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expande Sheriff's deputies looking for missing Massachusetts man(Opens New Window)
9/24/16 1:53 PM
THE VILLAGES — Marion County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for help in finding a missing Massachusetts man Deputies said David Goldman, 45, is considered missing and endangered after visiting with his mother in The Villages.Goldman made statements that concern his mother, who then called the Sheriff's Office for help.When officers arrived, Goldman was longer there. He is described as 6-foot-1-inches tall, 220 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. [...]
expande Man stopped from committing suicide on I-75(Opens New Window)
9/24/16 1:38 PM
 A man was baker acted by Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Saturday afternoon after authorities said he tried committing suicide on Interstate 75.According to Florida Highway Patrol and sheriff’s deputies, motorists traveling northbound on I-75 spotted a man walking in and out of traffic on the highway. At one point, the man, whose name wasn’t released by officials, laid down on the side of the road, away from traffic.Vehicles stopped, [...]
expande Man and woman found passed out in SUV recovering (Opens New Window)
9/24/16 1:21 PM
 A man and woman found unresponsive in a vehicle stopped near a railroad track on Friday night are recovering.Ocala police said they received a call about a vehicle containing two people was in the 2100 block of Northwest Martin Luther King Avenue parked not far from the railroad track.When officers arrived, the man and woman were passed out inside a sport utility vehicle in the inside lane, just north of the railroad track.The male driver was sweating [...]
expande Community news and events for Sept. 24 and beyond(Opens New Window)
9/23/16 8:01 PM
Vocalists soughtThe Ocala Symphony Orchestra is seeking vocalists for the Handel's Messiah concert to be held in November. Rehearsals begin Oct. 2. Email or call 351-1606, ext. 105.Young talent WUFT and PBS present 14-year-old Ethan Bortnick in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Bortnick is a pianist and soloist, playing favorites by The Beatles, Elton John, [...]
expande Calendar of events for Sept. 24 and beyond(Opens New Window)
9/23/16 6:01 PM
TODAY10TH ANNUAL OCALA PRIDEFEST: LGBTQ pride celebration, vendors, music and more, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Citizens' Circle, 151 SE Osceola Ave., Ocala. ( THERAPY: Free gathering for needlecrafters, 12-2 p.m., Chelsea Coffee, 3217 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. (351-6110)SINGLES DANCE: Ocala Singles Club, 7-10 p.m., Ocala Scottish Rite, 3632 NE Seventh St., Ocala. $10. Refreshments [...]
expande Flu shots are readily available, so why don't people get them?(Opens New Window)
9/23/16 12:53 PM
Getting a flu shot is easier than ever, still, it is estimated that nearly 40,000 people die annually in the United States from the virus and about 200,000 are hospitalized.
expande Best bets for the weekend(Opens New Window)
9/23/16 2:13 AM
KINGDOM OF THE SUN CONCERT BAND: The band's annual fall favorites show will include "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Salute to the Colors" and more. Music starts at 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Marion Technical Institute, 1614 SE Fort King St., Ocala. Free. (624-9291 or DAY AT FORT KING: Celebrating the historic fort and efforts to build a replica, this event will include re-enactors, tomahawk throwing, tours, speakers and [...]
expande Community news and events for Sept. 23 and beyond(Opens New Window)
9/22/16 8:01 PM
Free treesOcala Electric Utility is sponsoring the Energy Saving Trees program to provide residents with a free tree to plant on their property, with information about where to plant for maximum energy savings. Trees are available through Nov. 23. To reserve one, call 629-2489.Sea Cadets An informational meeting for the newly formed Ocala Hope Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps will take place 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the [...]

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expande Former University of Florida President Bernie Machen cleared in conflict-of-interest investigation(Opens New Window)
9/24/16 10:41 AM
 The University of Florida spent $50,000 investigating whether former President Bernie Machen had a conflict of interest by influencing a deal between UF and Orlando-based Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute.The investigation, led by Carlos Muniz of McGuireWoods LLP, found that Machen did not violate UF’s conflict-of-interest regulation, although he did not disclose internal activities that occurred before UF and Sanford Burnham representatives met to [...]
expande Ryan Wendler, BHS grad, Eagle Scout, dies in crash(Opens New Window)
9/23/16 3:36 PM
Ryan Christopher Wendler was outgoing — not just in personality, but in the way he spent his time — as an Eagle Scout, community volunteer, student, athlete, son, brother and friend.  Wendler, a 20-year-old Buchholz High School graduate who was majoring in psychology and sociology at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, died Tuesday when a truck failed to stop at a red light and hit his car from behind.Wendler’s time as a Boy Scout [...]
expande Landlord-tenant issue? There's a talk for that.(Opens New Window)
9/23/16 8:10 AM
A local labor group will host a discussion on tenants' rights Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.Sparked by its own battle with a landlord, the Alachua County Labor Coalition will hear from Lakesha Thomas of Three Rivers Legal Services.Low-income renters often have few legal protections against unfair practices, coalition officials said in news release announcing the event, and the meeting is meant to teach tenants about their rights and what to do if they run into landlord trouble.The [...]
expande It's Parade of Homes season again (Opens New Window)
9/23/16 6:09 AM
Twenty-five new houses in 17 Alachua County neighborhoods will be on display the next two weekends as part of the annual Parade of Homes.The Builders Association of North Central Florida's annual event runs Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 8-9.Admission is free and directions, floor plans and information about the homes can be found in the magazine that will be inserted in the Oct. 1 edition of the Sun, and is also available online at parade hours are 1-6 p.m. each day. [...]
expande Newberry man charged in attack(Opens New Window)
9/23/16 6:07 AM
 A Newberry man was arrested and booked into the Alachua County Jail early Friday in connection with an incident that left one man in a coma for several days.Justin C. Monge, 20, of 1129 SW 170th St., was charged with battery and aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability, according to an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office warrant report, after he was identified in a lineup.Two people were walking to their vehicle at the 104 North Main [...]
expande Arline Greer, former Sun columnist, dies at age 87(Opens New Window)
9/22/16 1:59 PM
Beginning her career as a columnist for the Sun in 1973, among other things, Greer most notably wrote about growing up in an immigrant family in Brooklyn and her journey as a mother of four — even creating a fictional brood of four based on her own.
expande UF frat can't recruit this fall after hazing allegations surface(Opens New Window)
9/22/16 12:05 PM
In 2009, Beta Theta Pi was one of 25 University of Florida fraternities to sign an anti-hazing pact meant to end the practice of subjecting pledges to humiliating and dangerous acts.Now, Beta Theta Pi is on probation and banned from recruiting for one semester following a hazing investigation that uncovered troubling practices.The investigation by the fraternity’s national headquarters stems in part from an anonymous email that was circulated to UF officials and to the [...]
expande Weyerhaeuser's plans on hold, IFAS looks for room to expand(Opens New Window)
9/22/16 1:16 AM
Plum Creek hoped to use IFAS to lure industry, and UF's agricultural arm hoped to benefit with upgraded research facilities.

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