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Marion County commissioners approve 137-acre land donation for Animal Services

During the Marion County Board of County Commissioners meeting that was held on Tuesday, the commissioners approved a 137-acre land donation that will exclusively benefit Marion County Animal Services.

Ocala to host special waste amnesty day on April 22

The City of Ocala, in partnership with Green For Life, will conduct a special waste amnesty day on Saturday, April 22. 

Former state Rep. Joe Harding pleads guilty to COVID-19 relief fraud charges

Joseph Harding, the former state representative from Ocala and Marion County who introduced the controversial Parental Rights and Education bill, pleaded guilty this week to fraudulently obtaining $150,000 in COVID-19 relief funds.

Marion County Day festival returns to Ocala on March 25

Marion County is inviting residents and visitors to this weekend's annual community festival that will celebrate the county’s 179-year history.

Marion County Community Services accepting applications for grant funding through March 27

Marion County Community Services is accepting applications for grant funding through Monday, March 27 for projects that are consistent with county-identified goals such as affordable housing, community development, and reducing homelessness.

Volunteers needed for Chestnut Cemetery cleanup on March 18

The City of Ocala Public Works Department will host a Chestnut Cemetery volunteer cleanup day on Saturday, March 18, from 8 a.m. to noon.   

Ocala Electric Utility receives FMEA Safety Award

Ocala Electric Utility was among 13 Florida public power utilities to receive a Florida Municipal Electric Association Safety Award, which recognizes utilities’ commitment to safety.

Ocala to host Tire Amnesty Day this weekend

The City of Ocala will be providing free tire disposal for residents on Saturday, March 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mayor’s Spring Cleanup event set for April 22 in Ocala

The City of Ocala will host the annual Mayor’s Spring Cleanup event on Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at multiple locations throughout the city. 

Ocala’s annual Parade of Senior Services Information Fair returns next week

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the 40th annual Parade of Senior Services Information Fair on Friday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Conference Center.

Marion County Public Library System announces extended hours at several branches

The Marion County Public Library System announced this week that it will be expanding its evening hours of service until 7 p.m. on Monday through Thursday at several branch locations, effective on March 11.

Marion County Clerk’s Office wins 37th consecutive award for excellence in financial reporting

The Marion County Clerk of Court and Comptroller’s Office was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 37th consecutive year.

Ocala to host two public meetings on proposed golf cart map expansion

The City of Ocala will host two public meetings later this month to discuss the proposed expansion of the downtown golf cart map.

Polls open until 7 p.m. in Marion County for House District 24 special primary election

Polls are open in Marion County for today's special primary election as five Republican candidates look to fill the Florida House seat that was vacated by indicted former State Rep. Joseph Harding.

Ocala preparing to reopen splash pads

The City of Ocala is preparing to reopen its popular splash pads this month.

Applications for Ocala Future Leaders Academy being accepted through March 31

Local youth between the ages of 16 and 19 have until the end of the month to submit an application for the Ocala Future Leaders Academy.

Ocala Recreation and Parks Department hiring seasonal lifeguards

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department is looking for residents who are interested in becoming a seasonal lifeguard.

Renaissance Apartments granted rezoning request for 64-unit complex in Ocala

Renaissance Apartments gained rezoning approval from the Marion County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday for the construction of a 64-unit apartment complex in Ocala.

Buc-ee’s coming to Ocala after Marion County commissioners approve zoning request

A new Buc-ee’s travel center is coming to Ocala. On Tuesday, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning request from Buc-ee’s Ocala, LLC to build an 80,000 square-foot travel center on a 32.83-acre portion of Baldwin Angus Ranch.

Marion County to host event in March to help residents reinstate driver’s licenses

The Marion County Clerk of Court and Comptroller’s Office will host its annual Operation Green Light event on Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mobile home donated to Belleview Sportsplex for onsite security

The Friends of Marion County Parks and Recreation Foundation, Inc. recently donated a mobile home to provide onsite security at the Belleview Sportsplex, which is located at 6501 SE 107th Street in Belleview.

Marion County Animal Services to host ‘Rescues & Rescuers’ calendar event on Saturday

Marion County residents will have an opportunity this weekend to meet the local first responders and dogs that are highlighted in Marion County Animal Services’ inaugural calendar.

Ocala announces temporary closure of Growth Management Department, Permit Center

The City of Ocala has announced that its Growth Management Department, including the Permit Center, will experience a temporary closure beginning at noon on Thursday.

Ocala announces paid Water Resources and Engineering internship program for summer 2023

The City of Ocala's paid internship program will return this summer to provide local high school students with hands-on experience as they learn about the city's water, sewer, and engineering services.