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expande Community news and events for Sept. 26 and beyond(Opens New Window)
9/25/16 8:01 PM
Senior menuThese meals will be provided by Marion Senior Services, 1101 SW 20th Court, Ocala. Lunches are delivered by Meals on Wheels and served at congregate dining sites; dinners are provided at Marion Senior Services. For more information, call 620-3501.Monday: Lemon pepper chicken breast, potatoes au gratin, stewed tomatoes, whole grain bread, graham crackers, low fat milkTuesday: Hot dog on bun, baked beans with [...]
expande Calendar of events for Sept. 26 (Opens New Window)
9/25/16 6:01 PM
TODAYGOVERNMENT MEETINGS* City of Belleview, EDC, 4 p.m., City Hall, 5343 SE Abshier Blvd., Belleview. (233-2112 or www.belleviewfl.org)* City of Belleview, Site Plan Committee, 8:30 a.m., City Hall, 5343 SE Abshier Blvd., Belleview. (233-2112 or www.belleviewfl.org)* Marion County Development Review Committee, 9 a.m., Marion County Office of the County Engineer, McPherson [...]
expande Lend A Hand: Opportunities to help others in Marion County(Opens New Window)
9/25/16 8:01 PM
NEW APPEALOfficials with the Brothers Keeper non-profit outreach say they have a "desperate need" for volunteers to help sort clothing for the needy at their location at 2 W. Fort King St., Ocala, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. To learn more, call 622-3846.ON-GOING NEEDSCemetery cleanup: Trim trees, mow lawns and general landscaping for cemetery in Dunnellon area. Community service hours can [...]
expande FWC urges care as bears become bolder in search of food(Opens New Window)
9/25/16 4:10 PM
“The scientific term is hyperphagia, which basically means they overeat. Where, normally, they try to get 5,000 to 10,000 calories a day, now they are trying to get 20,000 to 25,000 calories per day,” said Mike Orlando, assistant bear program coordinator for the FWC. The yearly gluttony is spurred by seasonal changes in preparation for winter and scarcer food supplies.
expande Lane Ranger: MCSO offers Teen Driver Challenge(Opens New Window)
9/25/16 12:59 PM
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will offer the Teen Driver Challenge, which provides young drivers with classroom instruction and road course experience, for seven weeks beginning Friday and Saturday.The 12-hour program, aimed at ages 15 to 19, includes a four-hour classroom session on Fridays with videos and testimony from victims of crashes involving dangerous and distracted driving, discussion of defensive driving techniques and a vehicle maintenance segment. Cellphones [...]
expande North Marion High FFA chapter among best in nation(Opens New Window)
9/25/16 12:53 PM
The group was named a national three-star chapter, one of only five out of the more than 500 chapters in Florida and 171 of the more than 7,600 chapters across the country. The three-star designation means the group has engaged in multiple activities that help students grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others.
expande Silver Springs at the crossroads(Opens New Window)
9/25/16 3:26 AM
No swimming hole. Fewer concerts. Will it stay this way?
expande More parking meters, options coming to Ocala(Opens New Window)
9/24/16 8:01 PM
OCALA — The Ocala City Council has approved a resolution that will add 148 new parking meters around the downtown area. Installation of the meters will coincide with the long-awaited parking garage downtown, which will add 400 parking spaces.Many of the spaces in the parking garage will be free, but some will be reserved for use by businesses, such as the Institute of Human and Machine Cognition and a new hotel in the works nearby.The resolution budgeted $142,270 [...]

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expande Applicants do a bang-up job at Roller Rebels' Recruitment Day(Opens New Window)
9/24/16 8:01 PM
Ready to roll with the punches, attendees don donated shoes and lots of padding to tryout for the the “fresh meat” division of the Gainesville Roller Rebels, in which they will learn the do’s and don’ts that go into roller derby.
expande Machen cleared in conflict-of-interest investigation(Opens New Window)
9/25/16 3:06 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 discuss the [...]
expande Company to give $1.2M to Newberry High School(Opens New Window)
9/24/16 2:13 PM
 Phalanx Defense Systems will donate $1.2 million worth of law enforcement duty gear to Newberry High School’s Academy of Criminal Justice on Monday.Students will use some of the equipment in the program, which teaches constitutional and criminal law, the judicial process, law enforcement and self-defense. Other donated equipment will be sold to help buy a new patrol vehicle for the program.The equipment arrives Monday.Phalanx Defense Systems engineers [...]
expande County horticulture programs open(Opens New Window)
9/24/16 2:11 PM
 Alachua County's extension office has announced its environmental horticulture classes for October, which are open to the public.• Growing cool season vegetables is set for Oct. 6 at 6 p.m., and the course will cover how to grow cabbage, kale, broccoli and other greens. The course costs $5.• Fall and winter gardening is set for Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Archer library. Master Gardener Ronald Bertie will lead the class, which will cover how 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 BANCF.com.The 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 [...]

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