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Tuesday, June 15, 2021



City to appoint attorney in lawsuit filed by Ocala homeless men, women

The city of Ocala is looking to choose legal representation for a lawsuit filed by homeless men and women who say its panhandling laws are unconstitutional.

Group seeking rezoning for new proposed 891-home development

A development group is looking for rezoning approval for a new community it hopes to construct in Marion County.

Marion School Board Chair hopes to work with county to tackle litter issues

The Marion School Board Chair is hoping to work together with the government to tackle litter issues across Marion County.

Marion County School Board one of few nationally that kept all schools operational during pandemic

Marion County School Board officials praised the county’s efforts to keep all schools open during the 2020-2021 school year.

Free meals for kids, teens through summer at Marion County Public Libraries

Marion County Public Libraries will offer free meals to kids and teens through a popular summer program.

United Way offering ‘Strong Families’ financial stability program to residents

The United Way of Marion County is offering the chance for Marion County families in need to gain financial stability through a new initiative. 

Marion County Fire Rescue looking to hire new firefighters, EMTs

Marion County Fire Rescue is looking to hire new firefighters and EMTs.

Ocala Fire Rescue welcomes new captain to replace retiring 30-year FEO

The Ocala Fire rescue promoted Ashley Andrews to captain on June 2 after a fire operator with the department for 30 years retired. 

City hopes new owner will restore ‘run down’ property near Eighth Street Elementary

Staff with the city of Ocala is hopeful that a new owner will fix an old, run down property in disrepair in the Historic District.

Ambleside hoping to retain ‘Historic landmark’ designation after move from area

Ambleside School of Ocala is looking to retain its designation as a local historic landmark from the city of Ocala.

Tourism study shows most visit Ocala for horse events, family

A new visitor tracking report by a Tallahassee-based research company shows the majority of visitors come to Ocala for horse events or to visit family.

Marion County Schools to continue free meals for students over summer

Marion County Public Schools will continue their Summer Food Service Program this summer that provides children in the community with free meals.

Marion County Fire Rescue extends voluntary burn ban

The countywide voluntary burn ban in Marion County has been extended, due to the lack of rain and high wildfire danger. The voluntary ban affects all of Marion County.

Ocala woman arrested on meth trafficking charges

An Ocala woman was charged with drug trafficking after being found with 14 grams of meth during a traffic stop.

Commissioner: Visit the Vietnam Memorial at Ocala/Marion County Veterans Memorial Park

A Marion County Commissioner is encouraging all residents to visit the Vietnam Memorial at the Ocala/Marion County Veterans Park.

Ocala tourism total spending down $18 million from 2019

Although new businesses and restaurants have been opening all throughout Ocala, a new report shows tourism visits and dollars are not as high as they were in 2019.

Marion County seeking updates to interlocal animal service agreements

Marion County is hoping to update interlocal animal service agreements across the county that have been in place for decades.

Marion County Animal Services asking adopters to share stories, photos

Marion County Animal Services is putting out the call to residents who have adopted animals from the county for a chance to win a new Petco grant.

Marion County approves resolution opposing corporate break-up of Duke Energy

Marion County Commissioners approved a resolution asking Florida and Governor Ron DeSantis to oppose a corporate break-up of Duke Energy. 

Ocala approves $1 million from ‘Penny Sales Tax’ for OPD Communications Center

The City of Ocala approved a $1 million expansion of the Ocala Police Department Communications Center using funds from the Penny Sales Tax. 

Beth McCall resigns from Marion County School Board following move outside district

Marion County School Board member Beth McCall has resigned from her position.

Commissioner: 150,000 pounds of litter collected in Marion County is ‘disgusting’

A Marion County Commissioner is disgusted with the amount of litter being collected across the county.

Marion organizations remind parents of consequences of online threats

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Marion County Children’s Alliance are reminding parents and children of the consequences that accompany online threats and bullying.

College of Central Florida preparing to welcome students on Application Day

The College of Central Florida is preparing to welcome potential students to the Ocala Campus for CF Application Day.