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Ocala, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Joe:

Ocala/Marion real estate: In December, average single-family home sale price was up 41.4%

The average sale price of an existing single-family home in Marion County climbed 41.4% in December to $341,855. It was $241,853 in December 2020. → Read More

West Port High's Leah Bender wins the 2022 Marion County Golden Apple Teacher of the Year

Leah Bender, an eight-year veteran English literature and composition teacher at West Port High School, was named Marion's 2022 Teacher of the Year. → Read More

Ocala/Marion development: Plan for Cottages of Ocala along NW 44th Avenue is withdrawn

An application for a cottage development along Northwest 44th Avenue was withdrawn on Tuesday, less than a month after a hearing was postponed. → Read More

Marion County's Top Stories of 2021: COVID-19 shots top the list; WEC opening is second

Many older residents faced a uphill battle to get registered online for a COVID-19 vaccination, but local health officials created an easier way. → Read More

Marion school district to explore retooling MTI after school lost $1.3 million in 2020-21

MTI, the award-winning technical high school, is losing money. It lost $1.3 million in 2020-21 and now the board wants to retool its programming → Read More

Golden Apple: Horizon Academy's Melinda Kimball named Marion's Rookie Teacher of the Year

The rookie teacher of the year, and five veteran finalists, were surprised on Friday as part the 32st annual Golden Apple Caravan. → Read More

Planned rental community to feature cottages west of I-75 and U.S. 27 interchange in NW Ocala

A 112-unit cottage rental community near Palm Lake on Northwest 44th Avenue received the green light this week by the local P&Z commission. → Read More

AAA: 53.4 million Americans expected to travel for Thanksgiving, up 13% from 2020

AAA expects a strong rebound to the Thanksgiving travel season, stating that 53.4 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles roundtrip this year. → Read More

SW Marion growth: Developers plan 728 multi-family units along 1.2-mile stretch of SR 200

Developers are planning 728 multi-family units along for 1.2 miles on the south side of State Road 200 to meet growing workforce housing demands. → Read More

SW Marion growth: Company plans 943K-square-foot spec warehouse on CR 484 west of I-75

A new 943K-square-foot warehouse on 64 acres will soon break ground less than a mile west of Interstate 75 as part of the new Trailhead Logistics Commerce Park. → Read More

COVID-19: Cases in Marion County schools drop by 26.5%, quarantines by 40.5% in one week

The weekly total of COVID-19 cases dropped to 539 last week, down from 733 the previous week. Quarantines dropped by 40.5% to 2,027, a report says. → Read More

77 acres west of Ocala's planned I-75 interchange at 49th Street sells for $5.4 million

49th Street Gateway LLC is owned by the same men who created Ocala 489 LLC, which became the Ocala/Marion County Commerce Park just east if I-75. → Read More

Marion school board: Face coverings will remain optional to start 2021-22

Field trips, volunteers at elementary schools on hold in Marion schools temporarily; mask mandate with opt-out was pitched during meeting. → Read More

Marion schools: Tentative budget soars to all-time high of nearly $700 million

Marion County's 2021-22 school spending plan, which will be tweaked during August workshops, could reach a record $698.5 million. → Read More

SR 200 growth: More apartments planned in SW Ocala/Marion County

A new multi-family home development is planned along state Road 200, near JB Ranch and Southwest 95th Street, across from Lowe's. → Read More

Ocala/Marion County home sales: Average single-family price up 36.4% in one year

The average sales price for a single-family home rose from $213,891 in June 2020 to $291,692 in June of this year. → Read More

But wait, there's more: Marion's property value rose much higher than originally reported

The final property value, reported July 1, is $481 million more than the June estimate. Overall increase is 9.14%, up from $7.01% reported in June. → Read More

Marion County school superintendent reorganizes administrative organizational chart

Marion County Superintendent of Schools Diane Gullett has announced administrative and principal changes for 2021-22. → Read More

SR 200 business news in Marion County: Cody's gets a new location and BMW will expand

Cody's closed last spring across from Paddock Mall; now it plans to relocate near On Top Of the World. BMW is adding a 13,000-square-foot building. → Read More

Sizzling: Average sale price of existing single-family home in Ocala/Marion up 20.2%

The average sale price of a Marion County home was $271.884 in April, up from 226,204 in the same month of 2020. The number of sales also is way up. → Read More