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Marion County and Ocala firefighters battle roaring blaze at local car lot

Firefighters from Marion County and Ocala battled a structure fire Thursday night at a local car lot.

Marion County Chairman highlights resilience, employee reallocation in response to pandemic

The Marion County Board of Commission Chairman highlighted the county’s resiliency and ability to reallocate employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic during remarks made Wednesday morning.

Jeff Gold, who took over as head of the commission earlier this year for District 2 Commissioner Kathy Bryant, made the remarks during Wednesday’s meeting of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership.

Jeff Gold, Marion County Board of County Commissioners Chairman
Jeff Gold, Marion County Board of County Commission Chairman

“We were all expecting great things to happen, said Chairman Gold, referring to the county government’s anticipation for 2020. “And guess what happened? We had COVID hit…a lot of people lost businesses. Money was lost. Tragically, several people lost family members and friends.”

Gold indicated that despite the setbacks, the county “never shut down.” And when “certain areas” were mandated by the state to close, the county stepped in to reallocate employees to other positions within the county government.

Gold also praised the Marion County Public Library system, which shifted many of its programs online to accommodate children and started offering some of its services remotely.

“That’s the place that many people go for basic functions and internet,” said Gold, referring to the importance of keeping the library system operational.

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Crime

27-year-old Ocala man jailed after lady friend tells deputies of violent attack

An Ocala man found himself behind bars recently after denying any problems with his lady friend after a 911 call came from his home.

‘Impaired’ Ocala man jailed after found passed out in vehicle at minimart

An Ocala man was arrested recently after he was found passed out in a vehicle at a Belleview minimart.

Ocala man arrested after series of arguments turns physical

An Ocala man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he allegedly threw a woman to the ground several times and struck her during a nasty domestic spat.

Bird lover claims lady friend went berserk and tried to run him over

Multiple Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to a nasty altercation recently after a man claimed his lady friend tried to take his bird out of its cage and then run him over.

Business

Lockheed Martin teams with CareerSource Florida for apprenticeship program

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that Lockheed Martin and CareerSource Florida have partnered to develop and refine a registered apprenticeship program.

Craft Cuisine falls victim to pandemic, forced to close doors

Craft Cuisine was forced to close its doors last month amidst the global pandemic that has forced the closures of a multitude of businesses in Ocala.

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.

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Headlines

Marion County and Ocala firefighters battle roaring blaze at local car lot

Firefighters from Marion County and Ocala battled a structure fire Thursday night at a local car lot.

27-year-old Ocala man jailed after lady friend tells deputies of violent attack

An Ocala man found himself behind bars recently after denying any problems with his lady friend after a 911 call came from his home.

‘Impaired’ Ocala man jailed after found passed out in vehicle at minimart

An Ocala man was arrested recently after he was found passed out in a vehicle at a Belleview minimart.

DeSantis vows to lower COVID-19 vaccine age as 20 more local residents succumb to virus

On the day Gov. Ron DeSantis promised to drop the eligibility age for COVID-19 vaccinations, 20 more local residents succumbed to the fast-spreading illness.

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