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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.

Marion County Commission Chairman praises Penny Sales Tax during State of County

The Marion County Commission Chairman praised the passing of the Penny Sales Tax during his State of the County address on Wednesday morning.

Marion County Board of County Commission Chairman Jeff Gold made the remarks during a meeting of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership.

“We love our ‘Penny Sales Tax’ and obviously the voters do, too,” said Gold, referring to the 70 percent approval vote the referendum garnered on November’s ballot.

Gold indicated that in the coming term, the county hopes to produce 24 road projects in addition to the 26 they have completed in the previous four years. Those 26 projects represented over 75 miles of roadways that have been constructed or rehabilitated since the surtax was approved.
“With this penny sales tax, we’re looking at 22 new or refurbished firefighting vehicles by 2024,” added Gold. The county also hopes to add 32 new ambulances, as well as new critical care units that are specially trained to deal with extreme circumstances.
Gold also pointed to the Marion County jail as being in desperate need of renovations, dismissing the idea of building a new jail as too expensive.
“The amount of money to replace the jail, which we’re getting close to, is more than we could ever imagine trying to spend,” said Gold, of the renovations the county will make using the surtax. “We don’t have the money to [build a new jail.] We need to make sure we keep up with the repairs.”

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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.

Victim left with scratches after brawl escalates over car keys

A Citra woman was jailed recently after a nasty spat with her man friend over car keys.

Ocala woman jailed after fight with romantic rival in Ocklawaha

A 22-year-old Ocala woman was arrested nearly a week after she reportedly showed up with a couple of friends at a romantic rival’s workplace in Ocklawaha and threatened to kill her, and then returned minutes after the business owner told her to leave and assaulted the woman.

Umatilla man jailed after ‘marijuana wax’ found in vehicle during traffic stop

A 20-year-old Umatilla man was arrested recently after a Marion County sheriff’s deputy stopped him for having an obstructed license plate.

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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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.

Victim left with scratches after brawl escalates over car keys

A Citra woman was jailed recently after a nasty spat with her man friend over car keys.

Ocala woman jailed after fight with romantic rival in Ocklawaha

A 22-year-old Ocala woman was arrested nearly a week after she reportedly showed up with a couple of friends at a romantic rival’s workplace in Ocklawaha and threatened to kill her, and then returned minutes after the business owner told her to leave and assaulted the woman.

21 more local COVID-19 deaths as Florida ranks poorly in study on Coronavirus safety

On the day when Florida fared poorly in a study on COVID-19-related safety, 21 more local residents lost their battle with the deadly illness.

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