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Ocala Golden Corral reopening doors after extended pandemic closure

The Ocala Golden Corral will reopen its doors latter this month after an extended closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The restaurant, which closed its doors in March like many other businesses in the area, is scheduled to reopen on Monday, Nov. 23 at 10:45 a.m.

Ocala Golden Corral
Ocala Golden Corral

The Ocala Golden Corral remained closed longer than every other restaurant in the area, including national chains.

Multiple national companies with locations in Ocala were forced to temporarily or permanently shutter their doors as a result of the pandemic.

Earlier this summer, Ruby Tuesday’s closed the doors on its location on Highway 200. Pier 1 Imports closed all of its 540 stores around the country, including its Ocala location at 2516 SW College Road.

Before the pandemic, Krystal’s closed its longtime location along Highway 200.

The company has been slowly reopening establishments all over the country, including locations in nearby Clermont and The Villages.

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Crime

Ocala man behind bars for shooting near elementary school with classes in session

An 18-year-old Ocala man was jailed Thursday night in connection with a shooting that took place last year near an Ocala elementary school – while classes were in session.

Marion sheriff searching for thieves connected to car burglaries and recent shooting

Marion County sheriff’s detectives are seeking help in identifying vehicle burglars involved in a recent shooting.

Umatilla woman charged with DUI after drinking at Big Scrub

An Umatilla woman was arrested on a DUI charge Monday night after drinking at a bar near the Big Scrub Campground in the Ocala National Forest.

Ocala woman jailed after “whopping” man who had her phone

An Ocala woman was arrested after admitting she “whopped” a man in the back of the head while retrieving the cell phone he took away from her during a domestic spat.

Business

Craft Cuisine falls victim to pandemic, forced to close doors

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Ocala police chief: ‘Marijuana legalization will produce more violent crime in Ocala’

The chief of the Ocala Police Department believes the legalization of marijuana will produce more violent crime in the city of Ocala.

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion offering live workshops via Zoom platform

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will resume live employability workshops beginning Monday, Jan. 11 with Job Specific Resume Development.

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.

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Headlines

Health inspector shuts Ocala fast-food eatery over roach and food temperature issues

A popular Ocala fast-food eatery was shut down recently after a health inspector cited 11 violations – the most egregious of which involved roach excrement and food temperature issues.

Ocala man behind bars for shooting near elementary school with classes in session

An 18-year-old Ocala man was jailed Thursday night in connection with a shooting that took place last year near an Ocala elementary school – while classes were in session.

Marion sheriff searching for thieves connected to car burglaries and recent shooting

Marion County sheriff’s detectives are seeking help in identifying vehicle burglars involved in a recent shooting.

20 more local COVID-19 deaths as outbreak hits staff at Coleman federal prison

The local death toll from COVID-19 continued to rise at a rapid rate Saturday as the federal prison in Coleman reported a significant number of cases of the fast-spreading virus among staff members.

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