Stories & Features

Mixed-Media: Local Artist & Author Speaks Out About Her Struggle with Mental Health

Leah Oxendine published an illustrative book of poetry speaking directly to mental health titled When My Soul Bleeds Words. Read her story!

Let’s Dive In: Lauren Debick

The journey wasn’t so simple for Lauren Debick. She didn’t get to fast forward to her life and become a successful influencer. Read her story!

Ocala Businessman Has Faith in Himself to Overcome

Woodly Oralus was on track to success, but life has a way of throwing a few curveballs. Read how Woodly overcame life’s obstacles.

Fitness for Life: More Than Just Working Out

Ocala, FL | Fitness became a lifestyle for Willy Richeson in his late teens. Learn more about this Wisconsin-native’s journey to health.

Owner of Junk Removal Service Builds Something New

Q&Q Removal | Growing up in The Bronx, New York, Tuckson Garnes never dreamed he would one day be a business owner.

Call of Duty: Josh Dinesen

A winding and indirect road brought Josh Dinesen to the helm of First Impressions Printing, a long-standing Ocala business.

Embrace: Taking a Stand, The John Sotomayor Story

Ocala, FL | John Sotomayor struggles with alcoholism, but his LGBTQ+ magazine, Embrace, is changing his view on life.

TV Production Teacher Recalls Her Fight with Cancer

Ocala, FL | Locala Mag | Marcia Daubenmire recalls her fight with breast cancer and thanks Marion County for their support.

Through Adversity, There Were Victories

Ocala, FL | “My poor choices led me to a domestic violence situation … those choices led me to be the woman I am today.”

Little Things: Finding the Good after Witnessing War

Ocala, FL | Locala Mag | David Tozzo was stationed only a half mile away when the bombing occurred at the Beirut Barracks in 1983.