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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."
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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 Engines responded to a tractor-trailer fire on I-75 on Friday.
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.
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 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.
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, announced the winners of the seventh annual “Mobile Photography Contest & Exhibition.”
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.
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” 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 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.
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 received approval for a new 360-unit apartment complex along Ocala.
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.
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.
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.