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OCALA, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol has arrested the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a farmworker bus early Tuesday, killing eight, on charges of driving under the influence-manslaughter.

Bryan Maclean Howard, 41, faces eight counts of DUI-Manslaughter, the FHP said in a statement. No further details were released, including what substance allegedly left Howard impaired.

Troopers said he was driving the 2001 Ford Ranger when it crossed into the center line on State Road 40, a straight but somewhat hilly two-lane road that passes through horse farms. The truck sideswiped the bus, causing it to veer off the road at about 6:40 a.m. It crashed through a fence and into a tree before overturning. In addition to the eight killed, at least 40 were injured.

Meet Sassy she is a 16 year old miniature horse, she is certified. She came to our house in 2020 after losing our Golden Retriever.   We started taking her on walks to different places. Each time, people would stop us to pet her and ask questions. That’s when I decided to get her certified as a therapy animal. She was certified in September, 2023 by Pet Partners. After that she started making her visits and putting smiles on the faces of many people. More photos on page 6 by CKJ-13 Kay Johnson.

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Howard Mautner is one of the oldest living Veterans. He just turned 100 and a celebration was held to honor him on his birthday. Howard is also a big supporter of the Veterans Park and all veterans as well. He served in World War II from 1942 to 1945. He was in the US ARMY AIR CORPS SSGT. “Thank You for your service Howard and we hope you live another 100 yrs”. I heard some personal story about World War II and it was not a sight you would want to see. Many lives lost, many soldiers came home with wound that effect them for the rest of their lives, but they were lucky to come home. I heard a few stories from my father-in-Law who would have been about Howard age. Average men who became hero’s! Thank You for your Service. Many Marion County Officials attended and thanked him!

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The Annual fishing derby was a great success. As you can see there were a lot of fish caught. The senior fishing derby has buses from some of the assisted living care. It give them a chance to get out and breath some fresh air in the sun. Actually fish if they want to and get a hot meal. If you have a senior in your family or know a senior that does not get out see about getting them to a half day of fun in the sun. Put on by then Ocala Parks and Recreation.

Photos by CKJ-13 Kay Johnson

Florida Humanities and the Friends of the Ocala Public Library to Host

“Florida Talks” Author Eliot Kleinberg

For Immediate Release

  • Florida Humanities and the Friends of the Ocala Public Library will host Eliot Kleinberg, retired journalist and author of “War in Paradise: World War II in Florida”, Saturday, May 11th, 11 a.m. at the Headquarters-Ocala Public Library, meeting room C. (2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala). He will also be providing copies of his book for sale. www.ekfla.com for more information!

Kleinberg, a former journalist for the Palm Beach Post, brings to light the impact of World War II on the Sunshine State. From U-Boat attacks off of Florida’s coast to sprawling military bases, hear how a world at war transformed a sleepy southern state into one of the nation’s hotspots. Continue reading

May 25 – August 31, 2024

Discover the science behind bloodsucking creatures! Dive into the world of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches, and other parasites. Explore their characteristics, habits, and the reasons they bite. Understand how they are attracted to heat and CO2 in your breath, and identify them by their mouth parts. Engage in the fun TwITCHer Game that will make you itch! Stop in and learn about the role of bloodsuckers in the ecosystem and how to prevent them from bothering you.

January 20 – May 11, 2024

Explore the world of turtles and tortoises and learn about their various habitats, migration patterns, and the threats they face. Play a giant board game that helps you navigate a turtle’s migration route safely, see how shell shapes suit different lifestyles and habitats and design a turtle-friendly housing development. You can even find out what a loggerhead sea turtle sees as it swims! *This exhibit was provided with support from Jane’s Trust and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Pictured is a group photo of some of the Ocala Business Leaders after a meeting with City Growth Planning Officials. The some of city officials involved managers in charge of part of the planning attended the meeting. Attending were: Rachel Fautsch – Community Outreach Manager; Jeff Shrum – Growth Management Director; Emily Johnson – Senior Planner; Tye Chighizola – City Projects Director; Endira Madraveren – Chief Planning Official; and more.; Information and picture supplied by Peake Wilson & the city of Ocala.

We all bark for ice cream! held  at Letty Towles Dog Park for PAWS Ice Cream Social, benefiting the Humane Society of Marion County Florida,put on by Ocala Recreation and Parks. Enjoy meeting and greeting other pet lovers and grab an ice cream for your furry friend. The morning will be filled with fun-dog themed activities;

Photo by CKJ-13 Kay Johnson

In an enhancement to emergency service response for the residents of Ocala, Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) announces the addition of Rescue 6 to its fleet. The unit was officially welcomed at Station 6, today. This addition comes at a time as when the Southwest Ocala witnesses a surge in development, including both commercial and residential projects.

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