Tag Archives: Marion County

“Ditch of Dreams” still controversial a century later

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 than a 100 years ago early Spanish explorers and Florida businessmen …

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Stomach illness up in Marion County

When it comes to washing hands, the message from the Marion county health department is clear–wash them good. Health officials have seen a big jump so far this year in the number of stomach illnesses they think are caused by poor hand washing, and are asking people, especially parents with …

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Ocala and Gainesville sandbag locations open

Due potential flooding from Tropical Storm Debby the City of Gainesville the Public Works Department is offering sandbags to city residents at the 405 Northwest 39th Avenue facility.  The pre-made sandbags are available today until 6 p.m. and will continue Wednesday at 7 a.m.   Sandbagging operations also continue today at …

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Heavy rain causing dangerous driving hazards on I-75

Many North Central Florida counties are under a tornado watch until 5 a.m. Monday because of Tropical Storm Debby. Throughout Sunday heavy rains caused trouble spots on Interstate 75. The Florida highway Patrol stayed busy working a variety of weather-related accidents. Marion County highway patrol dispatcher Mike Hancock describes what …

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Marion county shooting results in one death

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. The car involved is a white four-door 2008 Chevy Impala …

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Marion county horse out of Triple Crown chase

The thoroughbred racehorse I’ll Have Another has dropped out of the Belmont Stakes this weekend. His trainer said earlier today he has the start of some tendonitis in the left front leg. The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company sold I’ll Have Another earlier in 2011.  WUFT-FM’s Emily Burris spoke with company …

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