterChef Junior

Michael Seegobin captivated Marion County over the past several months as he competed for the title of MasterChef Junior. Although the young chef came up just short of the top prize, Seegobin’s journey through the competition was nothing short of spectacular.

Bigfoot conference coming to Ocala next week

The fourth annual Great Florida Bigfoot Conference will be held at an Ocala venue next week.

End of school year, free kids’ festival at Ocala Downtown Market

A free festival to celebrate the end of the school year and beginning of the Summer will be held at the Ocala Downtown Market this Sunday.

Full lineup released for ‘Rock The Country’ festival in Ocala area next week

The full performance schedule has been released for an upcoming country music festival in the Ocala area that will feature headliners Kid Rock and Jason Aldean.

Spread your discontent for Ocala elsewhere.

"I am sick and tired of the bereavement of these self-appointed guru columnists tearing down the liveable qualities of Ocala. Leave! Go somewhere else and spread your discontent elsewhere and leave us to enjoy the beauty and serenity of one of God's blessed locations" - An Ocala resident shares his thoughts.

Ocala is becoming an overcrowded mess

"I have read all of the letters about our once beautiful Ocala. Due to the greed and selfishness of our county commissioners and home builders, they have turned this once beautiful place into an overcrowded mess of a community." - An Ocala resident shares her thoughts.

Growth in Ocala needs to have minimal impact on wildlife and trees

"We moved to Ocala in July 1977. There was no I-75, yet. Highway 200 was just a road and there was no Paddock Mall. Stop tearing down gigantic live oak trees and clear cutting the land. I’ve watched them push trees, shoving them into piles while squirrels, birds and wildlife run in circles trying to save themselves and their nests and babies! Build around our trees and you can still landscape beneath" - An Ocala resident shares her opinion.

Nursing center taking shape at College of Central Florida

A new nursing center at a local college is taking shape and should be completed later this year, just in time to host its first classes in January.

Ocala high schoolers win awards at world’s largest science fair

Two Ocala high school students came home with awards after they participated in the world's largest pre-college science, technology, engineering and math competition.

Yale-bound Ocala student named 2024 Presidential Scholar

An Ocala high school senior who earned a full scholarship to Yale University next fall has been named a Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Department of Education, becoming one of just six students in Florida and 161 students in the nation to receive the honor.

Timothy Moore

Timothy Moore was a volunteer ambulance driver, and was very active in his church. He was a loving husband to his wife Diana of 52 years.

Theresa Green

Theresa Green leaves behind a legacy remembered by family and friends. She will be deeply missed.

Sherri A. Martin

Sherri Martin was an artist and enjoyed gardening, puzzles, and sunsets.
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