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Local library hosting family fun day, free lunch

A library in east Marion County will host a free, family fun day with lunch this week.

Mobile home park in Marion County tells residents to vacate property for new development

The owners of a mobile home park in south Marion County say they have sold the property to be redeveloped, telling residents they need to vacate the premises this week.

FHP hoping to repeat as Best Looking Cruiser champion in nationwide contest

The Florida Highway Patrol has entered the American Association of State Troopers' "Best Looking Cruiser" competition this year following a dominant performance last year en route to a record-setting 180,000 votes.

‘Heart the size of Texas’: Local philanthropist awarded Citizen of the Month

An Ocala resident who has devoted years of his life to helping improve literacy rates among children and adults in Marion County and beyond was recognized for his efforts with the Mayor's Citizen of the Month award.

Marion County life expectancy ranks 49 out of 67 counties in Florida

The life expectancy for residents of Marion County is over four years shorter than the state average, ranking it 49th out of 67 counties in Florida.

5-acre farm sells for $1.3 million, more than doubling 2017 sales price

A nearly 5-acre farm with over 300 trees in south Ocala just sold for over $1.3 million, more than 200% higher than the home's 2017 sales price.

Smoke shop burglary suspect wanted by Ocala police

Ocala police are searching for a man who allegedly burglarized a local smoke shop last month and stole nearly $500 worth of merchandize in the process.

Doctor integral to creating YMCA, Boys and Girls Club in Ocala awarded Key to the City

A doctor who says he settled in Ocala decades ago because he wanted to "make a difference" in the community has just been awarded a Key to the City for his impact in helping establish the first YMCA and Boys and Girls Club in Marion County.

City votes to ‘fight’ decision in prayer vigil lawsuit with hopes of possibly reaching Supreme Court again

The Ocala City Council voted unanimously to appeal a judge's decision that a 2014 prayer vigil was an "unconstitutional government endorsement of religion," with the city's legal representation advising that it might take another 12 to 24 months and tens of thousands of dollars to win the case.

MCSO: Man stole $3K from elderly woman he befriended at Walmart

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man accused of stealing over $3,000 from an elderly woman he befriended at a Walmart in Ocala.

$9K reward offered for info on Ocala shooting that left one woman dead

A 31-year-old woman was shot and killed in Ocala last month, and detectives are hoping that an increased cash reward of nearly $10,000 will encourage anyone with information on this shooting to come forward.

Ocala Skate Park gets new art panels

Over a dozen new art panels that were created by local artists during this year's Levitt AMP concert series are now on display at the Ocala Skate Park.

Man accused of stealing table from Ocala park says he thought it was ‘broken,’ abandoned

A 36-year-old man accused of stealing a table from an Ocala park says he thought the item was broken and had been abandoned.

Have you tried this brunch restaurant in Ocala?

A restaurant in southeast Ocala has been serving up classic breakfast, lunch, and brunch favorites since it opened earlier this year.

VIDEO: Man burglarizes vehicle in Ocala neighborhood

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the public to identify a man accused of burglarizing a vehicle in an Ocala neighborhood.

Company managing SunTran seeking $1.2 million contract increase for paratransit services

A transportation management company that entered into a $6.47 million contract to manage Ocala's SunTran bus service is asking the city for more money for the second time since entering the contract in 2021, bringing the total cost to just under $8.4 million.

Stretch of roadway south of downtown Ocala closed today for electrical work

A small stretch of roadway just south of downtown Ocala will be closed through the afternoon on Tuesday for electrical work.

Ocala City Council voting on millage rate for next year’s property tax calculations

As city council members consider new millage rates for the upcoming fiscal year, estimates show that the city will generate at least $46 million in property tax revenue from approximately $7.8 billion worth of "taxable value" in properties across Ocala.

Trooper-involved shooting on I-75 in Marion County under investigation

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was involved in a shooting incident on Interstate 75 in Marion County on Sunday evening.

I-75 on-ramp at SR 200 closing tonight for resurfacing

The southbound on-ramp from State Road 200 to Interstate 75 will be temporarily closed from 8 p.m. this evening through 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday as crews make improvements to the busiest interchange in Ocala.

City to consider $300,000 purchase of A/V equipment for Ocala Police Department vehicles

City officials will consider purchasing $300,000 worth of emergency audio/visual warning devices to standardize Ocala Police Department patrol vehicles.

Shannon Roth Collection closes downtown Ocala shop after 30 years in business

Shannon Roth Collection has permanently closed its business in downtown Ocala after over a decade in the space and over 30 years in business in the city.

Closures on SR 464/Maricamp Rd as crews continue pedestrian, motorist improvements

Shoulder closures will be in effect this week along a stretch of State Road 464/Maricamp Road as construction crews continue working to improve roadway conditions and make safety enhancements for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Teachers wanted: Marion school district hosting final hiring fair before school year begins

Marion County Public Schools will hold its final hiring fair for the new school year this week.