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School Board mulls space options - News - Ocala.com  Ocala

The School Board may sell the aging Marion Technical Institute campus and move vocational programs to the Marion Technical College off State Road 200.



Prep roundup: Buchholz baseball outlasts Wildcats  Ocala

The Forest baseball team fell to visiting Buchholz 8-3 on Tuesday at Forest High School.Harrison Pesola had four strikeouts in three innings of work for the ...



APPLAUSE: Recognizing good news and milestones  Ocala

The Guardian ad Litem program recognized church members, the Adam Hanson Communities Fund donated to BookWorks and a former Ocalan was honored ...



Vanguard track wins county championship - Sports - Ocala.com - Ocala, FL  Ocala

The Vanguard boys and girls track teams each took home team gold on Thursday at the MCIAC track & field meet held at Forest High School.The Vanguard boys ...



Eagle Scout creates monument to NMMS educators  Ocala

Reginald "Reggie" Willis Jr.'s community *service* project is a granite monument listing the names of 21 educators who have served 25 or more years at North ...



Judge in Ocala gets update on Forest High shooter case  Ocala

Sky Bouche fired a shot through a door and injured a student on April 20. Case discovery includes a 300-person witness list, incident reports, surveillance and ...



Bradshaw set to speak at the Reilly  Ocala

The Ocala Quarterback Club will present “An Evening with Terry Bradshaw” on Friday at the Reilly Arts Center, located at 500 NE 9th St.The event will begin at 6 ...



Forest High School student arrested on campus  WCJB

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



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.



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.



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 ...



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.



Forest High School teacher accused of drowning 2 raccoons during science class  WFTV Orlando

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



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 ...



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 responded ...



'I wasn't raised by the right people': Forest High School shooting, takedown video released  WFTV Orlando

The Marion County Sheriff's Office on Thursday afternoon released a 20-minute compilation of footage recorded by body-worn and surveillance cameras of the ...



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 ...



Forest hires Williams as new football coach  Ocala

The Forest Wildcats will have a new face on the sideline when they take the field again next Fall.Robin Williams, 31, has been hired as the new head coach of ...



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 ...



Possible sinkholes open on high school campus in Ocala  WESH Orlando

A possible sinkhole has opened up on a Marion County high school campus.



MCSO: Forest High School shooter tells deputies why he did it  The Independent Florida Alligator

Forest High School students were supposed to walk out in calm protest.



Clinic that evaluated accused Ocala school shooter speaks to Eyewitness News  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.



Forests MLK Shootout set for today  Ocala

MLK Shootout at Forest High School. -- Submitted by Spencer Ashley. East Ridge (7-7) vs. Dunnellon (4-13). Time: Noon. Common opponents: West Port- East ...



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.



Top local stories of 2018  Ocala

A 19-year-old man is accused of entering Forest High School on April 20 and firing a shotgun through the bottom of a classroom door, striking a student in the ...



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.



Forest High School students to honor teachers, staff following shooting  WFTV Orlando

Students at a Marion County school honored teachers, staff and first responders Wednesday for their actions following a shooting at Forest High School.



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,...



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 ...



Golden Apple caravan surprises top teachers in Marion County  Ocala

Shady Hill Elementary School art teacher Karla Cavalier is the Rookie Teacher of the Year. Her philosophy: "Never do for a child what a child can do for themself ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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.



Ocala scout soars with STEM drone project  Ocala

In between taking his award-winning "First Response Medical Drone" to state level competitions, Nick Ruppel found time to complete requirements to attain the ...



Area roundup: Forest boys hoops improves to 2-0  Ocala

The Forest boys basketball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 60-39 win over Belleview on Thursday night at Forest High School. Jake Charske led the ...



Deal settled for school resource officer funding  Ocala

The School Board reached a consensus Thursday on a deal with three law enforcement agencies to continue providing school resource officers, known as ...



Forest upset by No. 4 seed Mandarin in district semis  Ocala

Forest's girls soccer team entered the District 1-5A tournament with a lot going for it.Home field. The top seed. The understanding that it hadn't lost a game in ...



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'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 ...



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 ...



A to Z with Forest basketball player Jake Charske  Ocala

Jake CharskeSCHOOL: ForestYEAR: JuniorPOSITION: Shooting guardJERSEY NUMBER: 5HEIGHT: 6-foot-3A rea basketball player I would pay to watch: My ...



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 ...



Minute by harrowing minute: How Forest shooting unfolded  Ocala

Someone shot through my classroom door and hit a kid in the ankle,” English teacher Jennifer Hadden texted to her fiance, according to those messages, which ...



Community news and events for March 1 and beyond - News - Ocala.com  Ocala

Regional summitThe FPRA Regional Summit will be held 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Saturday at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala.



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 ...



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.



