Marion County Commission adopts 2017-2018 budget  

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The Marion County Board of County Commissioners on Thursday adopted the final budget for next fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018. The total adopted budget is $640,336,480. This includes the countywide budget of $444,987,795 and the budgets of non-countywide entities ($195,348,685). During its Sept. 21 final budget public hearing, the […]

24-year-old Ocala motorcyclist dies after collision with mini-van

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A 24-year-old Ocala man died after his motorcycle collided with a mini-van Thursday night in Ocala. Nathan Rouse-Hecken was pronounced dead at Ocala Regional Medical Center as a result of the accident which occurred at 9:51 p.m., according to an accident report from the Florida Highway Patrol. Rouse-Hecken had been traveling westbound on NE 35th […]

Ocklawaha man arrested after allegedly stealing bank bag from bar

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An Ocklawaha man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly stealing a bank bag from a bar in Belleview. Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Fox Crossing Tavern located at 10910 E. Hwy. 25 in reference to a grand theft. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the victim, who advised that a customer, 67-year-old Gary L. […]

Wildwood mayor lost power for four days, mobile home parks were evacuated after Irma

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Despite flooding, power outages and downed trees, Wildwood survived Hurricane Irma with minor structural damage, according to City Manager Jason McHugh. “Our infrastructure held up well,” he told city commissioners Monday night. “I’m unaware of any power outages remaining in Wildwood.” Flooding affected mobile home parks and some were evacuated. The worst flooding was in […]