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Friday, January 28, 2022



Friday Foodie Fest bringing numerous food trucks to Lake Lillian Park

A variety of food trucks are heading to Lake Lillian Park this week for Friday Foodie Fest.  

Marion County soliciting quotes for architecture, engineering firm to provide library expansion designs

Marion County is seeking an architecture and engineering firm to provide designs for the remodel of Freedom Public Library and a 24,000 square foot expansion.

City of Ocala soliciting quotes for contractor to provide ground maintenance services at local fire stations

The City of Ocala is soliciting quotes for a licensed contractor to provide grounds maintenance services at multiple local fire stations throughout the city.

Lehigh Acres woman steals over $1,000 worth of items from Dollar General in Ocala

A Lehigh Acres woman was arrested after stealing over $1,000 worth of items from the Dollar General located at 11295 W Highway 40 in Ocala.

Ocala resident wins $2 million top prize on scratch-off ticket

An Ocala resident recently won a $2 million top prize after purchasing the winning scratch-off ticket from a local convenience store.

Early Learning Coalition opening new learning trail in Ocala

The Early Learning Coalition is opening a new Born Learning Trail in Ocala, and it will include 10 signs that contain activities designed to promote interaction between parents and children.

Artist Cosby Hayes begins work on E.D. Croskey Center mural

After collecting input from the community, artist Cosby Hayes has begun work on the mural that will be located on the west and south-facing walls of E.D. Croskey Recreation Center.

Chief Greg Graham Legacy Walk returning to Zone Health and Fitness in Ocala

The Chief Greg Graham Legacy Walk returns to Zone Health and Fitness in Ocala this month, and proceeds from the event will benefit the Amnesty Program at Beacon Point, the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County, and the Chief Greg Graham Legacy Foundation.

Young professionals social networking event coming to downtown Ocala this week

A social networking event for local young professionals (ages 21 to 45) is being held at The Keep Downtown in Ocala this week.

Food Truck Fridays coming to Forest Community Center

Local food trucks will be heading to Forest Community Center in Ocklawaha for a 'Food Truck Friday' event next month.

Contractor looking for $1.5 million contract with Marion County for resurfacing of streets in Silver Springs Shores

Marion County commissioners will vote on whether or not to approve a new five-month, $1.5 million contract with an Ocala-based company for road resurfacing in Silver Springs Shores.

Ocala man enters closed Dollar General store, steals multiple items

An Ocala man was arrested after entering a closed Dollar General store and attempting to steal deodorant and dog treats.

Vanguard High School senior wins ‘Shark Tank’ style competition

Vanguard High School senior Emilio Armas won a local 'Shark Tank' style competition with his startup company Mylomusic Designs. His company invents and manufactures audio mixing hardware used in the music and entertainment industries.

Grease fire extinguished at Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

A small grease fire ignited in the back of Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar on Wednesday morning, and the sprinkler system kept the flames from spreading.

E.D. Croskey Center temporarily closing for maintenance

The E.D. Croskey Recreation Center (1510 NW 4th Street) will be temporarily closed for a week beginning on Monday, December 27.

MCSO deputies asking for public’s help identifying pressure washer thief

MCSO deputies are turning to the public to help identify a man who stole a pressure washer from El Mezcal Mexican Restaurant (8449 SW State Road 200 in Ocala) on Thanksgiving day.

Graffiti Seafood reopens shuttered Mediterranean restaurant in Ocala

Graffiti Seafood has reopened the doors on a former Mediterranean restaurant in Ocala that was shuttered earlier this year.

Blue Highway Pizzeria in Ocala temporarily closed after failed health inspection

Blue Highway Pizzeria in Ocala was temporarily closed after an inspector found three high priority health code violations, including the presence of flies and over 150 live roaches.

MCSO deputies asking for public’s help identifying credit card thief

MCSO deputies are turning to the public to help identify a man that is suspected of stealing a credit card and spending over $2,000 at a local Walmart and Best Buy.

New library branch coming to Mary Sue Rich Community Center next summer

A new Marion County Public Library branch is coming to northwest Ocala next summer and county officials are looking to move forward with choosing a name for the branch.

Marion County animal shelter overcrowded, adoption fees being waived

Marion County Animal Service is waiving adoption fees for the rest of the year in hopes of finding forever homes for its many sheltered pets.

The Brick inviting local artists, makers to submit original works

Marion Cultural Alliance is looking for local artwork and handmade goods to add to its spring selection at The Shop at the Brick in Ocala.

Colorful murals decorate Belleview’s upcoming community center

The exterior of Belleview's upcoming community center is getting an artistic touch with several creative murals.

MCSO asking for public’s help identifying Walgreens theft suspect

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who stole over $3,000 in medication from a southwest Ocala Walgreens.