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Two Illinois teens, one child arrested for threatening high schools in Marion County

Two teenagers and one child from Illinois have been arrested after they allegedly sent threatening messages to students at several high schools in Marion County last month.

Ocala launches program to take college-bound students on tour of Florida’s campuses

The Ocala Recreation and Parks Department is launching a new program this spring that will allow college-bound students, ages 14 to 18, to tour multiple colleges and universities in Florida.

Students escape injury after teen driver rear-ends school bus in Williston

A school bus carrying 22 students from Williston was involved in a crash on Thursday morning in Levy County.

Ocala elementary school to go year-round

An elementary school in Ocala will soon be moving to a year-round calendar.

College of Central Florida receiving $4.9 million for Advanced Manufacturing facility

The College of Central Florida will soon receive nearly $5 million to establish a Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

Big Springs Regional STEM Fair returns to Ocala this week

Hundreds of middle and high school students from Marion and Sumter Counties will compete head-to-head this week during the annual Big Springs Regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Fair.

Howard Middle School student arrested for threatening school shooting, Ocala police say  

A 14-year-old student has been arrested by Ocala police for allegedly making a threat on Snapchat to conduct a shooting at Howard Middle School.

Marion County Spelling Bee crowns two winners

The 22nd annual installment of Marion County’s Spelling Bee was held on Tuesday evening, and two students earned the title of top speller.

Get a glimpse of academic life during College of Central Florida’s annual preview event

The College of Central Florida is inviting prospective students of all ages to attend the annual preview events that will take place across its three campuses in early March.

City’s water conservation poster contest open to students in Marion County

The City of Ocala Water Resources Department is inviting students in Marion County, from kindergarten to 12th grade, to participate in the “Drop Savers” poster contest.

Marion school district launches ‘Literacy in the Community’ campaign

Marion County Public Schools has kicked off its “Launching Literacy in the Community” campaign to support strong literacy skills and reignite a love for reading.

Student arrested for threatening Marion County schools, teachers on Snapchat

An Ocala high school student was arrested on Friday afternoon after he was accused of posting threatening messages on Snapchat that mentioned multiple Marion County schools and teachers.

Increased police presence at Marion County schools due to social media threat

There will be an increased law enforcement presence at numerous schools throughout Marion County on Friday due to a social media threat that mentioned specific teachers.

Marion County school officials investigating district-wide threat posted on social media

Marion County officials are currently investigating a district-wide threat that was made on social media to multiple schools.

Ocala man claiming ‘severe bodily injury’ from bleacher collapse in lawsuit against school board

In a lawsuit filed against the Marion County School Board, an Ocala man claims he sustained "severe bodily injury" while allegedly walking on bleachers that collapsed at Forest High School.

Marion school district invites families to take part in annual survey

Marion County Public Schools is inviting parents and families to offer their feedback on the school district's academic efforts, school communications, effectiveness, and more.

East Marion Elementary School placed on brief lockdown

School officials and local law enforcement officers briefly placed East Marion Elementary School on lockdown Thursday morning due to reports of a threat being made against the school.

School enrollment reaches record high in Marion County

A record-high number of students are learning in Marion County Public Schools.

Marion County schools closed on Jan. 9 due to severe weather

Marion County Public Schools has announced that schools will be closed on Tuesday, January 9, due to severe weather that is expected to impact the area.

Sidewalk installation near Legacy Elementary to cause temporary lane closures

Due to the installation of new sidewalks near an Ocala elementary school, motorists can expect temporary lane closures along SE 79th Street, between the intersections of SE 41st Court and Juniper Road, beginning next week.

East Marion Elementary to become 2nd Community Partnership School in Marion County

East Marion Elementary School, which is located on the edge of the Ocala National Forest, will soon become the second Community Partnership School (CPS) in Marion County.

VIDEO: Ocala student gets full scholarship to Ivy League school

An Ocala high school senior has received a full scholarship to attend one of the most prestigious colleges in the nation.

School grades released, Marion district earns a ‘B’

The Florida Department of Education released its annual school grades this week, and grades are up in Marion County for both the district and several local schools.

Longtime MCPS employee named Florida’s ‘School Communicator of the Year’

A veteran of the Marion County school district was recently named the state of Florida’s inaugural “School Communicator of the Year.”