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Forest High School student arrested on campus  WCJB

An 11th-grade student at Forest High School has been arrested.

Forest seeks new football coach  Ocala

Forest high school athletic director Donald Tucker has announced that the school is seeking applicants for its position of head football coach in place of Ray ...

Sports announcements - Sports -  Ocala

The Forest High School baseball program is holding its first ever winter youth baseball camp on Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for grades 1 ...

Outgoing School Board members say goodbye  Ocala

Two veterans end their *service*.

News and events in business and industry  Ocala

Ribbon cuttingSentry Molecular Coatings Florida will host a ribbon cutting ceremony 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at 310 SE Third St., Ocala.The firm offers ...

Marion schools want to establish security force  Ocala

"This a plan for the elementary schools only," Safe Schools Coordinator Dennis McFatten said. "We want to provide the same level, if not more, to these schools."

Forest hosting winter baseball camp - Sports -  Ocala

The Forest High School baseball program is holding its first ever Winter Baseball camp on Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for grades 1 through 8.

He fired a shotgun into a classroom door, police say, then said ‘sorry’ to the injured student  The Washington Post

Sky Bouche, 19, is facing several charges, including terrorism, for a shooting Friday at Forest High School in Ocala, Fla.

High school students now required to wear ID  Ocala

The School District policy will be enforced as part of increased security measures following the April 20 shooting incident at Forest High School.

Ocala school shooter charged, could face life  Ocala

Sky Bouche, a former student at Forest High School in Ocala, faces five charges, including armed burglary, which is a life felony, for the April 20 incident in which ...

Multiple Events In Ocala Mark Response To Forest High School Shooting  WUFT

Ocala saw a flurry of events inciting both outrage and hope on Wednesday afternoon in the wake of Friday's shooting at Forest High School. On Friday morning ...

Accused Forest High shooter Sky Bouche faces Ocala judge  Ocala

Bouche, 20, of Crystal River, made his first court appearance Wednesday since being charged in relation to the April 20 shooting at the school in Ocala.

Forest High shooter requests more time to prepare for trial  Ocala

Sky Bouche, of Crystal River, a former student at the Ocala school, is accused of entering FHS on April 20 and shooting a gun at a closed classroom door, which ...

Forest High School: room where shooting took place transformed into 'refuge'  WCJB

A classroom at Forest High School that once served as a reflection of a tragic day when a shooting occurred, is now being seen in a different light.

Ocala: Raccoons drowned at Forest High School in Florida | WFTV  WFTV Orlando

Update: The Marion County public schools superintendent has recommended the teacher be fired.

Date change for annual HOG Toy Run  Ocala

The event is for underprivileged children who are selected by area social *service* agencies. Donations are welcome and can be made at War Horse ...

Students organize rally in response to Forest High shooting  Ocala

The Never Again Ocala rally seeks an end to campus gun violence and charges elected officials with school safety. Two local students — including a Forest ...

Forest High teacher, coach ran through halls yelling Code Red  Ocala

Spencer Ashley made sure his students were safe and secure then sprinted toward people calling his name. He turned a blind corner, not knowing what he was ...

Forest High School student sliced by knife in fracas at disc golf course  Villages-News

A Forest High School student was cut by a knife Thursday during a scuffle at the Ocala Greenway Disc Golf Course. Marion County sheriff's deputies.

Board funds 34 officers at elementary and charter schools  Ocala

It was the first time that the board has been together since Friday's shooting at Forest High School.

Forest High School: Accused shooter mental facility | WFTV  WFTV Orlando

Students and teachers at Forest High School in Ocala are set to wear green to class Friday, a week after a gunman shot a student inside the school.

Photos: Shooting at Forest High School near Ocala, Florida  WHIO

One person was injured Friday morning in a shooting reported at Forest High School in Ocala, according to the the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Body camera video shows Forest High School shooting response  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

The Marion County Sheriff's Office released body camera video Thursday from the April shooting where one student was injured at Forest High School.


Several depressions have formed at a Marion County high school, a spokesperson for the school district confirmed.

Stories from Forest: Just hoping he wasnt going to kill no one  Ocala

It was Friday morning, first period, English III. Spenser Twardoski, 17, and his classmates had just recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Then, all of a sudden, ...

SKY BOUCHE: Forest High School shooting suspect Marion | WFTV  WFTV Orlando

The trial for a young man accused of firing a shotgun inside a Marion County school has been postponed. It was supposed to start Monday, but the defense said ...

Possible sinkholes swallow field at Forest High School  WCJB

Several depressions have formed at a Marion County High School Crews responded to forest high school around 8 o'clock Tuesday morning to assess the area.

