Tree Trimming and Debris Removal Information for City Residents

OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2018) – The City of Ocala Public Works Department, Sanitation Division would like to provide the following tips to City residents to keep them safe and informed when selecting a company to perform tree work on their property this fall.

“The threat of severe weather events, declining tree health or residents’ desire to have trees removed on their property creates a heightened awareness of trees and their threat to homes and businesses,” said Dwayne Drake, Sanitation Division Head, City of Ocala. “It is important for residents to know what their tree trimming and debris removal options are and what they should expect from a tree service company.” [Read more…]

Diabetes Classes Register today for upcoming diabetes self-management classes

During short-term illnesses, many people interrupt their normal habits to help fight their symptoms. For example, they may eat chicken noodle soup and drink a lot of water to speed up their recoveries. When someone is facing a chronic illness like diabetes, however, there may be long-term changes that people need to make to their daily habits to ensure they stay as healthy as possible.

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is holding a series of free Diabetes Self-Management classes starting Oct. 2 so residents can learn more about diabetes and the changes they may need to make to their daily habits if they have it. The six-week class will cover: understanding diabetes, risk factors, eyes, teeth, toes and feet, physical activity, meal planning, preventing complications, and medications and medical care. Class locations, dates and times are: [Read more…]

Florida Federated Republican Women’s Ocala Chapter

Join US!

October 23rd 6:00pm at Elks Lodge 702 NE 25th Ave with dinner available.

Florida Federated Republican Women’s Ocala Chapter – Membership Drive.

When a Republican woman becomes a member of the Federation, she has access to … campaigns, communications, issue advocacy, membership recruitment.

Information supplied by Debra Jenkins

Ocala Fire Rescue Celebrates Pinning Ceremony

(OCALA, Fla.) Sept. 21, 2018 – Ocala Fire Rescue welcomed two firefighters to the department during a pinning ceremony held at City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave., Friday, Sept. 21.

Undergoing a demanding hiring process and a two week training period, Firefighters Rasheed Steward and Isabel Truman successfully completed the City of Ocala fire department’s candidate testing process. In celebration, a pinning ceremony was held. With family members and uniformed personnel as witnesses Firefighters Steward and Truman recited the oath cementing their commitment to serving this community, making their employment official.

The ceremony was preceded by a presentation of two Heart Saver awards. The awards were presented on behalf of the American Heart Association to Ocala Police Department Officers Shelby O’Grady and Josh Warner for their life saving actions during an emergency on Interstate 75, Tuesday, Sept. 4. Captain Brandi DuCoeur was also recognized for her recent promotion from Fire Equipment Operator to Captain/Inspector.

For more information, please contact Ocala Fire Rescue at 352-629-8306.

Pictured from left to right are Assistant Fire Chiefs Anthony Ortiz and Michael Alsup, Fire Chief Shane Alexander, and Firefighters Rasheed Steward and Isabel Truman.

Johnny Mello Show & Dance.

Tickets to The fall Johnny Mello Show & Dance are now on sale. If you like Doo Wop, Country & Rock N Roll, you’ll love this show. You’ll enjoy seven different singers live on stage, a special 10-gift basket raffle, a 50/50 cash drawing, line and regular dancing, lots of door prizes and much more.

It’s a fundraiser with net proceeds benefiting Have A Heart For Companion Animals, Inc., as they continue their animal welfare education efforts. They are a 501 c-3 not for profit organization.

The show is being staged at the Lady Lake American Legion Hall in Lady Lake (466 & Rolling Acres Road). (Door open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday 10/26/2018.) Showtime: 6-9. [Read more…]

Marion County Genealogical Society Meeting

The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday October 18, 2018 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 October program. For further information, contact Joel Swanson at (352)897-0840 or [email protected]

5th Annual Critter Trail 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser

5th Annual Critter Trail 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser @ Silver Springs State Park. All funds are used in the park to help protect and enhance our beautiful natural resource.

https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/SilverSprings/CritterTrail5k

Four people injured

(OCALA, Fla.) Sept. 17, 2018 – Ocala Fire Rescue responded to reports of a vehicular accident with rollover, Saturday, Sept. 15 at 3:23 p.m.

Arriving at the corner of SW 10 Street. and Pine Avenue, firefighters encountered an upside down sports utility vehicle (SUV) with passengers in need of extrication, and a minivan nearby. A utility pole taken down during the collision lay on the ground.

Crews assessed the state of the patients, stabilized the SUV and began extrication. A total of four patients were identified and transported to the hospital. Two of the four patients were trauma alerted.

Ocala Police Department and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded.

Ocala Business Leaders

New members of the Ocala Business Leaders are pictured here along with the current president, Robert Heagy on left, and new members receiving their certificates of membership. Good luck to the new members.

Heroin Trafficker Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution today announced the conviction and sentencing of Willie Marion Jenkins, a St. Petersburg heroin trafficker. OSP prosecuted the case and a Pinellas County jury found Jenkins guilty of trafficking illegal drugs and conspiracy to traffic illegal drugs. The Honorable Frank Quesada imposed a 25-year state prison sentence on the defendant. Jenkins’ conviction follows guilty pleas from four criminal associates.

In September 2014, authorities arrested Jenkins, along with associate Mary Hampton, following a several months-long investigation into the heroin distribution by Jenkins’ network of drug dealers in South St. Petersburg. The Drug Enforcement Administration and St. Petersburg Police Department conducted the investigation, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. During the investigation, law enforcement seized approximately four ounces of heroin and one firearm. [Read more…]