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Marion Supervisor of Elections’ youth voter challenge honored with prestigious awards

Wesley Wilcox, Marion County Supervisor of Elections; Lauren Debick, president of the Florida Public Relations Association’s Ocala Chapter; and Starley Ard, outreach services for Marion County Election Center, display the awards that were presented at the Mid-Florida Image Awards Event last week.

The Marion County Supervisor of Elections 2018 High School Voter Registration Challenge was honored with a Grand All Image Award, Image Award and Judges’ Award at the 2019 Florida Public Relations Association Mid-Florida Image Awards Event.

Conducted annually, the Image Awards competition provides PR practitioners an excellent platform to be recognized in their home markets for their outstanding public relations tools and programs.

The Supervisor of Elections Annual High School Voter Registration Challenge is aimed at increasing civic participation by educating Marion County’s youth on the elections process and importance of voting and registering eligible students to vote. In 2018, all seven of Marion County’s public high schools participated, 736 students registered to vote (a 479 percent increase from 2016), and 49 registration activities were provided.

FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners, who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. FPRA is comprised of 15 professional and 12 student chapters throughout the state, providing professional development, networking and professional recognition opportunities.

The Ocala FPRA Chapter, www.fpraocala.org , was established in 1980. Members and guests meet the third Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the College of Central Florida.

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Crime

Belleview man nabbed after nasty tiff with gal pal over self-quarantining mom

A Belleview man was jailed Thursday after he became angry the day before and claimed his lady friend was ignoring his mother as she self-quarantined due to possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

UDEST agents prevent felonies and seize drugs during highway enforcement operation

Agents from the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team conducted more than 25 traffic stops during a recent two-day highway enforcement operation.

Silver Springs man arrested after nasty domestic spat

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Ocala man jailed after 15-year-old girl says she was sexually assaulted

An Ocala man was jailed Thursday after being accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

Business

New Ramen House opens doors at State Road 200 location

The new Ramen House has opened its doors at its new location along State Road 200.

Downtown Ocala businesses reopen, many with refurbished digs

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Headlines

Belleview man nabbed after nasty tiff with gal pal over self-quarantining mom

A Belleview man was jailed Thursday after he became angry the day before and claimed his lady friend was ignoring his mother as she self-quarantined due to possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

UDEST agents prevent felonies and seize drugs during highway enforcement operation

Agents from the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team conducted more than 25 traffic stops during a recent two-day highway enforcement operation.

96-year-old Ocala woman becomes eighth Marion County resident to die of COVID-19

A 96-year-old Ocala woman has been identified as the latest person to succumb to the Coronavirus in Marion County.

New Ramen House opens doors at State Road 200 location

The new Ramen House has opened its doors at its new location along State Road 200.

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