Ocala is a city in Marion County, United States, part of the northern region of the state. As of the 2017 census, its population, estimated by the United States Census Bureau, was 59,110, making it the 49th most populated city in Florida, it is the seat of Marion County and the principal city of the Ocala, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had an estimated 2017 population of 354,353. Archeological investigation has revealed that the area was inhabited by varying cultures of indigenous peoples from as early as 6500 B. C. and there were two lengthy periods of occupation. The second lasted through 500 A. D. In early historic times, the Timucua inhabited the area. Ocala is located near what is thought to have been the site of Ocale or Ocali, a major Timucua village and chiefdom recorded in the 16th century; the modern city takes its name from the historical village, the name of, believed to mean "Big Hammock" in the Timucua language. The Spaniard Hernando de Soto's expedition recorded Ocale in 1539 during his exploration through what is today the southeastern United States.
Ocale is not mentioned in Spanish accounts. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Creek people and other Native Americans, free and fugitive African Americans sought refuge in Florida; the Seminole people formed. After foreign colonial rule shifted between Spain and Great Britain and back again, in 1821 the United States acquired the territory of Florida. After warfare to the north, in 1827 the U. S. Army built Fort King near the present site of Ocala as a buffer between the Seminole, who had long occupied the area, white settlers moving into the region; the fort was an important base during the Second Seminole War and served in 1844 as the first courthouse for Marion County. The modern city of Ocala, established in 1849, developed around the fort site. Greater Ocala is known as the "Kingdom of the Sun". Plantations and other agricultural development dependent on slave labor were prevalent in the region. Ocala was an important center of citrus production until the Great Freeze of 1894–1895.
Rail service reached Ocala in June 1881, encouraging economic development with greater access to markets for produce. Two years much of the Ocala downtown area was destroyed by fire on Thanksgiving Day, 1883; the city encouraged rebuilding with brick and steel rather than lumber. By 1888, Ocala was known statewide as "The Brick City". In December 1890, the Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union, a forerunner of the Populist Party, held its national convention in Ocala. At the convention, the Alliance adopted a platform that would become known as the "Ocala Demands"; this platform included abolition of national banks, promoting low-interest government loans and unlimited coinage of silver, reclamation of excess railroad lands by the government, a graduated income tax, direct election of United States senators. Most of the "Ocala Demands" were to become part of the Populist Party platform; the first thoroughbred horse farm in Florida was developed in Marion County in 1943 by Carl G. Rose. Other farms were developed.
Local horses have won individual races of the Triple Crown series. Ocala is one of only five cities permitted under Chamber of Commerce guidelines to use the title, "Horse Capital of the World", based on annual revenue produced by the horse industry. 44,000 jobs are sustained by breeding and related support of the equine industry, which generates over $2.2 billion in annual revenue. Postime Farms and Ocala serve as host to one of the largest horse shows in the country: H. I. T. S or "Horses in the Sun", a Dressage/Jumper event lasting about two months, it generates some 6 to 7 million dollars for the local Marion County economy each year. The show features classes for over 100 different breeds, including Tennessee Walker, Paso Fino, Morgan horse, SaddleBred, Draft horse and the American Quarter Horse. Other equine events in the area include cowboy mounted shooting by the Florida Outlaws, as well as endurance rides, barrel races, "extreme" cowboy events, jumper shows, trick shows, draft pulls, rodeo events and more.
In the last decades of the twentieth century, the greater Ocala area had one of the highest growth rates in the country for a city its size. The population of Marion County in 2000 was more than 250,000, up from under 100,000 in 1975. Many historic homes are preserved in Ocala's large residential Historic District, designated in 1984. East Fort King Street features many excellent examples of Victorian architecture. Ocala structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places include the Coca-Cola Building, the E. C. Smith House, East Hall, the Marion Hotel, Mount Zion A. M. E. Church, the Ritz Historic Inn, Union Train Station; the original Fort King site was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2004. Ocala is governed by a five-member board of councillors and a mayor, all of which are elected on a nonpartisan basis, it has a council-manager form of government, relying on a manager hired by the city. The mayor sets policy but has few powers other than vetoing legislation passed by the council and tending to some duties involving the police department.
