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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.

1.56 million-plus Floridians vaccinated for COVID but new cases of deadly virus continue to mount

More than 1.56 million Floridians have been vaccinated for COVID-19 but new cases of the deadly virus continue to pile up across the tri-county area and Florida.

The Florida Department of Health reported Monday that 1,565,383 residents have been vaccinated – 1,249,439 with the first dose and 157,972 with both shots. Those who have received both doses are considering to be fully vaccinated against the fast-spreading virus.

The Florida Department of Health also reported Monday that three more tri-county residents have succumbed to the Coronavirus. They are among the 1,125 local deaths, the 25,849 in Florida and the 420,723 across the country.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,658,169 cases – an increase of 8,720 from Sunday to Monday. Of those, 1,627,830 are residents. A total of 74,072 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 28,707 in correctional facilities. Across the state, 70,346 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 23,496 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 106 in a 24-hour period. There have been 569 deaths and 1,521 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 17,468 cases – an overnight increase of 106. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,473), Dunnellon (1,036), Belleview (996), Silver Springs (416), Citra (401), Ocklawaha (349), Reddick (255), Fort McCoy (211), Anthony (210), Weirsdale (177), The Villages (176), Salt Springs (39), Flemington (34), McIntosh (23), Sparr (20), Orange Lake (18), Candler (17), Lowell (17), East Lake (7), Morriston (6), Orange Springs (6) and Fairfield (6).

Below is a breakdown of other COVID-19 activity in the local area:

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 51,070 – increase of 266
  • Deaths: 1,125
  • Hospitalizations: 3,068

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 6,777 – increase of 27
  • Deaths: 169
  • Hospitalizations: 435
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (3,101), Wildwood (816), Coleman (812), Bushnell (748) and Oxford (390).

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 20,797 – increase of 133
  • Deaths: 387
  • Hospitalizations: 1,112
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (5,508), Leesburg (3,296), Eustis (1,860), Mount Dora (1,612) and Tavares (1,523).

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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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