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Young Professionals Ocala raise $300 for Dignity Center

The Young Professionals of Ocala business networking organization raised $300 for the Dignity Center as part of a volunteer day with Ocala non-profit organization Wear Gloves, Inc.

Ocala City Council incumbents claim ‘hearts broken,’ allude to loss of votes in support of City Manager

Two Ocala City Council members that will seek reelection this fall cited a “broken heart” about the termination of Shane Alexander, and one suggested his support of Ocala City Manager Sandra Wilson would "lose him votes."

Ocala, Marion County amidst construction boom as lumber prices still at record highs

Development across Ocala and Marion County continues at a rapid pace despite record high lumber prices. This month, lumber’s price returned to $647, after skyrocketing to $1,544 in May. The current price is 94% higher than it was in 2019, and over 250% higher than it was in 2017.

‘COVID-19 cases on rise again’ in Marion County according to health department

Marion County reported 1,056 new cases of COVID-19 last week, higher than 50 of the other 67 counties in Florida. As a state, 73,199 new cases were reported during the week from July 16 to July 22. Of the 372,469 residents that live in Marion County, 169,557 have been vaccinated.

OPD looking for suspect in shooting near Ocala Wetland Recharge Park

The Ocala Police Department is looking for a suspect in connection with a shooting that took place near the Ocala Wetland Recharge Park. It is the third shooting reported by the agency since Thursday, when a 16-year-old was shot and killed at Sutton Place Apartments.

Ocala Mayor speaking to local Republican women’s group

Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn will address the Republican Women of Ocala-Marion County Federated on July 27 at the Ocala Golf Club.

Food Wizards food truck temporarily closed for 13 violations during failed inspection

Food Wizards food truck was forced to temporarily close operations after a health inspector found 13 violations, including 20 live roaches present underneath a sink.

Marion County Gentle Carousel Mini Horses return from trip to Surfside Memorial

Marion County’s Gentle Carousel Miniature Horses made a trip to the Surfside Memorial recently to help a community still mourning the condo collapse that claimed the lives of nearly 100 people. 

Ocala overdose responses and deaths remain constant, amnesty participation down 33% from 2020

While overdose responses and deaths have remained relatively constant since last year, participation in the Ocala Police Department’s amnesty program has dropped by 33%.

Ocala Fire Rescue responds to tractor-trailer fire on I-75

Ocala Fire Rescue Engines responded to a tractor-trailer fire on I-75 on Friday.

New Trulieve opens doors in Crystal River

With a new Trulieve in Crystal River, there are now at least 20 marijuana dispensaries located within 50 miles of Ocala, five of which are within city limits and ten of which are in Gainesville. 

Ocala man arrested after cyberstalking, threatening to jeopardize woman’s custody over child

An Ocala man is being charged with cyberstalking after a victim claims he cut his wrist in front of her and threatened to reveal he is a sexual predator to her ex-husband so she would lose custody of her child.

Ocala City Council member says audit shows Ocala Fire Rescue Chief termination followed protocol

Ocala City Council member Jay Musleh says he asked the city auditor to conduct an audit of the recent firing of former Ocala Fire Rescue Chief Shane Alexander. Musleh says the firing followed protocol.

Appleton Museum announces mobile photography contest winners

The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, announced the winners of the seventh annual “Mobile Photography Contest & Exhibition.”

City Gallery showcases completed, ongoing projects across Ocala

The City Gallery at Ocala City Hall highlights recently completed and ongoing projects across the city. Visit city hall at 110 SE Watula Avenue to see it in person.

Ocala resident asks city council for path forward to keep pigeons

A resident of northwest Ocala is hoping the city will make an exception for his pet pigeons after he was instructed he could no longer keep them.

Agendas are the ‘grocery lists’ of Ocala government meetings

Agendas are the “grocery lists” that keep Ocala, and all local government meetings, from veering out of focus. An agenda sets forth the topics to be discussed at any meeting of a governmental body. Across the county, every meeting of the Ocala City Council, local advisory boards, the Marion County Commission, or any other governmental agency or department has an agenda list.

Ocala residents lend support for former fire chief, Ocala City Manager

“Ocala is much divided. We are here attacking the city manager. We don’t have all the facts" - Multiple Ocala residents showed up to this week’s Ocala City Council meeting to lend their support behind both former Ocala Fire Rescue Chief Shane Alexander and Ocala City Manager Sandra Wilson, who terminated Alexander from his position earlier this year.

Ocala City Council, city attorney to discuss possible settlement of homeless lawsuit

The Ocala City Council with meet with the City Attorney’s office in a shade meeting to discuss potentially settling a lawsuit brought about by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of multiple, local homeless individuals who say the city's panhandling laws are unconstitutional.

Pointe Grand Apartments approved for 360 units in southwest Ocala

Pointe Grand Apartments received approval for a new 360-unit apartment complex along Ocala.

Ocala man pawns nearly $35,000 worth of stolen tools

A 24-year-old Ocala man is facing 20 charges after a victim, whose daughter bonded the man out of jail in late June, claims he stole $35,000 worth of tools owned by her late husband.

Shooting at Promenade apartments is second reported in 24 hours

A second reported shooting at a local apartment complex in less than 24 hours has left one victim dead and another suffering from gunshot wounds at a local hospital.

Ocala teenager killed in fatal car accident

Thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Isaiah Wiggins, a 19-year-old Marion Technical College student who was killed in a crash this week at the intersection of NE 3rd Street and NE 10th Avenue.

Ambleside School of Ocala reattains ‘historic landmark’ designation

The Ambleside School was approved as a Local Historic Landmark during the July 20 meeting of the Ocala City Council.