Ocala News

(OCALA, Fla.) July 11, 2017 – A FedEx Ground tandem truck hydroplaned near mile marker 354 Northbound, on I-75, last night.

Ocala Fire Rescue units were dispatched to I-75 Northbound, at 8:44 PM, where a single vehicle accident was reported. Upon arrival Engine 4 and Rescue 3 found a truck which hydroplaned through the outside guardrail of the interstate, settled around a traffic information sign on the side of the road. Firefighters verified the status of the driver and assessed the scene for hazards. With no injuries reported firefighters brought their attention to a ruptured saddle tank. Approximately 75 gallons of diesel were spilled onto the grass; the State of Florida warning point was notified.

Hydroplaning, or skidding tires across a wet surface, can occur when you least expect it. Vehicle maintenance plays a key role in preventing this phenomenon. Proper tire pressure and thread are necessary to channel water from beneath the tire and increase friction between them and the road. Continue reading

(OCALA, Fla.) July 7, 2017 – An eighteen-wheeler, carrying rocks, was involved in a traffic accident which resulted in a rollover and spill of its contents over multiple lanes on I-75.

Ocala Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the vicinity of mile marker 351, on I-75 Southbound, at 12:57 AM, where a collision between a truck and a Mercedes was reported. Upon arrival Engine 3, Rescue 3 and Tower 1 encountered a trailer, which had gone through the southbound guard rails, laying on its side in the northbound lanes with its cargo – river rocks – spread over the road. Firefighters assessed the state of those involved. While the truck driver did not report injuries, two of the three individuals traveling in the second vehicle involved – a black Mercedes – were transported to the hospital as a precaution. Continue reading

Elaine Maiellaro

Elaine Maiellaro

Ron Maiellaro

Ron Maiellaro

The Florida FAIRtax Educational Association is an all volunteer, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to teaching people about the only REAL federal tax reform program, the FAIRtax which would replace the federal income tax with a consumption tax. Mark Gupton has been the Managing Director of FFTEA for more than a decade and has decided to retire from FFTEA effective July 1 of this year.  The Board of Directors of FFTEA has decided to transform the role of Managing Director into the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.  At their recent annual Board meeting in Ocala, the members of the Board elected Ron Maiellaro of Ocala as President, Dr. Karen Walby of Clearwater as Treasurer and Elaine Maiellaro of Ocala as Secretary. As of this writing, the position of Vice President is open. Ron & Elaine Maiellaro have been volunteers with FFTEA for eight years and are dedicated to informing as many Floridians as possible of the great value of the FAIRtax for our country. They are both humbled and excited to lead this valuable organization toward the final goal of eliminating the federal income tax and the IRS and implementing the FAIRtax across the United States.

The CEP/Ocala Chamber celebrated the opening of Columbia Bank with a Ribbon Cutting and open house. Pictured is the Ribbon Cutting and as you can see everyone was excited and having fun.

Columbia Bank formed in Lake City (Columbia County) in 1911 and has remained a true community bank for 105 years.  Up until 2017, the only branches were in Lake City until Ocala and Gainesville joined the ranks for a total of six locations in three counties.  Columbia Bank believes “slow & steady” is the best path, but hopes to add another Marion County branch in the next two years.

Columbia Bank is led by CEO K.C. Trowell.  The Ocala branch consists of Teresa Stephens (Market President), Felecia Judge (Branch Manager), Lakisha Carpenter (Asst. Branch Manager), Britany Harrell (Head Teller), Katie Ragdale (Loan Assistant), Sarah Fern, Jared Shorb and Debbie Muir finish the team as Personal Bankers.

Welcome to Ocala!

YOGA IN THE PARK

Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave. Saturday | July 15 and Aug. 12 | 9 a.m. Sunday | Sept. 10 | noon Celebrate summer with Yoga in the Park instructed by Power Yoga Ocala. Bring some water, a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. Meet under the large oak trees next to the pavilion.

BACK TO SCULPTURE WALK AND EDUCATIONAL SCAVENGER HUNT

Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave. Now through Sept. 17th | Sunrise-Sunset Take a stroll in Tuscawilla Park and enjoy the sculptures on display. Complete the sculpture scavenger hunt (sponsored by Family Times Magazine and Philip D. Breske Photography) and receive your complimentary family admission to the Appleton Museum. Download your brochure at www.ocalafl.org/ outdoorsculpture or pick up a copy when you start your walk at the Discovery Center (701 NE Sanchez Ave.), Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center (830 NE Eighth Ave.) or at the Recreation and Parks administration building (828 NE Sanchez Ave.)    Continue reading

Second Annual Business to Business Expo A Great Success. Pictured from left Chrissy Thibodeau, Jaclyn Searcy and Laura Schenck of Community Bank and Trust of Florida. Some 56 businesses made it into the expo, though some did not. Only 56 businesses would fit the then large room that housed the Expo. Many contacts were made; business transactions were set up. Each business there had time to talk to all 56 other businesses in attendance. All remarks that were passed around were positive and all were looking forward to 2018 expo. The great food was furnished by Eaton Beach Catering, Too Jays Catering, Water Oak, Sam Club, Honey Bake Ham and Chick-fil-A the Villages.

 

The City of Ocala has installed a new municipal services payment drop box at City Hall located at 110 SE Watula Ave. This new drop box is located near the front entrance of City Hall along E Fort King Street and is available as a drive-through option for customers.

Post Date:06/30/2017 4:13 PM

OCALA, Fla. (June 30, 2017) – The City of Ocala has installed a new municipal services payment drop box at City Hall located at 110 SE Watula Ave. This new drop box is located near the front entrance of City Hall along E Fort King Street and is available as a drive-through option for customers.

Payments will be collected from this drop box at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. All payments received by 2 p.m. Monday through Friday will be posted the same day. Only check payments will be permitted at this new location. Cash payment will not be accepted. City of Ocala residents will not be able to start or stop any municipal services through this new drop box location.  Continue reading

Wednesday, July 5, the City of Ocala, along with contractors Marion Rock, Inc. and Foundation Services, will begin work to remediate, or resolve, a depression located at the northwest corner of SW 27th Avenue and SW 19th Avenue Road. This project is expected to be completed at the end of July 2017.

Post Date:06/30/2017 10:33 AM

OCALA, Fla. (June 30, 2017) – Wednesday, July 5, the City of Ocala, along with contractors Marion Rock, Inc. and Foundation Services, will begin work to remediate, or resolve, a depression located at the northwest corner of SW 27th Avenue and SW 19th Avenue Road. This project is expected to be completed at the end of July 2017.

In continuation with the Maintenance of Traffic (MOT), the westbound lane of SW 27th Avenue will be closed to traffic during this construction period. All necessary devices will be in place to re-direct traffic.

Construction will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and will not occur during any City-recognized holidays.

For more information, please contact City Engineer’s Office, Capital Projects Division at 352-629-8419.

(OCALA, Fla.) June 10, 2017 – Moments after flash flood conditions were reporter at Shady Oak Shopping Center, a sinkhole emerged in Gaitway Plaza – shopping plaza located across the street.

At 5:25 PM Ocala Fire Rescue was dispatched to Shady Oaks Shopping Center (2407 SW 27th Ave.), where water a rescue was requested. Engine #4 arrived to a flooded parking lot with approximately fifteen vehicles submerged under water, to various degrees. Upon inspection, at least five vehicles were found to have water in their interior compartments. As crews aided civilians found within their vehicles to higher ground, a call regarding a sinkhole was reported. Continue reading

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