News from Ocala and Marion County

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    • Citizens Academy program
      The next Citizens Academy program will take place in April-June 2020. Registration for the next program will be announced in early 2020. Check back soon for more information!  Citizens Academy is a free, exciting, 10-week program that touches upon virtually every facet of city government. Participants will have the chance to visit and interact with […]
    • City of Ocala Holiday Schedule – Veterans Day – Monday, November 11
      City of Ocala Holiday Schedule – Veterans Day – Monday, November 11 Post Date:11/04/2019 5:28 PM OCALA, Fla. (Nov. 4, 2019) – City of Ocala business offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. There will be no residential collection for sanitation, yard waste or recycling routes Monday, Nov. 11. Residential […]
    • The Savannah Sipping Society
      By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten OCTOBER 31 – NOVEMBER 24, 2019 On sale: Now Four strong, sassy Southern women are drawn together by fate in their quest for happiness… through happy hour! Perfectionist workaholic Randa is struggling with a derailed career. Recently widowed Dot is learning to start her life over alone. […]
    • Menopause: The Musical
      By Jeanie Linders JANUARY 2 – 19, 2020 On sale: November 18 PLEASE NOTE: THIS SHOW CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT AND RACY HUMOR WHICH MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AUDIENCES. Celebrate “The Change” in this hilarious parody of popular music from the baby boomer era, as four women bond over the shared sisterhood of hot […]
    • Marion County Genealogical Society
      Marion County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 2pm – 4pm at the Marion County Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL.  A brief business meeting will be followed by the November live program “Strategies for Finding the Origins of Your Irish Ancestors” presented by Donna Moughty. For more information […]
    • Trauma Alerted After Motorcycle Accident on E Silver Springs Boulevard
      (OCALA, Fla.) Oct. 15, 2019 – Ocala Fire Rescue responded to reports of a vehicle versus motorcycle collision at 5:08 p.m. Engine 5, Rescue 1, Tower 1, Battalion Chief 11, and a safety officer were dispatched to the corner of the 3000 block of E Silver Springs Blvd. and NE 30th Ave. Upon arrival, crews […]
    • Meet K9 Gracie with Ocala Fire Rescue and the Petco Foundation
      Ocala Fire Rescue wants you to meet K9 Gracie to raise awareness of working dogs’ life-changing functions. Sponsored by the Petco Foundation. At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $260 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our […]
    • Have A Heart For Companion Animals, Inc.
      Friday October 25th 2019 The Johnny Mello Show & Dance Fundraiser A Doo Wop, Country & Rock N Roll Party Location: American Legion Hall, 699 West Lady Lake Blvd. in Lady Lake Fl. Time:  Doors open at 5:30 PM…Showtime is 6-9 PM Performers: Eight local performers including: Uncle Pepe, Jimbo Killingsworth, David Baldwin, Eulakay Green, […]
    • Genealogical Society
      Marion County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 2pm – 4pm at the Marion County Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL.  A brief business meeting will be followed by the October program “Digging Beyond Hints & Tips” presented by Debi Hoag. For more information visit www.mcgsocala.org or call (352) […]
    • PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR TOY DRIVE FOR THE HOMELESS CHILDREN OF MARION COUNTY!!!
      First Christian Church DOC will be collecting toys for the children of Marion County.  Please bring a new, unwrapped gift to our church at 1908 E. Ft. King St. Ocala Fl. The collection dates and times are: Saturday November 16th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Monday November 18th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. […]
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    • Plaques, Bricks and a Horse Museum Downtown in the Horse Capital
      By Louisa Barton The equine industry is a really big deal here in the Horse Capital of the World. In fact, it is worth over $2.6 billion a year in the Ocala Metro and our public and private leadership appreciates the importance of this industry to our community. A few years ago, the CEP commissioned […]
    • Social Media
      No one is surprised today that social media is literally everywhere. If your business is not thinking about and tackling this issue, odds are you are struggling. While we can laugh at Millennials and GenZ about their obsession with their phones and social media, I don’t think any of the rest of us are any […]
    • MISSING/ENDANGERED MOTHER FOUND DECEASED
      Marion County, Florida [Monday, September 16, 2019] – Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) detectives have confirmed that they have located and identified the body of Casei Jones (DOB: 12/23/1986) near Brantley County, Georgia. Casei Jones’ family reported her missing Saturday night, September 14th along with her four children, Cameron Bowers (DOB 9/12/2009), Preston Bowers (DOB […]
    • 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 […]