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Joe Callahan


Ocala, FL, United States

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Past articles by Joe:

Circle K selling weed? Green Thumb's Ocala-made cannabis to be sold near Florida stores

Green Thumb is establishing a manufacturing plant in Ocala. Starting in 2023, some of its cannabis products will be sold near Circle K's in Florida. → Read More

Record smashed: Marion school enrollment is 44,500 plus, more than 1K above projections

Marion County Public Schools set a new enrollment record, topping more than 44.5K students just seven weeks after the school district topped 44k. → Read More

Hurricane Ian: Marion schools closed Wednesday and Thursday; shelters, sandbags available

Hurricane Ian could make landfall south of Cedar Key early Friday as a Category 1 storm. But that path could change in the coming days. → Read More

Denied: Ocala City Council says no to 288 apartments across from Saddlewood Elementary

It was the second time the Ocala City Council voted on land use needed for a proposed 288-unit apartment complex in a congested part of the city. → Read More

Single-family homes in Ocala/Marion County: Median price is up, number of sales is down

Marion County's median sale price for existing single-family homes continues to climb, jumping 16.7% in one year. The number of sales dipped 23.4%. → Read More

Give4Marion raised a record $771,000 for 87 local nonprofits. Which ones received the most?

The third annual Give4Marion campaign, an online fundraiser for nonprofit organizations, set a new record this year, collecting $771,075. → Read More

Ready, set, donate: Third annual Give4Marion campaign is underway; 87 charities to benefit

The third annual Give4Marion campaign, an online fundraiser for Marion County nonprofits, kicked off Tuesday and runs through 7 p.m. Sept. 21. → Read More

'Organized chaos': First day of school in Marion goes according to plan so far

About 40,000 students arrived on foot, in cars and on buses on Wednesday morning to 53 campuses for the first day of the 2022-23 school year. → Read More

School starts on Wednesday: Look out, drivers, it's back to class for Marion's 43K students

The summer is over for Marion County's 43,000 students and 6,500 employees. The first day of the 2022-23 school year is Wednesday. → Read More

Lori Conrad, Joseph Suranni compete for District 2 seat on Marion County school board

School teacher Lori Conrad and school dean Joseph Suranni to square off in Aug. 23 primary for Marion school board in District 2. → Read More

Marion County School Board: Sarah James to run for District 5 seat now held by Kelly King

Sarah James, a veteran educator and preschool operator, is running for the Marion County School Board District 5 seat. Will incumbent Kelly King run? → Read More

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

The median sale price of an existing single-family home in Marion County climbed 41.4% in February to $265,750. It was $188,000 in February 2021. → Read More

Nancy Thrower is first Marion school board member to announce candidacy for 2022 election

Incumbent Nancy Thrower became the first candidate to throw her hat into the Marion County School Board political arena in 2022. → Read More

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