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Murder defendant Richard Lewis Drake took the stand Friday morning and told the jury he did shoot David Walsh on June 19, 2012.
The Winn-Dixie at 11352 N. Williams St. in Dunnellon is slated to close no later than March 4.
Sheriff’s Office officials have issued a description of a man they say tried to lure a teenage boy away from his home.
Dr. Michael Tarver, an Ocala pediatric dentist whose office was raided Wednesday by the Florida Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, described the investigation as "a witch hunt."
Ameris Bank, based in Moultrie, Georgia, announced Thursday that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire M&S Bank.
The first auction of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales 2015 season ended with comparable numbers from a year ago.
Each afternoon after working her six-hour shift as the Ward-Highlands Elementary School receptionist, Brianna Hosey volunteers in the school’s visually impaired classrooms, helping teachers during dismissal.
"He loved the flight. It seemed to renew his youth," said his daughter, Gail Ballard, 58, of Ocala.
The city of Ocala offers free Wi-Fi at the downtown square and Citizens’ Circle, and is going to install the service in three city parks.
Former Ocala City Manager Matthew Brower will be the new city manager of Lincoln, California, beginning Feb. 9.
Police, community and calendar briefs for Jan. 30, 2015.
A recent study led by a University of Florida researcher found that adult drug users with ADHD begin to use drugs at an earlier age than adult users who do not have ADHD.
The week-long second-degree murder trial of defendant Richard Lewis Drake is expected to conclude before the weekend.
The city of Ocala has received 89 applications for the city manager position, including one from Acting City Manager John Zobler.
Rainbow Springs Golf and Country Club has been closed since New Year’s Eve. According to the owner, it is likely to stay that way.