Florida schools implementing ‘hardened corners’; some parents unhappy  The Northwest Florida Daily News

LAKELAND — A new addition is coming to every classroom in Florida, and some parents are not happy about it.Bright yellow and black security tape is being ...



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.



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 High ...



Prep roundup: Wildcats tame Tigers  Ocala

The Forest boys basketball team earned a come-from-behind 68-62 victory against visiting Lake City Columbia on Tuesday night.The Wildcats fell behind by 12 ...



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.



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 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 ...



Teacher Talked With Accused Shooter While Waiting For Help  Patch.com

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



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."



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 ...



Calendar of events for March 2 and beyond - News - Ocala.com  Ocala

TODAYYard sale: 7 a.m., Silver Springs Shores Community Center, 590 Silver Road, Ocala. $10 car show entry. Call 512-3319.Indoor rummage sale: 7 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



Fessenden students honor historic black leaders  Ocala

UPDATE: This version corrects two photo captions. The evening saw about 100 people hear from student essay winners, hear remarks by black leaders from the ...



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 Carson ...



Jewett Springer, longtime educator and coach, dies at 79  Ocala

Jewett Springer, who served as Vanguard High School's first head football coach during integration and later as a principal and an assistant superintendent of ...



Peggy Brookins will speak about education on Thursday in Ocala  Ocala

The former Marion County teacher is now CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Arlington, Virginia.



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 ...



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 ...



1 injured in shooting at Florida high school  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.



Park entry road named in honor of Howard Rohrbacher Sr.  Ocala

Rohrbacher was with the Ocala Recreation Department from 1946 to 1984 and was instrumental in many sports programs with a focus on youth.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Editorial: Getting it right on guardians  Ocala

More armed security, however discomfiting it is, should help make our schools safer, and the guardians will provide much of that security affordably.



Murder-suicide investigation in Dunnellon  Ocala

The Sheriff's Office identified the deceased as Shawn Aldridge and Rebecca Ann Wetherell Aldridge. Family members said she had returned home to find her ...



No School Board help for raccoon-killing Ocala teacher  Ocala

School Board Chairwoman Beth McCall said on Thursday that while the Forest High School teacher accused of enlisting students to help drown two raccoons ...



Prep roundup: Wildcats sweep Knights  Ocala

The Forest Wildcats improved to 5-0 in District 7A-4 with a 25-21, 27-25, 25-22 home sweep over crosstown rival Vanguard Thursday night.Amanda Hall finished ...



A to Z with Forest swimmer Elise Bauer  Ocala

The outstanding Forest High School swimmer answer questions from A to Z.



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 ...



Bands from Lake, Sumter and Marion show their stuff  Ocala

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



Class of 2020: Halfway through high school  Ocala

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



20-year-old Ocala man dies at scene of crash after vehicle overturns  Ocala-News

A 20-year-old Ocala man who was not wearing a seatbelt died at the scene of a crash Saturday morning at U.S. Hwy. 441 and U.S. 301 in Marion County.



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 ...



Marion County Schools announce baccalaureate and graduation dates  Villages-News

Marion County school officials have announced dates for upcoming baccalaureate and graduation schedules for students in the class of 2018. Those include:.



George Tomyn and Karissa Niehoff: Adult behavior blamed for referee shortage  Ocala

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Florida, this message is primarily for you.When you attend an athletic event that involves your son ...



Sky Bouche, accused Ocala school shooter, on FBI's radar as early as 2013  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 ...



James Elmore: I am a teacher, a combat veteran and a life member of the NRA  Ocala

I am a teacher, a combat veteran and a life member of the NRA, so I would like to again refute some of the points made about arming teachers. The column ...



Marion sheriff criticizes teacher during release of school-shooting video  Daily Commercial

OCALA — The Marion County Sheriff's Office on Thursday released surveillance footage and a deputy's body camera video from the April 20 shooting at Forest ...



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 ...



School district will open 3 more academies in August  Ocala

In August, when the 2018-19 school year starts, the school district will launch new career academies at three high schools, allowing students to learn the art of ...



Kyle Raymond Kinsey  Ocala-News

Kyle Raymond Kinsey, 19, of Ocala, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Arrangements are being handled by Hiers-Baxley Funeral ...



Outgoing School Board members say goodbye  Ocala

Two veterans end their *service*.



OCALA BARBERSHOP SHOOTING: Owner shoots and kills man at salon, police say  WFTV Orlando

Ocala police say the barbershop owner who shot and killed a 44-year-old man is cooperating with investigators and has not been arrested.



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 ...



Marion County School Board wants armed guardians on all campuses  Ocala

The School Board wants to begin aggressively recruiting volunteers for a state-approved guardian program, which allows highly trained employees — though ...



Valentines Day love story: The Vanderbilts  Ocala

Ocala middle school sweethearts find their way back to each other after 25 years.



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 ...



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