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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.

Garry Lee Ford

Garry Lee Ford, 79, of Ocala, FL, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Garry was born in Knoxville, TN to Vernnie T. and Etta Rogers Ford. He was a USAF veteran and worked in retail maintenance.

He is survived by his son Vernon Ford of Belleview, FL. Garry enjoyed carpentry and small engine repair. Friends say, He was a Good Friend”.

Mr. Ford will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL, with military honors on Thursday, January 21st 2021.

Arrangements are being handled by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 910 SE Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470.

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Government

Ocala Recreation and Parks Department to host four summer camps

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host four summer camps June 1 through July 30.

Ocala preparing to reopen popular splash pads

Splash pads in Ocala are preparing to reopen this month.

Ocala preparing to host tire amnesty day

The City of Ocala is hosting a free tire disposal event Saturday, March 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Headlines

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.

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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.

Health

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.

On Top of the World distributing 3,500 COVID-19 vaccinations

On Top of the World has received 3,500 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for its residents.

13 more local COVID-19 deaths as Florida sees jump in new cases

Thirteen more local residents have succumbed to COVID-19 as Florida saw an increase of more than 6,000 new cases of the fast-spreading virus Wednesday.

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