Ocala school shooter has been charged and could face life in prison  Orlando Weekly

The former student at Forest High School in Ocala who carried out a shooting on April 20 that left one student injured faces five charges,...

Shooting at central Florida high school  CNN

One person is injured and one is in custody after a shooting at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, authorities say.

Forest Highs Jimmy Long is officer of the year  Ocala

'May his quick and selfless response be a testament to the bravery required of a school resource officer.'

Forest High School shooter charged, could face life in prison  Daily Commercial

OCALA — Marion County prosecutors officially filed charges Friday against the alleged Forest High School shooter, who could face life in prison if found guilty.

PETA: No more animals in Ocala schools FFA  Ocala

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to Forest High School on Thursday urging it to remove all animals from the FFA program in the ...

Teacher given Woman of Courage award for actions in FHS shooting  Ocala

Kelly McManis-Panasuk was honored Sunday at a woman's expo for being calm on April 20 as she talked to a former student who shot and injured one teen at ...

Sheriff's office investigating threatening statement at high school in Ocala  Villages-News

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is investigating a threatening statement reportedly made at a high school in Ocala. The assistant principal at Forest.

Ocala teacher accused of drowning raccoons abruptly retires from his position  Villages-News

The Forest High School teacher who is accused of drowning nuisance animals during the school day with the help of some students has abruptly retired.

Suspect in school shooting in Ocala identified as former student  Turn to 10

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is praising its school resource officer for stopping a shooting at a high school in Ocala.What happened down south almost ...

No charges against Ocala teacher who drowned raccoons  Ocala

The State Attorney's Office announced on Friday that it will not file criminal charges against former Forest High School ag-science teacher Dewie Brewton, who ...

Wildcats fight off comeback to defeat Hurricanes  Ocala

Forest looked buried after one quarter of football.But the Wildcats rose up, struck back and wore down visiting Mount Dora on the way to a compelling 32-26 win ...

Brooker Mikey Kelly, veteran educator, dies at 87  Ocala

Editor's note: This story has been revised to clarify that Forest and Vanguard high schools were created as integrated schools. Brooker Mikey Kelly — a former ...

Forest High's Jim Long Named Florida School Resource Officer Of The Year  WUFT

Florida's school resource officer of the year is a man who became a hero in April at Forest High School in Ocala. Resource officer Jimmy Long was given the ...

District baseball tournament schedules  Ocala

HIGH SCHOOLS. Baseball. District tournament schedules. District 8A-3. Host School: Forest High School. Marion County participating schools: Forest.

Forest boys golf team wins Wildcat Invitational  Ocala

Soon after Hunter Ditty posted an even-par 72 to lead the Forest boys golf team to victory in Monday's nine-team Wildcat Invitational at Golden Ocala he was ...

Gun, Loaded Magazine In Backpack At Ocala's West Port High School Lead To Lockdown  WUFT

Not even two full weeks of the 2018 school year have passed, and Marion County is dealing with another gun incident at a school. It led to a Code Yellow ...

Prep roundup: Jones routs Forest, 60-0  Ocala

The Forest football team was no match for visiting Orlando Jones as the Wildcats trailed by as much as 41 points in the game's first quarter and fell 60-0 to the ...

A Florida teacher drowned wild raccoons with his students’ help. Here’s why he won’t be charged.  The Washington Post

A Florida high school teacher who, with the help of his students, killed two raccoons and a possum by drowning them in a tub of water will not face criminal ...

Wildcats sweep visiting Tigers  Ocala

The Forest Wildcats volleyball team improved to 5-0 on the season with a three-set sweep of visiting Lake City Columbia.The Wildcats made easy work of the ...

High school football arrives with media day  Ocala

From a coach's standpoint, high school football media day means only one thing.Its go time.Yes, the high school football season is about to get really serious.

Wildcats dominate in 49-13 win over Yellow Jackets  Ocala

The Forest Wildcats (3-1) came into Friday's game against the Leesburg Yellow Jackets (0-4) hoping to build on their win over Mount Dora last week, and get ...

High School Football Spotlight: Forest Wildcats  Ocala

A preview of the Forest High School football season.

Teacher Talked With Accused Shooter While Waiting For Help

Teacher Says Accused Shooter Was Former Student - Across Florida, FL - The former teacher of 19-year-old Forest High School accused shooter Sky Bouche ...

A to Z with Forest right side hitter Amanda Hall  Ocala

School: ForestClass: SeniorPosition: Right SideNumber: 1Stats to Know: Broke the school record for right-side kills with 227. A ll-time favorite athlete?

