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Fire Rescue Prevents Injuries in Residential Blaze

(Photos: Ocala Fire Rescue) From the time the report was first received, it took Ocala Fire Rescue only eight minutes to extinguish a residential blaze in a northeast Ocala home, ensuring the safety of its occupants. At approximately 5:04 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, Ocala Fire Rescue received reports of a structure fire at the…

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School Bus Collision Leaves Minivan Driver in Trauma Alert

(Photos: Marion County Fire Rescue) Emergency responders rushed to the 12400 block of NE Highway 315 today at 2:21 pm following multiple 911 calls reporting a collision involving a minivan and a school bus. The bus, carrying a driver and several students, was at the center of the incident. MCFR Fort McCoy Station quickly mobilized…

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No Injuries Reported After Rollover Crash

(Photos: Ocala Fire Rescue) A speedy response from Ocala Fire Rescue successfully resolved a morning traffic incident near the 3800 block of SW College Road, nearby the I-75 intersection. The call came in at approximately 7:23 a.m., reporting a vehicle accident with a rollover. Upon reaching the scene, emergency crews discovered a white sedan with…

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Suspect in Marion Oaks Murder Nabbed by US Marshals in Bronx Raid

Authorities in New York City have apprehended a fugitive wanted for a murder in Marion Oaks, Florida, earlier this year. Melvin Arias, aged 34, was taken into custody by the United States Marshals Service (USMS) on Thursday, February 29, 2024, in the Bronx. The arrest stems from an incident that occurred on Friday, January 12,…

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The Scroggie Boys Grew Up in Belleview – By Peek Hames

By Peek Hames – Originally published in the 2015 Founder’s Day Review Growing up on their parent’s farm – Just over the hill south of Belleview on Highway 301, the Scroggie boys learned early in life that chores had to done before play. That lesson equipped them to be star football players and challenged them…

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Grand Jury Indicts Summerfield Man for First-Degree Murder with Firearm

Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies have made a significant breakthrough in an ongoing murder investigation, leading to the arrest of a Summerfield man. Joseph Edward Horrighs, born on August 9, 1985, was taken into custody on February 27, 2024, following a Grand Jury indictment for Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm. The…

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Asleep at the Wheel: Deputy Prevents DUI Disaster

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies swiftly intervened in a potentially dangerous situation in the 8900 block of SE 140th Loop, responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, it was discovered that the driver, identified as Carri Ricks, was passed out in the driver’s seat with the vehicle still in drive. The situation escalated…

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South Marion Shines at Southeastern Youth Fair

Local Youths Proud To Showcase Results Of Their Hard Work Awards have been aplenty for South Marion exhibitors at the ongoing Southeastern Youth Fair in Ocala. Above, on left, is Caleb Smith with the Belleview Bald Eagles 4H Club, along side Carlos, his Steer, weighing in at 1,235 Ibs with back fat of .68. Caleb…

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Hope Amidst The Ashes: Local Family in Need of Support After Fire

(Thoughts? Have your letter to the editor published here!) A devastating house fire has left the Taff family reeling from the loss of their home this past week. Mary Taff, the homeowner, was left with nothing but ashes and rubble after the blaze, believed to have been caused by an electrical problem, tore through the…

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