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Wednesday, December 6, 2023



Cut down your own Christmas tree at Ocala National Forest

The Ocala National Forest is currently offering seasonal permits that allow visitors to cut down their own Christmas trees.

‘Cookies with Santa’ event at downtown Ocala cafe

A local team of real estate agents is hosting their first annual "Cookies with Santa" event at a cafe in downtown Ocala this weekend.

Man arrested for knife attack at Ocala truck stop

A 37-year-old man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly attacking another man with a knife at a truck stop in Ocala.

Semi-truck crashes, spills antifreeze on I-75 in Marion County

A semi-truck carrying hazardous materials overturned on Interstate 75 in Marion County on Tuesday morning, causing delays for southbound motorists.

Marion school district seeks public input on potential new textbooks

Marion County Public Schools (MCPS) is seeking feedback from the public on new Mathematics and Social Studies textbooks that are being considered for the 2024-2025 school year.

Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks briefly placed on lockdown

School officials and local law enforcement officers briefly placed Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks on lockdown Tuesday morning due to an unspecified incident.

Teen cited for hunting illegal deer in Marion wildlife area

An 18-year-old male was cited for illegally killing a deer in an Ocala wildlife area after he originally tried to deflect blame to his 16-year-old girlfriend. 

Lego-themed Date Night at Discovery Center

The popular Date Night series at the Discovery Center in Ocala will return this Friday with an interactive evening filled with Lego fun.

Marion deputies ID victim killed near Dollar General

The Marion County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the 19-year-old man who was fatally shot near a Dollar General store in Marion Oaks on Saturday afternoon.

18-year-old pawns stolen jewelry, video game consoles to ‘make money without working’

An 18-year-old Ocala woman is facing several felony charges after she admitted to pawning jewelry and electronic items that she had stolen from her parents.

Ocala Christmas Light Spectacular now on display at Florida Horse Park

Millions of lights are now on display at the Florida Horse Park to celebrate the holiday season. 

Two hospitals in Ocala receive national accreditation for cancer care

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital recently attained national accreditation for their commitment to improving survival and quality of life for patients with cancer.

College of Central Florida launches program for firefighters

The College of Central Florida has launched a new program to help current firefighters, fire officers, and fire protection professionals advance in their career.

Man wanted by Ocala police for making fraudulent purchases at AT&T stores

Ocala police are asking for help from the community to identify a man who allegedly made fraudulent purchases at two local AT&T stores.

Detectives investigating fatal Marion Oaks shooting

Marion County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man's death after he was found with gunshot wounds in Marion Oaks on Saturday afternoon.

Over 21,000 pounds of food collected for Marion County residents in need

The 12th annual installment of Marion County’s “Bring the Harvest Home” holiday food drive culminated on Friday with thousands of pounds of food donations that will fill local food pantries.

Belleview to host ‘Light Up Lake Lillian’ event on Dec. 2

The City of Belleview's most popular holiday event is returning this weekend.

Winter Festival returns to Morriston farm

A 170-acre family-owned farm in Morriston is hosting its third annual Winter Festival on select dates through Saturday, December 23.

Man arrested for string of November burglaries in Marion County

A 34-year-old Citrus Springs man is facing numerous felony charges in connection with a string of burglaries that occurred last month in Marion County.

Citrus man pleads guilty to stealing over $364,000 from Veterans Affairs program

A 55-year-old Citrus County man is facing up to a decade in prison and a forfeiture of over $364,000 after pleading guilty to receiving stolen benefit payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

This weekend’s Festival at Fort King to include cannon firing

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department is hosting an 1800s-themed festival at Fort King this weekend, and residents in the area may hear a series of rounds fired multiple times during the event.

Supply issues delay construction on NE Watula Avenue, road closure to begin next week

The City of Ocala, with assistance from Miller Pipeline, will soon begin the installation of a six-inch water and fire main on NE Watula Avenue, and motorists can expect a temporary road closure beginning next week.

Three elected officials to be sworn in during next week’s Ocala City Council meeting

Three elected officials will be sworn in during the Ocala City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 5, and the city is providing several options for citizens to observe and participate in the public meeting.

First Friday Art Walk in downtown Ocala on Dec. 1

The First Friday Art Walk will return to downtown Ocala on Friday, December 1 with activities, live music on the square, and a performance by a local high school dance team.