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Editorial: Ocalans, get out and vote today

In the past four of the city of Ocala's biennial elections, voter turnout has averaged just 11.4 percent - from a high of 14 percent in 2009 to a low of 9.5 percent in 2011. In other words, Just 1 out of 10 city voters has decided the make-up of the City Council and who would serve as mayor. The 201

STAR-BANNER - 2017-09-18 23:19:35

City of Ocala general election

OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - Polls are open: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Candidate Information: There are two offices up for election: Mayor and City Council District 5. Mayor--- Kent Guinn Catherine G. Zimmer City Council District 5--- Justin Grabelle James P. Hilty, Sr. For sample ballots or to find your poll

WCJB - 2017-09-19 00:26:00

Thousands of Duke Energy customers still without power

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Duke Energy representatives are apologizing to customers as thousands still don't have power following Hurricane Irma. "Customers are frustrated, and we apologize for that," said company spokesman Jeff Brooks on Monday afternoon. Customers throughout Central Flo

WOGX.COM - 2017-09-19 02:43:00

Lake County shelter over capacity due to Irma, offers $10 adoption fee

TAVARES, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - There are 225 dogs at the Lake County Animal Shelter barking for attention, hoping for a new home. LCAS says they'll make a good deal on a new best friend. "Our adoption fee is only $10. That's includes their initial vaccines, de-worming, rabies, tag microchip, heartwo

WOGX.COM - 2017-09-19 06:17:00

25-foot-wide sinkhole opens up in Apopka, still growing

ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Dramatic home video shows a the back side of an Apopka family's home being swallowed by a sinkhole Tuesday morning. "The sound was hard to believe. It was very very loud. The windows cracked breaking. It was hard to watch," said Ellen Miller, describing herself as numb

WOGX.COM - 2017-09-19 18:35:00

'Ghost boat' washes ashore on Florida beach

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Beach-side residents in Melbourne Beach, Florida awoke to a strange new sight on the oceanfront Tuesday: a large sailboat in the middle of the sand. The boat, labeled the "Cuki," out of New Rochelle, NY, just kind of showed up along the shore sometime overnight.

WOGX.COM - 2017-09-20 05:51:00

Florida tourism marketing to ramp up after Irma

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (NSF) - Florida will begin a post-Hurricane Irma marketing plan to lure tourists back to the Sunshine State. Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday that the public-private agency Visit Florida will lead a marketing campaign. Scott's office said the campaign will be "multi-phased and inc

WOGX.COM - 2017-09-20 05:56:00

Scott pushing counties to remove Irma debris

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (NSF) - Implying debris is hindering the restoration of electricity and other relief efforts, Gov. Rick Scott set a noon Tuesday deadline for Florida counties impacted by Hurricane Irma to submit detailed debris-removal plans. "Today, more than 370,000 homes and businesses in Flori

WOGX.COM - 2017-09-19 02:39:00

Get your SunPass ready as tolls return Thursday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (NSF) - Toll collections will resume at 12:01 a.m. Thursday on most state toll roads after being lifted Sept. 5 in advance of Hurricane Irma's trek across Florida. Tolls will remain suspended on the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike south of State Road 874 in southern Miami

WOGX.COM - 2017-09-19 18:18:00

Police: Battery suspect struck woman in the head

OCALA - A woman accused of striking another woman in the head with a pocket knife that had metallic knuckles was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated battery and possession of a concealed weapon. Justine Leibowitz admitted to hitting the 37-year-old victim in the head repeatedly with the obje

STAR-BANNER - 2017-09-19 22:13:43

Bicyclist's leg broken in two places after struck by car near Mulberry Grove Recreation Center

A bicyclist's leg was broken in two places after she struck by a car Sunday morning near Mulberry Grove Recreation Center. The Stonecrester was one of six bicyclists struck by the vehicle which had been making a right turn into Mulberry Grove Recreation Center. The driver, who had been traveling in

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-19 19:35:51

Community news and events for Sept. 20 and beyond

Veterans meetings Today * Seadragon Base USSVI: 1 p.m., American Legion Post 347, 699 W. Lady Lake Blvd., Lady Lake. Call 874-7358 or 897-6266. * VFW Post 4493 House Committee: 6:30 p.m., 11100 SE Maricamp Road (County Road 464), Candler. Call 687-4493. * VFW Post 8083: 6:30 p.m., 12666 S. U.S. 441,

STAR-BANNER - 2017-09-20 07:01:00

Incumbent Guinn wins mayor race; Grabelle wins council seat

Incumbent Kent Guinn won a fourth term as mayor during Ocala's city elections on Tuesday, while former congressional staffer Justin Grabelle defeated incumbent District 5 councilman Jim Hilty Sr. Guinn -- who served three, four-year terms as an Ocala city councilman until he was elected mayor in 201

STAR-BANNER - 2017-09-20 01:50:25

Funeral director hopes to return lost urn

Bob Roche wants to reunite a veteran's remains with his family. Back in December 2016, Roche was given two urns that were found in an abandoned storage unit. He placed them in a storage cabinet with other urns at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Service, at 5946 SE Robinson Road in Belleview, and didn't think m

STAR-BANNER - 2017-09-19 20:07:17

Pedestrian critically injured when struck by mini-van in Marion County

A pedestrian was critically injured when she was struck by a mini-van early Sunday morning in Marion County. The woman, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, was transported to Ocala Regional Medical after the accident which occurred at 2:05 a.m. on State Road 200, accordi

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-17 10:29:03

5K in Marion County still without power

That's down from 143K last week. Staff report At noon a week ago, 143,385 customers throughout Marion County had lost power. That was about 76 percent of all homes and commercial buildings throughout the county, which is larger than Rhode Island. On Monday morning, workers from around the country h

STAR-BANNER - 2017-09-18 14:33:24

Elder facilities scramble to comply with new rule

Gov. Scott made the announcement on Saturday Operators of assisted living facilities and nursing homes across Florida are reviewing a new state order aimed at keeping residents safe and cool during power outages. Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday issued an order that requires the state's 3,500 assisted li

STAR-BANNER - 2017-09-18 22:51:40

Local homeless study kicks off on Thursday

Miami-Dade expert will be main speaker Staff report The Public Policy Institute of Marion County will kick off its newest study, focusing on homelessness in Marion, with a breakfast meeting Thursday that features Miami-Dade County expert Ron Book as the main speaker. The meeting will start at 7 a.m

STAR-BANNER - 2017-09-18 19:51:48

Community news and events for Sept. 19 and beyond

Road closure There will be a temporary road closure along Southeast County Road 42 near the intersection of Southeast 73rd Avenue through Sept. 22, from Sept. 25-29, and on Oct. 2. The closure will be due to utility work. Signage and barriers will be in place to direct traffic. Weather and other unf

STAR-BANNER - 2017-09-19 07:01:00

News and events in business and industry

Post-Irma assistance Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to businesses and residents in Marion and Citrus counties whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of Hurricane Irma. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is accepting applications for DUA fro

STAR-BANNER - 2017-09-17 19:39:49