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A fre​e art demonstration by award-winning artist, Milly Sheffer will be held at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470-5001 in the upstairs library, on Wednesday, February 13, from 12 noon – 2 pm.

Milly Sheffer is an artist working primarily in oils, but she has worked extensively in watercolor as well.  She uses a brush or palette knife, prefers to work quickly and her work is primarily ala prima (completed in one session.)  She uses strong brushstrokes, pure color, pronounced texture, a mix of pattern, accents of bold line, and the blending of colors on the canvas; rather than on her palette. Continue reading

FFREE English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at First Baptist Church of Ocala, 2801 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala, FL 34471.  Classes are held every Wednesday and begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.  Classes are taught by certified ESL teachers.  There are also provisions for child care and additional programs for teens and adults.  Please call the church office at (352) 629-5683 for more information.

 

At approximately 4:00 p.m., on January 13, 2019, Stephanie Durbin left her residence located at 43 Hemlock Trace in Ocala and has not been seen or heard from since. Her family members told MCSO deputies that Stephanie has recently made some statements that have them concerned for her well-being. She was last seen driving a 2006 blue Cadillac SUV, bearing Florida tag INEA49, and she was heading towards the Pearl Britain Plaza area (NE 35th Street). She was last seen wearing a peach color tank top and grey sweatpants. If you have any information on Stephanie’s location, please call 911 immediately.

MCSO Case #19001224 – PR #19-05

MARION COUNTY, Florida (January 18, 2019) – On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes detectives arrested and charged 16-year old Luis Ortega (DOB: 09/19/2002) with First Degree Premeditated Murder for the homicide of 18-year old Brandon Hammett (DOB: 04/27/2000). Hammett was shot and killed by Ortega during an attempted robbery on October 26, 2018.

On Friday, October 26th, at approximately 6:30 p.m., multiple MCSO deputies and Ocala Police Department officers responded to the area of 3200th block of SW 43rd Court in reference to a shooting. When units arrived on scene, they found Hammett in a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to the hospital, where he later passed away from his injuries.

MCSO Major Crimes detectives conducted a thorough investigation and discovered that Dalton Purvis (DOB: 06/10/1999), felt that he had been cut short on the last batch of marijuana Hammett sold him. Purvis gathered Denver Sutter (DOB: 11/22/1999) and Carlos Flores-Renteria (DOB: 01/29/2002) together and developed a plan with them to rob Hammett. Purvis also asked if Flores-Renteria could invite Ortega to come along, because he knew Ortega had a gun. Purvis, Sutter and Flores-Renteria told detectives that they intended on Ortega’s presence to serve for security and intimidation purposes. Continue reading

The recent tragic accident on I-75 caused the blood supply to be depleted even more than it was.  During the holidays, the need for blood goes up, but the donation go down.  People are too busy or traveling or having family come in. Then add the accident and it puts LifeSouth in a critical need for O+ and especially O-.  O Negative is the universal donor where everyone can receive O Neg.  Please give the gift of life and donate blood.  Check our website for more information and bloodmobile locations at www.lifesouth.org, or check on Facebook.  Our Ocala Center is located at 1607 E. Silver Springs Blvd. 352-622-3544 and is open every day.

 

As part of the CEP’s mission to be the catalyst for a prosperous community, the organization partners closely with local governments (as well as state and Federal) to ensure that we are creating and maintaining a business climate which encourages growth and prosperity. A recent example of this can be found in the issue of revisions to the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

Over the last several months, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners held workshops and public hearings on potential revisions to the Comp Plan. Among the groups who were active in participating in this process were supporters of our area’s equine industry as well as builders, developers, environmentalists, and others. Two of the clear desires of both the participants and the Commission was to strengthen our Farmland Preservation Area (FPA) and to incorporate language into the plan regarding the development of future transportation corridors especially in the FPA.

The FPA encompasses an area in northwest Marion County which is home to many of our iconic horse farms. While the FPA has existed for a number of years, it really did not have the structure to do as its name suggests—preserve farms. The CEP has been a proponent for quite a while of strengthening the FPA. Supporting the basics of the finalized language was an easy step. Continue reading

MARION COUNTY, Florida [January 25, 2019] – Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes detectives have arrested Demetrius Antonio Wright (DOB: 11/05/1999) and Calvin Denard Epps (DOB: 10/01/1998) for the “drive- by style” shooting and murder of June Hugo (DOB: 07/31/2000), which occurred on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

On October 11th, MCSO deputies responded to the Circle K gas station located at 5986 W Highway 40 in reference to a report of a male subject being shot. Upon arrival, deputies found Hugo in the back seat of a vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. It was discovered that the shooting occurred in the area of the Ocala Ridge neighborhood, near the intersection of NW 6th Place and NW 58th Avenue, and the victim was driven to the gas station immediately after the shooting. During their thorough investigation, detectives developed Epps and Wright as the prime suspects in the case. Electronic data confirmed that both suspects were in the immediate area where and when the crime occurred. Additionally, witnesses came forward and told detectives that Epps was driving the car while Wright (Epps’ passenger) shot at the car Hugo was in. Continue reading

Rubio was in town. He went to visit the Mojo Family, a great group of people. Here they are posing for  this picture at one of the many locations. Rondo has done a great job!

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