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Marion County commissioners declare local state of emergency

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners has declared a state of local emergency in anticipation of the potential for severe weather resulting from Hurricane Ian. This declaration provides the framework for coordination between agencies, as outlined in the county’s comprehensive emergency management plan.

Marion County commissioners adopt $1.2 billion budget for 2022-2023

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners has adopted a $1.2 billion budget for next fiscal year, which runs from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023. That figure includes the countywide budget of $854.3 million and another $349.8 million for non-countywide entities.

More than $770,000 raised by over 2,500 donors during 33-hour Give4Marion event

More than 2,500 individuals donated over $770,000 to local nonprofit organizations during this year’s extended 33-hour Give4Marion fundraising event.

Ocala preparing to host tire amnesty day for residents

The City of Ocala will be providing free tire disposal for residents on Saturday, October 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

MCFR Deputy Chief receives 2022 Marilyn Cook EMS Pioneer Award

Marion County Fire Rescue has proudly announced that this year's recipient of the Marilyn Cook EMS Pioneer Award is Deputy Chief Rodney Mascho.

Third annual Give4Marion begins on September 20

The Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County will kick off its Give4Marion event on Tuesday, September 20, and 87 nonprofit organizations across Ocala, Marion County, and surrounding communities will be taking part in the 33-hour fundraising campaign.

Ocala Electric Utility to host Customer Appreciation Day on October 7

Ocala Electric Utility will host a Customer Appreciation Day event on Friday, October 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Citizens’ Circle. The free event will include food from Mojo Grill and Catering Company, entertainment, giveaways, and more.

Ocala Fire Rescue hiring firefighter/EMTs and firefighter/paramedics

Ocala Fire Rescue is looking for Florida certified firefighter/EMTs and firefighter/paramedics to join its team. In addition to job opportunities with Ocala Fire Rescue, the City of Ocala currently has a variety of positions available across multiple departments including 911 dispatchers, fleet vehicle technicians, sworn police officers, tree trimmers, and more.

Marion County Veterans Services hosting POW/MIA ceremony on September 16

Marion County Veterans Services is hosting a ceremony this week to honor those who were held captive and returned, as well as those who remain missing. According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, approximately 81,600 Americans are missing - from the battlefields of World War II to recent conflicts.

Ocala Recreation and Parks Department’s community town hall meeting moved to October 20

The public is invited to a community town hall meeting that will be hosted by the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department on Thursday, October 20 at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center. Those in attendance will learn more about the recreation, parks, and cultural arts divisions within the department.

City of Ocala hosting four public meetings on proposed redistricting maps

The City of Ocala has announced that four public meetings will be held in Council Chambers to discuss the proposed redistricting maps, and city staff will be in attendance to answer questions.

Ocala/Marion County Veterans Memorial Park hosting 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony

The Ocala/Marion County Veterans Memorial Park will host a ceremony to commemorate the lives of those lost during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Marion County commissioners approve master plan for Ocala/Marion County Veterans Memorial Park

During their regular meeting that was held earlier this week, Marion County commissioners approved the master plan for the Ocala/Marion County Veterans Memorial Park. The master plan includes improvements to the parking area, new monuments, and cosmetic upgrades.

FCC to conduct emergency notification test in Marion County on September 13

The Federal Communications Commission, in partnership with local governmental entities, will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system next week. In Marion County, this is expected to take place at approximately 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13.

City of Ocala to host community event for building industry professionals

The City of Ocala’s Growth Management Department will host a roundtable event later this month for local contractors, engineers, architects, and other building industry professionals.

Ocala City Council president to host community meeting at Lillian F. Bryant Community Center

Ocala City Council president Ire Bethea, Sr. will host a District 2 community meeting next week at the Lillian F. Bryant Community Center to discuss several topics, including updates on the Mary Sue Rich Community Center.

City of Ocala hosting waste amnesty day for electronics, hazardous waste items on September 10

The City of Ocala, in partnership with Green For Life, is hosting a waste amnesty day for electronics and hazardous waste items on Saturday, September 10. Previous collection days have resulted in approximately 30,000 pounds of materials remaining out of landfills and city water systems.

Marion County commissioners recognize September as National Recovery Month

During the regular meeting that was held on Wednesday, September 7, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners recognized September as National Recovery Month to help increase public awareness surrounding mental health and addiction recovery.

Marion County commissioners choose name for new library inside Mary Sue Rich Community Center

Marion County commissioners have chosen the name for the new library branch that will be located inside the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place.

Naming committee to present recommended names for Mary Sue Rich Community Center’s new library

A short list of recommended names for the new library branch in the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place will be presented to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners this week.

MCSO seeks approval of over $100,000 in grant funding for local law enforcement agencies, projects

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is seeking approval of over $100,000 in grant funding for several law enforcement agencies and criminal justice projects in Marion County.

Ocala contractor looking for $3.6 million contract with Marion County for resurfacing of CR 314A

Marion County may soon enter into a six-month, $3.6 million contract with an Ocala-based company to resurface County Road 314A, from E State Road 40 to NE Highway 314.

Ocala/Marion County tourism marketing video wins “Best of Show” at 2022 Flagler Awards

The Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau (OMCVCB) was awarded the prestigious “Best of Show” at the 2022 Flagler Awards, which took place earlier this week at the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

Over 100,000 pounds of litter collected in Marion County during July 2022

During the month of July, over 100,000 pounds of litter were collected across Marion County by community service workers, county staff and contract employees, and inmates.