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‘Buckle Up for Life’ grant making big impact at Early Learning Coalition of Marion County

The Early Learning Coalition of Marion County recently celebrated being one of the newest recipients of the Toyota and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital “Buckle Up for Life” grant program.

The program, which provides funding and resources for initiatives designed to reduce the risk of motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths, focuses on at-risk populations by increasing the use of motor vehicle restraints for children.

In August, the ELCMC took to DeLuca Toyota to share their appreciation for the grant program.

ELCMC thanks DeLuca Toyota for participation in the Buckle Up for Live grant program
Members of the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County parade through DeLuca Toyota to show thanks for their involvement in the Buckle Up for Life grant program

As part of the Buckle Up for Life grant program, ELCMC will help distribute 76 brand-new car seats and booster seats to Marion County families in need. The grant will be providing 52 Evenflo Titan 65 convertible car seats and 24 Evenflo AMP no-back booster seats.

If a family is in need of a car seat or booster seat, please can contact the Coalitions Success By 6 Coordinator, Chrissy Vickers, for more information at (352) 369-2315 ext. 213, or by email at cvickers@elc-marion.org.

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Crime

Two men nabbed on hefty drug charges after high speed chase in Marion County

Two men were jailed Thursday on multiple charges after a high-speed chase through Marion County.

Man and lady friend jailed on multiple charges after being caught in stolen vehicle

A man and his gal pal traveling in a stolen vehicle found themselves behind bars recently in the Marion County Jail.

Ocala Police seeking help in nabbing robber who targeted TJ Maxx

Ocala Police are searching for a bandit who committed an armed robbery at a local store this week.

Ocala woman jailed after giving Marion sheriff’s deputy fake name

An Ocala woman was arrested recently after giving a Marion County sheriff’s deputy a fake name during a traffic stop.

Business

Ruby Tuesday adds to growing list of closures along State Road 200

Ruby Tuesday recently closed the doors on its Ocala location, adding to a list of national companies with local closures along State Road 200 that dates back nearly a year.

Sovereigns and Scoundrels opening in former Doc of Rock location in downtown Ocala

Sovereigns and Scoundrels will open its doors at the former Doc of Rock location in downtown Ocala next week.

CareerSource CLM report shows unemployment rate improvement last month

The local unemployment rate improved in August, but is still much higher than it was at this same time last year, according to a new report from CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion.

Waffle House opens new location on Maricamp Road

Waffle House has opened the doors on a new location along Maricamp Road in Marion County.

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Headlines

Two men nabbed on hefty drug charges after high speed chase in Marion County

Two men were jailed Thursday on multiple charges after a high-speed chase through Marion County.

Man and lady friend jailed on multiple charges after being caught in stolen vehicle

A man and his gal pal traveling in a stolen vehicle found themselves behind bars recently in the Marion County Jail.

DeSantis greenlights 100% capacity at restaurants and bars despite new COVID-19 cases

On a day when Florida reported 695,887 cumulative cases of COVID-19 and the local area added 13 new deaths for a total of 528, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that restaurants and bars can immediately go back to 100 percent capacity.

13 more local COVID-19 fatalities as tri-county area reports 67 new cases

Thirteen more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as the tri-county area reported 67 new cases of the virus Friday.

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