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  • One girl in ATV wreck at home

    Victoria Brown’s 8th birthday celebration will be one to remember, but for bittersweet reasons.

    Brown was the driver and one of the then two 7-year-old girls airlifted to Shands Hospital after an all-terrain vehicle they were riding the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 7, in Chatmire, collided with a sports utility vehicle, throwing both of the victims from the ATV, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.


    Overcrowding has become an issue at Blue Run Park, the city council says, and it has the power and authority to find a solution.

    “My hope is we all recognize this issue exists,” said Councilman Bill White, who raised the issue of tubers flooding Blue Run Park, especially on the weekends and holidays throughout the summer months. “It is something that needs to be addressed. It needs to be done.”

    Blue Run Park is supposed to be multi-faceted, White told his colleagues and citizens.

  • Two girls, 7, injured in ATV wreck

     Two 7-year-olds were airlifted to Shands Hospital after the all-terrain vehicle they were riding early Wednesday night in Chatmire collided with a sports utility vehicle, throwing both of the victims from the ATV, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

  • TPO to update long-range plan

    The Ocala Marion Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is pleased to announce the official kick-off to the 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) has begun.

    The TPO is requesting your feedback in our survey by MetroQuest. This survey is attempting to garner public feedback about traffic suggestions, and needs/priorities for transportation throughout Marion County.


    For those who will want “to make a run for the border,” a left will get you there if you’re driving north.

    Hardees and Taco Bell are within weeks of opening their doors to customers, and one of the last major remaining hurdles is nearing completion: a left-hand turn lane into the parking lot of both eateries.

    It was part of the $5 million to $6 million development, according to Don Wallace, director of development Arbor Capital Development.

  • Men strike out in mailbox ‘baseball’

    A video posted to social media, plus a bit of undercover work from an off-duty deputy’s daughter, led to a bevy of charges for four Dunnellon men and one juvenile, according to Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavits.

    The batch of charges brought the two-day binge of bashing mailboxes in the greater Dunnellon area to an end Sunday, July 14.

    Chase Evans, 19; Adam White, 18; Heath Ritchie, 19; Gregory Stein, 20; and one juvenile, whose name is being withheld because of their age, were all charged July 14.

  • City staff pitches $3.8M budget

    Property owners hoping for a tax break this year might not see one if the council follows through with plans to adopt the tentative budget presented to them June 27 in the first of a series of workshops to discuss financial impacts for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.

    Per the preliminary budget, which is set at $3,832,397 million with a millage rate of 6.5. The current fiscal year budget is $3,676,066, but projected to be $3.836 million.


    Five days after losing their home to a devastating house fire, Ricky and Julie Donalson remained in a state of shock but eager to move forward after the tragedy.

    Gone was the home Ricky had been reared in by his parents; gone were items passed down from generation-to-generation, family photos and their dog who died in the late night blaze June 27. The fire, according to both Ricky and Julie, had started in a backroom of their home where a fan had been plugged in.


    For two weeks, an ad hoc River Safety Committee established by the city council met for hours, interviewing a number of people, including vendors that transport the thousands of recreational water uses on an annual basis.

  • Fourth of July bash will offer family fun

    It might not be the “Boomtown Blast” folks are accustomed to, but organizers of the second annual Stars & Stripes Family Fun Day are sure the hands-on, old-fashioned games will offer more of a bang than folks can expect.