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The 30 September 2006 cover of the Star-Banner
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) New Media Investment Group
Publisher James E. Doughton
Editor Douglas Ray
Headquarters Ocala, Florida,
 United States
Circulation 42869[1]
ISSN 0163-3201

The Star-Banner is the daily newspaper in Ocala, Florida, United States and serves Marion County and the surrounding communities. The Star-Banner has a daily circulation of about 43,000, and is the 19th largest newspaper in the state of Florida.[1]


The East Florida Banner started publishing weekly in Marion County, Florida in 1866 by printer-editor Francis Eppes Harris (1846-1928). It is the direct forerunner of today's Star-Banner. The East Florida Banner was sold to George W. Wilson in 1881 and was renamed The Florida Banner-Lacon when it merged with The Florida Lacon. In 1883, the name was changed to The Ocala Banner. In 1890, The Ocala Banner became a daily newspaper. In 1895, The Ocala Evening Star was created as a competitor to The Ocala Banner. The Ocala Star-Banner was combined into one publication on 1 September 1943 and has remained the daily newspaper in Marion County since that time.

Halifax Media Group acquired the paper in 2012. [2] In 2015, Halifax was acquired by New Media Investment Group.[3]


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