Tag Archives: Marion County

Marion County pet owners to see new UF emergency clinic

A new pet emergency clinic will be opening in July as a collaborative effort between area veterinarians and the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.  UF Veterinary Hospitals chief of staff Dana Zimmel says they were approached by private practicioners with the opportunity to create this facility. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Zimmel1.mp3] The …

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Motorcyclist killed on U.S. 301

A Marion County motorcyclist was killed last night after he collided with another vehicle. David Purdy, 50, was traveling north on U.S. 301 when the other vehicle struck the left side of his motorcycle. He died on the scene. A passenger on the motorcycle was transported to Shands for non-life …

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Marion County inmates learn special agricultural skills at UF’s Plant Science Center

On Tuesday hundreds gathered for a dedication ceremony for the University of Florida’s Frank Stronach Plant Science Center near Citra.  The facility is home to the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science’s research operations for everything from fruit and vegetables to crop management, entomology and nematology.  But as Florida’s 89.1, …

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Frank Stronach facility dedication also draws protesters over Adena Ranch water permit requests

The Frank Stronach Plant Science Center is the home of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Science’s agronomic, fruit and vegetable research efforts.  Today marked the dedication of the conference center to Stronach himself.  The celebration wasn’t without controversy.  Protesters turned out from a variety of locations …

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Call center could bring 500 new jobs to Ocala

An estimated 500 jobs could be coming to Marion County thanks to customer relations call center, Sitel Worldwide.  After some governmental incentives, the company plans to open a new branch in Ocala. Vice President of Marketing Andrew Coax says the company is looking to hire full-time workers, as well as …

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Marion inmate dies

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has taken over the death investigation of a Marion County Jail inmate who died late Monday.  The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says 37 year old Frederick Charles Kimball tried to kill himself around five o’clock yesterday.  The agency won’t say how he was trying …

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National Pill Take Back Day asks no questions

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. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/Lowe1.mp3] Lowe says collection sites will be at law enforcement locations …

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Marion County opts out of burn ban, for now

Despite the recent fires across North Central Florida, a mandatory burn ban will not be implemented in Marion County. Marion County Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Pelveeta Seeraj says the Wildland Task Force decided a burn ban is not necessary. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/Seeraj1.mp3] Seeraj says, if possible, area residents should avoid burning …

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Marion County rescued horses finding new homes

The Horse Protection Association of Florida is already finding homes for fourteen horses rescued in Marion County. Executive Director Morgan Silver says a number of suitable owners have already come forward. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/Silver4.mp3] She says the organization rigorously screens potential adopters before releasing the horses to anyone.  These horses are in …

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