News from Ocala and Marion County

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      MARION COUNTY, Florida [Monday, September 9, 2019] – The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has instituted a prescription drug drop-off box program, a service which will enable Marion County citizens a way to safely dispose of their prescription medications all year.   The goal of this new program is to combat our local, state and national […]
    • City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Facility Closures and Adjusted Hours of Operation
      OCALA, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2019) – In preparation for Hurricane Dorian, the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department has announced the following facility closures and adjusted hours of operation. Friday, Aug. 30 All city parks, splash pads and recreation centers will be open and maintain routine operating hours Saturday, Aug. 31 All city parks […]
    • Sandbag Operations and School Athletic Schedule Changes Announced
      Sandbag Operations and School Athletic Schedule Changes Announced Marion County, Florida (August 28, 2019) – As Marion County residents are preparing for a potential hurricane event, Marion County Emergency Management has announced sandbag operation locations. Sandbags will be made available for residents starting Friday, August 30th starting at 7AM. Bags and sand will be provided. […]
    • Marion County Genealogical Society Meeting
      Marion County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 2pm – 4pm at the Marion County Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL.  Lisa Louise Cooke will present “Google Earth for Genealogy” via a webinar. There is no charge and everyone is invited. For more information visit or call (352) […]
    • Ocala Electric
      Tony Clayton of Ocala Electric was ask to give a talk about Ocala Electric on  how everything works, telling us a little bit about power outages and how the power grid resets itself three times before it actually goes off. Tony says be prepared for Hurricane Season. They are forecasting 14 named storms and another […]
    • Ocala Business Leaders Guest Speaker
      County Commissioner Michelle Stone was the Guest speaker at the Ocala Business Leaders. She listed the things they were proposing, things they have done and things they were working on right now. It was an informational hour with lots of good information that most of us did not know. Thank You Michelle Stone for informing […]
    • City Completes Three Public Art Projects
      The City of Ocala announces the completion of three public art projects. The projects were completed during summer 2019 and include the restoration of the Ocala Black History Mural, Bridging the Divide in Tuscawilla Park and Retro Reel at the Marion Theatre. OCALA, Fla. (Aug. 12, 2019) – The City of Ocala announces the completion […]
    • Historic signage installed in Tuscawilla District
      (Ocala, FL) The Historic Ocala Preservation Society (HOPS) is proud to announce they have begun installing signs this month in the Tuscawilla Historic District. The signs mounted on a granite monument located near the sidewalk describe the history of the homes. “These signs will preserve our heritage and encourage walking tours throughout the neighborhood” states […]
    • Meet Baseline Tire
      For many years I have noticed that there are not many garages to service the cars in The Villages. Let me introduce you to a GEM, just minutes from The Villages. Robert and Karen Gazda, husband and wife are owners and operators. They have a very good reliable staff of many years. Billy Brown Front […]
    • OBL Speaker Les Singleton of Send Out Cards
      OBL  Speaker Les Singleton of Send Out Cards was a trainer for Dale Carnegie. He gave a session on how to Network, how to communicate, had some suggested questions and suggestions on how to respond. The information shared was very valuable. Everyone went through a drill picking someone they knew least about. In a few […]
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    • Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP)
      Over the last year, you have probably heard and read a lot from the Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP) on the topic of workforce and talent development or NEXT works as we call it. When the CEP Board adopted our new 5-year strategic plan, Moving Forward-Phase II, in late 2016 it highlighted Talent Development as […]
    • Leadership Ocala Marion
      There are so many incredible things happening in our community. Significant new facilities are under construction for the Red Rock Development and at all three hospitals.  The Power Plant Business Incubator continues to help innovative and scalable startups primarily in the areas of technology, health care, and communications. The downtown continues to generate enthusiasm with […]
    • Over the Edge!
      By Kevin Sheilley I went Over the Edge! While many have tried to push me over the edge through the years, it was the arts that sent me. To be more precise, it was the Marion Cultural Alliance and their recent fundraiser, Over the Edge – Taking the Arts to New Heights, which saw me […]
    • Chamber of the Year award
      By Kevin Sheilly The Ocala/ Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership has again been named a finalist for the 2019 Chamber of the Year award, presented by Alexandria, Va.-based Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The award, sponsored by MemberClicks, is the most prestigious and competitive recognition presented annually by the Association of Chamber of […]