State investigates report of raccoons drowned at school  Fox 35 Orlando

MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WOGX FOX 51) - A teacher in Florida is on paid administrative leave as the Marion County School District and the Florida Fish and ...

Three young suspects charged in Silver Springs Shores burglary  Ocala

SILVER SPRINGS SHORES — Three alleged burglars were arrested in Silver Springs Shores for swiping guns, cash, change and other valuables.Of the trio ...

Marion County rallies behind #ForestStrong  WCJB

MARION COUNTY, Fla. In honor of the Forest High School community, dozens of people along with students and staff of the school wore the color green today.

Arts, grants and the Greatest Show  Ocala

In a night of Jessicas and Lisas, the real star of Thursday's Applaud the Arts ceremony was Ocala's diverse cultural scene. This year dubbed The Greatest Show, ...

Vanguard takes home district gold  Ocala

On Saturday at the District 3A-5 meet at Forest High School, the Vanguard boys and girls cross country teams did what they do best.Win district championships.

Altercation breaks out at high school in Ocala over Snapchat post  Villages-News

An altercation reportedly broke out Wednesday at a high school in Ocala over a Snapchat post. A Marion County sheriff's deputy was working as a school.

Lake Weir tops Forest 20-17  Ocala

OCALA – Homecomings are for kings, queens and defensive dog fights. All three happened Friday night as Lake Weir visited Forest for a football contest ...

Photos: Images: Evidence, video stills from Forest shooting  Gainesville Sun

The Marion County Sheriff's Office on Thursday released video and evidence photos from the Forest High School shooting of April 20. [1/15]. Forest High School ...

County football teams open up preseason today  Ocala

The high school football season is here with a pair of contests kicking off a two-day run of preseason games.Tonight, Belleview will visit The Villages, while ...

School district HQ now on back burner  Ocala

School officials have suspended plans to build a new 93,000-square-foot district headquarters and will focus instead on costly safety upgrades needed at many ...

Prep roundup: Forest boys golf team wins district title  Ocala

The Forest boys golf team won the Class 3A, District 2 tournament led by medalist Gray Albright who shot a 69.Eoin Buckelew (71), Ryan Letterly (79), Nathaniel ...

Hundreds bid farewell to retiring School Board member Bobby James  Ocala

Former students, co-workers, friends and family streamed into the Silver River Museum on Wednesday to honor the man. SILVER SPRINGS — School Board ...

Wildcats looking for a fresh start  Ocala

The Forest football team is looking for a *fresh* start in 2018.The Wildcats have a new head coach, a new quarterback, and a new chance to take control in a ...

Vanguard defeats Forest in three sets to win District 7A-4 title  Ocala

For the third season in a row, the Vanguard Knights can call themselves district champs. Led by junior outside hitter Alexa Schmidt's game-high 22 kills, the ...

Sky Bouche, accused Ocala school shooter, on FBI's radar as early as 2013 | WFTV  WFTV Orlando

OCALA, Fla. - 9 Investigates has confirmed the 19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of shooting a student in the ankle at Forest High School was on the ...

Calendar of events for Sept. 7 and beyond - News -  Ocala

TODAYBelleview Busy Bees: Quilting group, 9 a.m., Memorial Baptist Church, 3693 SE 95th St., Ocala.. Call 873-3639.T.O.P.S.: Take Off Pounds Sensibly: 9 ...

1 injured in shooting at Florida high school | WSOC-TV  WSOC Charlotte

One person was injured Friday morning in a shooting reported at Forest High School in Ocala, according to the the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Longtime Vanguard coach Jim Haley dies at 74  Ocala

The influential basketball coach won three state titles and started the nationally recognized Kingdom of the Sun tournament.

Schools spokesman Christian wins high PR honor  Ocala

Kevin Christian, the school district's director of public relations, has won the distinguished Doris Fleischman Award, given to one of the state's 1,200 public ...

Parent's letter triggers investigation into Forest High School trip home from cheerleading camp  Villages-News

A parent's letter triggered an investigation at Forest High School in Ocala into a trip home from cheerleading camp. Forest High School's Principal Brent.

Forest’s Mackenzie Forrest shines in the triple jump  Ocala

For the second year in a row, a strong season on the track and in the sand pit led to a state championship appearance from Forest High School's Mackenzie ...

Retired Marion County schoolteacher, veteran, invents potential life-saving device  WCJB

A Marion County schoolteacher of 18 years is busily spending his retirement on spreading the word about a device he patented to keep students safe.

Athletic Colts eyeing breakout season  Ocala

Looking back on the 2017 North Marion football team, perhaps the first thing seen is the 3-7 record. However, in so many ways, while accurate, that mark is ...

