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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird At Ocala Oak Run

Check out this amazing shot of a ruby-throated hummingbird taken at Ocala Oak Run. Thanks to Priscilla Stapleton for sharing her photo!

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird At Ocala Oak Run
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird At Ocala Oak Run

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Government

E-Verify law once pushed by DeSantis in mega-retirement community goes into effect

Florida is starting off the new year with a law in place aimed at battling the hiring of illegal immigrants – a measure that was once touted by Gov. Ron DeSantis during a visit to The Villages.

Ocala’s First Friday Art Walk moved to Jan. 8

The First Friday Art Walk will take place in downtown Ocala on Friday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m.

New Year’s Day closure won’t affect residential trash pickup in Ocala

City of Ocala business offices will be closed Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 in observance of New Year’s Day but residential trash pickup won’t be affected.

Headlines

Berserk Silver Springs man behind bars after victim reports rampage

A Silver Springs man was jailed Tuesday night after going on a rampage when his lady friend confronted him about a phone conversation he was having.

Oft-arrested Silver Springs man accused of threatening and strangling woman

A Silver Springs man who has been in and out of the Marion County Jail more than a dozen times over the past 20 years was arrested after he reportedly strangled and threatened to kill a woman early Monday.

Ocala Police seeking four males who may have witnessed violent crime

The Ocala Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating four people who may have witnessed a recent violent crime.

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Business

World Equestrian Center coined ‘Disney World of Horse Industry’ by Marion County Chairman

The Marion County Commission Chairman coined the new World Equestrian Center as the "Disney World of the horse industry" recently.

Plenty of positives despite November’s mixed bag of employment news

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 6.2 percent in November – up 0.6 percentage point over the month and 2.6 percent higher than the same time last year.

Health inspector shuts down Ocala eatery after finding more than 68 rodent droppings

A health inspector ordered an Ocala restaurant to close its doors recently after finding a large quantity of rodent droppings at the eatery.

Health

Florida ends 2020 with biggest spike in COVID-19 cases since pandemic first reported

Florida ended the year Thursday with the biggest spike in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic first hit the Sunshine State in the spring.

7 more local residents succumb to COVID-19 as state tops 1.3 million cases

Seven more local residents have died of COVID-19 as Florida surpassed 1.3 million cumulative cases of the deadly virus on Wednesday.

3 more local COVID-19 deaths as Florida shows significant spike in new cases

Three more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as new cases of the virus across Florida made a significant jump Tuesday.

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