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Editorial: Florida owns up to racial injustices against 'Groveland Four'

On Friday, Florida’s Clemency Board struck a long-delayed blow for justice, granting pardons to the Groveland Four – young black men whose lives were ruined 70 years ago by a racist criminal justice system in the central part of the state.


Accused molester blames his 'sleepwalking' problem

CLERMONT – Police have arrested a man and charged him with lewd and lascivious molestation of a girl, but he says he has a sleep-walking problem and does not remember doing anything wrong.


Sheriff's deputy resigns after fight at Florida strip club

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida sheriff's deputy has resigned after being arrested on charges that he battered a couple at a strip club. An internal affairs report says 33-year-old Dwight Robinson quit his job at the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office two days after the July 3 incident at Scores.


Metro vs. Florida and Montverde on TV | Basketball Report

The ninth edition of the Metro vs. Florida Challenge basketball event tips off with three games Thursday night at Apopka High School. The showcase, moved to Martin Luther King Jr. weekend this year, pits schools from the Metro Conference vs. teams from outside the tradition-rich Orange County public


Lake County Animal Shelter Ground Breaking Was A Collaborative Effort

Lake County Commissioners, County Animal Shelter staff, volunteers, pets, community leaders, residents, supporters, just about every segment of the Lake County Community were at the site of the anticipated Lake County Animal Shelter to celebrate at the groundbreaking ceremony.


Toyota of Clermont introduces the 2020 Toyota Supra

*This is a sponsored article by Toyota of Clermont*. The Toyota Supra is an icon. It was first introduced to the automotive world back in 1978 and was renowned for its unforgettable style and thrilling performance. However, Toyota decided to retire this one-of-a-kind ride in 2002 to make room for ne


Spaghetti Dinner at Clermont VFW

On Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 4-6 p.m., the Clermont VFW Auxiliary will hold a fundraising meatball and spaghetti dinner open to the public. The menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and dessert, all for a donation of $7 per person. There will be door prizes and poppies on displa


DeSantis, Cabinet pardon wrongly convicted ‘Groveland Four’

Gov. Ron DeSantis and three Cabinet members unanimously granting posthumous pardons to four black men whose lives were destroyed after being wrongfully accused of raping a white woman on a road near Groveland, 30 miles west of Orlando, nearly 70 years ago.


Local author will offer presentation about the Groveland Four

The Lake County Historical Museum will present “The Path to Pardon,” the story of the Groveland Four. Author Gary Corsair will be discussing his book Legal Lynching: The Sad Saga of the Groveland Four. This book was the basis for the Emmy Award-winning WUCF documentary “The Groveland Four”which was


Horse that escaped 'death sentence' now healing at Lake ranch

His legs are heavily bandaged. His right side is a patchwork of bald and raw skin. And he flinches when strangers touch him. But at a ranch in the hills outside Clermont, a horse that six weeks ago fell out of a moving trailer onto I-75 and was left for dead is getting a second chance at life. And t


Florida to consider statewide driver's license, insurance, registration database

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Florida could soon join a growing list of states that have a state-run database to store important information like your driver’s license and proof of insurance, to be used not to replace the physical copies, but allow for a suitable backup and an extra tool for law enforce


School board votes to change Clermont Middle to Aurelia M. Cole Academy

CLERMONT — The Lake County School Board voted Monday to change the name of Clermont Middle School to Aurelia M. Cole Academy when the school goes K-8 in 2023. The decision came after months of work by community organizations including Cole's sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, which originally brought the


Local ceremonies to honor legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

As Americans gear up to remember and honor Civil Rights Movement leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 21, some West Orange municipalities have some celebrations of their own planned.


Mount Dora police dispatcher battling cancer calls co-workers' support 'amazing and humbling'

MOUNT DORA — When Paula Anscomb was diagnosed with an especially aggressive form of cancer in August, the Mount Dora police communications officer didn’t have to look far to get the support she needed to battle the disease.


Join The “Three Bridges Lake Cleanup” On Saturday, January 19

Clermont Chain of Lakes Foundation is sponsoring a “Three Bridges Lake Cleanup” focusing on Lakes Palatlakaha, Hiawatha and Minneola and the waters connecting them. On Saturday, January 19, you can make a huge difference by spending just a few hours cleaning up trash left in or near the bridges on t


Frigid Florida: Get ready for the coldest air we've seen this season

ORLANDO, Fla. - Here is Mother Nature's reminder that it technically is winter, even if we do live in Florida. Central Florida will see the coldest air of the season over the next few days, as well as some wet weather.


Mount Dora rolls out proposed social media policy

MOUNT DORA — The city of Mount Dora this week unveiled a new social media policy for the City Council to consider on Feb. 5. If it passes, the city would resume livestreaming its meetings for the public to view on the web.


Mount Dora eatery offers New England-inspired menu

MOUNT DORA — Downtown's Let’s Do Lunch aims to take lunch to a new level, offering something light and fast yet with all the flavors fine dining has to offer. Under the new ownership of Catherine Flury, this New England-inspired restaurant will have you speaking with an accent in no time.


Police: Teen Boy Kept as Sex Slave in Florida Trailer for a Year

Police in St. Petersburg, Florida, have arrested seven adults and charged them with keeping a 16-year-old boy as a sex slave in a filthy trailer for a year. The victim was discovered during an investigation of another missing teen from Louisiana, according to Fox 61.


Residents Upset Over 'Barren' Legends Golf And Country Club

CLERMONT, Fla. —Thousands of homeowners in Central Florida live on golf courses; it is an investment they hope holds their property values high. Legends Golf and Country Club has been closed for about a year.