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Take a leisurely trip down the Rainbow River

Editor's Note: This story is part of an occasional series of "staycations" that allow Citrus County residents to spend vacation time locally this summer without the expense of traveling very far. As many of Florida’s famed theme park attractions south of the Nature Coast attract most of the attention from...
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Silver Springs Shores Monthly Craft Faire

OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - A crafts fair was a way for residents in Marion County to raise funds for a good cause. Last month was the first time community members in Silver Springs Shores held their “Craft Faire.” Vendors from as far as Palatka came to sell their greatest creations.
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DeSantis signs bill increasing penalties for opioid sale, distribution

On Thursday, May 19, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 95 which increases the penalties for the sale and distribution of opioids in Florida, including fentanyl. The legislation implements the following recommendations that were made by the Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse:. Methamphetamine has been added to the list...
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Marion County man arrested after standoff with neighbor

OCKLAWAHA, Fla. (WCJB) - A man from Marion County was arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s deputies after they say he shot a gun at his neighbor. Deputies arrested 40-year-old Rodney Ragoobar after they say he fired a shot at his neighbor when they were in an argument. The neighbor...
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A golf tournament helps Veterans, First Responders and their families battling PTSD

DUNNELLON, Fla. (WCJB) - The Birdwell Foundation along with the Misfits held a golf scramble to help raise money for veterans and first responders battling PTSD. “We provide a path to lifelong healing really where no one heals alone that’s our motto. So we guide the veterans, first responders, and their families through treatment, through services and benefits assistance,” said Florida Birdwell Foundation director Jason White.
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Business news in Ocala/Marion County, Florida

New Smyrna Beach-based Epic Flight Academy has opened a satellite location at the Ocala International Airport for the academy’s FAA Part 141 flight training program, according to a company news release. In prepared remarks, Chief Flight Instructor Vic Johnson said: “The Ocala area has a large and established aviation...
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Five Marion teens recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program

Five Marion County students have been honored by 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, which salutes students who score in the top 3% of 1.5 million entrants from more than 21,000 high schools. Three Marion scholars are enrolled at Vanguard High School: Diego Carrascosa, Colin McLaughlin and Rushi Patel. A fourth student, Sarah McGinley, is enrolled at Forest High School and the other, Casiel Smith, attends West Port High School. ...
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Former Ocala police chief honored for service

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCJB) - A former Ocala police chief was inducted into the Florida Law Enforcement Officer’s Hall of Fame ceremony. Arthur Lee McGehee had a decorated history of working with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Ocala Police Department, being appointed the chief of police in 1974.
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Academic achievement, donations and more: Good news in Ocala/Marion County | May 22, 2022

Aleigh Papagno, Belleview, Summa Cum Laude, BMus in Keyboard Performance, Bob Jones University. Rheanna Lee Standridge, Ocala, Master of Science, University of Southern Mississippi. President’s List. Aleigh Papagno, Belleview, Bob Jones University. Safe dining:Marion County restaurant inspections for May 9-14 'This means a lot':Ocala Salvation Army reopens dining hall...
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