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In recognition of National Electrical Safety Month, Ocala Electric Utility is urging residents and businesses to review important electric safety measures that can prevent electrically related fatalities, injuries and property loss before, during and after severe weather or natural disasters.

Post Date:05/13/2019 9:43 AM

OCALA, Fla. – In recognition of National Electrical Safety Month, Ocala Electric Utility (OEU) is urging residents and businesses to review important electric safety measures that can prevent electrically related fatalities, injuries and property loss before, during and after severe weather or natural disasters.

“Storms and natural disasters create many hazards, including electrical hazards that can be life-threatening. We advise all Ocala residents and business owners to treat electricity with extreme caution before, during and after these types of events,” said Mike Poucher, Director, Ocala Electric Utility. “With hurricane season just around the corner, now is the time to have a licensed electrician address any potential electrical hazards around your home or business.”

As hurricanes or major storms are approaching and passing through, OEU offers these electrical safety tips: Continue reading

Lillian F. Bryant Community Center | 2200 NW 17 Pl.

Mondays-Fridays | May 28-Aug. 2

*Closed on Holidays | 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Field trips, arts, crafts, games, sports, video games and more!  Weekly features: 1. Backyard Bash; 2. Camp Spirit; 3. Edible Engineering; 4. Shipwrecked; 5. Crazy Concoctions; 6. Moving’ & Grooving; 7. Ultimate Gamers; 8. Camp Spirit; 9. Sports Fanatics; 10. Funtastic Farewell. Bring water, sunscreen and wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes. Lunch is included beginning June 3. $25/child registration fee and $25/child/week (city resident) or $50/child/week (non-resident). Register through Aug. 2.

Child must have completed Pre-K

Mondays-Fridays | May 28-Aug. 2 | 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

An exciting camp with fun-filled various recreational activities. Each week, we will offer interactive presentations with city departments, STEM projects, local field trips (movies and city pools), recreational sports and more! Lunch and snacks provided. Dress in active wear, wear tennis shoes and bring swim wear on Mondays and Wednesdays. Closed on holidays. $25/child registration fee. $50/week/camper/resident. $75/week/camper/non-resident.


This is the year you learn to swim! Maybe a loved one needs some lessons? Knowing how to swim can save lives so save these dates and get registered to Learn to Swim! More information about this and other aquatics programs can be found online. Please visit:


Did you know we offer FREE movies in our parks throughout the year? Yes we do! In May we’ll show Basquiat at the Art Park. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets & your friends for this intriguing movie based on a true story! A full line-up of our After Dark in the Park Movies is online. Popcorn and snacks will be available for sale. This movie is rated R. See you at the park!

It is the moment we have all been waiting for! The skatepark is finally opening to the public! Join us for this event! DJ Rocket and Papa Pineapples will be there. We will host a BEST TRICK COMPETITION for a $20 entry fee (proceeds go right back to the park!) The first 300 people through the gate get a FREE commemorative dog tag. Team Pain will be there with other freebies! See you there!

For the third year in a row, Levitt AMP returns to Webb Field and brings a diverse collection of amazing talent! There will be food and beer for sale, as well as vendors, non-profits and games for the kids! These concerts are FREE so save the dates:

  • May 31 – Sons of Mystro
  • June 7 – Dr. Nativo
  • June 14 – Remember Jones
  • June 21 – Canon
  • June 28 – Tonina
  • July 5 – The Foxies
  • July 12 – Mr. Sipp
  • July 19 – PJ Morton
  • July 26 – Empire Strikes Brass
  • Aug. 2 – Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band


Boomtown Days biggest event was Crowning Queen of the Rainbow. This tradition has gone for many years.  Town people dress up like the olden days, grow beards and celebrate. This year’s Queen is Christine Adams and the King of the Rainbow was Jonas Duncan.

I was captured by the very youngest of the Boom Town Babies, the two, three and four year olds. It was a hoot. The theme was The Wizard of Oz. The mothers went all out to dress their children as one of the characters. The children had fun and I also watched the expression of the faces in the audience. It was a great event. Pictured above is all the little Baby Kings and Queens. They all got a crown.

by TomL

School bus driver resigns after being accused of Child Abuse. I am sure it is very humiliating and embarrassing for the school bus driver of 30 years to be charged with such a crime and of course the media got them another headline and plays it up.

As I understand what happened, the child has the problem. The day this incident happens a school teacher / (employee) struggled to escort the student from the containment unit to the bus. The law states all students must be seat belted in. This is a bus for challenged students. The student would not let the aide seatbelt him in. The student punched the aide in the face and struck her in the head with the buckle of the seat belt. The bus driver went to assist the aide, they struggled with him for a few seconds and the bus driver was charged with child abuse.

This child should not be in the school system if he is violent. He was certainly out of control that day. I ask, how much abuse does a school bus driver and their aide have to take before the school system will acknowledge there is a problem and support them. Continue reading

The Ocala Metro is Moving Forward. That means we are working steadily toward creating 4,500 new jobs in the next five years. Those jobs on average will pay 15 percent more than the county’s average wage and result in a capital investment of $400 million. We are accomplishing these goals through the strength of our partnerships. The College of Central Florida plays a vital role in helping meet our business attraction and retention goals by providing a competent, high-skilled workforce ready to meet the needs of current and future employers in high-demand jobs.

From certificates to associates and bachelor’s degrees in agribusiness, engineering technology, health information, computer information technology, equine studies, and logistics and supply chain management, CF has heard the demand of our targeted sectors. The college remains relevant and responsive, connecting workforce development to economic development by matching its programs to the needs of businesses and delivering educational opportunities to train new workers and up-skill current employees. CF looks to the future to develop programs that embrace technology as labor markets transition to a technology-driven economy. CF also looks to the future to nurture a college-going culture that encourages individuals to reach beyond a high school diploma and invest in attaining a higher level education that yields positive returns. Continue reading

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