Tag Archives: Marion County news

“Ditch of Dreams” still controversial a century later

By on July 11th, 2012 | Last updated: July 23, 2013 at 8:41 am

The health of Silver Springs and Silver River has been at the heart of recent debate over water permit requests in Marion County.  The Silver River which flows into the Ocklawaha River has also been a part of a century old debate. More [...]

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Marion County archeological discovery soon to be on display

By on July 9th, 2012 | Last updated: December 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm

One of the world’s top 10 discoveries for 2012 found by a Marion County Archaeologist on Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto’s  journey through the Southeastern United States will soon be on display at the Appleton Museum of Art.  The discovery was made by American [...]

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Marion county shooting results in one death

By on June 19th, 2012 | Last updated: March 30, 2013 at 1:47 pm

One man was killed and another was wounded in Summerfield earlier today. Marion County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Judge Cochran asks for help with any leads on the case. Police are looking for a person of interest, Richard Drake. [...]

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National Pill Take Back Day asks no questions

By on April 27th, 2012 | Last updated: March 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

National Pill Take Back Day is tomorrow and law enforcement agencies around North Central Florida will be participating. Marion County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Jenifer Lowe says the program aims to help the community crack down on prescription drug abuse. Lowe [...]

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Area school buses clear of stalling problem

By on April 23rd, 2012 | Last updated: March 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm

The federal government is investigating a potential problem with school buses used across the nation.  Alachua County Public Schools Transportation Director Harrell Harrison says parents don’t have to worry about the school buses in the county. The model in question [...]

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Florida counties to pick up Medicaid costs

By on March 30th, 2012 | Last updated: July 23, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill that will require county governments to pay more than $300 million in unpaid Medicaid bills. In the case of Marion County, that means paying $3.6 million.  Chris Peralta spoke with Marion County Commissioner Stan [...]

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Ocala city officials and Marion County School Board continue feud

By on March 27th, 2012 | Last updated: July 23, 2013 at 11:24 pm

The City of Ocala has filed an injuction against the Marion County School Board over its stormwater utility fee. The School Board stopped paying the service fee in the fall of 2011 because board members believed, as a public entity, they [...]

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Heightened fire threat for homes around Ocala National Forest

By on March 21st, 2012 | Last updated: March 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Marion County Fire Rescue is fighting fire with fire today in order to protect homes around the Ocala National Forest. Florida Forest Service Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond says the 266 acre back burn won’t hurt vegetation and will help [...]

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Burn bans in effect for Alachua and Marion counties

By on May 31st, 2011 | Last updated: July 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

Alachua County is now under a mandatory burn ban beginning today and Marion County’s mandatory burn ban begins tonight at 7 p.m. This year’s Memorial Day got a little too hot for those in Dixie County, Florida, where a wildfire [...]

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Marion and Alachua counties pay tribute to fallen law enforcement officers this week

By on May 10th, 2011 | Last updated: July 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

The Annual Marion County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be held Thursday in honor of all the law enforcement officers that have lost their lives serving their communities. The event will take place at the McPherson Complex on SE 25th [...]

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