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White Pelican At Tuscawilla Park

Check out this white pelican spotted at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala. Thanks to C Kay Johnson for sharing!

White Pelican Taken At Tuscawilla Park
White Pelican At Tuscawilla Park

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Government

Top Marion County health official praises COVID-19 vaccination effort

The top health department official in Marion County said Tuesday that more than 42,000 residents have been vaccinated for COVID-19 – a number he is quite proud of.

Ocala Electric Utility warns customers about bill payment scam

Ocala Electric Utility is warning its customers about a bill payment scam that starts with a telephone call.

Marion County to host event to help customers reinstate driver’s licenses

The Marion County Clerk of Court and Comptroller’s Office will host its annual Operation Green Light event March 1–5.

Headlines

92-year-old Salt Springs man arrested after grabbing woman out of frustration

A 92-year-old Salt Springs man spent a night in jail after admitting to putting his hands on a woman during a spat because he feels when he talks to her, it’s like taking to a “14-year-old child.”

Bat-wielding Ocala woman jailed after Valentine’s Day spat

An Ocala woman spent Valentine’s Day night behind bars after she reportedly accused her man of cheating on her, damaged his truck with a baseball bat and then tried to hit him with it.

77-year-old Anthony man charged with indecent exposure

A 77-year-old Anthony man was charged Monday with indecent exposure after neighbors reported seeing him masturbating multiple times in public view and provided a video of him doing it.

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Business

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.

Health

8 more local COVID-19 deaths as cases rise and vaccinations among Floridians near 2.5 million

On the day when the number of new COVID-19 cases continued to climb and Florida neared 2.5 million vaccinations among Sunshine State residents, eight more local deaths were connected to the fast-spreading virus.

Popular Ocala eatery shut down over roach and food temperature issues

An Ocala restaurant was temporarily closed last week after a health inspector found 18 violations – the most egregious of which involved insects, roaches and issues with food temperatures.

Local COVID-19 death toll rising rapidly as new cases of virus ramp back up

The local COVID-19 death toll continued to rise rapidly Tuesday as new cases of the virus showed a marked increase across Florida.

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