The Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s Office recently received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its fiscal year 2021 budget. This is the 29th year that the Clerk’s Office …

Tavares – The Lake County Board of County Commissioners will remember the Colonial Patriots by dedicating a liberty tree in a public ceremony on June 24 outside of the Lake County Administration Building, located at 315 W. Main St. in Tavares. The public is invited to attend.

June 3, registration opened for the 2021 Florida Python Challenge®, which will be held July 9–18. Members of the public can take online training and then compete to remove invasive Burmese pythons from the wild. 

The Lake County Solid Waste Division encourages residents to dispose of unwanted household hazardous materials in compliance with CDC guidelines in a safe and environmentally conscious way. That can be accomplished June 17 at a collection event, 9 a.m.–noon, in the parking lot of Eustis Squa…

Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter has received the 2020 Non-Profit of the Year Award by the Lake County Chamber Alliance, which recognizes those whose dedication, self‐less service and commitment have made a difference in the community.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. On this day, and throughout the month, communities, seniors, caregivers, governments, organizations, and the private sector unite to prevent the mistreatment of and violence against older people. 

Reader Gordon MacPherson attended the recent Memorial Day service in Eustis and, “Out of the dozens of photos that I took, the one I sent to you was selected mainly because of the monument and sailboat in the background,” he wrote. “Towards the end of the one-hour program, the organizers ask…

The Florida Public Relations Association Lake County Chapter will host guest speaker Anthony Morrison, two-time senior social media producer for Good Morning America, in an interactive chat June 16 via Zoom. 

People who struggle with low income, limited English proficiency, homelessness or mental illness have historically relied on meeting with us in person at our local offices to get the help they need. Currently, due to COVID-19, Social Security offices are open only for in-person appointments …

Huckleberry is a charming 2 year old male Lab / Amer. Bulldog mix. He is a playful boy and loves to run around in the play yard and chase toys. Huckleberry is treat motivated and knows "sit". Spend some time with Huckleberry at our shelter, he can't get enough belly rubs!

The Lake County Library System is offering two programs this summer – one involving free pet adoptions from the Lake County Animal Shelter and the other encouraging residents to explore the county’s nature parks with children’s reading events at area parks. 

Students, employees and community members who received the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine last month at middle schools across the county can receive their second doses through Friday at these three locations: Umatilla Clinic, 249 E. Collins Street, Umatilla, and Leesburg Clinic, 2…

Unemployed people over age 55 who live in Lake and Sumter counties, as well as in Seminole, Marion, Hernando and Pasco counties, can receive free training and help finding job placements at nonprofit organizations, such as museums, libraries, Goodwill, cities and counties.  

Unable to get your child to the recent school immunization events? Not to worry. Florida Department of Health in Lake County (DOH-Lake), in collaboration with the Lake County School Board, will be offering additional immunization events in the summer. Immunization services are offered Monday…

Towers for Change CEO Shyer Maguire at the Saving Faith Baptist Church’s Community Garden, located at 1155 N. Clayton Street in Mount Dora. The fruit and vegetable garden exists to encourage residents to grow their own crops while following a healthy lifestyle, according to the church. All a…

Jeannie’s Place has been a fixture in Eustis for almost 30 years! Jeannie’s is a unique restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch with a feeling of home. The restaurant’s namesake, Jeannie, was owner for only two years, and Karen and Vance Ault bought and ran the restaurant for 20 years, wi…

The Lake-Sumter Seminole Club recently announced that six 2021 Lake and Sumter high school graduates have been awarded a total of $ 7,000 in scholarships to attend Florida State University in the fall. 

Did you know the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers spring/summer wild hog hunting at 26 wildlife management areas across the state?

 Jack Hallett was born on Nov. 17, 1920. During World War Two, he was a fighter pilot who flew over Normandy, was shot down twice, dusted himself off and stayed in the fight for freedom. His outstanding career earned him the rank of major, and he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. R…

ORLANDO — Many people are fascinated with the tragic story of the Titanic, a magnificent “unsinkable” passenger ship owned by White Star Lines that did indeed sink on its maiden voyage. This is the only exhibition that features actual items recovered from the Titanic’s wreck site. It is a ve…

 Recently, Trout Lake Nature Center said good-bye to Mr. G, its Gopher Tortoise Education Ambassador, as he began a new chapter back in the wild. G came to TLNC over five years ago through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Tortoise program. G had been injured at the mal…

Are you looking for a place to fish from shore? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has created Florida Fishing Pier Finder, an interactive map that allows anglers to find publicly accessed fishing piers, jetties and fishing-specific bridges in freshwater and saltwater loca…

Keep Lake Beautiful invites volunteers to participate in a June 12 community cleanup 8–11 a.m. at Bassville Park, located at New Life Covenant Church, 33741 S. Haines Creek Road in Leesburg. 

Tavares – Lake County’s tax roll is recording another substantial boost this year reports the Lake County Property Appraiser, Carey Baker. The Property Appraiser’s 2021 Best Estimate of Taxable Value for the Lake County General Fund is $26.2 billion; up 7.19% from last year. The Lake County …

Father’s Day presents an opportunity for people to honor the special men in their lives. These include not only dads, but father figures and other influential men who offer care and guidance to the people they love. Many celebrations continue to look different than they were prior to the pan…

 May 28, the Florida “Disaster Preparedness” tax holiday opened, providing a 10-day window for people to purchase materials to prepare for hurricane season without paying sales tax on the items. The tax holiday runs until June 6.

The Mote-Morris House in Leesburg officially reopened June 1 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The house, located at 1195 W. Magnolia Street, is one of only a few original remaining residences in Leesburg. With its Victorian architecture, two-story bays and four-story turret, the home had only…

New York City Fire Department Battalion Chief Jack Oehm recently accepted a $10,000 donation from Mount Dora’s Amvets Post 1992 to go toward to Tunnel to Towers Foundation to help military veterans, first responders and their survivors and families. From left, second vice commander Eric Grov…

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Wilson Crandall May 6, 2021 Wilson Trafton Crandall, age 77, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at the Edgewater Health and Rehabilitation Center in the Waterman Village of Mount Dora, Florida from complications relating to Parkinson’s disease.

Richard (Rick) Russell Livingston passed away on the afternoon of November 18, 2020 in Anderson, South Carolina at 71 years of age. He was born in Lakeland, Florida on April 29, 1949 as the first born child of Nelda Forehand Livingston and Wiley Richard Livingston, Jr. He served in the Unite…

Millie Rue Romney Dunn age 100 of Mount Dora, Fl, formerly of New Smyrna Beach FL and Westwood, MA, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 joining her pre-deceased husband of 68 years James Owen Dunn Sr. She was born in Salt Lake City, UT on August 11, 1920. She graduated from the Univ…

Cameron Lee Cruz, age 43, passed away unexpectedly in Mount Dora, Florida on December 5, 2020. Cameron was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Blodgett Memorial Hospital. Cam was beloved at every school he was at, starting at Crestwood Elementary in Rockford, Michigan where he became fast frie…

Raymond “Ray” Ordell Halverson (1934-2020) went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 22, 2020 at the age of 85 after a short but rough battle with cancer. The funeral service will be held at Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 890 Abrams Road, Eustis, Florida at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. It will al…