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Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning Floridians about texting scams that entice victims with suggestive messages. The scam is commonly referred to as the wrong number text scam. Floridians being targeted by a version of the scam in Charlotte County are calling it the awkward text scam, a…

Howey-in-the-Hills – June 11, the Howey-in-the-Hills Friends of the Library, a 501(c)3 organization, is hosting its first Masquerade Ball to raise funds for the Marianne Beck Memorial Library, a member of the Lake County Library System. The black-tie charity gala will take place at Mission I…

Memorial Day is a bittersweet day on the calendar. Memorial Day is a day to pay homage to the brave men and women who lost their lives defending the United States. However, over time, Memorial Day has evolved into the unofficial beginning of summer. 

Orlando, FL – The Florida Small Business Development Center at University of Central Florida (FSBDC at UCF) recenlty announced that it has named Jose Molfino as area manager of the FSBDC at UCF’s office in Lake County. He will oversee the FSBDC’s client service activities across the county a…

Graduation is a momentous occasion for students that marks an end to many years of dedication to studies. Most people look back fondly on the day they received their degrees and diplomas. But often what is remembered most when a person graduates is the party that commemorated the event.

If you have a personalmy Social Securityaccount, you can view your Social Security Statement online to learn about your future benefits and recent earnings history. Included with the statement are fact sheets that provide useful information based on your age group and earnings situation. Las…

Cozemul is a beautiful 7 year old female. She is a sweet girl ready to find her furever home. Cozemul is waiting to meet you at our off-site adoption site at PetSense in Mt. Dora. Please give them a call for her availability 352-602-7532.

Heat waves are an inevitable part of summer in many places across the globe. While humans can escape indoors to air conditioned rooms when heat waves hit full swing, flowers planted around a property have no such luxury, putting their survival in jeopardy whenever the mercury rises to especi…

Every spring, a nationwide high school art competition sponsored by members of the U.S. House of Representatives gives kids a chance to share their artwork through displays in representative offices. 

Realizing that a passion for dance and a desire to teach could be fulfilled together, Jolene Coates established Dance Depot USA, INC in August of 2001. Originally from Clearwater, Florida she moved to Lake County in 1994 after graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Element…

Throughout the summer, Mount Dora Christian Academy will feature a wide variety of camps, from sports-oriented programs to “Readers’ Theater,” “Growing with God” and “Fun on the Farm.” 

General Hospital has filmed its 15,000th episode, making it TV’s longest-running scripted drama currently in production. To commemorate the massive milestone, the General Hospital cast and crew celebrated with a cake-cutting ceremony on the Prospect Studios lot in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 12.

Each year, United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties designates Hometown Heroes for each of the counties it serves. April 29, two Sumter County and two Lake County local heroes were named – and celebrated – at the Hometown Hero Hoedown at Far Reach Ranch in Tavares.

Individuals who are superstitious may keep careful eyes on the calendar so they know just when the thirteenth day of the month lands on a Friday. In 2022, May is the only month with a Friday the 13th. There won’t be another Friday the 13th until January 2023.

Mike Lane has been named Eustis director of development services department and is responsible for all activities related to the city’s building, planning, development and comprehensive plan. He has over 30 years of planning and development services experience, 22 years of that spent in the …

The home of Steve and Susan Guch at 933 North Alexander Street in Mount Dora was chosen by the Lakes and Hills Garden Club for May’s Garden of the Month.

Eustis Panther and Umatilla Bulldog football alumni gathered at the Mason Jar restaurant in Dona Vista April 16 to pay homage to Coach Tom Comer Sr., the championship trophy-collecting phenom they shared during the 1960s and 1970s.

April 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned the public to not use counterfeit versions of these two at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic tests: counterfeit Flowflex COVID-19 Test Kits and counterfeit iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kits.

The more things change, the more they thankfully don’t in the world of Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver), the steely L.A. crime-stopper who may have turned in his badge but hasn’t lost his zeal for justice. In Bosch: Legacy, a spinoff of the long-running Prime Video series based on Michael Connel…

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that affects melanocytes, or the cells that produce the skin pigment melanin. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the sun’s UVB rays stimulate melanocytes, and more than 90 percent of melanomas are thought to be caused by ultraviole…

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Salley Clare (Pagenkemper) Baumann was born October 22, 1946, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania to Arthur and Doris (Braun) Pagenkemper. Sallye Baumann died on December 7, 2021, at the age of 75 in Tavares, Florida.

Editor’s note: David Dunn-Rankin, who many readers know through his weekly column, is CEO of this newspaper’s parent company and the son of Betty Dunn-Rankin. The following originally ran in the Venice Gondolier. 

Loving caretaker and father, William Robert “Bob” Friedman, 78 of D’Iberville, MS, passed away on November 5th, 2021, in his home.

Frances “Patsy” Teuton, age 79, passed away September 22, 2021, at home with loved ones by her side. Ms. Teuton was born in Jacksonville, FL. on May 2, 1942, to Herbert & Gladys (Evans) Sumner.

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…