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Editor’s note: The News Leader is seeking other religious leaders in the communities of Clermont, Groveland, Minneola, Mascotte and Montverde to become contributors on what is intended to become a weekly feature. If interested, please contact Managing Editor Steve Steiner at: ssteiner@clermo…

Editor’s note: Religion plays an important role in our communities. Regardless what naysayers proclaim, faith in God is an integral part in the lives of many. Pastor Joel Shackelford has graciously consented to write a column of religion, faith and values in what the News Leader intends will…

We’re only a few weeks into the school year and in the midst of all the challenges we are facing and all the unknown, what I do know is that there is great teaching and learning happening in our schools! Our teachers are going above and beyond every day to meet the needs of our students and …

These may end up being the most significant words published in a newspaper this week:                                                                                                          

The unwillingness of too many to forego the vaccine, fueled in some quarters by a politically driven narrative that equates opting out with a twisted ideal of American freedom, has allowed a virulent version of the coronavirus to thrive. The delta variant is now racing through the population…

Our nation is coming up on the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of 9-11 and for some the scars are still raw from that day. 

In Florida, 710 pedestrians were killed and 7,389 were injured in 2020. These are deaths and injuries that did not need to occur and shouldn’t have. The top contributing factors? Failure to yield, alcohol or drug impairment, and distraction/inattention. Just as it takes two to tango, it take…

After nearly a year and a half of dealing with a pandemic, it’s hard to believe that hurricane season is underway. There should be no one who procrastinates, but too many will do just that.

For the minority that has done right by themselves and for their neighbors with Pfizer or Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, a highly personal and visible (and sometimes vision-impairing from fogged-up glasses) part of our COVID nightmare is ending.

It’s so nice to see our city opening up and coming alive once again. Businesses are running, organizations are meeting and planning, and people are busy returning to work, daily activity and obligations. Part of the activity are volunteers helping out where there is a need.

This has certainly been a long, tough school year. As strange and difficult as last school year was, this year had its unique challenges as parents and children tried to find a renewed sense of normal and make the adjustments needed to get back to living their daily lives and familiar routin…

My recent trip to Florida was glorious for one simple reason: It was normal. You see, I had been hungering for a friendly social gathering for months – any gathering involving family, friends, business colleagues or old classmates would do.

Let’s hear it for the Clermont Police  Department and the Clermont Cafe for hosting the most recent Coffee with a Cop at the restaurant’s downtown location. The program allows citizens to interact with many members of the police force in a relaxed setting. It is a great program, and the coff…

One of the great things about living in the U.S. is that our city and county governments are required to keep their citizens informed about their actions. One of the ways they do this is through public notices – the informational notices that have been deemed to be of importance to local con…

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