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Smoke detectors credited with saving five people inside burning Ocala home

Efforts by Marion County firefighters to battle a structure fire Saturday morning were hampered when live power lines fell across fire hoses and rendered them inoperable.

Injured driver rescued from overturned vehicle in Ocala crash

Marion County Fire Rescue units scrambled to a rollover crash on Friday afternoon that left a driver pinned in his vehicle.

Teen raises ruckus at Belleview Middle School

A school resource officer from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office had to restrain a 15-year-old student at Belleview Middle School who went berserk after learning he might be suspended for allegedly threatening another student.
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City council honors North Marion High School student recognized as Disney Dreamer

The Ocala City Council gave special recognition to a North Marion High School student who was honored recently by Disney during their general meeting on Tuesday.
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City to rename NE 28th St to honor late basketball coach behind ‘Kingdom of...

The city of Ocala will soon look to rename a portion of NE 28th Street in honor of a late basketball coach that left...
Wawa at 4025 SW College Rd in Ocala

Fourth Wawa opens its doors in Ocala and offers free coffee for 10 days

The fourth Wawa is officially open for business in Ocala, just one month after the other three locations opened their doors.

Beard-grabbing Fort McCoy woman jailed after spat over rent money

A Fort McCoy woman was arrested earlier this week for allegedly grabbing her roommate by the beard and striking him repeatedly in the face during an argument over rent money.

Chefs of Napoli founder bonds out on sex trafficking charges as retired postal worker...

The founder of a popular Ocala Italian restaurant who was charged with human trafficking last week is out of jail, while a local retired postal inspector arrested on the same charges remains behind bars.
City considers citywide fireworks ban

Resident’s request for citywide fireworks ban prompts City Council discussion

A resident's request for a citywide fireworks ban prompted a discussion among Ocala City Council members about the Florida Legislature's role in city affairs during a recent meeting. 

Marion sheriff seeks help in nabbing gas station wallet bandit

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in identifying a man caught on surveillance video stealing a wallet at an Ocala gas station recently.

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