911 Dispatcher heard screams in background, one man dead

911 Dispatcher heard screams in background, one man dead

Marion County — At approximately 10:30 p.m., Friday, a 911 call came in which the dispatcher could hear screaming in the background. When investigators arrived at the residence, which sits off the road in a heavily wooded area located at 8700 NW 43rd Court, they discovered that a man had been shot. According to a […]

$500 scholarship opportunity for students

$500 scholarship opportunity for students

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Legal Support Association is now accepting applications for the Mary Sullivan Scholarship Award in the amount of $500.00 for students interested in obtaining a degree in the legal field. Deadline to apply for the scholarship is December 1, 2019. No application fee. For scholarship information and/or an application packet, […]

Firefighters battle fire at Market of Marion flea market

Belleview, Florida — Marion County Fire Rescue crews Monday night were fighting a massive fire at the Market of Marion flea market, located at 12888 Southeast U.S. 441. MCFR Public Information Officer James P. Lucas said that 17 units and 53 firefighters responded to the fire. According to Lucas, approximately 30,000 gallons of water were […]

Bears are more active in the fall

Bears are more active in the fall

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding people to help prevent conflicts with bears by securing garbage and other items that might attract these animals. In the fall, Florida black bears begin preparing for the winter by consuming extra calories to pack on fat. During this time, they will eat anything that’s […]

Two arrested for picking saw palmetto berries

Two arrested for picking saw palmetto berries

Two people were arrested for allegedly harvesting saw palmetto berries. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as of last July, a permit is required to harvest the berries in Florida. The two were harvesting the berries after midnight on Friday in the vicinity of the Baseline Trailhead Park when they were […]

Unsung heroes prepare for historical Hurricane Dorian

Unsung heroes prepare for historical Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian made its first landfall on Elbow Cay in the Bahamas, at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph and gusts over 220 mph. A second landfall occurred shortly thereafter over Marsh Harbour, on the island of Great Abaco, with the same intensity. While this powerful, historic hurricane still spins, unsung […]

WEATHER ALERT: Important changes to watches and warnings

WEATHER ALERT: Important changes to watches and warnings

DORIAN BECOMES THE STRONGEST HURRICANE IN MODERN RECORDS FOR THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS. …CATASTROPHIC CONDITIONS OCCURRING IN THE ABACOS ISLANDS** NEW INFORMATION ————— Tropical storm watch – A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Highlands and Polk Flood Advisory A flood advisory has been issued for parts of Citrus County Storm information: – About 300 […]

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