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Ocala Park Rangers hosting animal tracking class at Scott Springs Park

Ocala Park Rangers will host an Animal Tracking and Identification class at Scott Springs Park this morning. Find out the details and get over to the park to participate:

One-year old Ocala boy reported missing in Marion County

A one-year-old Ocala boy has been reported missing in Marion County. He was last seen on Tuesday, October 19, and may be headed to Peoria, Illinois in a white passenger vehicle.

Marion County man kills neighbor over argument involving neighbor’s cat

Marion County Sheriff's deputies have arrested 58-year-old Clifton Bliss in the fatal shooting of his neighbor, James Taylor, Jr. Taylor had been trying to defend his cat, who was on Bliss' property.

Residents voice concerns on road improvement projects approved by Marion County officials

Despite concerns from residents, Marion County officials voted to move forward with two neighborhood road improvement projects in Belleview and Ocala.

City of Ocala approves $900,000 in lawn maintenance contracts during city council meeting

During today's city council meeting, members voted unanimously to award over $900,000 in lawn maintenance contracts to multiple businesses that are part of the city’s Diverse Small Business Enterprise.

Marion County Public Schools report shows continued decrease in COVID-19 cases and quarantines last week.

Marion County Public Schools reported another decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases and quarantines last week.

Ocala police report serious injuries in three-vehicle crash on SR 200

Ocala Police Department reported serious injuries as a result of a three-vehicle crash on State Road 200 yesterday evening that sent five people to local hospitals, one of them in critical condition.

23-year-old mother killed in shooting, Ocala man claims ‘Stand Your Ground’ defense

Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of 23-year-old Sonja Stahl, an Ocala mother who was shot and killed while riding as a passenger in a vehicle. The suspect in the case claims he shot at the vehicle in self defense after the driver attempted to run him over.

Sinkhole causes 1.5 million gallon spill at Ocala Wetland Recharge Park

The Ocala Wetland Recharge Park reported another 1.5 million gallon spill of public access reuse water due to a sinkhole in one of its cells, its second in the past seven months. The department says the water involved in the spill from the cell, which is slated for repair, has been "treated and presents no danger to the public or surrounding area."

Ocklawaha woman dead after vehicle drifts into oncoming lane and strikes side of boat

A fatal crash occurred Sunday night on County Road 464C in Marion County. A 68-year-old Ocklawaha woman's vehicle drifted into the oncoming lane and struck the side of a boat that was being hauled by another vehicle. She was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Unidentified man dies in single-vehicle accident in Marion County

An unidentified man was killed in a single-vehicle accident on SW Gainesville Road in Marion County earlier this morning after his vehicle left the roadway, struck a sign, and eventually became engulfed in flames.

Two teenage girls transported to Shands after crashing into school bus, overturning truck on CR 464

Two teenage girls driving along CR-464 had to be transported to Shands Pediatrics this morning after they attempted to pass a school bus and overturned their vehicle.

Marion County Public Schools report fewest COVID-19 cases, quarantines of school year

The weekly COVID-19 report released by the district shows that during the week from Saturday, September 25 to Friday, October 1, 86 positive cases were reported across the county. That number represents a stark decrease since the first weeks of school, when thousands of students and employees were testing positive and quarantining.

Fall plant sale today at Southeastern Livestock Pavilion

The fall plant sale hosted by the UF/IFAS Marion County Master Gardeners will return to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion next week.

First Friday Art Walk in downtown Ocala tonight

The First Friday Art Walk series returns to downtown Ocala tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Check out some of the local artists, extended hours at downtown businesses, live music, and hands-on art activities for families.

Silver Springs man killed in head-on collision on CR 314

A 53-year-old Silver Springs man was killed yesterday afternoon after his vehicle crashed head-on with another vehicle on County Road 314.

Marion County School Bus involved in accident in southwest Ocala

No injuries were reported after a Marion County School Bus with 11 students on board was involved in an accident with a pickup truck in southwest Ocala this morning.

51-year-old father dies in tragic motorcycle accident in southwest Ocala

Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Jeremy Denney, who tragically lost his life after a motorcycle accident in southwest Ocala this morning.

OPD looking for missing Ocala teenager

The Ocala Police Department is asking the public for any information as to the whereabouts of missing 16-year-old Zayda Hope.

Fort McCoy cyclist ejected from motorized bicycle, killed on E Hwy 316

A Fort McCoy cyclist was killed after he was ejected from a motorized bicycle that he was riding along E Highway 316.

Mayor wins reelection, multiple seats will see runoffs

Mayor Kent Guinn has won reelection, while two newcomers, Brent Mansfield and Jim Hilty, will take over District 1 and District 5 seats, respectively. Districts 3 and 4 will go to a runoff election after no candidate received over 50% of the votes.

Give4Marion raises $225,000 in donations in under six hours

The Give4Marion charitable event, which began this morning at 10 a.m., has already passed $225,000 in donations from over 1,000 individual donors. Read more about the organizations involved and considering giving.

Over 5,000 votes already cast in Ocala City Council election

Over 5,000 votes have already been cast to elect four Ocala City Council members and the Mayor. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find your polling location by visiting the Marion County Supervisor of Elections.

Marion County schools report decrease in positive COVID-19 cases, quarantines for second week

Marion County Public Schools' weekly COVID-19 report shows a decrease for the second week in a row. Last week, a total of 256 students and employees tested positive for COVID-19. To date, 9,346 students have opted out of wearing face coverings.