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Tucked away off Southwest 27th Avenue, not far from the Paddock Mall, The Vines Hospital quietly goes about its work of helping teens, adults and seniors who suffer from psychiatric or substance abuse problems.

1/31/2015 4:31:01 AM

Murder defendant Richard Lewis Drake took the stand Friday morning and told the jury he did shoot David Walsh on June 19, 2012.

1/30/2015 8:40:32 PM

Consider the Florida law that went into effect in October 2013 the first act in the legislative fight against distracted driving, say proponents.

1/30/2015 4:39:15 PM

The Winn-Dixie at 11352 N. Williams St. in Dunnellon is slated to close no later than March 4.

1/30/2015 11:17:41 AM

Marion County Sheriff's Office officials have issued a description of a man they say tried to lure a teenage boy away from his home.

1/30/2015 4:49:57 PM

Community and calendar briefs for Jan. 31, 2015.

1/30/2015 8:01:01 PM

Marion County commissioners will be faced with a legal quandary Tuesday: Continue with a two-year lawsuit with other counties against the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice or drop out of the lawsuit.

1/30/2015 4:53:17 PM

Two inmates who officials say beat up another inmate because he would not give them his orange were charged with battery by sheriff's officials.

1/30/2015 3:19:31 PM

The Florida Department of Transportation will begin resurfacing work on U.S. 27 Monday.

1/30/2015 3:18:10 PM

Forest High School has been hosting the Florida Band Master Association All-District Honor Band since Thursday.

1/30/2015 12:12:00 PM

Ameris Bank, based in Moultrie, Georgia, announced Thursday that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire M&S Bank.

1/29/2015 2:17:23 PM

The first auction of the Ocala Breeders' Sales 2015 season ended with comparable numbers from a year ago.

1/29/2015 7:53:51 PM

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.

1/30/2015 3:10:07 PM

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."

1/30/2015 3:32:02 PM

"He loved the flight. It seemed to renew his youth," said his daughter, Gail Ballard, 58, of Ocala.

1/30/2015 11:19:29 AM

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.

1/30/2015 11:19:08 AM

Former Ocala City Manager Matthew Brower will be the new city manager of Lincoln, California, beginning Feb. 9.

1/29/2015 8:07:39 PM

Police, community and calendar briefs for Jan. 30, 2015.

1/29/2015 8:01:00 PM

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.

1/29/2015 7:30:06 PM

The week-long second-degree murder trial of defendant Richard Lewis Drake is expected to conclude before the weekend.

1/29/2015 5:07:47 PM