Six Marion County Sheriff’s Office detention deputies are under investigation following inmate’s death
Ocala, Florida — Six Marion County Sheriff’s Office detention deputies are under investigation after an inmate at the Marion County jail died while being subdued. The officers are being considered “victims” and Sheriff Billy Woods is concealing their identities under Marsy’s Law. Article continued below.
FWC wants to further infringe on your right to use certain tackle at the Skyway fishing pier
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) says they are gathering information for potential new fishing regulations at the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park. FWC says new regulations could be put into place to protect pelicans and other birds. Potential rule changes could include prohibiting the possession of hook-and-line...
Light Up Ocala 2022
Light Up Ocala is a longstanding community tradition to kick off the holidays that attracts thousands to downtown Ocala. This year marks the 38th anniversary of the holiday merry-making event!. Light Up Ocala will have over 100 vendors including crafts, art, and plenty of food options to choose from!. Live...
Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, to open three new exhibitions
Ocala, Florida — This December, the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will open three new exhibitions featuring a wide variety of mediums – from cut paper to mixed media to ceramics and textile art. Two solo exhibitions on view Dec. 3-June 18 will feature the...
FWC waives commercial spiny lobster trap tag requirements for 2022-2023
Florida — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has filed an Executive Order to waive the commercial spiny lobster trap tag requirements for the 2022-2023 license year. This waiver is in response to the significant losses suffered by Florida commercial spiny lobster fishermen as a direct result...
Op-Ed : Florida looking forward
Florida — Our lives are a balancing act between necessities and demands. As Americans, we all work diligently to earn a living, raise our children, and live productive lives. Many take time to make their community better in some way, either through a community giving organization or just giving of their volunteer time. And we all like spending time on the things we love, such as hobbies, sports or just relaxing when we are able.
Florida USAR Task Force 8 returns home
Florida — On Thursday, September 29 – one day after Hurricane Ian made landfall in the Southwest part of the state – Florida USAR Task Force 8 (FL TF-8) was mobilized. A 27-member team comprised of Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) specialists from Ocala Fire Rescue (8), Marion County Fire Rescue (10), Gainesville Fire Rescue (8), and a chaplain deployed to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
Abandoned home destroyed by fire
Ocala, Florida — On Friday, Oct. 7, at approximately 8:52 p.m., Ocala Fire Rescue’s Engines 1, 3, and 4, Rescue 1, Tower 1, Battalion Chiefs 11 and 22, and a Safety Officer were dispatched to the 1900 block of SW First Street after a residential fire was reported in the area.
$500 scholarship opportunity for students
Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Legal Support Association is now accepting applications for the Mary Sullivan Scholarship Award in the amount of $500.00 for students interested in obtaining a degree in the legal field. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is December 1, 2022. No application fee.
Ocala Fire Rescue presents life saving award to two off duty first responders
Ocala, Florida — On Oct. 4, during Ocala’s City Council meeting, Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) recognized OFR Captain Brent Stegall and Dixie County EMT Miranda Kilsby for their lifesaving actions at the scene of a motor vehicle accident encountered during their respective commutes. Around 8 a.m., on Aug....
Hurricae Ian update as it batters the Florida peninsula
IAN is BATTERING THE FLORIDA PENINSULA WITH CATASTROPHIC STORM SURGE, WINDS, AND FLOODING…. …NEW WATCHES AND WARNINGS WERE ISSUED FOR NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Marion County. A Flood watch is also in effect until October 1. At 500 PM EDT, the eye...
Hurricane Ian 2 pm update
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Marion County. A Flood watch is also in effect until October 1. Central and Northeast Florida: 12 to 18 inches, with local maxima up to 24 inches. At 200 PM, the eye of Hurricane Ian was located by an Air Force Reserve...
Hurricane Ian 11 a.m update, remains a CAT 4
D: Tropical Depression – wind speed less than 39 MPH. S: Tropical Storm – wind speed between 39 MPH and 73 MPH. H: Hurricane – wind speed between 74 MPH and 110 MPH. M: Major Hurricane – wind speed greater than 110 MPH. EXTREMELY DANGEROUS EYEWALL...
Hurricane Ian update, Ian expected to make landfall as catastrophic hurricane
IAN IS EXPECTED TO CAUSE CATASTROPHIC STORM SURGE, WINDS, AND FLOODING IN THE FLORIDA PENINSULA STARTING LATER TODAY…. At 8:00 AM, the eye of Hurricane Ian was located by Air Force and NOAA Hurricane Hunter data plus Key West radar about 55 miles (90 km) west of Naples, Florida. Ian...
Video: Hurricane Ian changes, warnings, instuctions for Marion County
Public schools will open shelters at noon on Wednesday, September 28. Dunnellon High: 10055 SW 180th Avenue Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432. Belleview Middle: 10500 SE 36th Avenue, Belleview, FL 34420. Fort McCoy School: 16160 NE County Road 315, Fort McCoy, FL 32134. Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary: 4397 SW 95th Street,...
Tropical Storm Ian likely to have quick uptick in strengthening
Brought to you by our weather partners at AccuWeather. As of 2 p.m. EDT Sunday, Ian had sustained winds of up to 50 mph and was moving steadily westward at 14 mph. Tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 60 miles outward from the storm’s center. While Ian remains a tropical...
Florida deputy frequently displayed aggressive behavior, stomped girlfriend’s pet
Florida — A deputy who was arrested after he lost his temper and stomped his girlfriend’s cat to death says he did not do anything wrong and plans to plead not guilty in court. Those closest to the incident say that Harris not only denies any wrongdoing but...
ATTENTION: TRUIST and SunTrust bank customers
Were you or a loved one the victim of an online scam? Tricked into believing you won the lottery or gems? Did your banker let you wire money to the scammer?. Please Call Attorneys David Weintraub or Matthew Thibaut. DAVID A. WEINTRAUB, P.A. 7805 S.W. 6 th Court. Plantation, Florida...
Marion County Commission approves master plan for Veterans Memorial Park
Marion County — At the Marion County Commission meeting on September 7, the commission approved the master plan for the Ocala-Marion County Veterans Memorial Park. The master plan, consisting of upgrades and improvements to the park, is drafted in collaboration with county staff from the Veterans Services and Parks and Recreation Departments, the Friends of Marion County Veterans Park Foundation, and the Marion County Veterans Council.
Marion County weather forecast for 9-7-22
Showers and thunderstorms are likely before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 4 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of around 73. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and...
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