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OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2017) – The City of Ocala will host Ocala Zumbathon Friday, Sept. 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ocala Downtown Market located at 310 SE Third St. All proceeds from this event will benefit the United Way of Marion County.

Ocala Zumbathon will feature some of Ocala’s favorite Zumba instructors leading consecutive sessions of dance. Instructors include Traci Rivera (Zone Health and Fitness), Natalia Leon (Too Your Health Spa), Maribel Lozada (Sahara), and Kathleen Hernandez (Zumba by Kathleen). The event will also include a variety of local vendors for participants to visit. 

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or in person at the Ocala Growth Management Office located at 201 SE Third St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event for $10. Continue reading

OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2017) – Due to effects from Hurricane Irma, the following City of Ocala parks and facilities will be closed until further notice:

• Tuscawilla Park, 300-899 NE Sanchez Ave.
• Scott Springs Park, 2825 SW 24th Ave.
• Heritage Nature Conservancy, 1900 block of NE Third St.
• Fort King National Historic Landmark, 3925 E Fort King St.
• Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave.

Media and the public will be notified when these are facilities are re-opened to the public.

The following City of Ocala parks and facilities are currently open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, these facilities will be open normal operating hours.

• Jervey Gantt Park, 2200 SE 36th Ave.
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Complex, 1510 NE 4th St.
• City neighborhood parks Continue reading

Marion County, Florida (September 6, 2017) – Marion County Public Schools and the Marion County Division of Emergency Management have announced school closings and shelter openings in preparation for Hurricane Irma. All Marion County Public Schools will be closed Friday and Monday, September 8 and 11, 2017. Emergency Management will be opening multiple shelters hosted by our local public schools beginning at 5:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.

General Population Shelters:

  • North Marion Middle School (2085 W Highway 329, Citra)
  • Fort McCoy School (16160 NE Highway 315, Fort McCoy)
  • Lake Weir High School (10351 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala)

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OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 7, 2017) – Due to Hurricane Irma, the following City of Ocala locations will be closed Monday, Sept. 11. Normal hours of operation are expected to resume Tuesday, Sept. 12.

• City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave.
• City of Ocala Customer Service Office, 301 SE 3rd Ave.
(Includes Utility Billing and Building Department)
• City of Ocala Municipal Services Complex
• Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave.
• All City recreation centers and senior centers
• All City parks
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Marion County, Florida (August 23, 2017)- On Monday, August 21, 2017, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives arrested and charged Wayne Frazier (DOB: 01/30/1992) for an Armed Home Invasion Robbery he committed on Thursday, May 18, 2017. In the early morning hours, Frazier approached the home, located in the Stonecrest subdivision, and attempted to open the door of the house. The homeowner saw this and opened the door to find Frazier standing there with a bandana covering his face, holding a handgun in one hand and a taser in the other. Frazier robbed the victim of the money in his wallet and demanded the keys to the victim’s vehicle. The homeowner then shut and locked the door on Frazier and Frazier told the victim, “Now I’m gonna have to shoot you, now I’m gonna have to kill you.” Frazier shot one round through the door, missing the victim. The victim’s wife called 911 and Frazier fled the location. Continue reading

Senator Dennis Baxley spoke to Ocala Business Leaders. Mr Baxley has run in 15 races and lost two. He stated that he had learned most from his losses. He believes failure is a part of success.

Mr Baxley believes strong families make a strong Florida. He is committed to his own family. He and his wife, Ginette, have been married for 43 years. They are the proud parents and grandparents of five children and 7 grandchildren.

Mr Baxley believes in the power of free enterprise to grow our economy and provide opportunity for both businesses and employees. While supporting job training and other truly helpful programs, he will work to keep government out of the way as much as possible so that innovation can flourish. He stated that people need encouragement and we shouldn’t be is hard on ourselves.

Guest Natalie McComb spoke to the group about the United Way Reading Pals Program. This is an opportunity for you or your business to partner with a local Elementary school and promote childhood literacy. Children can read to learn until they learn to read! Please call the United Way’s Literacy Manager to sign up as a ReadingPal Volunteer today! 352-732-9696 x 212 Just image the impact that you can make on the life of a child.

The Vines Hospital recently announced the opening of a new wing in their Hospital. The new addition will be for service women and veterans. Picture are some of the staff along the CEO of Vines Hospital. The program is called the Meadows H.O.P.E. Program, Healing, Overcome, Persevere, Empower. They are providing inpatient and residential care for active-duty servicewomen and veterans. Their mission is to give women tools needed to recover from trauma and addiction. Continue reading

(OCALA, Fla.) August 16, 2017 – A motor vehicle accident reported at 6:26 AM, on the south-bound lanes of I-75, left one passenger trapped.

Ocala Fire Rescue was dispatched to an area between mile markers 352 and 354, where a collision between a pick-up truck and a semi was reported. Upon arrival, firefighters found a crew cab pick-up truck, upright, with severe front-end damage, rendering the passenger trapped. With the assistance of extrication tools, firefighters removed the patient. Once freed from the vehicle, the patient was trauma alerted to the hospital.   Continue reading

The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday September 21, 2017 at 2 PM at the Marion County Public Library located at 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala.  A brief business meeting will be followed by the September program, “DNA Before You Test” by Drew Smith.

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