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Burglary Blitz: Multiple Homes Hit by Thieves on the Prowl

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is actively probing a series of disturbing incidents that have shaken residential communities across the county. Deputies responded to multiple calls reporting break-ins, signaling a concerning trend of criminal activity in the area. In the 8800 block of SW 138th Terrace, MCSO units descended upon a home under construction following…

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Mother-Daughter Melee: Woman Arrested for Allegedly Attacking Elderly Mother

In a tumultuous turn of events, a dispute over missing medication escalated into a physical altercation, resulting in the arrest of Theresa Wilton. Marion County Deputy Surajbali, responding to a distress call regarding a domestic disturbance, found Susan Wilton, born in the ’50s, nursing a red mark under her right eye, allegedly inflicted by her…

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Stride Against Abuse: 5K Fundraiser Returns for Child Abuse Prevention Month

To mark Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Calesa Township joins forces once more with Kimberly’s Center for the 12th Annual 5K Race/Walk Against Child Abuse, happening Saturday, April 27th. This fundraising event aims to raise crucial funds supporting programs and services for abused and neglected children in Marion County. The event will take place…

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Scorching Slides to Shady Bliss: Lake Lillian Park Gets a Chill Upgrade

After months of anticipation, the eagerly awaited shade structure at Lake Lillian Park is now officially open to the public. The structure, spanning an impressive 48 feet by 70 feet, provides much-needed relief from the scorching Florida sun for children enjoying the playground area. (Thoughts? Have your letter to the editor published here!) The project…

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Belleview Police Report: April 18, 2024

(Thoughts? Have your letter to the editor published here!) April 8, 2024 Felon in Possession of Firearm,  No Valid Driver’s License Location: 5400 Blk Se Eli Rd Summary: Officers Pfc. Hunt and Ofc. Brown observed defendant Wade Bowen (B/M 10/29/93) driving recklessly. After conducting a traffic stop, they found Bowen had no driver’s license. A…

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Chicken Pileau: A Southern Tradition That Drew the Community in Droves

(Thoughts? Have your letter to the editor published here!) The community rallied behind the Belleview High FFA Alumni on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Summerfield Sales on Hwy 441 in Belleview.  The longstanding tradition, approximately 30 years strong, brings a Chicken Pileau feast annually to raise funds for scholarships for graduating seniors from Belleview High…

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Protective Instincts: Mother Bears Brunt of Attack While Protecting Baby

In a distressing turn of events, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call regarding a domestic disturbance on April 15th, at a residence. The distress call, coming from inside the residence, was made by a 10-year-old child, the victim’s own offspring. Upon arrival, officers encountered the victim, identified as Raquel McCray, who detailed a…

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