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Fantasy 5 winner celebrates Fourth of July with $178K jackpot from ticket bought in Four Corners

A Fantasy 5 ticket purchased at a Four Corners Publix hit a jackpot for nearly $178,000 in the Fourth of July drawing.

Mount Dora police sergeant who resigned took photos of female employee’s chest, report says

A Mount Dora police sergeant resigned last month amid an investigation that he took photos of a female employees chest, an internal review shows.

Sorrento woman headed scheme that ripped off elderly for $812K through credit-card fraud, feds say

Shannon Bentley, 33, of Sorrento was sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft in a ripoff of senior citizens, prosecutors announced.

Mount Dora Police Chief John O’Grady ousted after investigation finds department ‘fraught with distrust,’ city says

Mount Dora Police Chief John O’Grady was fired Tuesday after an investigation found multiple incidents of misconduct, including an accusation that he made a “derogatory” comment in reference to a Cuban couple at a charity event in April, city officials said.

Lake County schools tout improvements in standardized test scores

Lake County school officials said students made gains on state standardized tests.

Hurrah that emergency homeless shelter for Lake County on ‘fast track’ | Commentary

The Jew who chairs the board of directors for the Salvation Army is determined to build a homeless shelter in Lake County, where there is none.

Lake cities gearing up for a bang-up Fourth of July

Tavares, Mount Dora, Leesburg, Groveland and Clermont are among the Lake County communities planning for bang-up Fourth of July celebrations.

Clermont resident crowned Miss Florida, third winner from Lake County. Now she’ll compete in the Miss America 2.0 pageant.

Michaela McLean of Clermont was named Miss Florida 2019 and will compete in the Miss America pageant.

Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore shares stories, offers hurricane tips to Lake Square Mall crowd: ‘He knows his stuff’

The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore drew a large crowed to Lake Square Mall on Saturday, June 29, 2019, during an appearance at the Hurricane Awareness Expo at Lake Square Mall in Leesburg.

Lake district wise to try to prevent violence with in-school suspensions | Commentary

Every Lake school will have a teacher assigned to a new program called PASS, Positive Alternative to School Suspension, when school starts in August. It's an effort to prevent future violence.

Take cover Florida as July is the deadliest month for lightning

Color and loud sounds flash in the sky in the month of July, but Florida lightning show is nothing to take too lightly. The July in Florida has the highest and most dangerous rates of lightning strike fatalities in the country, according to National Weather Service data.

Proposed toll road from south Lake to Horizon West has $469.5M price tag

A new toll road that would link U.S. Highway 27 in Clermont to State Road 429 and Horizon West in west Orange County carries an estimated price-tag of $469.5 million.

Leesburg man claims $15M lottery prize from scratch-off game

Leesburg man claims $15 million Lottery prize.

Republicans must stop state Sen. Dennis Baxley’s racist rhetoric | Commentary

State Sen. Dennis Baxley of Central Florida has gone rogue with replacement theory and the state's top Republicans must put a stop to it.

Lake County drug sweep nets 44 arrests from undercover operations targeting high-level traffickers

The Lake County Sheriff's Office announced the arrests in recent days of 44 people in a drug sweep. Arrest warrants are out for 23 others.

Oldest county in U.S.? Sumter County, thanks to The Villages, a ‘retirement Disney World’

The oldest county in the United States is Sumter County, thanks to The Villages, a massive retirement community that continues to grow.

Delay in $7.8M FEMA reimbursement throws hitch into Lake County budget planning

Lake County is still waiting to receive $7.8 million in FEMA reimbursement dollars for cleanup after Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The uncertainty is causing problems with planning for the fiscal 2019-20 budget.

Driver killed in Leesburg crash after stopping to re-secure furniture that fell out of vehicle, cops say

A woman standing behind her car putting in a piece of furniture that had fallen out was killed after another car struck her on U.S. Highway 27, Leesburg police said.

Clermont police sergeant arrested for domestic battery, wife describes ‘anger issues that have progressively worsened’: report

A Clermont police sergeant is the subject of criminal and internal investigations after he was arrested on a charge of domestic violence.

Groveland eagerly anticipates Public Safety Complex: ‘I can truly say I never saw it coming,’ fire chief says

Groveland will become the latest city to get a new Public Safety complex. Officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on a 33,000-square-foot complex on July 3.

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Stats show drop in crime, trouble in Leesburg, Mount Dora | Commentary

FDLE's crime statistics for 2018 show an overall drop in crime of 4.1 percent, but Leesburg's crime is far too high -- the second highest in Central Florida -- and Mount Dora's crime have gone up nearly 25 percent two years running.

16 puppies! Lake County dog’s first litter brings a bonanza

Lady has her paws full.The Great Pyrenees pooch gave birth over the weekend to 16 pups, one at a farm in Lake County, the others hours later at a Leesburg emergency clinic. “This was her first litter -- and last,” owner Carol Peters said after Lady’s nine-hour ordeal. All but one survived the birth and the 19-mile ride back to Peters’ Slow Turtle Farm, a goat ranch, near Eustis, where Lady is guardian to a herd of about 150 goats.

The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore to appear at Hurricane Expo at Lake Square Mall in Leesburg

Lake County residents can meet The Weather Channel’s legendary storm tracker Jim Cantore during a Hurricane Awareness Expo Saturday at Lake Square Mall in Leesburg.

Survey finds fewer children living in poverty, but more work needs to be done | Commentary

The annual Kids Count survey by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says that 6% fewer kids live in poverty in Lake -- and that more than 500,000 people will be living here in a short 25 years.

Newly christened Lake County Museum of Art set to open: ‘We are beyond ecstatic’

The new Lake County Museum of Art, formerly the Lake Eustis Museum of Art, opens June 28 with an exhibit by abstract artist Liz Wincup.

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoes $100K from Lake-Sumter State College for fire-safety, security upgrades

Gov. Ron DeSantis used his line-item veto to cut $100,000 for security upgrades at Lake-Sumter State College.

New down-payment grants aimed at helping Orlando-area renters become home buyers

As Orlando-area rents continue to climb, a major bank is offering a pair of home-buyer grants that could help low- and moderate-income residents make the leap to ownership.

Elected officials should learn value of manners | Commentary

Elected officials, just shut up. Close your mouth. Zip your lips. Use duct tape if you must. Is it really too much to ask someone whose paycheck comes from the voters to behave with decorum and civility? It is not. People should demand it. Twice just this week foolish elected officials found themselves in trouble over mouthy exploits.

Mount Dora police sergeant resigns after probe into standards of conduct violations

Mount Dora police Sgt. Keith Taylor has submitted his resignation after the department launched a probe into standards of conduct violations.

Seminole, Lake join national suits against opioid manufacturers for ‘the worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history’

Seminole and Lake counties are among 1,650 counties and cities around the country that have filed federal lawsuits against the pharmaceutical industry because of the opioid epidemic.

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