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Villages developer H. Gary Morse dies

H. Gary Morse, who turned a small mobile home park near Lady Lake into one of the world’s largest retirement communities, died Wednesday night, according to a front-page story in the developer-owned newspaper.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Murder suspect captured at mother's home in Groveland
Posted: October 29, 2014

A man wanted on murder charges out of Massachusetts was arrested at the Groveland home of his mother Tuesday night.

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Iconic landmark sign going by the wayside
Posted: October 29, 2014

A couple of large yellow chickens — part of an iconic business sign at Leesburg’s Maryland Fried Chicken — are getting a much-needed makeover with help from a city improvement grant.

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Annual chili festival returns downtown
Posted: October 29, 2014

The forecast for downtown Leesburg Saturday is chili.

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Tuesday 10/28/2014
Red-light camera citations in class-action suit
Posted: October 28, 2014

A national law firm with offices in Palm Beach Gardens filed a class-action lawsuit on Monday to toss out red-light camera citations issued across the state by American Traffic Solutions, the company contracted by the city of Clermont.

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County commissioners seeking impact fee hike
Posted: October 28, 2014

Lake County commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday, with Leslie Campione dissenting, to advertise a public hearing to raise school impact fees up to $7,719 per single-family home.

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Sheriff's office warns of telephone scam
Posted: October 28, 2014

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a scam where someone is calling people and asking for money to take care of alleged arrest warrants.

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South Lake Chamber forms panel to attract tech companies
Posted: October 28, 2014

The South Lake Chamber Technology Committee, with support from the Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department, was recently formed with the goal of promoting the region as a viable location for Central Florida’s booming technology industry.

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Monday 10/27/2014
A plot twist in the East Ridge homecoming queen voting
Posted: October 27, 2014

East Ridge High School's homecoming court took the field Friday night during halftime of the game against Winter Springs High.

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Ocklawaha woman heads up new television show
Posted: October 27, 2014

An Oklawaha couple’s love of the outdoors, which includes having to deal with nuisances like feral hogs and coyotes, will be featured on a new television show this week on the Sportsman Channel.

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Lake County farm tour slated Nov. 19
Posted: October 27, 2014

In an effort to introduce residents to Lake County’s vast array of agricultural attractions, The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County will host the fifth annual Lake County Farm Tour from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

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Friday 10/24/2014
Lady Lake man kills bear breaking into home
Posted: October 24, 2014

Wildlife officials believe a black bear might have been in search of food when it was shot to death during an apparent break-in of a Lady Lake home Wednesday night.

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Students conduct political fundraiser to ‘pay it forward’
Posted: October 24, 2014

More than 200 people attended the political hob nob in Eustis Thursday night to hear from candidates running for Eustis City Commissioner and Lake County School Board and to participate in a straw poll.

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Thursday 10/23/2014
Clermont boy could be county's first homecoming queen
Posted: October 23, 2014

If East Ridge High School student Dillon Gleeson gets enough votes from his fellow classmates, he could be the county’s first male homecoming queen, Lake County Schools spokesperson Brian Payne said.

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Clermont woman gets 20 years for identity theft, fraud
Posted: October 23, 2014

A 39-year-old Clermont woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for stealing identities that netted her $4 million from fraudulent tax returns.

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Tuesday 10/21/2014
Groveland woman jailed for husband's alleged drugs
Posted: October 21, 2014

A 34-year-old Groveland woman reached out to police to complain about being battered and claimed the drugs in her house belonged to her husband, but she ended up in jail because of them.

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Monday 10/20/2014
Chronic absenteeism a problem at Lake County schools
Posted: October 20, 2014

Two months into the school year, 64 students at Leesburg Elementary School have missed six or more days of class, a situation the school’s principal calls “unconscionable.”

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Clermont police investigating shooting
Posted: October 20, 2014

Clermont police reported Monday afternoon that a 23-year-old black male had been shot in the leg along East Desoto Street.

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Law enforcement targeting teen texting
Posted: October 20, 2014

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and local enforcement agencies will be on heightened alert to enforce Florida’s ban on texting while driving this week during National Teen Driver Safety Week.

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Tips for Lake's new curbside collection system
Posted: October 20, 2014

Because of recent issues with Lake’s new curbside collection process, the county is offering residents tips on how to properly use the new county-issued trash and recycling carts.

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