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Sumter sheriff to run uncontested

BUSHNELL —Sumter County Sheriff Bill Farmer will easily grab his sixth term this year.

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Saturday 06/25/2016
Groveland Police Department policies to be reviewed by peers
Posted: June 25, 2016

GROVELAND – Groveland council members agreed this week that a review of the police department’s policies and procedures may help put existing controversies to rest.

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Lake organizations stress water safety during day of lessons
Posted: June 25, 2016

TAVARES – At least two Lake County organizations took part in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Friday to stress the importance of water safety.

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Friday 06/24/2016
Motorists pulled from overturned vehicle
Posted: June 24, 2016

WILDWOOD – Sumter County firefighters and bystanders had to pull two people from a vehicle after it rolled over Friday morning in a crash.

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As election qualifying ends, many important seats will be hotly contested
Posted: June 24, 2016

TAVARES –  One of the interesting themes emerging in the 2016 elections is that so many incumbents are stepping down, setting up heated battles for some of the most important political offices in Lake County.

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Fire that destroyed home deemed accidental
Posted: June 24, 2016

COLEMAN – A fire that destroyed a mobile home Thursday in Sumter County was apparently sparked by plumbing repair work, authorities say.

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Cops: Man shot girlfriend in head as she did laundry
Posted: June 24, 2016

GROVELAND – Police charged a Groveland man in the shooting death of his girlfriend Thursday night.

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Thursday 06/23/2016
Sleeping motel patron arrested after drugs found in room
Posted: June 23, 2016

LEESBURG — A man was arrested Wednesday at a motel after he failed to respond when employees tried to inform him it was checkout time.

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Store employee charged with stealing scratch-off tickets
Posted: June 23, 2016

CLERMONT — A Circle K employee was charged with grand theft Wednesday after she allegedly stole $700 worth of scratch-off tickets.

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Customer kicked out of bar
Posted: June 23, 2016

MOUNT DORA — An unruly customer who was kicked out of a bar reportedly urinated at the front door on his way out.

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World-renowned children's author Kate DiCamillo visits Clermont
Posted: June 23, 2016

CLERMONT – In Clermont, world-renowned children's author Kate DiCamillo is a hometown hero, and more than 500 people  turned out Thursday to hear her read from "Raymie Nightingale," her newest book.

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Wildlife officials thank Lake for passing bear ordinance
Posted: June 23, 2016

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission commended the Lake County Commission Thursday for passing an ordinance that requires residents to secure their trash cans and encourages the use of bear-resistant cans.

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Montverde Academy grad Ben Simmons set to become top pick in NBA Draft
Posted: June 23, 2016

Montverde Academy is home to one of the nation’s top boys basketball programs.

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Wednesday 06/22/2016
Motorist found guilty in DUI manslaughter in 2009 toll worker death
Posted: June 22, 2016

TAVARES — Betsy S. Lovejoy, a 76-year-old toll booth worker on the Florida Turnpike for 15 years, got back and forth to work safely everyday using the same route, her family said.

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Jimmy Conner draws a write-in opponent
Posted: June 22, 2016

TAVARES – A candidate with ties to Ro Mac Lumber and Supply, has qualified to run for the County Commission District 3 race as a write-in candidate.

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Michael Ray rocks Orlando for shooting victims
Posted: June 22, 2016

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, Orlando’s K92.3 threw a concert at the CFE Arena Tuesday to benefit the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting and to boost community morale. Eustis's own Michael Ray, who has exploded on the country music scene with hits like "Run Away With You," "Real Men Love Jesus" and "Kiss You in the Morning," was the featured artist in an all-star lineup that included Tyler Farr, Maddie and Tae, Jerrod Niemann, Canaan Smith, Billy Currington, Easton Corbin, Cole Swindell and Parmalee. The proceeds from parking, ticket sales and T-shirt sales will go to the OneOrlando fund. PHOTOS BY AMBER RICCINTO / DAILY COMMERCIAL

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Gator that had been preying on horses bit man after it was shot
Posted: June 22, 2016

BUSHNELL — An alligator attack on a 58-year-old man on Tuesday apparently occurred after the victim's father shot the reptile twice and thought it was dead – only for it to lunge at the son.

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Daily Commercial staffers recognized for design, photography excellence
Posted: June 22, 2016

LEESBURG – Two Daily Commercial staffers were recently recognized by their peers for exceptional work in news design and photojournalism.

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Poll: Clinton opens lead in Florida
Posted: June 22, 2016

TALLAHASSEE — Getting a boost from independent voters and adding to her advantage among women, Democrat Hillary Clinton has opened an 8-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in Florida's critical presidential contest, a new poll shows.

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Local golfers Julia Towne, Katie Holt enjoy success at state Women's Amateur
Posted: June 22, 2016

Summer is a time for vacation and relaxing.

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