LATEST NEWS

LPGA returns to Ocala 

Maria Torres spent four years on the women’s golf team…

Classroom at Lake Weir evacuated after AC unit …

An air conditioning unit malfunctioned on Wednesday at Lake Weir…

City Council changes open lodging ordinance

In response to a recent court order prohibiting the arrest…

Gallery: Wildcats leave for state playoffs

The Forest High School Wildcats on Wednesday left Ocala on…

Gallery: West Port Defeats North Marion 21-2

West Port Defeats North Marion 21-2

West Port stays perfect with 21-2 drubbing of N…

The best start in school history for West Port’s softball…

COMMUNITY

Wreath honoring COVID-19 victims placed on square

When Debra McCoskey-Reisert’s brother, Bobby, died in April of COVID-19,…

Gallery: Floral Heart Project Wreath Laying

A Floral Heart Project Wreath Laying to remember people who…

A Faith-based life

Woman leans on belief during pandemic struggles For Tanesha Mills,…

Gallery: United Way Day of Caring

Since 1993, United Way’s Day of Caring has included hundreds…

Food desert remains an issue in Ocala

Fresh fruit and vegetables can be hard to come by…

Gallery: Forest Wins FHSAA Class 6A-District 1 …

The Forest Wildcats Win FHSAA Class 6A-District 1 Regional Championship…

BUSINESS

Jumbolair sells for $9.5 million

Jumbolair, home to one of the country’s longest private runways,…

Cocktails “to go” proposal moves forward in le…

The bill would make permanent the move enacted by Gov….

Ocala groups offer Black-owned businesses help

The goal is to increase diversity in Ocala’s business community…

Marion County hotels, lodging end year 17.4% down

COVID-19 took its toll on Marion County’s lodging industry, but…

Unemployment claims lowest since start of pandemic

Florida drew an estimated 18,982 first-time unemployment claims last week….

Going to pot: State boards to set smokable mari…

Get ready for reefer madness this week. On Wednesday, members…

HEALTH

In Marion County, a vaccine milestone in site

This week, Marion County health officials should finish setting appointments…

Gallery: Floral Heart Project Wreath Laying

A Floral Heart Project Wreath Laying to remember people who…

DeSantis expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

TALLAHASSEE – While focused on vaccinating seniors since December, Gov….

More than 48,000 vaccinated in Marion County

Marion County has vaccinated 48,434 residents across all providers through…

Some teachers, police now eligible for vaccine

TALLAHASSEE – Marking a significant change in Florida’s vaccination strategy,…

Mask mandate opponents seek Supreme Court ruling

TALLAHASSEE – After months of legal wrangling across Florida about…

GOVERNMENT

City Council changes open lodging ordinance

In response to a recent court order prohibiting the arrest…

Legislative session starts in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis launched the 2021 legislative session…

In Marion County, a vaccine milestone in site

This week, Marion County health officials should finish setting appointments…

Commission to consider $11 million rental assis…

Almost a year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Marion County…

DeSantis expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

TALLAHASSEE – While focused on vaccinating seniors since December, Gov….

Cocktails “to go” proposal moves forward in le…

The bill would make permanent the move enacted by Gov….

POLITICS

City Council changes open lodging ordinance

In response to a recent court order prohibiting the arrest…

Legislative session starts in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis launched the 2021 legislative session…

Commission to consider $11 million rental assis…

Almost a year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Marion County…

Baxley bill would change vote-by-mail process

TALLAHASSEE – After Florida received widespread praise for its handling…

County Commission approves 2021 legislative agenda

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners approved its legislative…

State’s emergency management head leaving…

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed Monday that Florida Emergency…

EDUCATION

Classroom at Lake Weir evacuated after AC unit …

An air conditioning unit malfunctioned on Wednesday at Lake Weir…

OCT Literacy program kicks off

The Ocala Civic Theatre and the David and Lisa Midgett…

Cattle Call

Steer show a highlight of the Southeastern Youth Fair Nestled…

Grading the teachers

Marion County schools struggle with how to evaluate teachers in…

Gallery: A day at the fair

Competitors checked in their fowl ahead of the judging for…

Southeastern Youth Fair is “baa”ack

Even a global pandemic couldn’t stop a tradition as steady…

COMMENTARY

Hog Heaven

The Southeastern Youth Fair swine weigh-in on Thursday morning felt…

Gallery: Southeastern Youth Fair Swine weigh-in

Almost 200 swine were part of Thursday morning’s weigh-in ahead…

Winter storms affect Florida gas prices

Florida gas prices jumped last week thanks to arctic weather that…

Commentary: Ocala, consistently improving

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity recently released the December…

Commentary: Incentivized Rehabilitation Improve…

As Chair of the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Civil…

We the mob

During his visit to the border wall in Alamo, Texas…