Bernardo overcomes adversity to come out on top  Ocala

Flashback to November 2, 2016, and Cassondra Bernardo thought her dream of playing collegiate soccer had come to a screeching halt.As her team was ...

Open School Board seat draws 3 candidates  Ocala

Three men, all with much different types of experience, are vying to fill the District 3 seat of senior School Board member Bobby James, 71, a career educator ...

At charter schools, who pays for officers?  Ocala

A debate about whether the school district should pay for law enforcement officers at charter schools and other alternative program sites has erupted in the ...

Dave Schlenker: #foreststrong more than just a hashtag  Ocala

One week after the FHS school shooting, there has been remarkable student-led dialogue.

School Board moves forward with "Regroup" notification system  Ocala

During extreme emergencies, like the active shooter situation at Forest High School in April, teachers and staff members were told to go on lock-down until they ...

Grad section: High school Class of 2018 graduation candidates  Ocala

GRADUATION CANDIDATES. Marion County high school students scheduled to graduate in 2018. PUBLIC. Belleview High School ...

Scot Brantley award semifinalists announced  Ocala

The Ocala Quarterback Club has announced a list of eight North Central Florida area high school football players who have been selected as semifinalists for ...

Student jailed after breaking into ex-girlfriend's car, stealing condoms at Ocala high school  Villages-News

An 18-year-old Ocala high school senior was arrested after he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's car and stole condoms. Dakota W. Lynch was taken.

Leon Rogers, former school superintendent, dies at 86  Ocala

Local school district officials ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Thursday after learning of the death of former Marion County School Superintendent Leon ...

Youth sports announcements - Sports -  Ocala

SPORTS OFFICIATINGAREA ASSOCIATIONS SEEKING PROSPECTIVE OFFICIALS: The Mid-Florida Officials Association and the Ocala Division of Volleyball ...

Trespasser at Forest High punched deputy in the nose  Ocala

A Marion County Sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries on Thursday during a scuffle with one of three teenagers who traveled onto the Forest High School ...

Volleyball district tournament previews  Ocala

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALLDistrict tournament preview capsules District 5-8A tournamentWHO: East Ridge, Windermere, Winter Park Lake Howell, Orlando ...

Election preview: School Board District 3  Ocala

If campaign financing is a gauge in a political race, then the two candidates vying to fill the seat of retiring School Board member Bobby James are running neck ...

Class of 2020: Halfway through high school  Ocala

The Star-Banner has been following this group of students since they started kindergarten in 2007.

School officer plan settled  Ocala

The School Board decided Monday to staff all 51 school campuses with certified law enforcement officers, called school resource officers, in August, and then ...

Tuesday’s regional baseball quarterfinal previews  Ocala

Region 8A-1Who: Tampa Wharton (16-8) at Forest (18-7)When: 7 p.m.Winner gets: Either Dover Strawberry Crest or Gainesville Buchholz in next Tuesday's ...

Bands from Lake, Sumter and Marion show their stuff  Ocala

Four bands from Marion County earned superiors in the FBA District 19 event.

School Board member Nancy Stacy blasts superintendent  Ocala

The war of words between School Board member Nancy Stacy and School Superintendent Heidi Maier reached an epic level Tuesday night, with Stacy reciting ...

Trial for Marion County school shooter Sky Bouche delayed  WCJB

The trial of a the man who fired a gun inside of Forest High School in April has been delayed.

Area Roundup: Vanguard edges district-rival Forest  Ocala

At Forest, Vanguard edged the district-rival Wildcats 70-62. Forest was paced by Zay Christie, who poured in 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Marion County school district announces admin changes  Ocala

School Superintendent Heidi Maier on Tuesday announced some administrative staff changes that will take effect Monday. The information was provided in a ...

Editorial: SAO erred in animal cruelty case  Ocala

Last Friday, the State Attorney's Office announced it would not pursue charges of criminal animal cruelty against Dewey Brewton.

Five Marion students bound for service academies  Ocala

Larry Fagan, a recruiter of central Florida high school students primarily for military *service* academies for more than 30 years, is impressed by the number of ...

Two big wins for Marion County  Ocala

Marion County Public Schools and the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP), which have been working together to boost vocational ...

Election preview: School Board District 4  Ocala

Two-term School Board incumbent Angie Boynton is in a fight for her political life with Nancy Thrower, a special needs teacher who nearly had enough votes in ...

PREP NOTEBOOK: Forest begins head coach search after Austins departure  Ocala

Forest High School is looking for a new head football coach.Skip Austin stepped down as the head coach of the Wildcats officially this past week after five years ...

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