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Governor appoints interim secretary of environmental agency

Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Clifford Wilson III as interim secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Wilson will assume the role upon the retirement of Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard on December 1.

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Tuesday 11/25/2014
Clermont police looking for armed robber
Posted: November 25, 2014

Clermont police are looking for a black male who pulled a gun on two people leaving the Crown Lounge on U.S. Highway 27.

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Man charges through homeowner's glass door
Posted: November 25, 2014

An apparently intoxicated Clermont man picked a dangerous way of burglarizing a home Monday night went he charged through a glass door, police said.

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Monday 11/24/2014
Pellet gun incident lands man in jail
Posted: November 24, 2014

A 60-year-old Groveland man, angry because he believed his neighbor’s son was throwing rocks at a wall, was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm Sunday after allegedly pointing a realistic-looking pellet gun at the father, police said.

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Remembering Joe Palooka
Posted: November 24, 2014

Today marks 30 years since the last installment of the Joe Palooka comic strip, which ran for 54 years.

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Groveland Cares feeds Thanksgiving dinner to more than 300 Saturday
Posted: November 24, 2014

Volunteers from Groveland served an early holiday meal Saturday afternoon to more than 300 people at the Lake David Center for the Groveland Cares Thanksgiving dinner.

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Sunday 11/23/2014
FHP releases pre-shooting accident details
Posted: November 23, 2014

Authorities released additional information Sunday about a hit-and-run accident that led to law enforcement officers shooting a 40-year-old Eustis woman at her father’s house Saturday afternoon.

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Friday 11/21/2014
Lake's jobless rate continues to fall
Posted: November 21, 2014

If people in Lake County want something to be thankful for, try the lowest unemployment rate of the year in October and more job opportunities ahead as the holiday season approaches.

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Thursday 11/20/2014
Umatilla city manager heads to Apopka
Posted: November 20, 2014

Umatilla City Manager Glenn Irby has been hired as chief administrator in Apopka, Orange County’s second-largest city.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Hearing to be held Thursday on Mount Dora election decision
Posted: November 19, 2014

A hearing for another temporary injunction regarding Mount Dora’s tied city council race is scheduled for 2 p.m. today before Circuit Judge Mark Nacke, according to James Homich, who represents 14 Mount Dora voters who initially filed a motion that says “drawing lots” would go against Mount Dora’s charter.

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Hays files bill requiring students to watch film
Posted: November 19, 2014

State Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, who last August said he planned to introduce a bill calling for all eighth- and 11th-grade students in Florida to see the movie “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” did exactly that Tuesday.

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Cops: Man charged over nude photo, threats
Posted: November 19, 2014

A Clermont man has been charged with cyberstalking after allegedly agreeing to take down naked pictures of his former girlfriend that he posted on a social media website, only if she would agree to see him.

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Tuesday 11/18/2014
Mount Dora council will decide how election is settled
Posted: November 18, 2014

The Mount Dora City Council could determine this evening how to decide the council election that ended in a tie between incumbent Nick Girone and challenger Marie Rich last week, but a judge on Tuesday morning issued an injunction preventing "drawing lots" as a tie-breaker for five days.

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Man accused of vulgar social media postings
Posted: November 18, 2014

A 26-year-old Clermont man has been arrested for allegedly making vulgar remarks to women, using his cell phone camera to record their responses, and then posting the videos on Facebook and YouTube, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Campione, Parks sworn in for new terms
Posted: November 18, 2014

Lake County Commissioners Sean Parks and Leslie Campione were sworn into office for second terms Tuesday.

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Cops: Drugs, cash and counterfeit money found
Posted: November 18, 2014

A 20-year-old Minneola man faces multiple charges after marijuana, counterfeit money and a stolen handgun were found in his home, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Incentives offered to plant citrus trees
Posted: November 18, 2014

Florida's Natural Growers is taking applications to participate in the future of the citrus industry.

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South Lake teen starts 'Family Assist Campaign'
Posted: November 18, 2014

A Lake Minneola High School senior working toward her Girl Scout gold award — the highest Girl Scout honor — is reaching out to the community for help.

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Monday 11/17/2014
Rescue center treating neglected horses
Posted: November 17, 2014

Lake County Animal Services requested DreamCatcher Horse Ranch and Rescue Center this week take two horses from an owner in Eustis that were described by a veterinarian as underweight and neglected, according to the rescue center.

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Groveland company working on electric dragster
Posted: November 17, 2014

Drag racing legend Don Garlits is trying to set a new world record of 200 mph in an electric dragster with the help of a Groveland company.

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