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Past articles by Dave:

Wynonna Judd returns to Ocala

Dave Schlenker @DaveSchlenker Also at the Reilly: The Bacon Brothers Country superstar Wynonna Judd is returning to Ocala’s Reilly Arts Center in June. The five-time Grammy Award winner – and former half of the The Judds – is best known for her No. 1 country hits "She Is His Only Need," "I Saw the Light," "No One Else on Earth,” "Only Love" and "To Be Loved by You." She and her band, The Big… → Read More

Ocala's 2019 Levitt AMP concert lineup: brassy, funky, Foxies

Dave Schlenker @DaveSchlenker Free summer series starts May 31 Sons of Mystro. The Foxies. Super Yamba Band. Empire Strikes Brass. If the band names for the 2019 Levitt AMP concerts series are any indication, this will be a wild and funky summer in Ocala. The City of Ocala and Marion Cultural Alliance on Wednesday released its long-awaited schedule for its third — and free — Levitt AMP Ocala… → Read More

Talking trash: Preparing for changes at the landfill

County has released a list of items it will no longer accept in preparation for capping off the Baseline Landfill. → Read More

New spot for convention center? Roberts now eyeing NW 80th Ave. and U.S. 27

The goal: 'avoid impacting' the World Equestrian Center → Read More

In The Villages, sinkhole damage remains after 15 months

Frustrated residents appeal to Marion County commissioners for a second time. → Read More

Zalak running for clerk of court

Dave Schlenker @DaveSchlenker Second candidate for that office Marion County Commissioner Carl Zalak is running for clerk of court and comptroller. Zalak and fellow Republican Greg Harrell are the only ones so far who have filed to run for the office, which will be on the 2020 ballot. A political newcomer, Harrell has been general counsel at the clerk’s office for six years. Clerk of Court David… → Read More

Michelle Stone seeks a second term

County Commission chairwoman files for 2020 election → Read More

Mary Britt, longtime theater executive, dies at 64

'Nothing was as important to Mary as Ocala Civic Theatre itself' → Read More

Mary Britt, longtime theater executive, dies

'Nothing was as important to Mary as Ocala Civic Theatre itself' → Read More

Marion County Commission votes to add more 911 staff

The move is designed to keep up with greater 911 call volume and help save its 911 consolidation agreement with the city of Ocala. → Read More

County votes to add more 911 staff

The Marion County Commission voted Tuesday to add nine new employees — including six dispatchers — at its 911 operations center.The move is designed to keep up with greater 911 call volume but also to save its endangered 911 consolidation agreement with the City of Ocala.Concerned about staffing and other issues, the Ocala City Council in February voted to pull Ocala Fire Rescue out of the… → Read More

Retired detective vies for County Commission

Michael Saxe's priorities: roads, reduced spending and proper growth → Read More

Straws: Time to suck it up?

Locals weigh in as state ponders next move; a ban on local bans? → Read More

County saddles up for anniversary bash

On Saturday, Marion County will party likes it’s 1844.Marion County marks its 175th anniversary this month, and the big bash to celebrate the milestone is set for Saturday at the McPherson Governmental Complex. It will be a mix of old and new, from cracker horses to antique police cars to The Mudds Jazz and Blues Band.Saturday's event will conclude a few steps north — across historic Fort King… → Read More

Ocala Symphony Orchestra gets Ziggy with it

Orchestra and rock band to celebrate David Bowie and Philip Glass → Read More

Jeff Gold seeks second term on County Commission

Dave Schlenker @DaveSchlenker Sole candidate so far in District 3 Marion County Commissioner Jeff Gold is running for re-election. The first-term Republican commissioner filed paperwork Wednesday in his quest to retain his District 3 seat. So far, he is the only candidate in that race, which will be on the 2020 ballot. Gold was elected to the commission in 2016. “I am constantly being asked if I… → Read More

Ocala's latest fundraiser: rappelling down a 7-story hotel

At the Marion Cultural Alliance, 'we just can’t do the mundane.' → Read More

Digging into mandatory pet microchipping

Should the county mandate this for dogs and cats? → Read More

Discovering the Art Park in Ocala

Dave Schlenker @DaveSchlenker At this outdoor gallery, the art stares back There is a headless woman at Ocala's Tuscawilla Art Park. Indeed, her story is tragic, but her presence adds one more backstory to the relatively new city park filled with cultural — and often hidden — discoveries. The headless woman is Marie, and her snoozing companion is Jean. The sculpture of Marie and Jean was… → Read More

Travolta's treat: Actor sets two free screenings of his new film

Ocala Film Foundation partners with John Travolta for March 20 shows in downtown Ocala → Read More