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With limbs flailing, muscles bulging and sweat dripping, law enforcement officers from across the state descended on the Marion County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Obstacle Course on Friday for the seventh annual Bad to the Bone competition.

10/24/2014 7:02:06 PM

Last week it was announced that an 80-story tower at the World Trade Center, whose construction had been stalled after being launched six years ago, would be completed after the developer was permitted to issue $1.6 billion in tax-exempt bonds.

10/24/2014 6:19:09 PM

Marion County health officials are warning residents to take precautions to limit their exposure to mosquitoes now that a human case of West Nile has been confirmed.

10/24/2014 2:09:58 PM

A collaborative project by the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun has been named one of the best web-based community service projects in the nation.

10/24/2014 12:54:56 PM

The 2014 Fall Parade of Homes continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at sites throughout Marion County.

10/24/2014 6:33:55 PM

Sunday’s celebration is free and open to the public. The 10 a.m. service will include special music and a drama depicting many humorous and tender moments in the early days of the church.

10/24/2014 5:57:43 PM

The recent cases of Ebola in Texas and New York prompted local medical and first responder agencies to engage in an Ebola patient drill on Friday.

10/24/2014 9:04:52 PM

The recently elected third in command for the 1.9 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars organization wants to be sure the image of the advocacy group is moved out of the bar and into the community.

10/24/2014 9:04:28 PM

Ocala hosted a big fish on Friday when noted marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey spent the evening at Gateway Bank during a fundraiser for his namesake ocean foundation.

10/24/2014 7:50:38 PM

A Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy trying to serve official documents at a Marion Oaks residence Thursday night drew her gun after a dog came out of the home aggressively.

10/24/2014 3:22:25 PM

One month after his arrest on a sexual battery charge, Jamie Coleman was released from the Marion County Jail after the State Attorney’s Office declined to charge him in the case.

10/24/2014 2:44:09 PM

Two employees with the Florida Department of Children and Families voluntarily transferred to lower-paying roles in the wake of a Sept. 18 murder-suicide that left six Gilchrist County children dead.

10/24/2014 1:53:27 PM

Ocala police arrested a man they found passed out in a running car at a gas station early Friday.

10/24/2014 9:51:36 AM

As one of his final acts as Ocala's city manager, Matthew Brower is reorganizing the Public Works Department.

10/24/2014 7:16:13 AM

Over the past several years, the School District has reduced the number of tests it requires of its 42,000 students.

10/23/2014 8:34:03 PM

This year, Halloween falls on the final day of the traditional work week. In theory, that means more opportunities for retailers to sell to adults and children.

10/23/2014 2:49:31 PM

Joel K. Taylor, 52, was supposed to go to the Ocala Police Department but instead shot himself once in the chest with a Taurus 9mm handgun in his backyard.

10/23/2014 6:29:47 PM

Officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and at Duke Energy confirmed 35-year-old Chris Dasher's death.

10/23/2014 6:20:42 PM

In terms of arts and entertainment, this is unquestionably the biggest weekend of the year in Marion County.

10/24/2014 4:13:20 PM

The third annual Ocala reThink Your Commute Day invited commuters to “find their place on the bus” to reduce their carbon footprint and save up to $5,000 annually.

10/24/2014 3:51:22 PM