Record or Near Record Temps Upon Us

Yes temperatures are in the 80’s and that’s warm, even for this part of the country at this time of the year.   This would be a good time to call your friends up north and tell them how nice Florida is this time of year.  We should see these near record highs for most of the week before any cooler, more seasonable like temperatures arrive.  Gainesville even saw a record high on Sunday at 85 degrees, breaking a record set in 1928.

A Williston woman died early Monday in a single car crash in eastern Levy County.  The woman was identified as 37 year old Brandi Jo Winningham.  The Florida Highway Patrol said Winningham’s car left the roadway on NE 20th Street near NE 146th Avenue and flipped.  The 37 year old was pronounced dead at the scene

If you noticed smoke or smelled smoke on Ocala’s far east side Monday, it was ok.  Fire officials say they have been conducting a controlled burn in the area of the Silver Springs State Park.  While the burning will be done late this afternoon, the smoke could linger for some time.

Amazon, which ships millions of packages a year to shopper’s doorsteps, says it wants to be greener. The online retail giant announced plans Monday to make half of all its shipments carbon neutral by 2030.  To reach that goal, the online retail giant says it will use more renewable energy like solar power; have more packages delivered in electric vans; and push suppliers to remake their packaging.  McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and other big companies that generate lots of waste have also announced similar initiatives

Trade wars heating up again?  The European Union says that its reaction will be “swift and adequate” if U.S. authorities conclude that European cars are a threat to national security and should be hit with punitive tariffs.  The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to issue soon an opinion on whether auto imports endanger U.S. national security enough to justify import taxes. U.S. President Donald Trump would then have 90 days to decide whether to impose them.

The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95.  Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years according to a family member.  To see the iconic photo just go to our website classichitsocala.com and click on today’s news.  Roughly 372 WWII veterans died each day in the US. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gas prices dropped over the past week but only by about 2 cents a gallon to an average of $2-21 a gallon.  You shouldn’t pay that much however.  We found fuel as low as 2-11 a gallon at several stations.   For up to the minute gas prices in your neighborhood anytime, just log on to our website, classichitsocala.com

One person was killed early Sunday morning when struck by a pickup truck.  The accident occurred on State Road 200 at SW 48th Avenue.  The victim died at the scene and has not been identified.

A new poll shows 15 percent of voters who supported Trump in 2016 may shift their party support in the next election. But 13 percent of those who backed Democrat Hillary Clinton say the same. The Morning Consult released a major poll showing a high number of disaffected voters in both major parties. The survey found a full 24 percent of voters considering supporting a different party in the 2020 election that they supported in the past.

A member of congress has filed a bill that would end government shutdowns such as the one used by President Trump to try and get his way on a border wall with Mexico.  Congresswoman Donna Shalala of South Florida says the measure would fund government agencies but stop funding for Congress and the Executive Branch.  Shalala says no person should be furloughed or expected to work without pay just because Congress can’t do its job.

If you’ve ever thought of doing this, don’t.   A Florida man has been charged with pointing a laser at a law enforcement helicopter.  The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was monitoring a fire in Clearwater early Sunday when its crew spotted the laser coming from a nearby yard.  A sheriff’s office statement says 48-year-old Brian Harting, a convicted felon, shined a red laser at the helicopter three times from his backyard.  He was arrested and is being held on $25000 bond.  The charge is a felony.

Authorities in Aurora Illinois say the gunman who killed five co-workers and injured five police officers had his permit to buy a gun revoked following a felony conviction in Mississippi in 1995.   But an initial background check failed to show that conviction.  Months later another check showed the conviction and Gary Martin’s permit to buy a weapon was revoked but he never did obey the order to surrender his weapons nor were they seized.    Now Illinois and several other states are questioning procedures on keeping guns out of the hands of people who could be dangerous.

Ocala is expecting gorgeous temperatures this week with temperatures in the 80s and relatively low humidity.  So,  its time to do all that spring planting right?  Maybe not according to the weather guru’s.  On average, the last day of frost in Ocala is on or about February 25th, so we still could get some chilly weather.   Best bet, just wait another week.