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Ocala Star-Banner Headlines

expande Calendar of events for Aug. 30 and beyond(Opens New Window)
8/29/16 6:01 PM
TODAYB.B. CERAMICS: Ceramics painting, noon-3 p.m., Silver Springs Shores Community and Youth Center, 590 Silver Road, Ocala. (687-3067)ACCESS FLORIDA VOLUNTEERS: Help provided with filing for food stamp assistance, temporary cash assistance, refugee assistance and Medicaid programs, 12:30-3 p.m., Forest Public Library, 905 S. County Road 314A, Ocklawaha. (438-2540)TECHNOLOGY HELP CENTER: Bring your [...]
expande Community news and events for Aug. 30 and beyond(Opens New Window)
8/29/16 8:01 PM
Photography contest The Appleton Museum of Art will kick off its third annual "Mobile Photography Contest and Exhibition" on Monday, with a different weekly theme through Oct. 2. The first theme will be "Natural Patterns" and all photos are due by Sept. 11. All photos must be taken on a mobile device and people may submit two photos per category at Photos will be printed and displayed Oct. 11-23. Prizes will be awarded Oct. 11. View [...]
expande Vinyl sales peak as fans of all ages savor the 'ritual' of records(Opens New Window)
8/30/16 4:14 AM
LPs - two-sided, needle-on-vinyl records - have come back into fashion and are a growing force in the music market. Sales of LPs and EPs grew at a much higher pace than all other formats in 2015. Contemporary artists are releasing vinyl versions of their work. Chances are, your teens and tweens will be asking for record players soon.
expande Ready for Election Day(Opens New Window)
8/29/16 3:13 PM
Tuesday's results will provide finality in some races. In others, the results will set the stage for Nov. 8 contests.
expande One Ocala One America nominations due (Opens New Window)
8/29/16 11:24 AM
Nominations may be made through today for the annual One Ocala One America multiculturalism and racial harmony awards. Anyone may submit a resident, organization or businesses if:* The individuals/organizations have demonstrated a commitment to the spirit of diversity;* Have demonstrated great leadership through positive interactions between persons of different cultural backgrounds;* Have been proactive in supporting, resolving or providing services to [...]
expande Community news and events for Aug. 29(Opens New Window)
8/28/16 8:01 PM
Senior menuThe following meals will be provided by Marion Senior Services, 1101 SW 20th Court, Ocala. Lunches will be delivered by Meals on Wheels and served at the congregate dining site; dinners will be provided at Marion Senior Services. For more information, call 620-3501.Monday: Lemon pepper baked chicken breast, potatoes au gratin, stewed tomatoes, whole grain bread, graham crackers, low fat milkTuesday: Hot dog on [...]
expande Calendar of events for Aug. 29 and beyond(Opens New Window)
8/28/16 6:01 PM
TODAYGOVERNMENT MEETINGS* City of Belleview, Site Plan Committee, 8:30 a.m., at City Hall, 5343 SE Abshier Blvd., Belleview. (233-2112 or* Marion County Zoning Commission, 5:30 p.m., Board of County Commissioners auditorium, 601 SE 25th Ave, Ocala. (438-2675)FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY: 6 p.m., Belleview Public Library, 13145 SE County Road 484, Belleview. [...]
expande Lend A Hand: Opportunities to help others in Marion County(Opens New Window)
8/28/16 8:01 PM
ON-GOING NEEDSCemetery clean up: Trim trees, mow lawns and general landscaping for cemetery in Dunnellon area. Community service hours can be earned. (817-0897)City of Ocala: Assist with homework and group activities and games for after-school programs, 3 to 6 p.m., Lillian Bryant and E.D. Croskey Centers; also, volunteer docents for "Be the Dinosaur," a fusion of video game technology and exhibits, featuring full-size dinosaur [...]

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expande Get ready for Election Day(Opens New Window)
8/30/16 3:22 AM
It's commonly called a primary election but voters today will have the final word in deciding some of the most high-profile local contests, with candidates using the final hours to get their supporters to the polls."This rain is kind of a break," said Kevin Thorpe, who is running against incumbent County Commissioner Mike Byerly in District 1, on Monday afternoon during a downpour. "We're still knocking doors. We find the most effective use of our time is direct contact with [...]
expande Watching the storm: TD 9 threatens Florida(Opens New Window)
8/30/16 5:27 AM
Some computer models are predicting the system to make landfall just north of Cedar Key on Thursday.
expande Lester Smilowitz - actor, designer, stylist, chef - dies at 68(Opens New Window)
8/29/16 11:05 AM
"He would create beauty, in people, in hair, in spaces, on the stage, and create beauty inside people" Cornelia Holbrook said. "He would nurture their beauty.”
expande Are you missing a donkey? Maybe the Sheriff's Office can help(Opens New Window)
8/29/16 11:03 AM
Did somebody borrow your burro? Have you misplaced your ass? If so, maybe the Alachua County Sheriff's Office can help.A resident called the Sheriff's Office at 12:49 p.m. Saturday to report a strange donkey on her property in the 17300 block of Newberry Road, ASO spokesman Art Forgey said. Deputies tried without luck on Saturday to find the owner.The animal, which was not aggressive, stayed on the property overnight, and was removed around noon on Sunday. It was taken to [...]
expande Suwannee boat crash injured three(Opens New Window)
8/29/16 6:47 AM
A boat crashed into a sign near Clay Landing on the Suwannee River on Aug. 13, the first accident in the area since the flood zones were reconfigured and a new sign was installed.Three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said Karen Parker, the North Central Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesperson. An emergency buoy was put up to alert boaters to potential navigation hazards.The Levy County Sheriff’s Office notified the FWC of [...]
expande Public input needed on South Main travel, aesthetics(Opens New Window)
8/29/16 4:37 AM
City officials want the public's take on whether the road should be scaled back from two travel lanes in each direction to one between Depot Avenue and Southwest 16th Avenue.
expande UF/IFAS to offer evironmental horticulture programs(Opens New Window)
8/27/16 3:09 PM
The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office has announced a new environmental horticulture program for September, Gardening for Seniors, which will be offered Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at theUF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave. The class, which will be taught by master gardener Laurie Sheldon, will offer instruction on making gardening easier with tips on reducing aches and pains while working outdoors.— Staff [...]
expande City ranks high on environment list(Opens New Window)
8/27/16 1:51 PM
 The Gainesville metro area ranks No. 2 in the newly published 2016 list of the 200 Most Environmentally Friendly Cities in the U.S. by ValuePenguin, a personal finance company.The company evaluated 15 data points, including transportation, LEED certifications, water and air quality and beyond, across 200 metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S.Along with its No. 2 overall ranking, Gainesville also ranked second in the environment factor category, sixth in the [...]

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