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Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has new Executive Director

Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet have officially appointed Dave Kerner as Executive Director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Ocala releases holiday schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The City of Ocala’s business offices will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and there will be no residential collection for sanitation, yard waste, or recycling routes.

Mary Sue Rich Community Center to host grand opening celebration

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department is inviting the public to attend the grand opening celebration of the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place on Saturday, January 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Construction begins on blacksmith shop at Fort King National Historic Landmark

Construction is officially underway on the Fort King National Historic Landmark's blacksmith shop.

FMEA recognizes Ocala Electric Utility with Restoring Communities Award

The Florida Municipal Electric Association recently recognized Ocala Electric Utility, along with 24 additional public power utilities in the state, with the Restoring Communities Award.

Ocala seeks applications from teens, young adults for Developing Recreation Professionals program

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department is seeking applications from young people between the ages of 15 and 21 who would like to participate in the Developing Recreation Professionals’ Aquatics Program.

Ocala Police Department to sponsor residents seeking law enforcement career

The Ocala Police Department is looking to sponsor Marion County residents who want to kick off the new year with a career in law enforcement.

Ocala’s holiday schedule to impact residential garbage pickup next week

City of Ocala business offices will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2023, in observance of New Year’s Day, and residential sanitation and Waste Pro recycling routes will experience a one-day delay.

Mary Sue Rich Community Center ribbon cutting ceremony set for January 10

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, January 10, from 11 a.m. to noon, to celebrate the opening of the brand-new Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place in Ocala.

Marion County offers disposal tips for holiday waste

As residents prepare to celebrate the Christmas holiday this weekend, Marion County is providing tips for proper disposal of holiday-related waste.

DeSantis announces special election dates to replace Ocala Rep. Harding

Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that a special election will be held in March and May to fill the Florida House seat that was vacated by indicted former State Rep. Joseph Harding.

Florida Highway Patrol mourning loss of retired colonel

The Florida Highway Patrol is mourning the loss of a retired colonel who passed away after serving the state's residents and visitors for over 30 years.

Marion County Fire Rescue receives over $850,000 in grant funding for new power load stretchers

Marion County Fire Rescue recently received $858,000 in grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the purchase of new stretchers.

Region’s pre-holiday unemployment rate holds steady at 3.4%

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region continued to hold steady at 3.4% in November, which is unchanged over the last two months and 0.4 percentage points lower than the region’s rate from a year ago. “The reality is, today we have more people employed in our region than we did before Covid hit,” said Rusty Skinner, CareerSource CLM’s chief executive officer.

Ocala releases holiday schedule for Christmas, New Year’s Day

The City of Ocala has announced that its business offices will be closed on Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 in observance of Christmas. Additionally, city offices will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2023, in observance of New Year’s Day.

Marion County employees help local children through Angel Tree program

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners recently brought back the Salvation Army Angel Tree program on the McPherson Government Campus, and Marion County employees adopted an “Angel” to provide Christmas gifts to local children.

Ocala Rep. Harding resigns amidst fraud, laundering charges; says he ‘repaid every penny’ of COVID-19 loan

State Rep. Joseph Harding resigned from his seat in the Florida House of Representatives on Thursday, a day after he was indicted by a federal grand jury on allegations of wire fraud, money laundering, and making false statements.

State Representative for Ocala, Marion County accused of stealing $150,000 in COVID-19 funds

The Florida state representative from Ocala and Marion County who introduced the controversial Parental Rights and Education bill has been indicted by a federal grand jury on allegations of wire fraud, money laundering, and making false statements.

Marion County Fire Rescue’s Task Force 8 receives over $900,000 in grant funding

Marion County Fire Rescue’s Urban Search and Rescue team, Task Force 8, has received over $904,000 in grant funding from the State of Florida’s Freedom First Budget, which was signed by Governor Ron DeSantis in May of 2022. 

‘Bring the Harvest Home’ food drive collects over 20,000 pounds of donated items

Marion County’s 11th annual “Bring the Harvest Home” holiday food drive was deemed a huge success on Friday.

Ocala Christmas Parade returns next weekend, road closures and detours announced

The Ocala Christmas Parade will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, and the City of Ocala has provided a list of the road closures and detours that will be effective on the day of the festive event.

‘Bring the Harvest Home’ culminates this Friday on Ocala Downtown Square

For the past several weeks, public agencies, businesses, and residents throughout Marion County have partnered to collect donations for local families in need, and those efforts will culminate on Friday, December 2 with a holiday food drive on the Ocala Downtown Square.  

Ocala providing free parking in downtown area through January 2

To help celebrate the holidays and support local businesses, the City of Ocala is providing free parking in all metered spaces in downtown Ocala beginning today, December 1, 2022, through Monday, January 2, 2023.

Marion County Fire Rescue hiring support personnel

Marion County Fire Rescue is currently looking to hire support personnel to fill positions within the organization's Administration and Logistics divisions.