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Great Blue Heron At Stone Creek Golf Club

This great blue heron was spotted on hole number 2 at the Stone Creek Gulf Club. Thanks to Cindy Cobb for sharing!

Great Blue Heron On Stone Creek Golf Course
Great Blue Heron On Stone Creek Golf Course

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Government

Ocala’s First Friday Art Walk moved to Jan. 8

The First Friday Art Walk will take place in downtown Ocala on Friday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m.

New Year’s Day closure won’t affect residential trash pickup in Ocala

City of Ocala business offices will be closed Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 in observance of New Year’s Day but residential trash pickup won’t be affected.

Marion County awarded federal funds for emergency food and shelter programs

Marion County has been chosen to receive $106,155 to supplement Emergency Food and Shelter National Board programs in Marion County.

Headlines

Health inspector shuts fast-food restaurant inside Wal-Mart for heavy roach activity

A popular fast-food restaurant located inside an Ocala Wal-Mart was shut down two days before Christmas after a health inspector found heavy roach activity in the eatery.

Prestigious Professional Bull Riders event making first-ever stop in Ocala

For the first time in league history, the elite Professional Bull Riders Unleash The Beast will travel to Ocala to open its 2021 season at Southeastern Livestock Pavilion.

Troubled Ocala man arrested for third time in 2020

An Ocala man with a violent history was arrested for the third time in 2020 after he allegedly busted a man’s lip during an argument on Sunday.

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Business

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.

Plenty of positives despite November’s mixed bag of employment news

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 6.2 percent in November – up 0.6 percentage point over the month and 2.6 percent higher than the same time last year.

Health inspector shuts down Ocala eatery after finding more than 68 rodent droppings

A health inspector ordered an Ocala restaurant to close its doors recently after finding a large quantity of rodent droppings at the eatery.

Health

7 more local residents succumb to COVID-19 as state tops 1.3 million cases

Seven more local residents have died of COVID-19 as Florida surpassed 1.3 million cumulative cases of the deadly virus on Wednesday.

3 more local COVID-19 deaths as Florida shows significant spike in new cases

Three more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as new cases of the virus across Florida made a significant jump Tuesday.

Marion County residents 65 and older can sign up for COVID-19 vaccination

Marion County residents ages 65 and older will soon be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccination.

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