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City decorating Downtown Ocala Square for holiday season despite Light Up cancellation

City staff is decorating the Downtown Ocala Square for the holiday season despite this year’s cancellation of the Light Up event.

Crews from the City of Ocala set up lights in Downtown Ocala Square
Crews from the City of Ocala set up lights in Downtown Ocala Square

Crews have been working this week at setting up the lights and decorations that have become a community mainstay over the years.

Light Up Ocala was originally scheduled for Saturday, November 21.

This year, however, Ocala City Council members voted to cancel the Light Up Ocala event as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed the lives of 351 residents of Marion County. As of today, there have been 11,048 reported cases of COVID-19 throughout the county.

The group that heads up the Ocala Christmas Parade hopes to suffer a different fate when they seek approval from the Ocala City Council later this month. That event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 12.

Earlier this year, Ocala’s Lake County neighbors to the south took steps in different directions. Leesburg, which had to cancel Bike Fest in September after rescheduling it once, has at least two scheduled holiday events for its downtown area: The Leesburg Christmas Stroll begins on Friday, November 27, and the Leesburg Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 5.

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Crime

Ocala man accused of punching woman who asked about old flame

A 28-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he allegedly punched a woman in the mouth when she asked about a woman he previously dated.

25-year-old Ocala man nabbed on weapons charges after road rage incident

An Ocala man was jailed recently after being accused of firing a weapon during a road rage incident.

Marion sheriff seeks help in locating Ocala man wanted for sexual battery on juvenile

Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods is asking for help from area residents in nabbing an Ocala man wanted for lewd and lascivious battery.

Marion sheriff seeks help in identifying bandits who targeted mobile home laundromat

Marion County sheriff’s deputies are searching for two thieves who are responsible for at least one local commercial burglary.

Business

Students encourage to apply to ‘Shark Tank’ style business plan competition

Students across the county are being encouraged to apply to be a part of a local “Shark Tank” style competition hosted by the chamber.

New hotel reserving parking spaces in Ocala downtown parking garage

The free parking spaces available in Ocala’s Downtown Parking Garage were reduced this past week when the new hotel's parking lease with the city began.

Regal Hollywood & IMAX remains closed while Marion, Epic Theatres in Ocala remain open

Regal Hollywood & IMAX has remained closed for the past month while Marion and Epic Theatres of Ocala have been operating at limited capacity. 

Push-ups for Pups fitness charity event to benefit Humane Society of Marion County

A "Push Ups for Pups" event benefitting the Humane Society of Marion County will come to a local CrossFit location in the coming weeks.  

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Headlines

Ocala man accused of punching woman who asked about old flame

A 28-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he allegedly punched a woman in the mouth when she asked about a woman he previously dated.

25-year-old Ocala man nabbed on weapons charges after road rage incident

An Ocala man was jailed recently after being accused of firing a weapon during a road rage incident.

Marion sheriff seeks help in locating Ocala man wanted for sexual battery on juvenile

Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods is asking for help from area residents in nabbing an Ocala man wanted for lewd and lascivious battery.

Marion sheriff seeks help in identifying bandits who targeted mobile home laundromat

Marion County sheriff’s deputies are searching for two thieves who are responsible for at least one local commercial burglary.

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