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Restrooms at three Ocala parks closing for repairs

The restrooms at three Ocala parks will be closed beginning next week as crews work to repair and replace flooring in the facilities. 

Burglary suspect nabbed by Belleview police

A 19-year-old Belleview man who was caught on video robbing a local store is behind bars after admitting to the burglary.

City spending $70,000 for parking signs at downtown garage

Ocala officials have approved a $70,000 agreement to fabricate and install signs at the downtown parking garage to help motorists and pedestrians. 

New townhomes in downtown Ocala part of growing residential offering

A set of luxury townhomes is one of the newest additions to the ever-changing residential offering in downtown Ocala.

Belleview man accused of receiving child porn of 12-year-old from another state

A 32-year-old Belleview man was recently indicted for allegedly receiving multiple videos depicting sexual acts involving a 12-year-old child from another state.

Marion Schools offering special kindergarten intro for new students

Marion County parents who pre-register their children to attend kindergarten will have access to a special "kickstart" program that introduces new students to the school setting before the school year begins in August.

Earthfest returns to Tuscawilla Park this weekend

The city of Ocala will celebrate Arbor Day with multiple family-friendly activities, including rock wall climbing, butterfly feeding, and a Youth Fishing Derby that gives children the chance to catch and release fish at Lake Tuscawilla.

Widen and expand SR 200 to make it safer

An Ocala resident says State Road 200 should be expanded to "make it safer" for travelers. What are your thoughts?

Teen allegedly flaunting stolen firearm outside Jervey Gantt Park

A 19-year-old Ocala man was arrested outside a local park after we was allegedly caught flaunting a stolen, loaded firearm to a female. 

New drive-thru coffee chain expanding into Ocala

A Georgia-based drive-thru coffee chain that is currently expanding its operations in the state of Florida has announced plans to open a new location in Ocala.

Bat-wielding man attacks neighbor over dog dispute, deputies say

A 40-year-old Fort McCoy man is facing an aggravated battery charge after he allegedly attacked one of his female neighbors with a baseball bat during an argument over her dogs.

Mayor of Ocala hosting free workouts for community

Ocala Mayor Ben Marciano will host a new, free workout program to encourage the public to get together and exercise.

Guided hiking tour of Indian Lake State Forest this week

Hikers are invited to join the Marion County Parks & Recreation's guided tour of Indian Lake State Forest later this week.

Kid Rock: ‘What the f***is going on in Ocala’ as ticket sales boom

Kid Rock expects close to 35,000 people at his upcoming concert in Ocala, saying tens of thousands of tickets have already been sold. 

What is that noise? Residents hearing bomb testing at Ocala National Forest

As bomb testing continues in the Ocala National Forest, residents have reportedly heard sounds throughout the city that never cease to startle them. 

Ocala council abruptly ends public comments after residents wait over hour to speak

The Ocala City Council abruptly ended the public comments portion of its meeting on Tuesday night, telling multiple speakers who had signed up to speak about the conflict in the Gaza Strip that their comments were redundant and unnecessary.

New artisan market replacing old Sears at Paddock Mall

The developer of a new artisan market that will replace the old Sears at the Paddock Mall is hoping to fill the space with food trucks, restaurants, local artists, and other vendors in anticipation of a fall opening.

Marion County voter summit returning this week

The Marion County Voter Summit will return to a local community building this week.

Ocala sanitation worker struck, killed by garbage truck

A sanitation worker from Ocala died on Tuesday morning after he was struck by a garbage truck in a local subdivision.

Background-friendly job fair at Marion County church

A local church is hosting a second chance, background-friendly job fair for those who have faced barriers to employment in the past.

Catrina opens new Mexican restaurant in Ocala plaza

A new Mexican restaurant that has been in the works for several months within an Ocala shopping plaza is now open for business. 

Temporary trail closure at Ocala Wetland Recharge Park

City officials announced a temporary trail closure at the Ocala Wetland Recharge Park due to ongoing construction and repairs. 

Ocala may pay son $75,000 for selling the burial plots he bought next to his parents

An Ocala resident who purchased four burial plots in 1971 will likely receive a $75,050 settlement after it was discovered the city sold two of the plots to "unidentified individuals" who are now buried next to his parents.

Marion firefighter’s son into final six of MasterChef Junior

A Marion firefighter's son earned top honors during MasterChef Junior this week, advancing one step closer to the finals and a chance to win $100,000.