Tag Archives: Marion County

Child drowns in pool in Marion County

A 2-year-old Marion county boy is the apparent victim of a drowning in his backyard swimming pool yesterday in Belleview. Marion County Sheriff’s deputies say the child’s mother told them she fell asleep with the boy around 6 pm on Wednesday. The boy was found floating in the pool by …

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Marion County Sheriff’s Office seeking reaccreditation

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be examined on July 21, 2011 to determine if it meets the 84 new standards necessary for re-accreditation. The re-accreditation process is voluntary, and occurs every three years for Marion County. Subjects addressed in the new standards include policies and procedures, operations, management and …

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Marion County Virtual school continues to grow

This year the Marion County virtual school expanded to 1500 students ranging from those who are doing credit recovery to those who want to take advance placement classes. Marion Virtual Schools franchise manager Carolyn Ayers says she thinks they will continue to grow because they offer quality education. “I think …

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Marion FCAT scores remain at same levels

The state released the 2011 FCAT results. As WUFT-FM’s Chris Peralta reports, Marion County’s results came out about the same when compared to last year, and to the state. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FCATscoreswrap.mp3]

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Ocala family plans to bottle Salt Springs water

The first time the Moody family approached the Marion County Commission for a special use permit to build a bottling plant near their twelve-acre site in Salt Springs, they were denied by a slim majority of 3 to 2. The Moody family revised their proposal: instead of building a large …

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Marion county honors its veterans

A large crowd turned out in Marion County for the Memorial Day Service in the Veteran’s Park. At least 40-thousand veterans live in Marion county. As Jonathan Chandler reports, veterans who served in a wide variety of military service came to remember and honor those veterans who have died through …

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Shorter school week may mean more savings

Marion County Schools are facing a $24 million budget shortfall, and the Superintendent is proposing a four day school week to make up some of this deficit. Public Schools Spokesman Kevin Christian says this looks like the best option and the community has so far been in favor. “It’s something …

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Schools cope with budget cuts

With public schools now looking at how to make up for their reduced budget from the state, Alachua County Assistant Superintendent for Planning and Budget Keith Birkett says the area should be able to maintain current services. “We’ve been intentionally building what we call recurring reserves over the past two …

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