The city manager handles most financial matters. As of 2020, Republicans outnumber Democrats in the city, 112,000 to 80,000. In the 2008 presidential election, John McCain carried both the city and the county, the latter by a landslide, although Florida as a whole voted for Democrat Barack Obama by a narrow margin. Ocala is located at 29°1
Jonathan Bailey is a British actor, best known for the ITV drama Broadchurch, the BBC's Doctor Who, W1A and Leonardo, Channel 4 comedy Campus. He won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his portrayal of Jamie in the 2018 West End revival of Company. In 2011, he was cast as Leonardo da Vinci in the BBC series Leonardo and went on to play opposite Sarah Alexander in the BBC comedy Me and Mrs. Jones, he was nominated for the award for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012 for his performance in David Hare's South Downs. Bailey has played the role of Tim Price in the musical American Psycho alongside Matt Smith at London's Almeida Theatre in 2013. In September 2014, he played the character Psi in the Doctor Who series 8 episode "Time Heist". Bailey portrayed reporter Olly Stevens in the ITV series Broadchurch, he had a recurring role as Jack Patterson in BBC Two comedy W1A appearing in all three series of the show. He's had one of the lead roles in Crashing and had a guest role in Chewing Gum.
In 2017, Bailey appeared alongside Ian McKellen, Sinéad Cusack and Dervla Kirwan in King Lear at the Chichester Festival Theatre. In 2018, Bailey was cast in the second West End revival of Company. For his portrayal, Bailey won the 2019 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical. Bailey was born in Wallingford and has three older sisters, he decided that he wanted to be an actor at age 5 after seeing a stage production of Oliver! In 2018, Bailey spoke about being gay in interviews with The Times and Attitude Magazine. Jonathan Bailey on IMDb
Pyramaze is a Danish power metal band, formed in 2001. Pyramaze was formed in 2001 by guitarist Michael Kammeyer. Next to join were bassist Niels Kvist. American keyboardist Jonah Weingarten, who met Kammeyer over the Internet, joined next; the band set out in search for a singer. After listening to many demos, the band selected American singer Lance King to be their lead vocalist; the band's first live show took place on April 2004, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They released their debut studio album, Melancholy Beast, in May 2004 and followed with a tour over the summer of 2004. During this time, Danish guitarist Toke Skjønnemand joined the group. In February 2006, the band released their second album, Legend of the Bone Carver, a concept album, received well by fans. On September 15, 2006, the band performed at the ProgPower USA VII festival in Georgia. Shortly after that performance, on November 10, 2006, the band announced on its official Web site that Lance King was no longer Pyramaze's singer.
On April 14, 2007, former Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow returned to the metal scene as Pyramaze's new singer. On December 11, 2007, Jon Schaffer announced on his Web site. Barlow finished recording Immortal with Pyramaze before leaving to work with Iced Earth. On March 13, 2008, Pyramaze released demos of two songs from Immortal, "Year of the Phoenix" and "Caramon's Poem." The album was released May 30, 2008. On July 11, 2008, Pyramaze announced that former Tad Morose and Bloodbound singer Urban breed would be taking over the role of lead vocalist, his first activity with the band was performing on their Danish tour in November 2008 in support of Volbeat. On February 10, 2011, it was announced that band founder and guitarist Michael Kammeyer and bass guitarist Niels Kvist would be departing the band, citing family responsibilities. Shortly after, keyboardist Jonah Weingarten issued a letter stating that, despite losing their founder, songwriter and bass guitarist all in one day, Pyramaze would carry on.
This was backed up by a statement Pyramaze released that the band's producer, Jacob Hansen of Invocator, Anubis Gate, Beyond Twilight, would be joining as guitarist, as well as continuing to mix the band's albums. The band went on a short hiatus soon afterwards. In 2015, the band recorded its next album Disciples of the Sun with their new vocalist, Terje Haroy; the album was released on May 22, 2015, in the United Kingdom on May 25, 2015, in North America on May 26, 2015 on Inner Wound Recordings. On September 8, 2016, Pyramaze played a special show at ProgPower USA XVII, with the current lineup of the band being bolstered by guest performances of Matt Barlow and Lance King, their follow-up to Disciples of the Sun titled'Contingent', was released on April 28, 2017 through Inner Wound Recordings. Morten Gade Sørensen − drums Jonah Weingarten − keyboards Toke Skjønnemand − guitar Jacob Hansen − guitars, bass Terje Haroy – vocals Lance King − vocals Matt Barlow – vocals Urban Breed – vocals Michael Kammeyer − guitar Niels Kvist − bass Melancholy Beast Legend of the Bone Carver Immortal Disciples of the Sun Contingent Lance King Avian Balance of Power Bloodbound Iced Earth Tad Morose Wuthering Heights Beyond Twilight Anubis Gate Lance King home page Pyramaze home page Pyramaze Myspace Nightmare Records Inc.
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