Goodbye, 2014. Hello, 2015. But before we look ahead to what is sure to be another great year in sports, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable moments in Lake and Sumter counties from the year 2014.
It cost Kent Low about $600 alone for the replica of the U.S. field artillery uniform he wore for his role as the ghost of Pvt. Ransom Wilson in the annual Dade’s Battle re-enactment in Sumter County this weekend.
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.
Wildwood and Clermont have been ranked the No. 1 and No. 3 Florida cities with the most improved crime rates, according to Safe Choice Security, a company that markets wireless home security systems.
Sumter County Supervisor of Elections Karen Krauss didn’t get the 70 percent voter turnout she hoped for Tuesday, but she came close with 67.39 percent — the second highest turnout among the state’s 67 counties, according to the Florida Division of Elections.
Sumter County’s fourth annual Beef & Boogie Festival kicks off Saturday morning with games, contests, a cook-off and entertainment on two stages.
Lake County’s seesaw jobless rate over the first eight months of the year dipped last month after a rise in July.
Health officials are urging people in Volusia County to take extra precautions after a 34-year-old woman contracted the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.
The Loomis Bros. Circus will have four performances in Bushnell on Sept. 6 and 7, with some of the proceeds benefitting the Sumter County Youth Center.
Sumter County Animal Services has reopened its kennel, which had been closed for the past week after three dogs that tested positive for canine parvovirus.
Dollar Tree is expected to close on an acquisition of Family Dollar by early 2015, giving the company more than 13,000 stores, according to a press release from the company.
Gov. Rick Scott today announced the 11 new projects — including two in Sumter County and one in Lake – that will be funded this year to help advance the Coast to Coast Connector, which will provide a safe and continuous multi-use trail from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic.
“I think it’s got a great looking storefront now,” North Carolina resident Roy Corrigan said Monday while shopping at the recently rebuilt Russell Stover store in Wildwood. “It doesn’t look like a commercial warehouse, they’ve separated the bargains from the premium candy and it’s just easier to get around.”
Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter is investing more than $1 million in new home construction in Lake County this year, and is also restructuring and expanding its corporate and regional offices throughout the two counties.
A 21-year-old Sumter County man accused of stabbing his sleeping grandmother to death Thursday before going to the beach last weekend with his mother had his bail lowered to $200,000.
Gas prices that had been rising in recent days stabilized over the weekend. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded had risen 5 cents in Florida and 6 cents in Georgia before flattening.
Lake County’s jobless rate increased about a half-percentage point in May to match both the state and national unemployment rates of 6.3 percent.
Physicians United Plan, a Medicare Advantage plan with about 2,000 members each in Lake and Sumter counties, is in the process of being closed.
House Bill 5001, allocating $15 million for work on a coast-to-coast bicycle trail that will cut though Lake and Sumter counties, was among 21 bills signed into law Monday by Gov. Rick Scott.
Gov. Rick Scott signed a $77 billion dollar state budget Monday that includes $1 million to widen County Road 466A to four lanes from U.S. 27 west to the Sumter County line.