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Sandhill Crane Showing Off At Del Webb Spruce Creek

This sandhill crane was spotted showing off at Del Webb Spruce Creek. Thanks to Dan Wernick for sharing!

Sandhill Crane Showing Off At Del Webb Spruce Creek
Sandhill Crane Showing Off At Del Webb Spruce Creek

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Government

Ocala cancels Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up event as COVID-19 slams city

The Ocala City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to cancel the upcoming Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up event.

Temporary road closure scheduled along N.W. 73rd Terrace

Marion County motorists should expect a temporary road closure on N.W. 73rd Terrace.

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.

Headlines

17-year-old girl killed when juvenile boyfriend plays with loaded weapon

An Anthony teenager was arrested on manslaughter charges early Friday morning after claiming he accidentally shot and killed his 17-year-old girlfriend.

Ocklawaha man fearing bombs from Trump jailed after nasty tiff with lady friend

An Ocklawaha man who believed President Trump was going to send bombs and the “gates of hell” were in his yard is behind bars in the Marion County Jail.

Reddick man shoves another man in front of Marion sheriff’s deputy

A Reddick man was arrested Monday after he shoved a man in front of a deputy investigating a report of a domestic battery.

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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

Florida sees record spike in COVID-19 cases as New Year’s surge still to come

With Floridians bracing for the impending spread of COVID-19 from the New Year’s weekend, the Sunshine State reported another record day in the number of new cases of the deadly virus.

6 more local COVID-19 deaths as Florida tops 1.4 million cases of deadly virus

Six more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as Florida surpassed 1.4 million cumulative cases of the deadly virus Wednesday.

11 Marion County Publix pharmacies to administer COVID-19 vaccines to seniors

Eleven Publix pharmacies in Marion County will soon begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to residents age 65 and older.

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