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…

The Modernism Museum of Mount Dora reopened to members and guests May 28 with the exhibit “Space Oddities: The Sequel – More Bowie | More Sottsass | More Memphis” featuring works from the internationally acclaimed group of artists known as the Memphis Design Collective.

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…

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission invites everyone interested in the natural environment to join the FWC Backyards of Florida project on iNaturalist and be a part of citizen science. 

June 7, Lake County is hosting a community meeting regarding the relocation of Fire Station 71 in Leesburg. The meeting will take place 6–7:30 p.m. at the New Life Church of God, located at 33741 S. Haines Creek Road, in Leesburg. 

Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays encourages residents to contact his office with any questions regarding changes in Florida’s upcoming elections procedures.

KISSISSIMME — Your adventure begins when your party knocks three times on the door and says the “secret password” to allow them entry into the world of Al Capone’s Gangland Chicago in 1931.

Often considered the unofficial kick-off to summer, Memorial Day weekend typically includes celebrations and cookouts, often with outdoor grilling as a focal point. As the holiday and summer months near, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reminds everyone to grill and celebrate safely.

Monday mornings, Pastor Bobbie Rowe of the Saving Faith Baptist Church, Shyer Maguire, CEO of the Towers for Change movement, and local volunteers and other concerned citizens meet with the Mount Dora Police Chief and/or Community Officer Michael Garcia to discuss community needs. 

Last week, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced Florida will end its participation in the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, the $300 per week supplemental FPUC payment, effective June 26, as part of DEO’s “Return to Work” initiative. 

The first Lake County year-round fireworks store is now open in Leesburg.  Owner Justin Driggers is not new to Central Florida.  He has been lighting up the skies here for over 15 years, offering a variety of fireworks at temporary sales venues for July 4th and New Year’s Eve.  Opening a per…

The Tavares Seaplane Base/Marina re-build project is now substantially complete. The re-build project was funded by an insurance settlement after the marina was destroyed by Hurricane Irma. All inspections have been passed, and the contractor is in the process of completing punch list items,…

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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…